We are going down to Universal for 4 nights in the 1st week of May, crowds are expected to be at a level 2. Using our Military discount we can get a killer deal for a room at the Hard Rock or we can save about one nights stay worth of $$ (25% savings!) and stay at Sapphire falls instead.
Being that this is our first time back to Universal with a now toddler, I'm a little nervous. I'm thinking the wait for most of the attractions might be a little less painful if we have express passes which is why I'm torn between HR and Sapphire Falls at all really. I wonder if expresses passes will still be necessary/would really make a difference with the currently projected crowd level. Thoughts? Anyone been there on a 2 or 3 day who can speak from experience?
Also before anyone says it, yes I do know hard rock is closer to the parks but I don't really care all that much as long as I'm staying somewhere with a water taxi that's easily accessible
Saving money is always good, but not at the cost of my soul if it means being stuck in a 40 minute line with a fussy toddler who Is bored and wants to get down and run everywhere so, any input here at all is appreciated.
Second, if we do stay at HR we'll probably upgrade to club level/rock royalty. Our first day in will be an R&R day and we'll be coming in around 8 or 9am. Does anyone know if you can access the club lounge if you check in early? Any experience here? I feel like our first day in is probably when we'd get the most out of it.
Thanks for your thoughts and input!!