Discussion in 'Universal Orlando Resorts & Hotels' started by schumigirl, Feb 18, 2016.
So if you book room only you cannot pay online?
I thought about this, but I've looked and can't seem to find any stores that sell Universal gift cards. Where did you buy yours?
Oh, I've never booked just a room only through Disney. I like my Disney account where everything is linked and when I log into my account, I can see everything. I made a Universal account and it doesn't show anything.
I buy my UO gift cards two ways
Either at the Kroger grocery stores or UO online link
This year I wanted specific pictures on the gift cards so called and bought some through direct call to a TM in the online order department
Thanks! I actually looked at Kroger today and didn't see any. But I did search and find where I can buy them online through the Universal site. So at least I have that option.
The lack of luggage transfer doesn’t bother me at all. I never use it at wdw if I split stay. I prefer getting a cab or Uber and transferring it myself so I know it’s there when I want it.
For you I think you’ve hit on the best way, just adding the in-laws on to your room for first night. You’ll be squished, but for only 1 night. Seems easiest solution.
I wish we could make monthly payments too. So without that option or ability to get Universal gift cards where I live, I’m dividing room cost by how many months I have before trip and put that away so I have it for vacay. Before I leave I’ll put that amount on my credit card.
Do not know if Kroger in Indiana sells UO gift cards
I live in Georgia and the Kroger near me does sell them
Any Canadians here? I haven’t seen any Universal GCs locally.
I am. If you're asking about Universal GCs though I have never seen any my way. I'm in Ontario, east of Toronto. I've looked as we're going there next year.
None down here in Southwestern Ontario.
Thanks for your response I’m on the west coast and haven’t seen any. Looks like only way is to go across the border and have a look. Maybe on my next Trader Joe shop.
Went to the bellhop bar last night, after a glass of wine already, so it was more of a curiousity purchase - for research, ha- I had about half of it and stopped as I wanted to feel good this morning (am lightweight).
Below are a few pics, sorry not a great photographer!
The trunk bar is located right before the registers as you enter the orchid lounge area from the front of the lobby (so opposite side of the sushi bar).
It was open, but no one was around. I picked up a menu from the bar and someone came over to help from the sushi bar. I decided to try one of the two cocktails. I chose Jake’s Smoked Envy, which is I think Angel’s Envy Bourbon, bitters, orange slice, and a cherry (I can’t recall the exact cocktail recipe- will try to snag a picture of the menu tonight). I like bourbon so this was lovely. I might try the Lychee vodka cocktail tonight, this time no wine beforehand (maybe).
We sat in the Orchid lounge and it was lovely music and ambiance (we’d eaten dinner there, too- the sushi we had was very good; it was shrimp tempura and spicy tuna- not too adventurous, heh).
We didn’t see anyone else go to the bellhop bar while we were there 7:00 - 8:00pm. Since there weren’t servers nearby, people may not have realized you could get drinks there, but we were also there a bit early in the evening.
Thanks for sharing !
Sorry, all- I didn’t make it back to the bellhop bar last night, ended up going to VIVO for dinner and then laying out on the green in front of the stage at city walk.
Had breakfast at Islands again this morning; exceptional service there. Heading out for a few more hours before catching a ride to the airport.
FYI- for my dates late April/May I booked at $211/night for standard room @the SMSM rate. Then rate skyrocketed. Checked today and it’s back down to $211. RPH Resort.
Looking to book for July 2019. Do discounts generally come out like WDW resorts?
I booked a few weeks ago on the Stay More Save More rate. But unlike WDW, Universal rates fluctuate more. I booked that rate, but kept on checking. The rate I booked disappeared and rate jumped up a significant amount, to Seasonal rate. I checked today and it’s back down to same rate I booked at.
So many interesting pages here to read. Wonder if you can help? We are staying at Royal Pacific but cannot see if they offer a buffet breakfast. Hard Rock has one so was wondering how far from the royal is hard rock or does anyone know if the Royal does a buffet breakfast? Thanks
Yes they do.
It’s in Islands dining room and it is excellent.......
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