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We spent the afternoon having another look around Universal an going on a couple of rides. We also shared a pasty at 'The Three Broomsticks' in Harry Potter World. The park was closing early for a halloween special evening, so we walked back to the hotel and went for a swim.
This evening we went to Ming Court, a ...
... received a knuckle sandwich....okay, not really!
Nothing too exciting happened but we really REALLY enjoyed the theme park.
OH WAIT...THE GORILLAS! Holy gorillas batman. These guys were HUGE. I was so fascinated that's why there are so many gorilla pictures. I seriously would not want to run into one of them. They are so cool but just beasts. AMAZING I tell you, truly AMAZING!
... one at Disneyland Paris, but not as good. I didn't get to experience too much of it because it rained a lot and the place seemed to grind to a halt when it rained. A Disney employee told me I shouldn't walk through the rain because of the possibility of lightening strikes. In the evening I went to the Magic Kingdom (by bus this time) and caught their light show (called "Celebrate the Magic") and their fireworks. They were both ...
... Because it is now deemed "less busy" there is only one set of fighting going on - the children all fight Darth Vadar and there is no concurrent fight with Darth Maul going on. The crowds and queues don't seem any different to Easter weekend though.
took Scott and Gareth to a drawing class while Matt took Lara and Duncan to Disney Junior Live. It was really good and we drew ...
... get ice cream when we were done. At this point, it's not even 3:30pm and I feel like we have been here forever. All right, we got our ice cream and used a fast pass for the Dumbo ride. The coolest thing about the Dumbo ride is there are actually 2 of them, one for regular riders and one for fast passers. This was an ok ride. Next we are taking a break from Fantasyland and head for Frontierland. On our way through Frontierland ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal
Clean, fresh, spacious room. Decent location - short walk to Universal Blvd. to catch the trolley or for restuarnt options. The staff were generally young and inexperienced, but tried hard. A gem is the tall guy at the bellstand -- he knew more than the travel concierges about restaurant suggestions, getting around, etc. Still, I booked the Club Level, and had the ASK the staff at check-in if there were any special amenities that went along with this room level, i.e. I never would have known there was a Club lounge if I hadn't asked.
Just returned from 7 nights at the Crowne Plaza Universal and if you are looking for a high quality hotel for a reasonable price then look no further. The property is a 5 minute walk away from I Drive which keeps it quiet enough, yet near the action should you require it and there is a green line trolley stop just outside for those not wishing to walk. The rooms are spacious and cosy, and with the hotel being quite new don't have the "tired" look of some I Drive resorts. The beds are indeed very comfy, with the hotel staff being helpful when asked for advice. Didn't actually eat in the hotel as there is simply too much choice on I Drive and at Citywalk, but I do recommend the pizza place for a quick snack. I hope this review helps somebody as I will use the Crowne Plaza again. We booked through Airnet and got a good price of £44 a night.
Most Comfortable Sleep Ever...
In July 2003 I enjoyed a two night stay at the Crowne Plaza Universal.
The beds were by far the most comfortable I have ever encountered in ANY hotel. After long days in the parks, it was a joy to return to the hotel for a peaceful sleep. The bellman was sooo helpful and kind. He offered great tips for touring the parks. The rooms were slightly larger than average. Since there is constant traffic outside the hotel I suggest a room on an upper level. We were on the third floor and heard alot of traffic noise. One small suggestion to management...forego the $15 per night rollaway charge. Otherwise, a pleasant and comfortable place to stay in hectic Orlando!
Returned exhausted 5th September after two very wet but very hot weeks in Orlando. We had changed our choice of hotel from the Sheraton World Centre to the Crowne Plaza Hotel Orlando Universal after reading some bad reviews of the Sheraton on Trip Advisor. And, although there were only two, the reviews for the Cowne Plaza were very good. We were glad we had made the switch as the hotel was everything we were hoping for.
