The fact Dockside is open makes me exceedingly happy.Loews Portofino Bay Hotel will resume operations on December 1st and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn & Suites will officially open on December 15th.
Portofino Bay Hotel and Universal's Endless Summer - Dockside Inn & Suites at Universal Orlando to open in DecemberUniversal Orlando is set to open Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Universal's Endless Summer - Dockside Inn & Suites this December. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel will resume operations on December 1st and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn & Suites will officially open on Decemberwww.insideuniversal.net
I-Drive Access is ridiculously limited at both properties. There is a room key only access gate near the intersection at both properties, but the last time I was at Surfside, the gate was dead bolted (even a key wouldn't open it). The garage has an emergency exit staircase that drops onto I-Drive (that is hard to find), but it doesn't grant entry. The only reliably open spot is the Gate that is pretty far down Universal Blvd.It'll be interesting to see over time if a preference develops between Surfside and Dockside - I can see positives for both. Seems like it might be easier to walk to things south on I Drive from Surfside (if you walk through the garage); I'm guessing they made it very difficult to get to that 7-Eleven by Red Lobster from Dockside.