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Old 11-15-2011, 10:05 PM   #616
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That's exactly what I thought. Although the hotel stay alone could've been booked for a little cheaper through that DREAM RES sticker above, I wanted to get all the pluses this time because it will be our first trip to US/IOA, and also my Dd's (8) Christmas gift.
Yes, I agree, it's all about what you want and what you are willing to pay for. I decided I didn't really want to do the breakfast, and so I just booked the (offsite) hotel without the HP package through Universal, so I could still get all of the other perks. I used the extra money towards an extra day in the park and souvenirs. I went during a very slow time, so eating at Three Broomsticks for other meals was relatively easy.

For those who want to add the breakfast but are staying offsite, it is not a bad deal, especially if you have several people in your party. It also gives you something different for breakfast for one day.

Although I do think next time I will just save up and pay the extra cost to stay onsite. I know I will definitely not stay at the hotel I stayed at this time.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:33 AM   #617
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Question. I know Butterbeer is a non alcoholic drink. Can you purchase alcoholic beer in the restaurant as well? My DH and I are going on Feb, and the idea of stopping for cold beer while you walk through the parks is enticing!
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:00 AM   #618
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Question. I know Butterbeer is a non alcoholic drink. Can you purchase alcoholic beer in the restaurant as well? My DH and I are going on Feb, and the idea of stopping for cold beer while you walk through the parks is enticing!
Hogs Head Tavern or Pub or whatever (I'm not a drinker), which is on the far end of Three Broomsticks and adjoined, does sell alcohol.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:06 AM   #619
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Hogs Head Tavern or Pub or whatever (I'm not a drinker), which is on the far end of Three Broomsticks and adjoined, does sell alcohol.
And they even have their own brand of beer! I don't remember the name of it.

The pub is worth stopping by, to watch the animated hog's head that moves and snorts every few minutes. Lots of atmosphere!
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:40 PM   #620
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Thanks for the reply! We'll have to check this out.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:28 PM   #621
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It's a special hotel + tickets package you can book through the Universal website. You can find out more here:

http://www.universalorlando.com/Vaca...ry-potter.aspx

You have to book the package through Universal, but you can book either an onsite or offsite hotel. You also have to purchase your park admission with the package. Both hotel reservations and tickets must be purchased together to get the package.

For peak dates, the package requires a minimum 4-night stay. During other times, the minimum is 2 nights.

Perks of this package include:
•Early Park Admission◊ to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
•Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ - one per person
•Hotel accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel
•3-Day Base Ticket^ to both Universal Orlando® theme parks – one theme park, per day
•Access to live entertainment◊◊ at Universal CityWalk®

Park tickets are changeable before you purchase - if you want 2-park tickets, or more days, etc. you can also get those with this package, it just costs a little more.

If you are staying offsite, it is the only way to be absolutely sure you can get reservations at Three Broomsticks for breakfast, although you may be able to get a last-minute reservation when you get there, especially if the park is not busy. You pay for the breakfast when you buy the package, and you only get one breakfast there during your stay - you cannot go every morning. You choose the date and time when you purchase.

Do your research - I added up the costs, and it was more expensive than booking everything separately in most cases (depending on hotel choice). In some cases, the only difference in price was the cost of the Three Broomsticks breakfast (which you pay for when you buy the package). I ended up not purchasing the package, because the price was going to be about $50 more, and I did not think breakfast one day, for one person, was worth that.

You can get all of the other benefits, except the Three Broomsticks breakfast, by reserving your hotel through the Universal website - even if you are staying offsite.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:08 AM   #622
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I am confused and could really use some help!

We will be at Disney Feb 29th - Mar 11, 2012. Our trip fall during Mardi Gras at Universal. We didn't go last year and I'm trying to decide what days to go to Universal this year. We'll be staying at the Fountains the first 3 nights I think and then POR for 8 nights with free dining. We usually do Universal at the beginning or end of our trip but I may scatter it about this time

Should we go on Saturday during Mardi Gras??? My kids are 11, 12, and 14. How crowded will that day be and is it worth those crowds to be there for the parade etc...Last year we stayed on site and had the perks but I don't think we will this year because of cost...is this a mistake the first of March? I can't afford 3 nights and hate to move hotels 3 times in order to do one night at Universal. Loved it though!

Help!!!! I need advice!
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:43 PM   #623
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I am confused and could really use some help!

