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Old 06-17-2013, 08:44 AM   #31
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Okay thanks. One more question, and thanks for all your help. Just to verify if we stay onsite but book it separately we will get Express passes AND early admission to Wwohp?
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:47 AM   #32
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Okay thanks. One more question, and thanks for all your help. Just to verify if we stay onsite but book it separately we will get Express passes AND early admission to Wwohp?
Anyone that stays at the 3 onsite hotels get unlisted express and early entry. This is the hotel perk its up to you to purchase a way into the park, tickets or annual passes.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:03 AM   #33
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Awesome thanks. Is there any way to price what a room with AAA discount is before buying the membership?

Argh I'm so freaking excited and the trip is 119 days away. I tried my hardest to convince DH we should just drive down (instead of flying and the drive is almost 25 hrs) on 4th of July weekend instead of waiting until Oct but he wasn't hearing it lol. I just can't wait!
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:15 AM   #34
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Awesome thanks. Is there any way to price what a room with AAA discount is before buying the membership?

Argh I'm so freaking excited and the trip is 119 days away. I tried my hardest to convince DH we should just drive down (instead of flying and the drive is almost 25 hrs) on 4th of July weekend instead of waiting until Oct but he wasn't hearing it lol. I just can't wait!
I don't know about AAA but you could possibly call an office and ask. You can check out annual pass discount by putting in APH in the promotion box.

We leave next Saturday for 9 days but our drive is just over 2 hours. We enjoy 4th of July week every year.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:19 AM   #35
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If you have the means, I personally think that staying on property is absolutely magical If you are looking for a moderate resort, I highly suggest Port Orleans Riverside. The grounds are GORGEOUS, and if you ever want leave the parks midday and come back for fireworks, they have an awesome swimming pool, surrey bikes, and fishing. I can't recommend Riverside enough!
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:28 AM   #36
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Thx I will call an office and ask, can't hurt. Do you go to Universal for 9 days? Or do a Disney trip too?
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:31 AM   #37
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justanotherbelle, this is the Universal Studios thread but when we do Disney we always stay onsite :D I have done Riverside before but our room was SO far away from the bus stop and the walk with tired small children was awful lol. We did a family suite at All Star Music the next time and absolutely loved it! Next time we do Disney (in 2014 for sure) we are going to try a family suite at Art of Animation, I can't wait! I sure do wish we lived closer to FL so we could do more trips
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:39 AM   #38
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unlimited usage of the express lines
early entry
star service system for your room needs

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This is why we love doing on our summer trips. It is a real relaxing vacation.



Nope, just like Mac and the rest that help, you will see. You will be hooked with the VIP treatment of staying onsite.
We just returned, stayed onsite at RPR for 2 nights. I'm curious what "star service" and "VIP treatment" are supposed to be because we saw none of that. We loved the location of the hotel, the convenience of the water taxi, the unlimited EP and early entry. But other than that, we saw nothing evenly remotely resembling VIP treatment. Maybe other hotels are better at this?
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We just returned, stayed onsite at RPR for 2 nights. I'm curious what "star service" and "VIP treatment" are supposed to be because we saw none of that. We loved the location of the hotel, the convenience of the water taxi, the unlimited EP and early entry. But other than that, we saw nothing evenly remotely resembling VIP treatment. Maybe other hotels are better at this?
the packets and hotel information you receive when you check in explains it.
what isn't explained when you check in, is in that brochure.
the TM always mentions to me to look thru the papers i am given when i check in.
it also includes the movies for dive in night and the daily weekly schedule for the pool activities and hotel activities.

the phone in your hotel room has a button marked Star Service.
push that button and make your requests.
service is fast with them.

forgot your comb?
call SS and they will provide you one.
free.

vip, want turn down service, request it.
no robe in your room, push star service button.
need information of cab service, cinema movie times/shows, help with your luggage at check out, etc.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:03 AM   #40
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Yes and she recruits another agent every time someone stays onsite.

