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Old 04-01-2012, 12:05 PM   #1591
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Pool hopping?

We are planning a trip in July. We only stayed one night before, and are planning 3 this July with some resort/pool time. I thought I read somewhere that you can pool hop to the other Universal resorts. Is this true? The HRH pool sounds like it might be fun for the kids (music underwater). If pool hopping is OK, how does it work? How do I avoid being embarrassed because we are walking out of the resort, wet after a swim and in swimming attire (with cover ups of course)? Also, I would love to hear opinions/rankings on the pools? Does anyone have a favorite?
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:30 PM   #1592
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pool hopping is encouraged.
take your hotel room key to get keys at the other pools.

you can travel by foot, water taxi, rick shaw to the other hotels.


if you put charging on your cc, you can charge any food/beverage items at the other hotel pool.

most peeps bring a change of clothes and use the pool room to change after swimming and returning to other hotel.

i have seen some ladies and gents put the kwi dry shorts over the bottoms of their suits and a cover over instead of changing clothes when leaving the other hotel pool.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #1593
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When we hopped to HRH's pool from PBR, I had my suit and shorts on under my coverup. I would do the same for any hopping. DS just wore his swim trunks and a shirt. (and we both had crocs)

FWIW, the HRH water isn't that deep. The slide is terrific according to DS (I seem to only like Boardwalk's slide at WDW), but there wasn't much actual swimming possible, since the water was so shallow. Just be aware of that. (So far, in my own personal experience and opinion, RPR has been about the best for swimming around as far as main pools go)
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Old 04-03-2012, 01:46 AM   #1594
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Thank you both so much. I agree that I love RPR's pool and expect we will be doing most of our "pooling" there. I like knowing that we can pool hop if we want to. That is such a nice perk.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:50 PM   #1595
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Great thread, with lots of info...thanks Damo and Macraven for all your input.

I was wondering about on-site laundry services. I know there are washers and dryers available, but what about ironing/pressing? I know there's probably an iron in the room, but i really don't feel like ironing on vacation....how much dough am I looking at to have someone else iron a bunch of men's (and a 9 y/os) dress shirts???
Just to bring my origional question "Full circle", I did find the info I was looking for....prices are reasonable for what we need. $6-$11 to iron the types of clothing we bring with us on vacation, depending on garment....just in case anyone else wants to know...
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:06 PM   #1596
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We were there last year at the RPR and didn't pool hop but I have heard the the HRH has a good one so we may try it this year. Only 4 months to go till we get there!
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:02 PM   #1597
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My kids especially pool-hop. Room Key is ALL you need! Favorite pool atmosphere and slide is Hard Rock.

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Old 04-30-2012, 03:51 PM   #1598
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Will be at RPR Sept. 20th thru 24th with a group of 8 Dev. disabled !!Can't wait , this is my first time to Universal !!!!
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:57 AM   #1599
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We will be at RPH at the end of June and I can't wait. Getting really excited. Definately going to have to "pool hop". DD is extremely excited that she will be allowed to do this.
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I've never been to a Universal hotel and I've never been to IOA. If I have a child who doesn't like scary rides and is mainly interested in playing in water, how much time do you think we will need inside the park? I want to go see the Harry Potter area. And what is the short cut?

also, what is the mini bar key and how much does it cost? I read many pages and can't figure out why people are so opposed to it.
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Old 05-04-2012, 05:01 PM   #1601
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I've never been to a Universal hotel and I've never been to IOA. If I have a child who doesn't like scary rides and is mainly interested in playing in water, how much time do you think we will need inside the park? I want to go see the Harry Potter area. And what is the short cut?

also, what is the mini bar key and how much does it cost? I read many pages and can't figure out why people are so opposed to it.
I would look at a map of all of IOA, figure out what *else* you might want to ride, and what your child might also like (Suess!), and go from there. It's not *just* Wizarding World that you might like.

The problem with minibars is that sometimes you get charged when you haven't taken anything from it. And with a child, they don't always understand that it's not "yours", that you will have to pay a ton for it.

The key is free. It's the items inside the minibar that aren't free. And, when we stayed at RPR our first time in Dec '10, there were also boxes of things (cookies, and maybe popcorn?) out, near the coffeemaker, that were exorbitantly priced, that we had to warn DS about multiple times.

I typically just turn the key down at checkin, because we're NOT going to use any of the items in the minibar, and don't want to deal with the hassle if they think I've used the minibar.
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I would look at a map of all of IOA, figure out what *else* you might want to ride, and what your child might also like (Suess!), and go from there. It's not *just* Wizarding World that you might like.

The problem with minibars is that sometimes you get charged when you haven't taken anything from it. And with a child, they don't always understand that it's not "yours", that you will have to pay a ton for it.

The key is free. It's the items inside the minibar that aren't free. And, when we stayed at RPR our first time in Dec '10, there were also boxes of things (cookies, and maybe popcorn?) out, near the coffeemaker, that were exorbitantly priced, that we had to warn DS about multiple times.

I typically just turn the key down at checkin, because we're NOT going to use any of the items in the minibar, and don't want to deal with the hassle if they think I've used the minibar.
When we go in September we will definately be refusing 5 keys . With8 Dev. Disabled I seriously doubt they would understand that the goodies were not for them !!!
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When we go in September we will definately be refusing 5 keys . With8 Dev. Disabled I seriously doubt they would understand that the goodies were not for them !!!
Only one key for the mini fridge.
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Only one key for the mini fridge.
We will have 5 rooms !!!!
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Ohhh! Thats quite a group - hope you have a great time!
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