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Universal Orlando Resort And Harry Potter

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We recently traveled to Universal Orlando Resort because our children are big fans of Harry Potter.  We stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®.   This resort is within the property of Universal Resorts and its very convenient to take a water taxi or walk over to Universal City Walk, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.   It was great location especially with children.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, Florida

Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, Florida

The resort staff were friendly and when we checked into the hotel we were also directed to an area kiosk where we entered our room key to get a Universal Express Pass.  The Universal Express passes are great and you can avoid the lines for rides at both parks.  Harry Potter was the only area that did not accept the Universal Pass but we saved so much time with the pass on all of the other rides.

The rooms were nice with two queen beds, a flat screen tv and desk.  Our room overlooked the waterway to the parks.

Family Vacation at Universal Studios Resort

Family Vacation at Universal Studios Resort

 

 

Harry Potter At Islands Of Adventure, Orlando, Florida

Harry Potter At Islands Of Adventure, Orlando, Florida

 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando was a dream come true for many our son because he is a Harry Potter fan and has read every book of Harry Potter!

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Butter Beer

A Favorite Drink of Harry Potter, Butterbeer is Now Served in the Harry Potter Theme Area.  Butter Beer taste like Cream Soda and melted marshmallow flavoring.  We had to stop at and get a drink of ButterBeer!

 

For lunch, we went to Three Broomsticks at Islands of Adventure in the Harry Potter section.   This rustic tavern is where visitors to Hogsmeade™ come to dine on hearty fare. The restaurant serves the “Great Feast Platter,” fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, soup, salads, pumpkin juice and Butterbeer™, plus tasty desserts including apple pie and chocolate trifle.

Later at night, we went over to Universal Studios.  Men In Black is a ride that both children enjoyed because it is an interactive dark ride.  Each rider is an agent trainees who is to protect earth from aliens and chase them through the streets of New York in the interactive ride.  Despicable Me Minion is another great ride.  The new TRANSFORMERS 3D Ride is an ultra-immersive, next generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality! And, we liked ET Adventure.   You board a flying bicycle and sneak him through the woods – past the police and scientists searching for him. Then take off and fly over the city, past the moon and soar across the stars together. At the end of the journey awaits his magical planet, filled with unforgettable creatures who greet you in song… with E.T. himself there to thank you personally.

Later we watched the festive Mardi Gras Parade!  It was exciting and our children caught lots of Mardi Gras Beads.    After the parade, we stopped in one of the bakeries and had King Cake to finish the Mardi Gras Celebration.

 

Mardi Gras Parade at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

Mardi Gras Parade at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

 

The next day we checked out and our son could not find his shoe.  Luckily about an hour later the staff at Lowes called us and housekeeping found the shoe!  Thanks to Loews Royal Pacific Resor the shoe arrived at our home via Fedex a few days later!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION On Universal Resort Orlando Vacation:  If you would like to book a Universal Resort Vacation, contact Teri Morin, Founder of TweetTravelers.com or send us a Tweet to @TweetTravelers if you would like to book a Universal Resort Vacation! http://www.tweettravelers.net/get-a-quote/

We are also available on our Twitter page to take your reservations and plan your next Vacation.  Tweet to @TweetTravelers to initiate the conversation. 

 

 

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Universal Orlando® Resort — Kids fly free up to $400

Your clients can go on a family adventure to Orlando and with a flight and 4-night Universal Orlando® Resort package, their children 2-16 years old will fly free up to $400 per child with a paying adult.** They can experience the new expansion at Universal CityWalk®, including eight new restaurants. In addition, they can take advantage of kids eat free deals.**

Only with Delta Vacations, they’ll also earn 250 bonus miles per person, in addition to fully credited flight miles, through the SkyMiles® program.

With two amazing theme parks, Universal Studios Florida®and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, the nonstop nightlife ofUniversal CityWalk® and four spectacular hotels, Universal Orlando® Resort is an entire universe of action, thrills and excitement for every member of the family. Guests staying at one on-site hotel at Universal Orlando® Resort enjoy exclusive theme park benefits with valid theme park admission including free Universal ExpressSM Unlimited ride access*** to skip the regular lines in both theme parks — a benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day! Plus, enjoy Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, one hour before the theme park opens.

This offer is not available for booking online, please call in to make reservations. The $20 reservation service charge normally applied to new bookings made over the phone will be waived for this promotion.

**Maximum of two reduced airfares per booking (one reduced airfare per paying adult). Minimum night stays, select travel dates and other restrictions may apply. See Hotel highlights for details.