We usually do only value hotels at Disney but hate to do anything but onsite at Universal. There is a reason why everyone recommends that if you do a split stay of Universal and WDW you do Universal last- You really will get spoiled by the convenience and the perks and dread having to go back to planning every detail of your day at WDW well in advance (and I am saying this as someone who loves WDW also). My only caution is once you stay onsite you will not want to visit any other way.
I agree! Last month (May 10th-20th) we stayed ten nights at Bonnet Creek, but then spent two nights over at Royal Pacific at Universal, using an AP discount. Since I already had those ten nights at Bonnet Creek and couldn't change any of those days, I had to think long and hard if we really wanted to pay twice for a hotel for those two nights. In the end I just couldn't stay offsite, so the condo over at Bonnet Creek just sat empty, with our stuff in it, the two nights we were at Universal. My elderly mom was with us and even though we had the condo over at WDW, staying onsite was so worth it with her. We were able to take her back to the resort for an afternoon rest and the second day she decided to just stay at the hotel. We loved not having to drive back and forth from WDW to Universal for those days, and of course early entry and express pass were invaluable. We hate lines, so loved being able to walk right on just about everything.

I'm going back down there solo in Sept, then again with my husband and mom in Dec. We are again staying at Bonnet Creek over at WDW for both trips. For the Dec trip we are again definitely spending one or two nights over at Universal and will just let the condo sit empty those nights. I know we could have just booked the condo for two less nights and then spent the last two nights over at Universal, but we like going to Universal during midweek, instead of the more crowded weekends. Using an AP discount for the Universal room and for no more than we're paying for the BC condo ($60.00 per night) it's not a big deal to leave it empty those two nights. As far as the Sept trip, I planned on just spending the whole week at Bonnet Creek and then just driving over to Universal a couple of days. However, just the last few days I have been having second thoughts. Since I'll be solo, I really, really don't want to drive back and forth those two days fighting traffic in an unfamiliar area, plus I reaaaaally love that early entry and express pass perk you get at Universal. My AP is still good, so I could get a room at Royal Pacific for just $167.00 (including taxes).

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Old 06-22-2013, 05:47 AM   #41
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I agree! Last month (May 10th-20th) we stayed ten nights at Bonnet Creek, but then spent two nights over at Royal Pacific at Universal, using an AP discount. Since I already had those ten nights at Bonnet Creek and couldn't change any of those days, I had to think long and hard if we really wanted to pay twice for a hotel for those two nights. In the end I just couldn't stay offsite, so the condo over at Bonnet Creek just sat empty, with our stuff in it, the two nights we were at Universal. My elderly mom was with us and even though we had the condo over at WDW, staying onsite was so worth it with her. We were able to take her back to the resort for an afternoon rest and the second day she decided to just stay at the hotel. We loved not having to drive back and forth from WDW to Universal for those days, and of course early entry and express pass were invaluable. We hate lines, so loved being able to walk right on just about everything.

I'm going back down there solo in Sept, then again with my husband and mom in Dec. We are again staying at Bonnet Creek over at WDW for both trips. For the Dec trip we are again definitely spending one or two nights over at Universal and will just let the condo sit empty those nights. I know we could have just booked the condo for two less nights and then spent the last two nights over at Universal, but we like going to Universal during midweek, instead of the more crowded weekends. Using an AP discount for the Universal room and for no more than we're paying for the BC condo ($60.00 per night) it's not a big deal to leave it empty those two nights. As far as the Sept trip, I planned on just spending the whole week at Bonnet Creek and then just driving over to Universal a couple of days. However, just the last few days I have been having second thoughts. Since I'll be solo, I really, really don't want to drive back and forth those two days fighting traffic in an unfamiliar area, plus I reaaaaally love that early entry and express pass perk you get at Universal. My AP is still good, so I could get a room at Royal Pacific for just $167.00 (including taxes).
You are not the only one to do this. There were a few times back when free dinning at WDW was really a great bargain and was using Magical Express that we would leave our hotel empty a day or two at POP Century and stay onsite at Universal. This allowed us extra credits at WDW for use on some 2 table service meals and still be able to go back and take advantage of magical express to the airport. Now, though we just plan Universal at the end of the trip so we can end things on a much more relaxing way. Either way is fine though as long as we get our Universal/IOA fix each trip
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:34 PM   #42
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Jumping on the proverbial pile to share my onsite love.

Would not stay there any other way!! Resorts are top notch AND you get FOTL. It truly adds a priceless value to be able to slow down and "smell the roses" or in this case the mummy dust. We are also hooked on club level so we are always back to the resort on time for beer o'clock, and have a day or two that are strict pool and enjoy the resort days.

We tour Disney this way too, but have to give up seeing a lot of attractions.
I love beer o'clock.
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