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Join Bloggin Mamas & Florida Prepaid as we host the #StartingIsBelieving Twitter Chat on Thursday, 2/8/18 at 9p EST! Join us as we discuss saving for your child’s future using Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans, as well as the open enrollment period that will be ending very soon! (Plus, there will be some prizes too!)
Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Time: 9:00–10:00pm EST / 6:00–7:00pm PST
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5- Florida Prepaid Prize Packs, including items like Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150
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Twitter Party Prize Giveaway begins February 8th, 2018 at 9:00 pm ET and ends no later than February 8th, 2017 at 10:30pm ET (the “Twitter Party Entry Period”). Entrants enter via following @FloridaPrepaid and @BlogginMamas, and posting a tweet with the #StartingIsBelieving hashtag during the Twitter Party Entry Period. Five (5) Winners will be drawn randomly by random.org at approximately 12 minute intervals during the Twitter Party Entry Period. One (1) Winner will be drawn randomly via random.org from the event RSVP’s on the Mr. Linky widget.
One (1) Florida Prepaid Prize Packs including items like a Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. ARV $150. Total approximate retail value (“ARV”) $150, for each of five (5) winners.
One (1) Florida Prepaid Prize Packs including items like a Slingpack or Backpack, water bottles, Frisbee, wristbands, and pencil pouches. Total approximate retail value (“ARV”) $150, awarded to one (1) winner who RSVP’s via the Mr. Linky widget.
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I was recently invited to stay at the Loews Royal Pacific in Universal Studios Florida. I was excited to give it a try, it had been years since I’d been there. I think I was twenty-years-old and just started dating my (now) husband. We spent a weekend at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. My, how life has grown beyond measure. I was interested in seeing how much it all has changed for me as a (now) parent. I packed up the car with a few of my favorite ladies and hit the road. We had dreams of visiting it all, including the new park, Universal’s Volcano Bay. Along the way I realized there are many ways to enjoy this type of adventure and thought I’d share.
It’s a great place for fun and adventurous couples. I remember taking this trip with my then boyfriend and learning so much about how we experience the parks together. There is a variety of thrill-seeking options and entertaining shows throughout the park that can keep you on your toes. Besides, it’s always great to
hear see how someone reacts to the spooky stuff. Can you say Skull Island?
There are many benefits to staying at the Loews Royal Pacific property while visiting the parks. The early admission to the park and convenient water taxi are enough to make a girl swoon, but the sheer beauty of this property definitely had me missing my hubby (Loews Royal Pacific Resort guests receive Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the theme park opens). Gorgeous details throughout the hotel and a romantic bamboo garden with just the right amount of light to remind you to really take it easy at dusk.
The authentic details of this property will draw you in and transport you to a different place and time. The perfect Royal Pacific holiday minus the day and a half of travel. We were treated to Jake’s Beer Dinner, a beer pairing dining experience offered at the Loews Royal Pacific. You can also enjoy sushi every evening after 5pm in the Orchid Court Lounge and Sushi Bar at the Royal Pacific, or take part in the weekly authentic Wantilan Luau experience (reservations necessary). This weekly dinner show features a tropical all-you-can-eat buffet (complete with pit-roasted pig) and live music. Shows are Saturday evenings; tickets are required. Registration begins at 5:30 pm, seating starts at 6 pm (subject to change).
It’s a no-brainer that Universal Orlando is a great family destination. What I didn’t realize, was that it is great for all family types. I’d always assumed the boys needed to be much older before we could visit. There is plenty for young kids to experience throughout the parks (particularly during the holidays), including the new Macy’s Parade.
While I was mesmerized with the Simpsons in Springfield, I just know my boys would have loved Seussland. I was lucky enough to catch the beautiful decorations for Grinchmas!
Who-ville was certainly magical as was the entire park for the holiday celebration. We spent time amongst the trees with Lorax and breezed through the nostalgic Comic Town. We agreed that Cathy and Dogwood were our favorites.
There is definitely a benefit to transporting kids to and from the park via water taxi on late nights, and the convenience of stopping for lunch just outside the park at restaurants like Cowfish where hotel guests enjoy preferred seating. The hotel holiday decor was warm and beautiful with a tree that must be aspiring to reach Rockefeller proportions!
