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One day or two, express pass, staying on prperty....argh too many questions!

Discussion in 'Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure Forums' started by Alexsandra, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Alexsandra

    Alexsandra Ready for the next adventure

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    Hi everyone, I am going to Orlando mid September with my husband for our wedding anniversary. We are staying at WDW at the Polynesian and have planed 5 days there. I have two more days that I was going to use to visit US and IOA. My husband and I have never been and we really want to see HP world. We are not big thrill seekers as we both get motion sickness so planning on skipping most roller coasters (but not planning on skipping forbidden journey lol).
    First we were thinking of staying at Portofinos for 2 days and doing one park on each day that way taking advantage of express pass and early admission to HP.
    Since we are not planning on renting a car we would have to take taxi or mears to US then to airport.
    Now I am thinking it might be a hassle to move to another resort.

    So my question is can I do US and IOA in one day in September without express pass if planning on skipping most rides in IOA? Or is 2 days necessary to enjoy the parks?
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    Should I just stay on Disney property whole time and taxi/mears over for one day? That way not switching hotels, no moving luggage, and taking a day to rest by pool?
     
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  3. damo

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    September is a lovely time to visit crowd wise. It is very hot though. That's why staying onsite in September is lovely. You can visit in the morning, go back to the hotel for a nice swim in the afternoon and have some lunch and then go back to the parks a bit later.

    You don't really need the express pass but it is always nice.
     
  4. Alexsandra

    Alexsandra Ready for the next adventure

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    I did not think of that. I forgot you can go to hotels in afternoon, lol!
     
  5. macraven

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    if you do a one day only trip, avoid the weekends.

    hhn begins on the 20th and the studios will close early.



    when someone states "mid sept", the dates of 15-20 pop into my mind.
    don't know your dates but i answer based on what i consider mid month.

    you have 7 days to use on this vacation.
    5 of them are at the poly.

    not sure if you are doing ioa in the middle of your poly stay or after.
     
  6. bumbershoot

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    I think staying at Portofino Bay for an anniversary is a lovely, romantic idea, so I highly recommend that. :) So you move hotels and use a cab, it'll be OK! It's packing plus the time for the cab ride. (OK and then unpacking) In my own personal opinion, it's well worth it.

    Even if FJ is the only thrill-type ride you do, being able to get on the other rides quicker than you would in standby is still worth it. In my own personal opinions. Allows for more re-rides!
     
  7. AprilRenee

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    This is what DH and I did last jan! It was great!
    http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com/universal/tickets.htm

    Our bus picked us up at our Disney hotel and dropped us off at universal. Then when we knew what time we wanted to head back to the hotel we gave them a call and set up our pick up time. It was perfect.

    Also, as a bonus, the tickets got us in for early admission with the people staying at a universal resort. It was awesome!! I had heard a rumor on the DIS that that was the case but was nervous to try it. So as we were leaving on our first universal day I asked the ticket takers to look at my ticket and tell me if I was able to get in early the next day. Several of them looked at it and said yes, it had the right code for early admission. Sure enough we had no trouble at all the next morning! :)
     
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    Oh! And if you aren't big roller coaster fans I would say a 2 park/1 day pass would be enough for you. I was pregnant when we went so I couldn't ride any roller coasters (and DH gets sick) so 1 day was all that we needed. We had gotten 2 day passes already so just spent the second morning there to get a little more Harry potter time in. But we didn't need it. One day would have been plenty.
     
  9. Alexsandra

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    I am arriving the 12th of September and leaving the 20th. I
    am staying first five days at POly (or that is what I have booked for now!)
    I was going to fit in US on the end of Vacation as it is a new experience for me. I was going to cab over to POrtofinos early morning on Wed the 18th and visit US on the same day, then on the Thurs the 19th, visit IOA so can get early admission to HP. I am flying out on the 20th so I don,t have to worry about HHN

    However, if i decide on one day/2parks I would most probably go on Tuesday the 17th.
     
