Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Universal Studios/Sea World > Universal Orlando Resorts & Hotels
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-22-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
tripplanner2
DIS Veteran
 
tripplanner2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Long Island
Posts: 2,538

HELP!!! Food and time onsite!

So because of flights and schedules we are lucky enough to have 11 full days in Orlando. Our plan was to have 3 days at Disney and then 8 at Universal. We have booked Royal Pacific and Wilderness Lodge. Here are my questions...Is there enough to do at Royal Pacific to last 8 days? Also, don't want to eat in restaurants for all of those meals. Way too expensive. Is there anything within walking distance to RP as far as shopping and food? I would love a deli or bagel bakery, maybe supermarket. We will have a car while at Disney but we are turning it in once we hit RP because of the crazy parking fees. Also, no fridge is concerning to me. I may invest in a cooler from Walmart before check in and just sacrifice it at the end of our trip. Ready to hear from the experts. Thanks for all advice.
__________________
tripplanner2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 12:46 AM   #2
macraven
Proud Redhead
Has the longest test on record
Iím a Universal Homie
 
macraven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: between milwaukee and chicago (in Tom Felton's house)
Posts: 54,825

Quote:
Originally Posted by tripplanner2 View Post
So because of flights and schedules we are lucky enough to have 11 full days in Orlando. Our plan was to have 3 days at Disney and then 8 at Universal. We have booked Royal Pacific and Wilderness Lodge. Here are my questions...Is there enough to do at Royal Pacific to last 8 days? Also, don't want to eat in restaurants for all of those meals. Way too expensive. Is there anything within walking distance to RP as far as shopping and food? I would love a deli or bagel bakery, maybe supermarket. We will have a car while at Disney but we are turning it in once we hit RP because of the crazy parking fees. Also, no fridge is concerning to me. I may invest in a cooler from Walmart before check in and just sacrifice it at the end of our trip. Ready to hear from the experts. Thanks for all advice.
well, i'm booked 11 days at rph and concerned i won't have enought time there................

bular bar opens at 4:00.
the portions are large, very plentiful.

last year i ordered the nachos and only ate 1/3 of them.
went solo so no one to finish up the food for me when i was at Bula Bar.

Orchid in the rph lobby has ala carte breakfast items.
they open at 6 each morning, closing at 11 on weekdays and noon on weekends.


there is a shopping section not far from PBH.
i don't remember of restaurants but they do have a walgreens with a refrigerator section.
you could get a styrofoam chest for about $4.00, fill it with ice at the hotel, store it in the bathtub in case of leaks.
use that to "refridgerate" your perishables.


hit the markets for food before you turn your rental car in at the darkside hotel.
i hit the Publix instead of walmart as it is closer to rph for me.

city walk has a burger king, moe's and one more fast food chain.
prices there are decent, won't break the bank.

there are not a lot of places in the UOR area for dining or picking up snacks.

Doubletree is about a 15-20 minute walk from UO and there are a few restaurants near that hotel.

before i hit the hotel, i usually get a few snacks such as fruit, crackers and water.
i don't eat 3 meals a day when i am on vacation.
i usually hit jakes or bula bar a few times as they are decent on prices and variety.
there are places in the parks i do eat at and they don't break the bank for me.
blondies has hand made sandwiches with potato salad.
same with boulangerie.
it's not the typical park food.

do you have children in your group or is it all adults?
kids usually snack so do a grocery stop and get what you know will be needed.
__________________
life is what happens to you on your way to achieving your dreams...........

macraven is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 06-23-2013, 07:26 AM   #3
tripplanner2
DIS Veteran
 
tripplanner2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Long Island
Posts: 2,538

Thank you so much for the reply. We have three children 14, 12, and 9 all girls. I was concerned because I was reading reviews of a dinner costing $300 for 2 people and they only ordered entrees and 1 bottle of wine. Also read bar drinks cost $15 each. That was the benefit of being able to walk everywhere! I actually looked into prices of a cooler from Walmart. May invest in a plastic one just so we don't have to worry about it leaking.
__________________
tripplanner2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #4
Bluer101
Waiting till vacation comes!
 
Bluer101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: South Florida
Posts: 3,332

Mac is right on with what to do. We bring our big cooler with drinks and cold stuff. Then we pack a medium storage container with all types of snacks and grab on the go things.

We budget $150 per day in food for the 3 of us. That's DW, DS (11), and myself. Now somedays we will use it all while splurging. We tend to eat a cheaper breakfast in Orchid lounge or at Burger King in CW. Then we will eat a sit down meal in the parks, at CW, or one of the hotels poolside. Then we have a full sit down for dinner. We budget $50 per meal for 3. If we go under that on anyone meal then the leftover money can be applied to another meal that day. If we don't use it we put it back into an overflow envelope in the safe. The key is to only take $150 out per day so you don't over spend. With left over money too allows us to but some things and snacks in the park, popcorn, churro s, etc.

Yes we are not running out and having expensive dishes off the menu but try to keep it under $15 per person. If one of us wants something that's more $$$ then one will offset with something cheaper. We will also get 2 items that we both like and share. Yes, we could afford to eat anything we want but this keeps the money in check. This also allows us to make multiple trips per year.

I forgot to add that most counter service is about the same price for your basic food at a sit down. So most choose a sit down, but there are a few counter service that are on our must hit list.