We will be at Disney Feb 29th - Mar 11, 2012. Our trip fall during Mardi Gras at Universal. We didn't go last year and I'm trying to decide what days to go to Universal this year. We'll be staying at the Fountains the first 3 nights I think and then POR for 8 nights with free dining. We usually do Universal at the beginning or end of our trip but I may scatter it about this time

Should we go on Saturday during Mardi Gras??? My kids are 11, 12, and 14. How crowded will that day be and is it worth those crowds to be there for the parade etc...Last year we stayed on site and had the perks but I don't think we will this year because of cost...is this a mistake the first of March? I can't afford 3 nights and hate to move hotels 3 times in order to do one night at Universal. Loved it though!

Help!!!! I need advice!
Good questions!! We will be there the same week and plan to do our kids' first time at Harry Potter on one of the days (the rest of our days are at Disney). I didn't even think about Mardi gras and how that might impact our visit. Does Universal do anything different at Islands of Adventure for Mardi Gras and will this impact our one day visit (probably the tuesday of that week)??
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:46 PM   #624
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mardi gras is celebrated at the studios.
parade and fun..
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:34 PM   #625
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Since I'd like to add something to this lovely thread, and since "Will I Be Able To Handle Harry Potter and the Forbin Project Because of (enter thing person is afraid of here)" posts pop up so often, and since I rode it recently enough for it to be fresh in my memory, I give you a public service announcement:

Auntie Tricia's Handy-Dandy Islands of Adventure Harry Potter and the Gooey Kablooey Disclaimer Warning Sign Translation Guide!

What Universal's Official Warning Signs Say: Vague warning, something about claustrophobia.

What They Really Mean: This ride was made for people who are fond of being locked in a very snug box (and mind you, I am thin) which is arranged in such a way that the ride feels like a solo excursion even though your friends are six inches to the right and left of you.

What Universal's Official Warning Signs Say: Guests who suffer motion sickness maybe shouldn't ride, or something.

What They Really Mean: Guests who may freak the eff out when their flying box starts falling backwards should be at least aware that this is going to happen. It's cool though; you never actually go upside-down, right?

What Universal's Official Warning Signs Say: This ride involves smoke and lighting effects.

What They Really Mean: Hey, do you enjoy monsters and dragons and giant spiders and more giant spiders and oh God, giant spiders everywhere and giant spiders for nigh on twenty damn minutes it feels like and antisocial trees and demons who eat your sanity popping up like a couple of feet away from your face?
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Well, of course you do! Who wouldn't?

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Okay, my tone may be silly, but these "translations" are serious. This is a pretty intense ride. I should note that IOA offers what they call a "Walking Tour" designed for children too little to ride that takes you through an alternate route through what is, IMO, the best part of WWOHP: the queue through the different rooms of Hogwarts castle. You're not rushed through and you get to fully enjoy the amazing set decoration, special effects, and full "shows" in each room.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:22 PM   #626
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I didn't even think about Mardi gras and how that might impact our visit. Does Universal do anything different at Islands of Adventure for Mardi Gras and will this impact our one day visit (probably the tuesday of that week)??
Mardi Gras festivities are at the Studios (parade and concerts). Most of the headliners perform on Saturday and Sunday evenings so that's when the park will be most crowded. The parade should not be missed...it's different every year and the floats are always incredible! You should definitely plan to stay for the parade one night.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:55 AM   #627
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Since I'd like to add something to this lovely thread, and since "Will I Be Able To Handle Harry Potter and the Forbin Project Because of (enter thing person is afraid of here)" posts pop up so often, and since I rode it recently enough for it to be fresh in my memory, I give you a public service announcement:
I'm not sure if this has already been addressed, I couldn't find anything on the thread... we're going back to Universal for the first time since WWOHP arrived (obviously very excited - 64 days!). My best friend and travelling companion is a glasses wearer, and we can't quite work out whether or not she will be able to keep her glasses on for the ride. She'd quite like to be able to see the effects, so its not like the thrill rides we usually go on where she would just not bother wearing them...and have a more abstract view of things.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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My 3 brothers and i all glasses wearers had no problems keeping them on during this ride...numerous times.

Enjoy!
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:29 PM   #629
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My 3 brothers and i all glasses wearers had no problems keeping them on during this ride...numerous times.

Enjoy!


Thanks so much for the assistance - so pleased she'll be able to experience the ride as a whole.

Now i just need to be patient for the trip itself! 63 days and counting...
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:06 PM   #630
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Is there a place in the Orlando area that we can pick up HP merchandise without paying park entry?
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