Universal Orlando Family Press Trip - Day 1

By Jennifer James | Photos: Michael James
Founder Mom Bloggers Club
Recap Day 1 | Recap Day 2  


Last week my family and I were treated to an all-expenses paid week-long trip to Universal Orlando. We had the most amazing time spending time together as a family, meeting other families, and taking in all the sights, attractions, and food Universal Orlando has to offer. If you saw tweets with the hashtag #UORFamily, this will explain it. 

Monday was a travel day for most of the families. We were graciously put up at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. It is designed and modeled after Portofino, Italy and has a quaint Italian appeal from the boats floating in the bay to the outdoor cafes. We recommend Sal's for quick meals 


My husband and I decided to surprise our daughters. For weeks they thought they were going to see Grandmommy. Little did they know they were on their way to Orlando for an epic week of fun and surprises at Universal Studios. 


Lobby of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Arched walkway to the east wing of the LoewsPortofino Bay Hotel


Goodies we found in our room including Harry Potter wands and journal, hats, and bags. 


Lots more goodies. Perfect for hungry families who have
been traveling all day!


View of the bay from our balcony.


One of the entrances to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
on the Islands of Adventure.


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on the Islands of Adventure.


Dinner and butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


Dessert at the Three Broomsticks at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter


Dinner at the Three Broomsticks at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post that recaps day 2 at the Islands of Adventure.

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Comment by Reanaclaire on September 18, 2011 at 8:40am
Nice .. looks like very fun too!
Comment by Tonia Sanders on September 12, 2011 at 12:53pm
Wow, this looks like an amazing time. I went to Universal Studios as a kid and it was one of my best vacations ever.
Comment by Mom Bloggers Club on May 22, 2011 at 5:20pm
It was! I highly recommend it!
Comment by Katie Helton on May 22, 2011 at 5:05pm
Wowwww that looks like so much fun!
Comment by Mom Bloggers Club on May 22, 2011 at 5:01pm
They got over it. We're still going to visit her in a few weeks! Have fun. It's really great!
Comment by Melissa on May 22, 2011 at 4:55pm

It sounds amazing! We are going in September! ;-)


Were they disappointed not to see Grandmommy or did they get over it? ;-)



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