(I’m not soliciting advice, this is just comments as I lock everything in)
Well, I’ve finally locked down the exact days and resort(s) that we’ll be staying and which Halloween events we’ll be attending.
This year we’re returning to Universal for the first time in 4 years and we’re staying at the Hard Rock (it’s all about location and not having to deal with the boats). We’ll do two days in the parks plus Horror Nights on the 19th. Of course we stay on site at Universal because of the fast pass room key.
Even with Florida resident discounts (and the need for the $40 each express pass for the haunted houses) we are dropping close to $400 for two adults. Good thing that the room is $218 a night with tax.
We shift over to Wilderness Lodge (courtyard view passholder rate $200 a night for Thursday, Sunday, and Monday but $345 a night for Friday and Saturday (should have pulled the trigger on Monday:eek: because I would have saved about $200 total). We’re going to Mickey’s Halloween Party on the 21st.
Have I made any plans beyond this skeleton framework yet? No. But I’ll pull that together pretty quickly. I’ve got my park hour matrix laid out and it’s time to dial in dining. We’ll be paying dining OOP this trip but using the TIW card for 20% discounts.
I’m thinking about Whispering Canyon for breakfast one day and also dinner one day. Not sure what our anniversary dinner will be, but the usual suspects are Narcoossee’s, California Grill, or Flying Fish. Of course we need to do breakfast at both CP and 1900 Park Fare. I’m sure that breakfast buffets will be mandatory every day, but I’m not sure how much we’ll sit down for dinners and how much we’ll grab on the fly at CS counters.
While at Universal we’ll eat at one of Emeril’s restaurants for dinner and grab lunch at Margaritaville one day. Not quite sure what else we’ll do.
What is so funny is for all the advice I give people who are freaking out that they’re seven months out and they can’t wait to make reservations, here I am 19 days out just beginning to finalize everything.
(Part of this is that I’m looking at menus and nothing is really appealing to me.)
I’m thinking Fulton’s and Wolfgang Puck Cafe and I’ve pretty much ruled out Brown Derby. Not too sure about Cat Cora (I’d kill for Bobby Flay or Masahiro Maurimoto, especially Morimoto because I really don’t want to make a special trip to Philadelphia just to eat his food:tongue:)
One good thing, with the MK being open until midnight every night we’re there, getting back to WL from any resort won’t be a problem:happy:
I guess I’ll be updating as I go along.