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Old 02-21-2013, 11:10 AM   #1
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Will a week on the Darkside win me over?*maybe next year

Greetings DISers Since November....I've made many changes to our upcoming summer vacation (for those who know me from other threads...this is NOT shocking news)

After many bookings at WDW, and several family discussions, votes, arguments...price quotes...I have been outnumbered by..

We want to go to Universal Mommy!!!!!!!!

So there you have it......

Our family of 7 will be staying at Hard Rock Hotel from August 18th-25th We have two connecting Club level 2 Queen rooms, and I will admit I am pretty excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My name is Jeanette, and I am a perpetual resort changer. I am constantly planning and tweaking our vacations It's what keeps me going...to work that is. By Day...I am Mommy, and nights and weekends I work. I have 2 jobs, one is working as an ER nurse the other a Critical Care transport nurse.

Here is a pic of me, and my wonderful DH of over 20 years, we stayed in a Honeymoon room at Wilderness Lodge last August




Okay time for the kids...(this pic is from last May)

Left to right, DS12, DD8, DS4, DD6...the cutie pie in front is DD5


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The Pas family's Universal trips~

This will not be our first onsite trip...BUT it will be our first trip without a WDW split included

In August 2011 we did a PBH/GF split~I saved GF for last as it was my DD8 and my "dream resort" We stayed in the Sugarloaf building and it was AMAZING. But I will say Portofino Bay was a tough act to follow (minus some billing issues)

*Here lies my warning..do not pay Loews in full prior to arrival, I did this because I figured it would be easier...it let to a lot of confusion, double debits, etc....

We stayed 5 days at PBH, and my family did not want to leave...but we
did enjoy GF

Last May we did Pop Century/Royal Pacific

We didn't do any parks at Pop, me kids wanted to swim...and ahem go to Universal At RPR we had two connecting GV rooms in Tower 3, it was perfect. Great location, near the elevator, pool was great. When it rained they opened the Kid's club and showed movies...since we had APs it was inexpensive IMO

Last November I took my girls to Orlando for a Christmas trip. We stayed at Poly...but they wanted to go to Universal(seeing a pattern) So I rented a car and booked RPR CL and Poly CL. Since I only needed one room I let the girls have their "snack room" Comparing the 2 concierge lounges...aside from an amazing Cinderella castle view The staff and offerings are FAR superior at RPR

Now, after two fabulous onsite stays...why Hard Rock???

Well, I mentioned I change a lot??? Last year I changed mid stay to HRH CL. I wanted RPR CL but it was booked solid, so we moved...the pool was by far my kids' favorite. We did pool hop, but it's much easier to stay put The Butterfly Garden, the music...it was very cool. And my DD8 has sensory issues, but she LOVED it!

I was concerned about what to do for a whole week. However, my DH doesn't want to change rooms, etc...and we are trying to budget a little..so one set of tickets and the Stay more save more 30% off made this an easy sell. Plus I still get the "snack room"
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:11 AM   #3
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We are definitely not Park Commando types

We love to hang at the resort and swim!

And since it's so darn hot in Summer, we do rides in the morning, come back to the resort and after dinner...back for more rides!

Staying onsite makes it SO easy to close the park down, and I felt this contrast when we stayed at Poly and attempted to get back from MK after MVMCP And those Express passes this is the best perk EVER

Since these are our touring plans...I think we can make a week out of it. Plus we are driving there from NJ, and we may squeeze in Legoland or Seaworld. But DH says that is not a budget-wise plan

I may buy APs this year, if I do that..it WILL be a strictly US/IoA trip. My sneaky plan is to return in May 2014 and head over to WDW for Flower and Garden...I can sell that trip if I mention they can go to Universal

So a big to all the DISers stopping by my PTR!!!!!
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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Jeannette!

Hey I'm first!! All sounds good my friend All Universal?? (your ticker?) BUT will the dark forces prevent you from sneaking over to pay Mickey a visit?? Will you have a clandestine meet with Mickey?? Its hard to resist.... hmmm guess we will all have to stay tuned....

Love the pix!!
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Jeannette!

Hey I'm first!! All sounds good my friend All Universal?? (your ticker?) BUT will the dark forces prevent you from sneaking over to pay Mickey a visit?? Will you have a clandestine meet with Mickey?? Its hard to resist.... hmmm guess we will all have to stay tuned....

Love the pix!!
Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It will be very hard to stay away...being SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO close

Time to go borrow a prize ribbon for my BFF making 1st place

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And Mama Linda is second!! Tiara and coffee in hand!
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Oh I love my princess ribbon! It matches my tiara!!!
Exactly what I was thinking
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I am here too I have to agree with you, the express passes are the best perk at the Universal resorts! I don't think we would go to US/IoA again without staying on property. We too love PBH

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I am here too I have to agree with you, the express passes are the best perk at the Universal resorts! I don't think we would go to US/IoA again without staying on property. We too love PBH

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Oooo... Ooooo!




You are going to coerce me, I just know it...
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Oooo... Ooooo!




You are going to coerce me, I just know it...
Miss E!! Coerce...noooooooooooooooo. Just keeping my trip on track....DH is sick of my WDW talk

Not a ribbon...but here's the crew at Early Entry (this was in 2011~before I figured out to change date on camera )

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How NICE!!!!
No one informed me of this PTR ..... but am now proud of myself that I finally found it.

Now off my soapbox and going back to read.
Karin!!! I tried to post the link in your tr..I guess it was unsuccessful..sorry my friend
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Good morning all!! Was busy working and then got sick...blah. Okay..soooo I may have concocted a plan to completely revamp our summer trip back to wdw. No changes as of yet.....but I am headed down next month just hubster and I. My primary goal...see if he will let me book a bounceback. The girls are in...whether I can manage a split stay. Stay tuned my friends....
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Have to go back and see what happened to CSR Business Class ?

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