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Tweet Travelers Offers Referral Program

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Tweet Travelers Concierge Services is pleased to offer a travel Referral Program.  We value our clients and believe we provide a unique service.  Our travel planning services are free.  We hope that you will share your positive experience with Tweet Travelers Concierge with your family and friends. As a thank you, you will receive a $25 gift certificate to a local store or restaurant for any clients you refer, if they book a 4 or more day Vacation Package with us!

Let’s get started: Just send your friends to our GET A QUOTE link and if they book we will send you a $25 gift certificate after they complete their vacation!  http://www.tweettravelers.net/get-a-quote/

We are also available on our Twitter page to take your referral reservation.   Please give your referral the option to  Tweet  to @TweetTravelers to initiate the conversation. 

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A look Into The “Wild” Side Of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Let us give you a peek into the “wild” side of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an African lodge-style resort with 4 lush savannas that over 200 hoofed animals and birds call home.   The Resort offers authentic African-inspired architecture and the kraal African-village landscape design—a semi-circle design popular in Africa which offers expansive views of the surrounding savanna and its many animal inhabitants.  Thatched ceilings, large beams, hand-carved African themed furnishings, real African artifacts and expansive views of the wildlife across the back of the lobby.  There is also a fireplace in the lobby for a cozy atmosphere and surrounded by one of the largest African Art collections in the United States.

Upon check in we were excited to test the new MyMagic+ bands which are only currently available to Disney Resort guest at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  Prior to arrival we had pre-selected the colors for each of us.   The bands have many exciting benefits and we were able to book all of our FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences as well as dining reservations.  The MyMagic+ bands worked perfect and are incredibly efficient.  You can open your room with your magic band as well and no longer have to keep up with a room  key.  

MyMagic+

 

 

We were so happy to have an Arusha View!—  Our room offered an up-close glimpse of the animals and a panoramic view of the sprawling grounds. The children had bunk beds with a view of the animals.   In addition to animals, thousands of indigenous African shrubs and grasses—including the most recognized canopy tree of Africa, the copperpod—paint a picture reminiscent of the unspoiled African grasslands.

Bunk beds next to a queen bed across from a TV armoire

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge ask each guest to please help recycle.   The letter ask each guest to put all beverages, cans, plastic bottles and newspapers  in a recyclable bag which is enclosed for each guest room.Please, Let's Recycle

Our children were selected to be honorary guests for the Day.  A special Disney guide came to our table and his name was Sipho.  Sipho was from Durdain, Africa.  He first gave our children flags from South Africa and African instruments as he sat down with them.  They were excited to talk to Sipho because we are planning a trip to Africa in the near future.   Sipho told us to start our vacation in Cape Town.  We enjoyed listening to Sipho as he told us about the Elephant Sanctuary which is about a 2 hour drive and if we have more time head along the coast up to Kruger National Park where there is scenic beauty and where we can experience the ultimate African Safari.

SIPHO, Durdain, South Africa

The next day we relaxed in the Uzima pool, an 11,000-square-foot zero-depth entry pool that offers a 67-foot-long slide and surrounded by large canopy trees and lush landscape.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Pool

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Pool

 

The Mara restaurant was named for a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania.   The Mara serves African stew, pitas, half-chicken dinners and more.  We also found the Zebra Cupcakes and, of course we could not refuse the Zebra themed cupcakes!

Zebra Themed Cupcake

 

The Animal Kingdom Lodge also offers a fun educational center for children called Simba’s Clubhouse.  It is supervised for children ages 3-12.  The activity director will read stories, sing African songs and more.  The activity center gives parents free time while the children are having a great time as well.

Savor authentic African cuisine at the Resort’s 2 award-winning restaurants, Jiko – The Cooking Place and Boma – Flavors of Africa.  Our children loved Boma and were able to try different flavors from Africa.

A dining section at Boma—Flavors of Africa restaurant with buffet stations in the background

At around 9:45 P.M. we took a night safari.    A guide will ride you along the safari for a great family adventure with night goggles.   It’s a quiet tour of course but a really fun and exciting tour to see the wildlife.

We definitely will be back for another adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Location and General Information

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is located in the Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park area.

Disney Animal Kingdom Conservation and Wildlife

Did you know?

  • Guests can learn more about the elephants and bees conservation project, and many other conservation projects supported by Disney, when they visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF) has supported Save the Elephants and its elephants and bees project since 2000. Since its inception, the DWCF has provided nearly $1 million in funding to protect African elephants.

Disney Nature Gallery – http://nature.disney.com/disneynature-gallery

For More Information:  If you would like to make a Disney Reservation  or have your next vacation planned for you, please contact Teri Morin, founder of Tweet Travelers or Tweet To us at @TweetTravelers.