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    How is Restaurant Staffing?

    Just wondered if things have improved since June. On a weekday then, I counted approx 30+ people in line for nearly every kiosk that sold any kind of food or beverage. There was usually one employee working in a booth that should have had 3-4. Actual restaurants were worse....We asked about a...
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    MCO Crowds...Get There Early

    Just a heads up...MCO is really, really mobbed...at least when I was there. I am used to showing up at the airport 1 hour prior to my flight and not having any issues. I have Clear/TSA Pre-check and any other timesavers I can get. Last Saturday, the line for Southwest check in stretched as...
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    Apr 2021 Universal Orlando Trip Report

    As a long time Disney fanatic and occasional Universal visitor, I thought I would share a few thoughts on last week's trip. We stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Room and resort were very nice. There is currently no maid service, but you get a text contact and they will bring you whatever...
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    MCO B Side Car Rental Status

    Are the B side rental locations still closed?...seems like that closure was on the rental and airport websites last time I looked and now I cannot find anything about it. No reopening announcements either though.
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    Trip Report We Said No Then We Said Yes: 2020/2021 In One Week

    After saying no to a Disney visit during COVID, I decided there was an unusual window of opportunity in Dec/Jan…35% capacity during the holidays is relatively uncrowded, and we thought it would be a unique opportunity to see the parks decorated. Also, the impact of mask wearing would be limited...
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    COVID Eating and Drinking Rules

    I’m sure this had been covered, but I don’t want to sort through 1000’s of search hits on COVID. What are the rules once you get a drink or snack in the parks? Find a place to stand and finish it? My understanding is you cannot walk while eating and drinking. Do you have to go to a...
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    Poly DVC Studios vs Resort Rooms

    I am looking at trip to the Poly, and I have not stayed there since the renovation and debut of the DVC buildings. The price is close enough between a DVC studio and a resort room that it doesn't matter to me. We will be a party of 4 with 2 kids and 2 adults. Our last stay at Yacht club, one...
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    Portofino Bay Memorial Day Weekend

    Thinking of a Memorial Day trip to Universal. I've only stayed at Cabana Bay, but for a holiday weekend, I definitely want Express Pass included. All of the EP hotels are about the same price, so I am leaning towards Portofino Bay with my 6 and 11 year olds and wife. Is there a good reason to...
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    Ideas for a new Iconic Deluxe Hotel

    After years of Disney trips, I am still in awe of the theming every time I walk into the Wilderness Lodge or Animal Kingdom Lodge. Contemporary is iconic because of the location and monorail inside the building. The Poly has its own strong following for the Hawaiian theming. YC/BC are great...
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    POFQ Obvervations from a Deluxe Snob

    After many deluxe stays, I decided to give PFOQ a try for a couple of days to see the difference for myself. The grounds were beautiful as expected (but I've been there before). The resort still feels large and spread out to me, even though I know it is the smallest moderate....I would...
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    Golden Oak Observations

    I'm sure I'm like many on this forum who occasionally check out the Golden Oak listings and dream a bit. Last weekend I got to stay in the Four Seasons, which is essentially in the Golden Oak neighborhood. You drive the entire length of the neighborhood to access the hotel. The individual...
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    Morimoto Last Weekend

    I know Morimoto Disney Springs is not on par with his other outlets, but we were pretty disappointed in our visit this weekend. We sat in the lounge area upstairs and ordered pork bao and sticky ribs. Everything tasted extremely salty to me. The service was just poor. It took awhile to get...
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    Best Sushi in Orlando

    We are heading down for a non-park weekend and staying in the Four Seasons. I am looking for recommendations from locals or frequent visitors who are sushi lovers. I have tried (an enjoyed Nagoya). Does Seito live up to the hype? Are there other options I should explore? Not looking to...
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    Star Wars Land Demand vs Capacity

    So here is my thought: Toy Story Land is crowded, but demand will stabilize after the newness wears off and other attractions come on line. Pandora is an amazingly well done area. Even without the tie to the IP, anyone can appreciate what has been built there. Demand is still high and it...
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    Hilton Bonnet Creek vs Waldorf

    I am booked at the Hilton in June for a long weekend with just the wife (no kids). Is it worth the premium to upgrade to the Waldorf? It looks like the rooms are similar, and all of the facilities are available to guests of each hotel. I'm guessing the upgrade would only buy me different...
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    Disney Area Golf

    My wife and I are doing a non-park trip to Disney and staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek. We will play at least one round of golf...maybe two. There aren't a lot of threads on golf here, and none of them are recent. I have played LBV twice, but that is my only Disney golf experience. What...
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    Bar Seating in Disney Springs (No ADRs)?

    My wife and I are doing a long weekend without the kids (June 2019). The whole idea is to relax and do things we wouldn't do if they were with us (so no parks). We are staying at the Hilton Bonnet Creek. One of our focus areas is to explore is Disney Springs, which always seems to get shorted...
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    Do Entire Restaurants Close for Private Events?

    Just curious...I tried booking Jiko for Aug 23rd the morning the booking window opened. There was no availability then. and that has not changed since. There is availability on days before and after that date. Jiko is one of my go-to restaurants and that is the only evening it works into the...
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    Trip Report Oct 18-27 Yacht Club Resort

    I’ll just post a few things that I don’t think I saw prominently featured in other posts…no reason to repeat things others have said over and over. We stayed in at the Yacht Club for 10 days in Oct with 2 adults and 2 children (ages 5 and 10) Yacht Club vs Beach Club: lots of previous threads...
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