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A December Universal TR
A December Universal TR
Welcome to another Universal TR! This is my 4th one since 2017 when we started taking Universal-only trips, and it will probably be my last for awhile as we don’t have any more Universal plans for the next couple of years. After 2 fall trips and 1 early summer trip, this time around we were celebrating the holidays! But before we get into how we ended up visiting during Christmas time, let’s go over who was on this trip. Our group had expanded quite a bit from our last few visits!
Up first is me, khertz, your TR narrator!
I take meticulous notes during our trip so that I can put together these TRs when we get home. I’m wife to 1 and mom to 2, and I have done my best to bring up my children as theme park fans like DH & I are! We are definitely a Disney family, but Universal has always been a part of my Disney history, as we have almost always spent some time there during our Disney visits. The two go hand in hand for me, mostly. I work as an RN to fund our trips, and I’m always counting down to the next vacation. My Universal favorites would include Harry Potter, frozen Butterbeer, Transformers, Jurassic Park, and the Brookie sundae dessert at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.
Next is DH, the photographer of the group.
You’ll find out why the sad face at the end of this TR… lol
He works as an engineer to fund our trips, but he dabbles in photography as a hobby. So he takes 90% of our photos aside from the few I catch on my phone. He loves Disney and Universal as much as I do, so we are a perfect match! Some of his favorites at Universal would include The Simpsons, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Universal’s Horror Makeup Show, and the Marvel superheroes.
DS may look familiar!
He has been our Universal partner in crime for the previous 3 Universal-only trips. He got a little spoiled by getting to go as the only kid since his little sister was too short to ride much. He works hard at school in 3rd grade and in Cub Scouts. Some of his Universal favorites are Harry Potter, casting spells in the Wizarding World, foot long hot dogs at Fast Food Boulevard, Toothless & How to Train Your Dragon, Jurassic Park, and Men In Black.
Rounding out our immediate family is DD.
While technically this wasn’t her first trip (we took her several times as an infant), it was the first time she can actually remember, and the first time she really got to ride and experience a lot of things in the parks. I was a bit worried going in to it that she would be too scared by a lot of the attractions, so you’ll have to stay tuned in to see how she did.
Finally, meet my parents, fondly referred to as Nonni & Poppi.
On our past Universal trips, they kept DD for us while DH, DS, and myself enjoyed the parks. This time, they decided to come with us! We were happy to have them along, and they were happy to go with the flow and join in with whatever we had planned.
Our dates were December 6th-10th. We settled on those dates because we had originally booked for October but realized it would mean missing my cousin’s wedding, which we were all asked to be a part of. So we looked at different times and decided we would love to see the holiday festivities but wanted to avoid holiday crowds, so we settled on a weekend early in the month. DH, DS, and I have APs and we were lucky enough to get the 3 extra months free promotion when we renewed last year, so it made a holiday visit possible! My parents and DD took advantage of the buy 2 days get 3 days free tickets.
We stayed at the Orlando International Resort Club, where we had stayed back in May. All of the units there are 2 bedrooms, so it was plenty of room for the 6 of us, and it was very close to the parks. Although all of our nights were covered at this resort with our Wyndham points, we also booked one night at Royal Pacific Resort on Sunday night to get the benefit of the unlimited express passes for two of our days.
Whew! If you made it through all of that, let’s get to the fun stuff!! Family Vacations Are Universal!