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Old 07-09-2012, 11:31 AM   #16
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Count me on not staying there either. I just hope this does not drive up the price of the other 3 hotels.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #17
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Stay in the expensive hotels to get the unlimited EP but not at the value level...nothing wrong with that. I like the retro look of the hotel...nothing wrong with that either.
There is nothing wrong with either (did my post indicate that? I didn't mean to.)

I just think it's a bit reductive of Disney's value resorts, theming-wise. A bit unoriginal. Thats all.

I can also foresee some confusion, if Loews doesn't make it clear that unlimited express isn't included. The press release didn't indicate that (as far as I saw), but it was listed in the blog. I would just hate to see any uproar from a family who books a suite there and then arrives onsite to find out they dont have unlimited express. All I'm saying is that Loews needs to be very clear on this.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #18
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no luxury
no express unlimited usage

no thanks.




I'll stay at RPH and enjoy the perks.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:51 AM   #19
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no luxury
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no thanks.

I'll stay at RPH and enjoy the perks.
Us too.

I bet no pool hoping either.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:59 AM   #20
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The press release I saw does say no express, just early entry. I didn't see anything indicating the family suites would get the express, so I guess we'll wait and see on that. I sent back about the pool hopping to the Uni employee who forwarded me the press release, so far haven't seen a response, so I guess we'll have to wait to find out on that too. We don't generally go during the peak times, either, and usually stay with my sister who currently lives in Kissimmee, and will be on the east side of Orlando by the time this hotel opens, too, but I can see if the price is right we might stay here occasionally, in slow season the express isn't really needed anyway.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:22 PM   #21
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There is nothing wrong with either (did my post indicate that? I didn't mean to.)
Now...you know better than that.

I was agreeing with you.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:39 PM   #22
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I didn't see any transportation information for the new hotel. I wonder if they will extend the Citywalk lagoon past RPR to the new hotel so that they will have boat transportation like the other three hotels. And if so, will they modify the Citywalk boat dock to accomodate 4 boats.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:59 PM   #23
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Without express pass I won;t stay there and I have no need of a family suite.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:13 PM   #24
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but will not offer complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Access.
No where does it say they won't offer a limited express pass like the express plus with one ride per pass

I can also see it as a lower priced hotel with options a la carte, a way to upsell you express passes at different levels - express, express plus, express unlimited, one park , two park = more savings for you by only paying for what you want.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:21 PM   #25
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I was agreeing with you.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:32 PM   #26
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if the price allows me to stay longer, I would totally stay there!
I think ( your view may vary) but my opinion is that universal has needed a "value" resort for some time.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:36 PM   #27
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That looks amazing!

They really need a hotel like this. Somewhere larger families can stay so they are still on site but not quite the cost of the current hotels. The early entry is great, most times of the year express isn't really needed (since most visit Disney too and no express pass there) I bet a lot wont really miss it.

We may have to add one or two nights here....of course if we can tear ourselves away from RPR!
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:58 PM   #28
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Oops...just posted this on the main board!!! Sorry Metro!


Looks like a fun resort. I'm not surprised about the no unlimited express though. With 1800 rooms being added on, giving them free express would ruin the system.

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Old 07-09-2012, 05:50 PM   #29
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As stated, I wonder if they will offer a Universal Express PLUS (not Unlimited) benefit at this resort, for UOR knows that Express is really the main draw to their resorts. Perhaps, they will integrate this with the Ride Reservation System things they're testing at IoA.

The resort, itself, looks alright, but I prefer the others.

I, too, wonder if they will extend the waterway to this resort. Someone on Inside the Magic mentioned that the "original plan" (never seen it) included a waterway connecting the two theme parks and CityWalk to all FIVE hotels. Maybe, they'll move Wet 'n' Wild between RPR and CBBR (first to use the abbreviation!) with a boat stop.
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No, but they are going to offer early entry so more people will pack into Harry Potter.
I'd imagine that the guests of the new hotel will take advantage of their early entry perc.

Worst case scenario:

900 suites @ max occupancy of 6 & 900 rooms @ max occupancy of 4 = juggernaut of up to 9,000 HP fans at the gates bright and early on any given day.

they might syphon off % of guests at preferred hotels or perhaps Universal will eliminate that sort of offiste perc but even another 5,000 a day is a big jump in attendence.

I predict that those paying premium rates at the existing onsite hotels will raise a lament so loud Universal will then offer FOTL for the main HP attractions hey, it could happen
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