The most appealing of all amenities would have to be the Universal Express Unlimited passes available to guests of the Loews Royal Pacific Hotel (as well as those who stay at Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel). This saves time and allows you to experience the wonder that the entire park has to offer without the stress of standing in a long line. There is so much to see in all of the different parts of the park, just this one park could literally keep you busy for days! My boys would probably be more interested in the option to shop throughout the park and have it delivered to your room so you don’t have to hold your purchases all-day-long. Actually, that may be our favorite as well…
An unexpected surprise from my trip at Universal is that it is perfect for a girl’s/guys getaway. Action, adventure, good food, and fun. What more could you want from a weekend getaway with your friends? My friends Ilysia and Meade took full advantage of this “nerd-cation” and completely geeked out with me over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve got to say, folks, this was the highlight of this trip. It started before even leaving to Orlando when it was demanded I finish the first book in the Harry Potter series. Boy am I glad I did! There are so many nuances throughout this amazing addition to the park, and from what I understand they are currently working on the newest installation (hopefully more juicy details to come soon)! We spent the first night at the Royal Pacific getting spoiled with chocolate Christmas trees and fun surprises in our room. I had my wand, and I was ready for the day ahead… well, after watching the first Harry Potter movie!
Diagon Alley was more than I could have dreamed of. I entered this wizarding world on our second day of the trip and I’m afraid I haven’t been able to shake the spell its put on me since! You can almost miss the entrance entirely, it’s just next door to Kings Cross Station by the Knight Bus. I’m so glad I brushed up on my reading, although it still meant I had to constantly ask for references from the two best Potter guides a gal could ask for! The bricks “parted” and I had my first glimpse of Gringott’s bank (to-die-for). It’s completely worth standing around and waiting for the dragon to breathe actual fire.
We put our map and wand to work as soon as we could. Wands purchased at Olivanders come equipped with the ability to perform spells throughout the park at the marked stations. Look for the gold emblem etched into the cobblestone streets (which looked magnificent on a rainy day with a bit of overcast). Search for the clues on each station to show you how to perform each spell.
We rode the train at Hogsmeade (the train takes you between parks and has plenty of entertainment along the way), listened to the Frog Choir (fantastic), and drank plenty of warm butterbeer on a cool afternoon. In case you’re wondering what the holidays are like in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they DON’T disappoint! At every turn, there were fancy little details depicting the fabulous Christmas celebration that the books convey.
The ride at Gringott’s was our absolute favorite, and seeing Hogwart’s for the first time was pure magic. The detail put into each aspect of this park and transforming it for the holiday was intoxicating. We spent our afternoons looking for any clues from the books or movies, and our evenings reflecting on it all.
We had a fabulous time enjoying the amenities available via water taxi and even had a girl’s night out starting with a few drinks in the Orchid Court Lounge and Sushi Bar. We then danced the night away at Universal CityWalk. The rooms were gorgeous with fascinating color/texture patterns layered so incredibly well that they didn’t seem overwhelming at all. The perfect blend of modern meets classic style, transporting you to a different time and giving you the sense you’ve traveled much farther than the two-hour trip to Orlando from Boca Raton.
The courtyard is fantastic with authentic elements everywhere you look. The running water and outdoor seating invite you to come and bask in the sights and sounds of the Royal Pacific.
There is beauty everywhere you turn at the Royal Pacific. It starts at the entrance of the property when you cross a bridge and leave all your cares and worries behind. I am proud to say that the three of us didn’t focus on work once while we remembered how to play on our weekend getaway.
It seems there is something for everyone at Universal Orlando whether you are a young family or a group of adults looking to unwind. I can’t wait to come back and explore more with my family over the years as we grow and our experiences change. I want to bring the boys and introduce them to Universal’s newest park Volcano Bay!
Check out this picture gallery of all the fun we had on our amazing trip!
Huge thanks goes out to Universal Orlando, and the Loews Royal Pacific Hotel for hosting us on this fabulous adventure!