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We are definitely going to have to go visit that resort. As well as the hard rock resort.  Next month unfortunately our budget is such that we are getting a family suite at cabana bay again  

Last year we stayed at universal cabana bay resort and we visited the sapphire and royal pacific resort and they were awesome.  We took the boat from city walk and walked across the street from the Sapphire to cabana bay  

But portofino looks even better.  We are going to have to catch a boat over there for some drinks  

Did the swimming pool have under water speakers?  

Was there a lazy river? 

Kids activities?

food court?

Cabana bay has a great food court. (Think of AoA’s food court.) lazy river and waterslide, two pools, fire pits to make s’mores and bowling alley with a restaurant and a bar. 

 

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We are definitely going to have to go visit that resort. As well as the hard rock resort.  Next month unfortunately our budget is such that we are getting a family suite at cabana bay again  
Last year we stayed at universal cabana bay resort and we visited the sapphire and royal pacific resort and they were awesome.  We took the boat from city walk and walked across the street from the Sapphire to cabana bay  
But portofino looks even better.  We are going to have to catch a boat over there for some drinks  
Did the swimming pool have under water speakers?  
Was there a lazy river? 
Kids activities?
food court?
Cabana bay has a great food court. (Think of AoA’s food court.) lazy river and waterslide, two pools, fire pits to make s’mores and bowling alley with a restaurant and a bar. 
 


No lazy river, underwater music, or food court at Portofino. There were scheduled kids activities, including a kids club for those needing babysitting. There are also tons of dining options, including room service. We frequented Sal’s because it was so good.


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The next day was Easter morning. At the Fort we usually chill and enjoy the activities, but Touring Plans said this would be the least busy day in the parks, so we decided to make it a Park day. By the way, the Touring Plans was right about their prediction.

 

Z was excited that the Easter Bunny found us!

 

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We got ready and headed to the boat dock. A boat arrived after a few minutes.

 

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Family boat selfie!

 

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The plan was to hit Universal Studios, starting with the Harry Potter stuff. The nice thing about Express Pass is that we didn’t have to plan too much.

 

From the boat dock at City Walk, it was a quick walk over.

 

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Like at Disney, people seem to like to stand in line. We were able to walk up to the scanner even though there were some long lines at the others.

 

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Before long, it was go time. Most people were heading to ride Escape from Gringotts, but we were heading to Ollivander’s because Z wanted a wand more than anything. He was also hoping to be the person chosen to have the wand choose the wizard. They have about 20 people per show, but only 1 gets chosen for that. I’d heard the morning can be the best time, but I was also preparing him for it to not happen.

 

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Brisk walk! Good thing we have experience.

 

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When we reached Diagon Alley, I was in awe. The theming is incredible. You really feel transported to the movies. I highly recommend taking advantage of the early access for Universal resort guests, because this place was slammed later that day.

 

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We were the first people in line for the wand show. Check! We have the birthday shirt. Check! I chatted with them about how excited Z was to see the show. Fingers crossed he would be chosen.

 

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I might have even said a prayer. When the man came up to us and started talking to Z, I not sure who was more excited... him or me. He was chosen!

 

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It is really hard to take pictures in there because it is dark and you aren’t allowed to use a flash. Basically they had him try several different ones until one was the right one for him.

 

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It was awesome!!! Once the wind it shows him, we went into the shop where we got to pay for it of course. One really cool thing is that the person who is chosen gets a wand that has never belonged to another wizard. They said it was his job to make it famous. Everyone else chooses ones from characters from the books and movies. My step daughter was super excited that we let her get her own wand as well.

 

Ugh.... tapatalk is killing me. I thought photobucket was bad. I can’t load pics right now.

 

This is the shortest update of all time, but I do not want to lose what I already wrote and loaded.

 

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17 minutes ago, CCIntrigue...aka Gwen said:

Great updates!  Your pictures almost make me want to go to Universal.

I don't know I think there might be quite a few people that might go for a change. It does look tempting :dontknow:

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Great tip going to Ollivanders first thing in the morning.  The line was around the corner and we were in line for 45-60 minutes.  We made the rookie mistake of going to gringotts first.  Lol!

That is so cool that Z got chosen.  

 

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It is good to be Z. He wanted a wand, and thanks to some good planning, he got one. Good  job! It's pretty obvious that the banshees in Pandora at AK are Disney's attempt to copy Universal's wizard wands. But Universal does it so much better. 

TCD 

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