The Entrance to Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando

Another Trip to Orlando?

by Administrator on December 14, 2010

You bet – Orlando continues to be a favorite destination for us in December to get us revved up for the upcoming Holidays and to also generate a break before the madness hits. This time we planned and booked the trip late and were unable to get rooms at any of the Disneyworld resorts we tried. The Boardwalk, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodges were all fully booked for the weekend we had wanted to visit. Recession or not, I guess you have to plan ahead in order to guarantee a room at a vacation destination resort sometime. As a result, we ended up staying at the Universal Portofino resort and had a great time anyway. New for us this year was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and I’d have to say, even not being a real fan of the series, the environment that has been created there is really engulfing. We went back on two seperate occassions to experience the rides and the overall atmosphere. For real Harry Potter fans, I think this will be a real treat. One of our dining surprises on this trip was dinner at Mama Della’s at the Orlando Portofino. Food here was extremely good, service was excellent and the entertainment was also outstanding. This contrasted with a less than enjoyable evening at Bice, where service was ho-hum and the pastas were second rate. If you have a choice, pick Mama Della’s over Bice (they are walking distance apart) and you won’t be disappointed. December 2010. Photos.

Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle


Albus Dumbledore Entertains

Albus Dumbledore Entertains


It's Actually Harry Potter

It's Actually Harry Potter


Don't forget the old favorites - T-Rex

Don't forget the old favorites - T-Rex


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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