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Old 07-20-2010, 09:58 AM   #1
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Mandymouse's Holiday of Firsts ~ Day 13

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Thursday 17th June ~ High 93F

We needed to be up at 6.30am this morning, so Paul set the alarm on his IPhone. Well sadly as he didn't set his phone to US time, we were rudely awoken at 1.30am. I wasn't impressed and I didn't settle well after that, and eventually I got up on time

We quickly packed and were heading out of the Pop around 7.20am and we arrived at Portofino Bay 20 minutes later

Our first thoughts of this resort was 'WOW !!' it was so picturesque and I immediately fell in love with it

Surprisingly our room was already available, so we dropped our stuff off





The previous night there had been a Harry Potter Land event, so the car park was full of darkened window cars and helicopters were overhead as rumours went around that the JK Rowling and some of the cast were staying at the resort

Anyway, we were heading to Islands of Adventure this morning, and as we had just missed the water taxi, we decided to walk. It was a lovely morning, and it was only 79F, so we enjoyed the walk, though a few minutes later we reached the Hard Rock Hotel, and we caught the water taxi there for the rest of the journey





The park was already open to on-site guests (it opened at 8am) and only Marvel Land was open, so I was thrilled to be able to ride The Hulk. In fact as the park was so quiet, we were able to ride 3 times in 20 minutes, twice on the front row, and one of those times we had the ride to ourselves





Next we wandered over to Harry Potter Land, but sadly they weren't letting anyone in (roll on tomorrow ), so we cooled off on the River Cruise, where we got soaked











We carried on walking around the park and rode Spider Man, which had a long line but thankfully we were able to use the FOTL line with our room keys

We left IOA and headed to Universal Studios. We only wanted to ride The Mummy and Rip Ride Rock-it, but as the line for RRR was huge and it didn't have an express line, we rode The Mummy twice

Next stop was Mel's Diner for lunch (2 double cheeseburgers, fries and onion rings), then we left the park and took the water taxi back to Portofino Bay





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We then spent the next couple of hours sunbathing by the Beach Pool. The pool area was lovely. We had to show our room key to gain access, then we were handed towels and offered water. The loungers were so comfortable, and at one time a guy came round offering samples of smoothie drinks. The pool was a good size and it had a little beach too



A storm was brewing, so we got showered and changed and drove off to the Florida Mall where we bought the girls some final bits and pieces and Paul bought me a cute Lotso Bear from the Disney Store

Once back at Portofino Bay we explored the resort and took lots of photos











Then we got changed to go out and took the water taxi back to City Walk and started off with a couple of Rum Runners at Margaritaville's Lone Palm











At 7pm we had a reservation at the Hard Rock Cafe where we had a couple of Hurricanes, chicken strips, onion rings, Hawaiian Chicken for Paul and New York Strip for me





We had a nice meal and finished off our evening back at the Lone Palm, then we got the water taxi back to our resort








sorry, I'm a bit tiddly in this pic

Tomorrow ~ Harry Potter Land opening and 'How long did you line up for ??'
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:39 AM   #3
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Lovely day! Portofino Bay looks VERY nice.

That last pic...
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:55 AM   #4
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Wow - Portofino bay!! Stunning Hope I get to try it there one day

And bloody hell - the hulk 3 times in 20 mins?!? Are you insane girl? I take it motion sickness isn't a problem for you lol

You and Paul look great in your pics

Can't wait for what you write about WWoHP!!
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:35 PM   #5
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Great report the hotel looks amazing Mandy, fab pics want wait to here about wwohp
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:45 PM   #6
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Oh Mand, the Portofino looks amazing, I so know what you mean about falling in love I felt like that with the Royal Pacific, they really are stunning hotels..

Look at all the lovely cocktails, I wish we had been with you, I am loving that last pic of you, thats how you looked in the Rose and Crown lol xx
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What a lovely resort.

I can't wait to hear what you think of WWoHP ~ I have read several reviews online but am looking forward to finding out what someone who really loves the books thinks.
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Another great day! The resort looks lovely!
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Lovely day, I love the look of the portofino resort
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Amazing looking hotel and great trip report!
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Wonderful day all round. Can't wait to read your next installment.
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fantastic Day we are staying at universal for the first time this year and looking at your pictures have made me very excited
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I love the last photo Mandy!

Looking forward to reading about WWoHP!
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Oh Mand, the Portofino looks amazing, I so know what you mean about falling in love I felt like that with the Royal Pacific, they really are stunning hotels..

Look at all the lovely cocktails, I wish we had been with you, I am loving that last pic of you, thats how you looked in the Rose and Crown lol xx
Oh Jules, I can't explain how much I loved it there, it really was lovely

LOL, another great Epcot night ... I remember it so well
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im not surprised you were a bit tiddly in the last pic

portofino bay looks so nice
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