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    Loews Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando - Pictures

    My picture threads consist of images I have taken that focus on the architecture, landscape architecture, planning, design, and theming of the facilities highlighted. They may also contain short descriptions and commentary, but will not focus on construction progress or special events or memorabilia or food selections or my traveling companions. Hopefully these threads are a good introduction for those who have not seen these places yet. All killer, no filler!

    Loews Royal Pacific Resort photographed in November 2008:
    The three resorts on the Universal Orlando property are linked by a river-like waterway and water taxis that go to the Universal Citywalk lake from which both theme parks are entered. This resort is themed to the Italian resort town, and is a large complex of piazzas and three pools surrounded by hotel wings that successfully appear to be a panorama of connected antique town buildings.







    Porte Cochere:
    The fountain in front has a collection of Italian cars and scooters parked in front to complete the theme.





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    Re: Loews Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando - Pictures

    Thanks for all of these photo documentations - seen some things I've never noticed before.

    The Portofino Bay will draw comparisons to that other Italian Riviera themed hotel over in Tokyo:

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    This is not a knock on what Universal/Loews did in Orlando, but to show just how mind-bogglingly incredible the work done in Tokyo by OLC/WDI was.



    All TDS pics courtesey of Flickr: meanderingmouse's Photostream
    WARNING: Viewing Meanderingmouse's photos may result in the booking of a trip to Tokyo.

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    Re: Loews Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando - Pictures

    Randy Savage, you have provided an excellent compare and contrast here! The Tokyo property is clearly more realistic and transportive!

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