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Old 09-15-2010, 06:31 PM   #46
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The butterbeer sounds very interesting. So...not real beer? More like a cream soda? And frozen? YUM! I am loving the frozen drinks lately. I discovered the American Dream (which a snack credit can be used for) in Epcot. It was quite yummy...but a bit on the sweet side.

As for the incorrect use of the water area?!? Good grief... what was that guy thinking. I swear... so having four kids I am definitely in the "breeders" camp. People like this make those of us who do have kids (or more than a few) look bad. Yucky! I can't even imagine. I think i would have gone to a park worker to tell of the incident.
Butterbeer is not alcoholic, it's a very sweet slightly carbonated drink. The frozen version was my favorite!

That guy was gross! I know lots of parents, none that would think this was a good idea! Maybe we should have reported it, but we couldn't even believe that was what we were seeing!

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I love Ben's face looking at your lunch beer! Augh I would have been grossed out to see that improper usage of the water cooling station.
Haha, I had just yelled at him for 'helping' me take the picture- he kept moving stuff. That's why he is pouting. I hadn't eaten yet and was still grumpy!

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I am looking forward to some pool time too! Do you know if you can "pool hop" at the three Universal Resorts?
I don't know if pool hopping was allowed or not... there definitely wasn't anyone checking room keys or anything.

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I love the update-awesome!!!

I want to take the kids to Universal next year (they will be 7 & 9) and have never been. Is the Portofino hotel good for kids? I'm not sure if DH can come but we'll probably meet my mom there (she'll be ...um....68...that can't be right, that makes me....oh forget it )
There were a number of kids at Portofino. The pool area especially- it was sand and zero entry and had a water slide. They had a fun shallow kids pool, too.
I think they also had character meals. I saw Scooby Doo walking out of our building one day.

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We definitely need to head over to IoA and see the new Harry Potter adventure! I couldn't wait and took a sneak peak on Youtube of Forbidden Journey (mostly the queing area since the ride was hard to see because it is so dark). I am SO excited and hope we get to go!!

I love your touring plan - beer before breakfast (well not real beer but still ). Portafino was one of our favorites to stay at but we decided to just take a cab or shuttle over to IoA for the day. and what's with people and arguing in front of others?!! At least you didn't let it ruin your day (and the baby thing - ick!!)
You need to see Harry Potter! It is great!!
Here's a confession: most of the bank breaking on this trip was due to alcohol purchases. Drinks are expensive on vacation!

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Great update Looks like you had a great day at US

Love the ticket girl saying that she couldn't replace your tickets unless they were damaged wink wink!

Can't believe that line in WWoHP
The ticket girl was really funny. The people at the window next to us thought it was pretty amusing, too!
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:33 PM   #47
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Omigosh - I know exactly what youre talking about.... the brown "Give a hoot" tee with the owl?! Ironically enough my husband has the same one and we get stopped all the time. The kids at summer camp made fun of him all the time!

Sorry about the bickering sisters on your boat thats lame. Cant wait for more updates!!!
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:09 AM   #48
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eeewww for the man "washing the baby"
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:34 AM   #49
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ooo, I love Portofino Bay!! It is soo beautiful there

I can't believe how many rides you were able to do your first day (and 2nd!). We love love Spiderman and The Mummy!! Those never disappoint!
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:01 PM   #50
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I've finally made it! Sorry it took me so long! I'm going back now to catch up!
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:11 PM   #51
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Omigosh - I know exactly what youre talking about.... the brown "Give a hoot" tee with the owl?! Ironically enough my husband has the same one and we get stopped all the time. The kids at summer camp made fun of him all the time!

Sorry about the bickering sisters on your boat thats lame. Cant wait for more updates!!!
That's the shirt! It gets a lot of attention. As does the shirt I was wearing on Day 3...

The sisters were actually kinda funny. They were so over the top and dramatic about whatever problem they were having. And their mom kept calling to yell at them. It was weird.

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I know! It was the definitely the grossest part of our trip.

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ooo, I love Portofino Bay!! It is soo beautiful there

I can't believe how many rides you were able to do your first day (and 2nd!). We love love Spiderman and The Mummy!! Those never disappoint!
I love Portofino now, too! There were some really great rides at Universal. And even better that we didn't have to wait!

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I've finally made it! Sorry it took me so long! I'm going back now to catch up!
Yay, now the party can really start
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:18 PM   #52
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Day 2: Bonus Material

I accidentally put these pictures with 'Day 3', but they were taken Day 2! I spent quite a while taking them, and I want to share! After we ate at Mama Della's, I grabbed my SLR and we took some pictures around the resort.


I wanted a picture of the elevator because they were all very nice at this resort. You might not think elevators could be worth noticing, but they sure are at Portofino Bay. Unfortunately, this is more of a weird Ben picture than an elevator picture.


















Whew, glad I got that out of my system.
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Great pics!!! Especially liked the palm tree shot!
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I like the cat tile mosaic! I haven't been to Universal since 2001 and I've never seen the resorts so it's nice to see pics.
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Ben's faces and poses always make me laugh. Thanks Ben!
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Nice job with the pics! They are excellent. The fountain one is my favorite - though I am glad you grabbed the 'awkward elevator shot' since its gorgeous inside

And now I want to know what shirt you wore to grab all the attention!!
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Beautiful pictures. Maybe we should have stayed there instead of the Hard Rock. Were there many kids there? It looks really peaceful so I'm guessing not! LOL!
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Oh the Portofino looks so pretty and relaxing!

Love the photo with Ben and the statue - he held the pose pretty well!
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Great pics!!! Especially liked the palm tree shot!
Thanks, I like that one too!

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I like the cat tile mosaic! I haven't been to Universal since 2001 and I've never seen the resorts so it's nice to see pics.
The mosaic was really neat! The Universal resorts were a nice surprise- we really like it there.

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He's a natural model

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Nice job with the pics! They are excellent. The fountain one is my favorite - though I am glad you grabbed the 'awkward elevator shot' since its gorgeous inside

And now I want to know what shirt you wore to grab all the attention!!
Thank you! The lobby elevators were the best. But even the West Wing elevators were very pretty.

I will post day 3 tonight, then I can tell you what my shirt was!

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Beautiful pictures. Maybe we should have stayed there instead of the Hard Rock. Were there many kids there? It looks really peaceful so I'm guessing not! LOL!
The Hard Rock was the hotel we didn't see much of. There were a lot of kids at the Royal Pacific. The Portofino didn't have many people, period- it was very quiet. But there were plenty of kids by the pool and it still managed to be peaceful, go figure

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Oh the Portofino looks so pretty and relaxing!

Love the photo with Ben and the statue - he held the pose pretty well!
I think he really captured the essence of that statue.
I can't stress enough how much we enjoyed Portofino!
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Just stopping by. I look forward to reading more.
The resort looks so pretty.
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