My husband and I have just returned from a trip (August 2003) to Orlando, staying at the Crowne Plaza. What a fantastic hotel!We chose the hotel primarily because we wanted a hotel which offered a shuttle service to the parks and also because we wanted a better class of hotel than some of the others on offer in the area. We were not dissapointed on either account.Neither my husband or I wanted to drive but was dubious about the ease of getting around without a car. Many hotels on I. Drive offer shuttles to Universal & Seaworld but not to Disney. The Crowne Plaza has a mini bus which takes you to Epcot daily at either 8.30 or 10.30am and picks up at 6.30 or 10.30 pm. Once at Epcot you can easily get around to all the other parks via Disney transport. We didn't find the times restricting and enjoyed the freedom of being chaffeured. Shuttles to all the other parks left at regular intervals from 7.30am returning from 3.50pm to 2am. The drivers to Disney were really friendly and full of interesting advice and stories about the parks and area. As we were leaving the company had just purchased a larger bus to keep up with demand.The hotel itself is immaculately clean from the moment you step inside you feel welcomed and truly spoilt. An elegant glass elevator takes you up through the centre of the hotel to you rooms & the decor is tastful and calming.Our room was large.We were on the 12th floor so had an amazing view for miles, looking over Universal Studios in the distance and Wet n wild just a few blocks away. We had coffee maker, CD player, TV, sitting area and a beautiful clean bathroom with fresh towels and toiletries every day.The pool and jacuzzi was ample. It never got very busy so it was good to go down and chill out for a while. The jacuzzi tended to get really busy at about 9-10pm. The hotel provides fresh towels for the pool area and the gym. The gym is extensive. I didn't venture into it myself but my husband enjoyed a daily workout.The staff were very friendly, especially Shaun the barman...what a character! He kept us entertained every night. The drinks are rather pricey but the measures are good!We didn't eat in the hotel as it was again, rather expensive but there are many restaurants in the area. If you turn right from the hotel it leads you down to I. Drive so you can take your pick of places to eat. Our favourites included "Perkins" a 24 hour restaurant five minutes from the hotel, prefect for when you get back late from a day at the parks and "The Golden Coral" an all you can eat buffet for $9.99. Unlike some of the other buffet places the quality of food was outstanding serving steaks and salmon and a whole range of other things. If you pick up a discount booklet outside you can save a futher 10%. Brilliant place!There's a supermarket nearby and "The Mercado" on I. Drive for nightly entertainment, crazy golf etc.I spent a lot of time using "Trip Advisor" before we booked our holiday and was put off many hotels. Even though there were only few the reviews for this hotel, they were good, which helped us decide to book. I wouldn't hesitiate to go back to the Crowne Plaza. It definitely gets our vote.And one last thing, if you're in the UK, ring Travel City Direct to get a quote for your holidays. We saved about £700 booking with them.Have a great holiday!!!
7 nights from 8/22 - 8/29 booked through Hotwire... - great deal! Hotel, Airfare & Rental Car for $900 USD total for both of us!Weather: Rained everyday for about 2 hrs, 85-95 degrees, sunny mornings & rainy afternoons.PROS:- Nice room, it's like you never left home! - Excellent room service - Hotel store has everything you forgot! - 10 minute shuttle provided to Universal, SeaWorld, and Wet 'N' Wild (Universal charges $8 to park, this was well worth it!) - Nice staff - 24 hr security, a piece of mind - Very, VERY clean & cozy!CONS:- A little pricey ($250 per night) I've stayed in better hotels at almost half the cost, but we didn't pay this much, thanks to Hotwire. - Pool closed everytime the dark clouds rolled in - Fitness room located overlooking the pool (didn't like the fact that people working out can see you but you can't see them) - Food wasn't all that great, but hardly no one eats there because it's so close to Int'l Drive. - The hotel bar wasn't all that great, no Canadian beer!
My wife and I stayed two weeks during May 2003. We were delighted with the accomodation and every other aspect of the hotel. It's new, modern and bright with good complimetary parking and very central in International Drive. Some 5-10 minutes walk but sufficiently far to drown the traffic noise of International Drive. All staff were very helpful and staying in the Crowne Plaza Universal added substantially to our holiday. We would give it 9 out of 10. Were there a little more provision for light snacks etc we would undoubtedly give it a full 10 points out of 10.
Brilliant first class
Excellant accommodation. The hotel is clean, the staff are welcoming and very helpful. The rooms are bright, very clean and lovely decorated. The hotel is close to all the amenties and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone, especially those with children, as the staff make that little bit extra effort to make them feel special.
We stayed here for 2 weeks in May 2003 and found the hotel excellent. The Room was spotless ,service was great ,nothing we asked for seemed to be any trouble, pool spa and fitness area where good. My son enjoyed the games room. Bar and food was ok. Would definetely use this hotel again. This hotel is well located for disney universal and seaworld.
Stayed here early December last year and was so impressed we returned two weeks ago with our 5yr old grand-daughter. Well all loved the hotel especially the pool