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Lowes Royal Pacific Resort

For this trip to Universal Orlando we decided to try out the Royal Pacific Resort. “Aloha!” was the phrase we heard most from the friendly staff. Even though it was the middle of winter there were enough flowering plants to brighten up the grounds. Everywhere you look there is some South Pacific themed decoration. The Wantilan Luau only runs on Saturday off season so we didn’t eat any meals at the resort. But, we did stop at Jake’s American bar for a late night snack. The resort describes Jake as “The pilot of his own island-hopper airline, Jake also runs this friendly bar that's the perfect place to meet for drinks and lively conversation after your day's adventures.” We would agree.The hotel is big into the frog theme. Scattered everywhere are statues of these little green fellows. Peg enjoyed them so much that she bought one at the hotel shop to bring home. We definitely enjoyed our stay at the resort.

Universal CityWalk

Tying every thing together at Universal Orlando Resort is CityWalk. Here you can shop, dine, and party all night long. Everyone is sure to find something here to eat that they will like. Try the Hard Rock Café for the best burgers. It is less than a fifteen minute walk from all the hotels on the property.

Universal Studios Florida

“Jump into the Action of Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows” is the tagline for Universal’s theme park in Orlando, Florida. All the rides and sets are based off of Universal’s large collection of blockbuster hits. Movie themed rides include Men in Black Alien Attack, E.T. Adventure, Revenge of the Mummy, and The Simpsons Ride. The big coaster for the park is Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit where you get to choose your own sound track to ride to. Unfortunately Disaster! was down for repairs while we were there so Peg didn’t get her Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fix.Universal Studios has much better shows as compared to the Islands of Adventure Park so it is probably a better choice for older couples. By using the Express Plus pass you can get better seating and quicker access. Not to be missed shows include Animal Actors on Location and the Blues Brothers Show (eat dinner at Finnegan’s Bar and Grill after the Blues Brothers – Yum!). But, the absolute best show in the park is Universal Orlando’s M…

Universal Islands of Adventure

While the Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be the most popular “Island” at Universal Island it isn’t the only one at Universal Orlando. Each of the six Islands has its own theme and totally different feel. You enter through the Port of Entry which is basically a bunch of shops which are decorated like an old marketplace and work your way in a circular movement to each of the Islands.Depending on your direction of travel, the first Island you come to, Seuss Landing, is the most colorful in the park. Based off of the writings of Dr. Seuss, this was also our favorite Island and the only area were we actually road a ride more than once. Which ride? The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride! of course. Okay, we are getting old.The next Island going counter clockwise is The Lost Continent. This Island is very detailed. We spent a good bit of time here just exploring the scenery. We also had a decent lunch at Mythos Restaurant where they have table service. The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad …