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Old 09-12-2008, 08:33 AM   #31
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I would like to find more about the dining ptions/menus/costs, etc. Is there a particular thread or links you could direct me too? thanks in advance.
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Old 11-13-2008, 09:20 PM   #32
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This is a great thread....
thought I might chime in and give my two cents

I had the pass where they let you in the front of the line after 4:00 PM (it's the annual pass called Premiere Pass I think) and so I was spoiled when me and my friends would just skip the line after 4:00. Then, when it came time to renewing, I made a mistake and just bought an 18-month annual pass with no express! So me and my friends started lining up like everyone else. I thought it would be terrible, but it's actually a whole different experience!

I never realized that waiting in the line, you start to understand the 'story' behind each attraction. The greatest example is 'Spider-Man', where TVs in the main line show Dr. Octopus' evil plan to (well, I won't spoil it for you guys who haven't ridden yet) and the ride makes a whole lot more sense.
Another good example of how the regular line adds to the thematic experience is Dr. Doom. If I hadn't gone through the video room like the normal people, I wouldn't understand the meaning of the ride--I just thought Dr. Doom said "what the heck I'm going to throw people up in the air" and came up with the ride.

Sure, Express gets you to the ride quicker. But you can't embrace the story of each ride or the great theme that goes into each queue line unless you wait with everybody else (same goes for single riders)

Keep that in mind to all who really want to get caught up in the Universal experience
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Old 12-27-2008, 05:41 PM   #33
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This is our first time going to Universal Orlando and we have a few questions:
1) My DH is 6'2 and is a big man XL will he have any problems fitting into the rides? I'm the opposite- short and wide- (size 18) Will I have a problem fitting into the rides?? Last year at WDW there were no troubles, but with a different park I'm a little bit worried.
2) We're going during the March Break- do you suggest getting an express pass??
3) Do you recommend the $24.95 all you can eat day??

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!
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Old 12-27-2008, 06:01 PM   #34
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for # 1 and 2, i suggest reading some of the threads already in the forum.
metro posted pics of the seats that are out front for people to try to see if they fit in them.

if you can't find the threads, send me a pm and i will try to link them to you.

for #3, i only do the one park/universal/ for the meal deal.
i like 2 places there a lot and gorge myself at them all day long.

and, i only do the meal deal if i am going to be at the park for 4 full days.

it's a personal preference on the meal deal.
i'm usually out voted if it is considered wise choice to make for food plans.

i do louies for the pizza and salads and meatball sandwiches
and i do IFFF for the chinese and fried chicken and salad on their menu.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:52 PM   #35
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Also looking for expert advice. I have not been to universal since 2001 and really don't remember it. We are going down to Disney for our wedding/disneymoon and are going to spend a few days at US/IOA. We have the 2 park unlimited passes with no express. We are going down Feb 12th and then going back the 18th and 19th

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1- Do you think we need express for that day or can you provide touring advice without it? I'm completely new to this and while I know Disney like the back of my hand I'm very intimidated by all things universal. We would like to see everything for adults so please keep that in mind

2- Is there anything we can do to make it "magical" I know Disney has buttons but does universal do anything for couples on thier honeymoons?

3-Is there anything else I absolutely need to know??
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:36 PM   #36
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Also looking for expert advice. I have not been to universal since 2001 and really don't remember it. We are going down to Disney for our wedding/disneymoon and are going to spend a few days at US/IOA. We have the 2 park unlimited passes with no express. We are going down Feb 12th and then going back the 18th and 19th

Questions:
1- Do you think we need express for that day or can you provide touring advice without it? I'm completely new to this and while I know Disney like the back of my hand I'm very intimidated by all things universal. We would like to see everything for adults so please keep that in mind

2- Is there anything we can do to make it "magical" I know Disney has buttons but does universal do anything for couples on thier honeymoons?

3-Is there anything else I absolutely need to know??
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1- I doubt you would need Express Passes for any of those days. If the lines start to get out of control, you can always purchase the EP's at either park.

2- Check with Guest Services...I'm not sure if Universal offers buttons for honeymooners.

3- Go and have a great time!
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Old 01-16-2009, 02:03 PM   #37
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does anyone know how much on-ride pics cost at USO or IOA?
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:02 PM   #38
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does anyone know how much on-ride pics cost at USO or IOA?
Not right off...I think they are in the $16.95 to $19.95 range but I'm probably wrong. I don't buy them.
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Old 02-28-2009, 12:14 AM   #39
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Hey there,

I'm still working on my complicated transportation issues from p. 12 of this thread, but I seem to be getting closer to getting it all planned out. A few quick remaining questions that I still have: the schedule is finally set (we're going in May), and we're going first to Universal for 2 nights (staying onsite) and then to WDW for another 2 nights. Would the Mears shuttle/bus also be the best option for a one-way trip for 2 people from UO to WDW? Can I wait to book the shuttle until I arrive at UO or do I need to book it beforehand?

I just want to add that you all are really helpful - you're a great crew of redheads (I'm a redhead myself, so I know I good crew of redheads when I see one ). Despite many trips to WDW, I've never been to the Darkside before, and I appreciate all the info you've given me.

I also solemnly swear not to dis UO when I return. Separate parks = separate experiences, jmho.
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Old 02-28-2009, 01:43 AM   #40
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Hey there,

I'm still working on my complicated transportation issues from p. 12 of this thread, but I seem to be getting closer to getting it all planned out. A few quick remaining questions that I still have: the schedule is finally set (we're going in May), and we're going first to Universal for 2 nights (staying onsite) and then to WDW for another 2 nights. Would the Mears shuttle/bus also be the best option for a one-way trip for 2 people from UO to WDW? Can I wait to book the shuttle until I arrive at UO or do I need to book it beforehand?

I just want to add that you all are really helpful - you're a great crew of redheads (I'm a redhead myself, so I know I good crew of redheads when I see one ). Despite many trips to WDW, I've never been to the Darkside before, and I appreciate all the info you've given me.

I also solemnly swear not to dis UO when I return. Separate parks = separate experiences, jmho.
Mears would probably be your cheapest way from Universal to Disney and I believe you only have to call 24 hours in advance to make arrangements.
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Old 03-14-2009, 09:20 PM   #41
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This gets asked alot!!

I'll post this and please bump it.Or copy and paste it and forward it to the people that need to know!!

http://www.universalorlando.com/riders_guide.pdf
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:05 PM   #42
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What is this mobile website that you all speak of?

Sorry, getting giddy about the upcoming trip!
It's a mobile website that you can check wait times for both parks via your cell phone.

http://66.77.171.132/MobileWeb
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Old 05-16-2009, 04:08 AM   #43
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questions about express pass

My family of five are going to Universal ioa in August. I am planning on buying express passes. We have 3 adults 2 kids. I know my little ones will not go on the big coasters. Is it possible to use their passes so we can go on the coasters a second time without waiting?
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Old 05-16-2009, 11:34 AM   #44
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Yes, you can use your children's express passes if they are not using them on the coasters.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:11 PM   #45
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Do Universal/IOA offer delivery of ride pictures and merchandise to your resort room like Disney does?

Did a quick search but couldn`t find anything. I`m sure someone actually told me this ....................... but I forget the answer

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