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    Ideas for a new Iconic Deluxe Hotel

    I kind of wonder how Disney would have executed Harry Potter. I'm a Disney fan, but I can't imagine they would have done it much better. I don't find much to critique in the Universal concept.
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    Ideas for a new Iconic Deluxe Hotel

    Yep it went from Hotels and Resorts to Imagineering. Can't argue with the decision, but the discussion probably won't be as lively here.
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    Visiting Universal Studios - how early should I plan?

    I won't pretend to be an expert on the Universal Resorts, but I will say you can discount location as a major consideration. Yes, some are slightly more convenient, but the overall area is much more compact than Disney. You can walk to anything there without a whole lot of difficulty. I'd opt...
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    Visiting Universal Studios - how early should I plan?

    Check carefully before purchasing an Express Pass a la cart. The price calendar lists price ranges of $99-$159 per person per day over the new couple of months. The Universal Premier hotels that include express pass for all people staying in a room list for $225-$270 per night for the room on...
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    Visiting Universal Studios - how early should I plan?

    I wouldn't call the Universal Staff poor or unfriendly, but they are overall not as good as the Disney Castmembers IMO. Time to explore depends on a few things: are you trying to do every ride or just the main attractions? Do you have Express Pass? Are you doing Volcano Bay? In general terms...
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    Visiting Universal Studios - how early should I plan?

    I definitely wouldn't say we like Universal better, but we do enjoy the lack of intense planning/spontaneity that Universal allows. It is night and day compared to Disney planning. If you can stay in one of the hotels that includes express pass, that is a huge bonus....we have actually...
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    AK or DHS after 12 noon?

    Pandora is a must-see at night anyway. If you start your day there at noon, it will be easy to occupy yourself in the park until the lights come on there.
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    McDonald's near to Disney All Star Resort to close for remodel

    Walt was kind of a futurist, therefore McDonalds will use the prices of tomorrow at its Disney property:)
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    Wilderness Lodge vs. Port Orleans

    There is only one reason I would choose POFQ over WL. You mentioned getting two rooms vs one with teenagers in another thread. If you think you will spend little time at the resort, and access to Disney Springs will be prominent features of your trip, you may be better off at POFQ. Those...
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    Question on Wilderness Lodge

    Thanks for pointing that out. I should be more specific when I provide my perspective or experience to others seeking advice. For me a 15 minute Uber is not a long trip. I try to never tell people seeking advice what to do. I just want to share my experience to help inform their decision...
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    Wilderness Lodge vs. Boardwalk

    The factors you sited for your decision are really subjective. WL is the hands-down theming decision...BW is not even close. I've found the boat to MK from there to be very convenient and relaxing. For all of the BW resorts, I've found that walking is the better way to get to DHS and EP. The...
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    Question on Wilderness Lodge

    4 miles/12 minutes. I guess it is all relative
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    Ideas for a new Iconic Deluxe Hotel

    I like the idea of a South American-themed (maybe Amazon) resort. The Jungle Cruise or Adventurers Club could be incorporated through a bar or restaurant.
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    Question on Wilderness Lodge

    WL is really close to POFQ. I bet an Uber would be in the neighborhood of $7.00. I know the little costs add up, but that isn't much to spend if you are shooting for the experience and value your time.
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    What resort do you think you'll never stay at?

    I didn't love the Moderate resort I tried, so I doubt a Value would appeal at all. Still the bubble is the most important things, so I'd opt for those before leaving the property. Of the Deluxe resorts, I don't ever see choosing Boardwalk. YC/BC are the same area and more appealing. That...
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