We leave Saturday for 9 days for our annual summer trip and we are looking forward to all the food and no cooking. 9 days is still not enough for us as we love Universal. This is why we do multiple trips per year even if we drive up on a Saturday morn and stay overnight and drive back Sunday night.

I forgot to add we are not drinkers and that could effect someone's budget a lot.
__________________
Royal Pacific is our second home. We stopped counting, too many trips. *
Making plans for next trip within next month or two!
Bluer101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #5
tripplanner2
DIS Veteran
 
tripplanner2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Long Island
Posts: 2,538

Thanks so much. So I found the Walgreens website. Looks like they have all we need. Now just to keep our food budget in check. As long as there are grab and go areas, we can afford 1 sit down per day.
__________________
tripplanner2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 10:43 AM   #6
macraven
Proud Redhead
Has the longest test on record
Iím a Universal Homie
 
macraven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: between milwaukee and chicago (in Tom Felton's house)
Posts: 54,825

Quote:
Originally Posted by tripplanner2 View Post
Thank you so much for the reply. We have three children 14, 12, and 9 all girls. I was concerned because I was reading reviews of a dinner costing $300 for 2 people and they only ordered entrees and 1 bottle of wine. Also read bar drinks cost $15 each. That was the benefit of being able to walk everywhere! I actually looked into prices of a cooler from Walmart. May invest in a plastic one just so we don't have to worry about it leaking.
if you want a drink and at rph, the bula bar has mixed drinks such as jack/coke at $5 during happy hours.
that starts at 5:00


in all the times i used those $4 styrofoam chests, it has never leaked.
i would stay cheap and leave the chest in the room when you check out.

in case it would leak, placing it in the bathtub would be a good thing.

AAA used to allow a 10% discount on any food/merch purchase in the parks.
i read that it changed and you need the food charge to be $50 before you get the discount.
if you have that AAA card, use it !
__________________
life is what happens to you on your way to achieving your dreams...........

macraven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 01:25 PM   #7
bumbershoot
DIS Veteran
 
bumbershoot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Tacoma WA
Posts: 43,360

Each time we've used a styrofoam cooler it has leaked. Definitely keep it in the bathtub, just in case.


I'm so jealous of these LONG stays....

We're big "do it again and again!" types, so staying for a long time would work really well for us. We're not content to just ride things once and go.
__________________

Made weight goal 1yr8m8days after starting...currently maintaining 85 lb loss thanks to Weight Watchers!
bumbershoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 03:49 PM   #8
rpbert1
DIS Veteran
 
rpbert1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Bangor Northern Ireland
Posts: 3,968

My DD loves RPR as we do, the pool area is always lively with lots of games going on for the kids[and big kids if you want to join in] being on her own helps her make lots of friends. You will prob find they might prefer to stay at the pool lol.
Like others say, we would eat quite a few times during our stay, at the loungers by the pool and order from the Bula grill, food is excellent, and the kids menu while limited is quite big portions.

as we havent been this year, i am sure there is a Panda Express at Citywalk as well , and we quite like the food there as well.

we also buy the styrofoam cooler, but usually put a towel under it ,just in case of leaks.
__________________
<a href="http://s14.photobucket.com/user/rpbert1/media/foxy/_dsc9476_1100x80_zps495f45fa.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a346/rpbert1/foxy/_dsc9476_1100x80_zps495f45fa.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo _dsc9476_1100x80_zps495f45fa.jpg"/></a>
rpbert1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2013, 11:36 PM   #9
buckeev
RedNeck Mouseketeer
 
buckeev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: 940 Miles WEST of Free Dining!
Posts: 1,289

We have no problem varying our eating choices at USO/City Walk, but we usually end up hitting our faves multiple times. The Burger King/Moe's/Panda Express food court is great, busy, but predictable and reasonably priced.
We love The Kitchen Restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel, and the staff there is awesome.
Can't wait till December...we're taking our 6 y/o granddaughter to Orlando for her first time!
__________________
"Give me yall's PIXIE DUST, and ain't nobody gets hurt!"

buckeev is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2013, 06:12 AM   #10
tripplanner2
DIS Veteran
 
tripplanner2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Long Island
Posts: 2,538

Thanks for all the replies. I will leave things as is. I will try to find some menus so I can work on food budget.
__________________
tripplanner2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2013, 06:42 AM   #11
Bluer101
Waiting till vacation comes!
 
Bluer101's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: South Florida
Posts: 3,332

Quote:
Originally Posted by tripplanner2 View Post
Thanks for all the replies. I will leave things as is. I will try to find some menus so I can work on food budget.
Here is all the menus resort wide.

http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2681315
__________________
Royal Pacific is our second home. We stopped counting, too many trips. *
Making plans for next trip within next month or two!
Bluer101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2013, 09:40 AM   #12
patster734
Proud Redhead>
Not the sad bluehead
 
patster734's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Raytown, Missouri
Posts: 2,627

Instead of a styrofoam cooler, purchase a fold up cooler that resembles a small dufflebag. Fold it up and store it in your luggage prior to your trip. When you need it, take it out and use it. When you are done with it, empty it out, dry it off, and fold it back up and place back in your luggage. An empty, folded up dufflebag cooler doesn't take up much luggage space.

And think of investing in an AAA membership if you don't have one. Most restaurants and shops at USO offer 10% discounts on food, drinks (non-alcoholic), and souveniers.
__________________


I'm no longer the blue haired stepchild! I've been promoted to proud redhead!

patster734 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:55 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.