My 10-year old son was talking to his friends at the bus stop this morning about how they all hope they'll get Hogwarts letters on their 11th birthdays just like Harry Potter did. Holy cuteness! (I didn't dash their hopes and dreams by pointing out that Harry's letter just happened to come on his birthday because his birthday was the end of summer.)
The whole conversation got me thinking. My son's birthday is 4 days before mine - the Thursday before my husband's February conference in Orlando. Some of you may remember me talking about wanting to do a combo Universal/WDW trip for MY birthday. I've been trying really hard not to get my hopes up about this hypothetical trip. But now I have a new reason to want to do it! I can't believe I didn't make the connection between my son's 11th birthday and Harry Potter. He's a huge Harry Potter fan. How cool would it be for a young Harry Potter fan to spend his 11th birthday in Diagon Alley?
So I booked a room at the Royal Pacific Resort for Wednesday, Jan 28 to Sunday Feb 1. I'm throwing caution to the wind!
Yes, this is mostly a story instead of a question. I hope you don't mind.
I do actually have a couple of questions. How hard is it to cancel a room booked online through Universal Orlando? It SAYS I can cancel up until 24 hours in advance, but there was a 1-night deposit. Will I get that deposit back? It's always possible we'll get through Christmas and decide that a winter trip is just impossible. Also, if there are good winter-rate specials that come out - maybe through Orbitz? - will it be possible to re-book and take advantage of them? Do deals come along for that time of year? I know WDW room discounts come out in October for Jan/Feb, but I have no idea if that sort of thing happens with UOR.
Thanks in advance.