  10. Alexsandra

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    Thanks for the info. I was going to get my US tickets with my aeroplan points (so for free) but that transport/ticket deal might be interesting if we consider to not spend our points after all.
    Now that you confirmed it can be done in one day, I might just do that.

    Plus my DS who is 6, really is begging me to bring him to see HP. SInce we are going again with the kids in March, I might just go to IOA for one day to make him happy. THe only reason I was going to avoid it was because we will have my three year old with us too. However, I read that the baby swap is really good and that there are a few rides and splash areas he can enjoy. At least I can scout out the park this September to see if it is worth bringing them.
     
  11. Alexsandra

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    Oh, by the way, your baby is too adorable!
     
  12. damo

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    Trying to shove two parks into one day with kids really isn't a very good way to experience the parks for your first time. You can do the highlights of both parks but you will never be able to enjoy everything. There are several play and discover centres for kids as well as shows that you won't be able to really enjoy if you are trying to only use one day. Next year, the new Harry Potter area will open at the Studios and there's no way you'll be able to do both parks in one day.

    You could probably do one day this time, but next time I'd plan two with the kiddos.
     
  13. Alexsandra

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    When is the new HP area supposed to open? I heard it is in June 2014. I am going back in March for Canadian spring break (1st to the 8th).
    I did not think there was enough stuff to do with a 3 and 6 year old in 2 days but I am just guessing based on reviews.
    I still can't decide if I want to do 2 days or 1 on this anniversary trip. Maybe it will be more relaxing to stay onsite and take our time.
    I don't know what to do.
     
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    You're right it isn't opening until the summer. Won't be new stuff for March Break.

    You won't regret staying onsite. It just makes the whole experience so much more immersive.
     
  15. Alexsandra

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    Thanks for the input. I think I will just go ahead and stay onsite. I will talk to my husband about it tonight and make a final decision.
     
  16. macraven

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    do a 2 day stay.
    rates are cheaper those dates. if you have AAA, try for a room discount.

    do the park to park tickets for convenience.

    with a 6 yo with you, they will find plenty to do in both parks.
    hit the seuss interactive section there. it is a fun section to do!

    if you decide to stick with a one day visit and hit both parks, you will cut yourself short.

    you can do the highlights easily but you will have to take a pass on seeing all of the parks.
    there are plenty of little things that create fun times and memories.

    mystic fountain is a section that amuses the public.
    the "fountain" talks to the guests around it.

    gotta give yourself time to take it all in as it is not scripted.
    you wouldn't get the full effect of this humor the rock has if you did a quick walk by.

    when you do day visits only and not stay onsite, you won't get the full effect of what UO has to offer newbies.

    how ever you plan to do UO, i hope it is enjoyable for you and the family.
     
  17. Alexsandra

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    Thank you! Great advise!
    It is our 10th anniversary trip, and the first trip without the kids so I will spend the extra cash. I don't want to be stressed or rushed while visiting and it will be nice to be able to just take in all the details and maybe go back to the resort in the afternoon to take a dip in the pool. ANd POrtofino BAy looks so romantic, I think it will add something special to our trip.:love:
    So I decided to stick with my original plan: to stay at Portofino Bay for 2 nights and doing US on my check in date and IOA the next morning so can utilize early admission to HP.

    Now I just have to see how to get from Disney's Polynesian to Portofino Bay and then to airport on my departure day. I have to compare prices of Taxi vs Mears. I can rent a car on points but think it might come up to as much as taxi if I have to pay for parking and gas. PLus it will be a hassel to pick up a car and drop off at airport.

    Oh and for the trip with the kids in March, I will definitely consider going to Universal with them. At least I will have a chance to scout out the attractions and shows appropriate for them.

    THanks for everyone's help!:goodvibes
     
  18. rschaen

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    Also worth noting (didn't see it mentioned above) is that a one night stay gets you 2 days of express pass if that matters. You could stay somewhere cheaper after second day and use the $$ for shuttle. Still a pain to move again but it is what it is. :)
     

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