Hard Rock vs. Portofino Bay?

jerseygal

DIS Veteran
Joined
Jan 1, 2008
We have stayed at all three, but Our preference is HRH because of its great walking proximity to parks:cheer2:
 

danno561

Earning My Ears
Joined
Jul 4, 2005
Having stayed at both many times, another vote for Hard Rock but I think it depends on your interests. Portofino is much more relaxing and therapeutic while Hard Rock is high energy. Plus, I love loud classic rock music!
 

smiths02

DIS Veteran
Joined
Feb 13, 2009
We stayed at Portofino last week. The boat service was excellent. We always just walked on.
We enjoyed Sal's and Mama Della's with no reservations and no wait.
The walk wasn't bad in the April weather either.
Upgraded to deluxe room with semi'private patio, so nice for a family of 5
We did eat at the Hard Rock and liked it.
 

zebsterama

DIS Veteran
Joined
Mar 8, 2008
We've stayed at both, and it depends on what you like. I would choose PBH because it quieter, more beautiful IMO, and further away from the action. The boat ride to the parks is just fine / easy to access. If your desire is to be within walking distance, then HRH is a no brainer - but it can get a little boisterous at times. If that's OK with you / then great. Either is not a bad choice IMO.

Have fun!
 

CPanther95

Mummyketeer
Joined
Aug 4, 2000
I consider the PBH to still be within walking distance, although it is farther. I think the last time I timed it, it took us 11 minutes to walk - with a stroller - from the PBH boat dock to the security checkpoint right next to the Studios entrance. If we aren't getting on the next boat, we walk.
 

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