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Old 08-22-2005, 05:24 PM   #196
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You mean to tell me that the exit behind the slide has reopened? I walked through that area earlier this month and thought that it was closed off as a means to get to the parks. Please confirm. I ended up using the exit that was on the other side of the pool.
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Old 08-22-2005, 06:52 PM   #197
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i am getting confused on this now.

the shortcut i have always used is on the south side of hrh.
you cut thru the bar area, make a sharp right (away from the pool)
you walk about 20 feet and in front of you is the iron gate where you use your hotel key when you are reentering.

once you pass thru this gate, you enter the parking lot or can walk the half circle to the left of it on the sidewalk. it empties out to the area after the busses.
then the entrance to the studios is straight ahead. it is only a 4 minute walk tops.

the other way to walk over to the studios is around the left side of the pool and take the sidewalk stroll along the waterway.
that walk is about 10 minutes.


the exit by the bar area was closed last year due to repairs from the hurricane. i was there the first week or so in october and could not use it.
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Old 08-23-2005, 01:12 PM   #198
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I apologise.I was talking about the one that is left of the pool area.I didn't even know there was one by the bar! I wish I knew about that last week when it was 95 plus!

I think Pauldents said he used this one in June.Three minute walk is better than ten.
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Old 08-23-2005, 08:43 PM   #199
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thats ok firestorm, you werent aware of the shortcut.

last october it was closed due to repairs from the last hurricane. they said it should be opened about two weeks after i left. i just wanted to make sure it was now operating.

four years ago, my son and i walked all the way, the long way as we missed the boat shuttle to the park. it was hot in june and a long walk.........

for three years we did not know about the shortcut.
we found out by accident. it was late and we were so tired and followed a couple that used their hotel key to use the shortcut. thats how we found out about it.
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Old 08-28-2005, 05:05 PM   #200
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Are there any rooms at the HR that have patios/balconies? I can't remember seeing any & I just looked thru 14 pages & didnt' see anyone mention one - Hmmmmmmmm?
Anyone ever stay in one?
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Old 08-28-2005, 07:40 PM   #201
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no, the hrh does not have balconies or patios.
when i was on the club level last year, i think it was a wrought iron on the outside of the windows.

windows do not open.
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Old 08-31-2005, 07:59 AM   #202
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Does anyone know of any other "secrets" for HRH besides the walkway? I have been there twice, and going for 5 nights in Oct. I plan on spending a little more time at the hotel this time and was wondering what else to do besides the pool. Have cabana #2 for Friday dive in movie ( 10/28 Hocus Pocus). and am staying at club level. I have plans to go to HHN on Thursday and Sunday, already got express for those nights too. I may take a day for Seaworld, but only if I get sick of the parks. I have not been to Seaworld in years and would like to return.
I mostly want to enjoy the park, the pool and the hotel. Like a resort vacation, but a little more wild!!
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Old 08-31-2005, 11:45 AM   #203
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i have stayed twice on the club level. one tip, go early for the breakfast items as some people come in and hoard them......it happened to us on one morning. i think it is 10 when they take away all the breakfast items in the club lounge. they do not leave any of it there.

also take the half soda cans to your room. last october they did not have them all during the day. they restocked at the food times. the place, hrh, was overbooked the time i was there, maybe that made a difference.

don't miss the sweet hour, it was grand for the 4 days i was there.

one thing we enjoyed was taking the elevator to each floor. we got out and looked at all the celebrity stuff in that area by the elevator. we took pics on each floor. there are 6 elevators so you really don't have to wait very long to get another one once you have looked around on that floor.

we used the work out/fitness room only twice. not as impressed with it as golds gym we go to. very limited there.

if you check out at 11 and have to wait until evening for your ride to the airport, leave your luggage in the storage area, the valet men will take care of that for you. you can go to the park or do the pool, or take the water taxi or bus to the other two hotels and look around there.

you are allowed to shower and change in the pool room area if you desire to before you leave the hotel.

the breakfast buffet at royal pacific is so much better and cheaper than the kitchen. i will be doing that again this october.


when in october will you be there?
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Old 09-01-2005, 12:17 PM   #204
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Walkway

Regarding the walkway by the Beach Club, it is closed and I doubt it will be open to the public again.

We were there this past weekend (8/27 - 8/29), and it had a big sign on the outside that said "Employees Only", and we couldn't even open it from the inside (pool area) without an employee key card. It was also closed last August when we were there, although it didn't have the Employees Only sign. I think there was too much traffic walking through the Beach Club. It's too bad, since it cut a lot of time off the walk to the parks.
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that bums me out.

i always used the shortcut at hrh.

last year it had the sign up employees only but my card key worked to get in one time.


anyhoot, i will just be glad to be there in october.
thanks for the heads up.
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Old 09-03-2005, 06:58 AM   #206
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Hey, sorry if this has already been asked, I've tried it in it's own thread but had no reply, I was wondering if anyone knows approxiamately how far/long a walk it is from HRH to the hearest I-Ride Trolley stop? And if it is an easy walk i.e. no big roads etc... Thanks
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i did this one time and it was many years ago.

to me, it was not worth it since i had three kids with me.

if i remember correctly, we walked universal blvd to hrh.
guessing it was about a 15 minute walk but we had suitcases to lug with us.

we did the lynx bus from downtown disney, transferred by sea world to go to universal. $1.50 a ticket, cheap

i think one of the buses leaves on the hour and the other leaves on the half hour. if you time it right, it won't take forever like it did us.

go to the lynx website, you wil get detailed information on it and a phone number for help.

some people swear by the bus system from disney to universal, they really like it. for me, i just want the faster way from one hotel to another.
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Old 09-07-2005, 08:57 PM   #208
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It's true, the short cut from the Beach Club is closed - employees only. My family and I loved the location from the HRH since we were on the first floor by the pool and in 10 minutes we were at the Studios. The room was nice but the carpets could have used a good cleaning or they need to replace them. Nice toiletries but no shower cap. I asked the housekeeping staff but she didn't speak English and she let me look around in her cart - but no shower caps. Food was great at the Beach Club - huge portions! We ate twice at The Kitchen and found that the breakfast buffet ok and pricey but the dinner was fantastic and worth it! Had the Thai chicken wraps which was a starter but I had it as an entree and still couldn't finish it! My DH had the meatloaf which he enjoyed very much and my DD had 2 starters - the shrimp cocktail and the crab cake. She didn't like the sauce with the crab cake - too much lime and would have preferred tartar sauce. Definitely would stay here again and FOTL is too good of a thing to give up!
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Old 09-09-2005, 09:44 AM   #209
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OK, so now I guess I have a silly question. I've only stayed at HRH once and the only way I know to get to the Studios/IOA is through that gate by the Beach Club. How do you have to go now?
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walk east/ around the pool to the left.

once you hit the building where the showers are stop.
do not walk straight as that would take you to the boat area.
turn right on the sidewalk and yu can walk to the same area where you would have used the short cut way.

you can walk the other shortcut way which is about 4 minutes or so.
you can take the boat which is on the east side of hrh. follow the sidewalk to it, can't be missed.

or take the long walk on the sidewalk that follows the path of the boat.
if you take the long walk, 10 minutes, you empty out in the same area as the other walk would take you.

you can take the bus to the other hotels if you wish.
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