Hate crowds but running out of time...

Discussion in 'Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure Forums' started by ahill004, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. ahill004

    ahill004 DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2007
    We have until end of august for our annual passes. However due to sports schedules we are limited with when we can travel back down to Florida. Looking at either Memorial weekend, July 4th weekend, during the week end of July or mid august. All sound like very crowded times to go. Any time better or will they all be heavily attended?
  2. soniam

    soniam Wooden leg named Smith...

    Jun 22, 2012
    Volcano Bay opens Memorial Day Weekend. I don't know if we know how that will affect crowds. It could draw people to the entire resort, or it could just draw people to Volcano Bay. Also, Pandora is opening at WDW. So, that could draw crowds from Universal, or it could draw crowds to Orlando to both parks.
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  4. schumigirl

    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

    May 15, 2007
    You say mid August........how mid August?

    Last 2 weeks it can quieten down........still busy, but I would choose that time over July any day.
  5. cbsnyber1

    cbsnyber1 Baxter the zzzzzzz Corgi Wonderdog

    Dec 28, 2008
    We went this past Thanksgiving weekend (Friday - Tuesday) and honestly, the crowds were really manageable - with Express Pass. I would say mid-August might be the slowest time, as it is near the end of school summer vacations (Southern schools are mostly back in session by that time), and it is not a holiday. The heat, however, could be intense but that's true for the periods you list, maybe not as much so for Memorial Day.
  6. kohlby

    kohlby DIS Veteran

    Aug 4, 2005
    Without knowing how mid-August that is, I'd say Memorial Day. A lot of schools are still in session then - though most GA and FL schools will be out. If August is the third Monday in August or later, then August is your best bet.
  7. pcstang

    pcstang Always Universal Orlando bound!

    Nov 29, 2011
    And AL schools too.
  8. Metro West

    Metro West Nothing to see here...move along.

    Apr 12, 2005
    I would also say Memorial Day...the weather will be more tolerable than any time in July or August...crowds or not.
  9. ahill004

    ahill004 DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2007
    So we are biting the bullet and hoping for the best Memorial weekend. We booked club level with annual pass holder rate for fri-Sunday nights. Our other options is going no club level Thursday to Sunday nights. We've never stayed club level and not sure if the extra money for me and two kids (one is a hungry teen though). We could go with the extra night but the teenager would miss a day of school and I'm pretty sure three full days will be enough unless someone thinks otherwise??? Would love thoughts!
  10. macraven

    macraven Proud Redhead Moderator

    Apr 21, 2003
    My vote would have been memorial too

    Less heat....

    Check the hotel schedule for hours of breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hour

    The 3 deluxe hotels have some differences
    But minor differences..

    Breakfast, do early when club lounge opens so you can enjoy early entry

    Afternoon the lounge has out sodas, coffee, tea and water bottles
    Also included could be basic snacks such as crustables, chips, pretzels

    Dinner/appetizer hour at rph starts at 5:00
    Desserts follow after that
    Beverages of beer, wine throughout this evening offering
    Spirits have a fee

    Pbh and hrh have similar set up as all have a few hot dishes besides cold
    Salad type of foods also offered at all
    Cheese/crackers etc are about the same at all 3 of the hotel club lounges
  11. ahill004

    ahill004 DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2007
    Thanks macraven! So I think we would eat the breakfasts and probably snacks maybe twice during our Friday-Monday stay. I don't think we would do evenings... maybe desserts for the kids. Is it worth it for the extra $236 for our stay? (Three nights). Can we access the club level before our rooms are ready the day we arrive? And are the actual club level rooms any different than regular rooms other than club access? Thanks again!
  12. macraven

    macraven Proud Redhead Moderator

    Apr 21, 2003
    The rooms are the same on all the floors
    Club or not, no difference in rooms

    Yes once you are checked in, you can go to the club lounge

    Room can be ready before 4:00
  13. macraven

    macraven Proud Redhead Moderator

    Apr 21, 2003
    Really don't know how to guide you
    I go solo and book a king suite for close to two weeks

    King suites would cost more than a standard room on club level
    With the extra room, I would relax there in my suite if I was not poolside in the afternoon

    I have done club about 3 times over the past few years

    Believe me, I never ate enough to consider it a savings for staying on club
    But that is due to my style of vacation
    Some mornings I sleep in and hit the parks at 10:30
    Skip breakfast and do lunch at 1:30 in the parks
    When I snack on items from the candy shops or pink donut, I don't want food again until later in the evening

    I used club for coffee quite a bit and maybe hit it at breakfast a few times
    What they had was good and enjoyable
    Did go to the lounge some afternoons to pick up a soda or water on the way to the parks

    Only hit it in the evenings maybe 4 nights
    I did not want to leave the parks by 5 just to hit the club for their dinner hour and dessert

    I wouldn't call what they had would compete with a full meal though
    It is not set up to be a substitute for your dinner
    But I did see some guests use it that way

    I did some of the apps and salads and did try a few of the hot dishes
    All were great in the club

    I'm not used to eating that early (5:00) as my lunch generally is about 1:30 while in the parks

    My dinner hour at home is usually around 7 pm
    While at the darkside I would eat my evening meal around 8 or closer to 9 at the hotel restaurants or at city walk

    Now if I had others with me on a trip there, I'm sure I would rearrange my schedule to the club hours for their offerings

    Club might be wonderful for you and your family
    Since it will be 4 of you, I'm sure you will come out ahead economically by staying club
    If my numbers are correct you are paying about $78 more per night for booking club level

    Some sweet rolls or cereal and fruit in the morning at club, soda/water, and evening offerings could cost you more if paying for it at an eatery each day

    You can easily come out ahead financially

    Don't second guess yourself
    Go to the parks and enjoy your vacation
    Time together with the family is precious
  14. keishashadow

    keishashadow Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!

    Dec 30, 2004
    We've been both weeks over Memorial Day weekend. The prior week is slower.

    I'd have gone for mid august, last year visited that time. Was busy but slowed down toward the end of week.

    Rates seemed lower over Memorial Day trips

    We have mandatory week of vacation 4th of July week. Currently all dates @ AKV as no APH rates (may not have I'm told). Just can't justify nearly $500 a night @ RPH.

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