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Old 01-30-2013, 02:40 PM   #16
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Maybe Universal won't be as bad.
I wouldn't count on it.
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We were at Disneyworld last year over Presidents weekend and it was crazy. Maybe Universal won't be as bad.
I'm from Canada too. We've had an annual pass for years and years. The good thing about it is that it has a really low renewal rate, so even if you just go once a year, it can be worth it.

President's weekend is pretty busy at Universal. I really wish they wouldn't have made our "Family Day" fall at the same time. We could have gotten such great discounts at the US resorts if they would have made it the weekend before or after.
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We were at Disneyworld last year over Presidents weekend and it was crazy. Maybe Universal won't be as bad.
I wouldn't count on it as it's always very crowded. However the majority of visitors are from the NY/NJ/CT area since we are among the last places to still get that whole week off. But this year, most of the schools on Long Island and NYC (not sure about the others) are in session because we lost so many days during Sandy. That would be the only reason there may be a dip in numbers this year.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:12 PM   #19
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I see that right now the difference between the 304 rate and the AP rate is only $70. Drat. Definitely not enough of a difference to warrant an AP.


But I think of it this way...you can check in VERY early in the morning. You get access to every amenity of the hotel, along with early entry, and express pass (by the way, Ollivander's also doesn't accept the express pass, in case that was on your list). You can swim at any of the pools onsite. And you get this access for the whole day of checkin AND the whole day of checkout. The parking fee is annoying IMO (though totally in line with normal downtowns of many big cities), BUT they charge it at midnight. So as long as your car is out of there before midnight on checkout day, you're only charged ONCE. This is most excellent in my opinion.

Changing hotels is annoying for some, that's for sure. But I found that just planning for it makes it a bit easier. Maybe your offsite hotel can hold your bags until you come back, and you can just pack what you need for the two days in a smaller bag or two? If not, know that the Universal hotel's bell services will keep your stuff during the day you checkout, no problem.


With all that, it can easily feel a lot more "worth it", IMO.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:49 PM   #20
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I see that right now the difference between the 304 rate and the AP rate is only $70. Drat. Definitely not enough of a difference to warrant an AP.


But I think of it this way...you can check in VERY early in the morning. You get access to every amenity of the hotel, along with early entry, and express pass (by the way, Ollivander's also doesn't accept the express pass, in case that was on your list). You can swim at any of the pools onsite. And you get this access for the whole day of checkin AND the whole day of checkout. The parking fee is annoying IMO (though totally in line with normal downtowns of many big cities), BUT they charge it at midnight. So as long as your car is out of there before midnight on checkout day, you're only charged ONCE. This is most excellent in my opinion.

Changing hotels is annoying for some, that's for sure. But I found that just planning for it makes it a bit easier. Maybe your offsite hotel can hold your bags until you come back, and you can just pack what you need for the two days in a smaller bag or two? If not, know that the Universal hotel's bell services will keep your stuff during the day you checkout, no problem.


With all that, it can easily feel a lot more "worth it", IMO.
Good to know about the parking, thanks!
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