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Old 06-11-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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Rooms for families of 6 -- newbie

I've only been to Universal once back in the late 90s, so I'm a complete newbie to the parks and hotels. I've learned enough that staying onsite is a big advantage but there doesn't seem to be rooms for larger families. Do we just have to book 2 normal rooms or are there suites/villas to book comparable to WDW? I'm specifically interested in Portofino.

Also, I know the Express Pass is complimentary if onsite, but how do you buy regular admission tickets if not buying a package? We only want to spend 1 night/2 days there.

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I believe most of the rooms max out at 5 people. Suites are essentially just 2 standard rooms that adjoin. https://www.universalorlando.com/Hot...ry-Suites.aspx

Try Undercover Tourist for tickets at a discount.
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you can buy the express passes on the UO website.
also check UT.

don't buy the ex pass in advance.
wait until you are at the parks to make that decision.
they are park and date related, non refundable.
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I believe they were asking about buying park tickets since they said: "Also, I know the Express Pass is complimentary if onsite, but how do you buy regular admission tickets if not buying a package? We only want to spend 1 night/2 days there. "
starsweeper----if you want to stay on site I'm pretty sure you would have to book two rooms.
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There are suites that can have 7-10 people
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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You can stay in a Portofino on Villa Suite in the Portofino. The main bedroom has two queen beds and the parlor has a pullout.
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You can stay in a Portofino on Villa Suite in the Portofino. The main bedroom has two queen beds and the parlor has a pullout.
Totally Agree! I come from a family of 6. The Portofino has a number of suites. You would just need the one with the two queen beds. There is also the two-bedroom suite, with a parlor, king bedroom, and 2 queen bedroom. I know those have a small kitchenette too - but they are quite pricey. We splurged one year and LOVED IT!!!!!!

We have always found though - that it is typically cheaper to get two rooms.
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We also require 2 rooms. All of the onsite hotels guarantee connecting rooms for parents traveling with children. But only in the garden rooms. We did get a Portofino suite booked with a discount and it wasn't 433/nt (30%off I think) you can request two rooms connected when you book. The customer service is pretty great and you'll probably get them

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The new on-site resort that's under construction - Cabana Key Beach - has family suites that will sleep 6.

That's where we're planning on staying when we travel down in May -- but they don't offer the unlimited express ticket thing for the parks.
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