We are doing a split stay starting this weekend. 6 nights Disney 2 nights Universal. We have stayed at Royal Pacific and Hard Rock Hotel. They are both beautiful resorts. If you like the Polynesian then you will like Royal Pacific. Theme is very tropical. We are staying at the Hard Rock this time. I love the rock and roll theme and the closeness to the parks. I have never stayed at Portifino but have read good reports. We didn't rent a car due to the cost since there are 6 of us and luggage. Instead have set up to be picked up at Beach Club to HRH then from HRH to airport. Of course, we are using Magical Express for Hotel to Disney. We haven't been to Universal in about 8 years, so we are real excited. You should listen to your family and split up your trip. You will enjoy yourself and so will your family. Go make great memories. I sure plan too!