New Blu-ray and DVD movies this week include X-Men: Apocalypse (Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy), American Horror Story: Hotel (Lady Gaga), Swiss Army Man (Daniel Radcliffe), The Purge: Election Year (Elizabeth Mitchell), and Vikings Season 4 (Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen). I’ve already seen the new X-Men film (review) and season four of Vikings, so I’m hoping to see the other new releases. They all sound interesting — especially American Horror Story (Lady Gaga is in it). BTW, the trailer for Swiss Army Man looks pretty funny. Continue reading for a summary of the new Blu-rays and DVDs for this week.
After our two days at Disney World and Disney All-Star Resort, we took an Uber to begin our two days at Universal Orlando. For the second half of our Orlando vacation, we stayed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort (6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL 32819). The Royal Pacific is the most beautiful and most expensive hotel we’ve ever stayed at. Our room featured two queen beds and can accommodate up to five people. As I said, the Royal Pacific is a beautiful hotel inside and out. As you can guess by it’s name, the hotel has a tropical theme — almost like you’re on a remote island in the tropics somewhere. The resort even features a gigantic lagoon-style swimming pool. It was a great way to cool off at night.
When we went to Disney World last summer, we stayed at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort. I usually stay at cheaper motels, but All-Star Sports was actually quite affordable at $108 for Thursday and $111 for Friday (we went in mid August). As you can expect, the resort features a sports theme (we slept in the touchdown building). Thanks to a special promotion, we got a preferred room for the same price as a standard room. The inside of the rooms are essentially the same, but the preferred rooms are closer to the lobby and food court. Preferred rooms also have better views — usually of the pool or courtyard.
If you’re planning on visiting the Rose City, be sure to stay at The Westin in downtown Portland, Oregon. It’s located within a few blocks of Nordstrom, Pioneer Courthouse Square, MAX light rail, the Portland Art Museum, and Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. And the trendy Pearl district is just a short stroll away — or better yet, take the streetcar to check out Pearl’s local restaurants and stylish boutiques. I have not stayed at the Westin Portland (yet), but was recently treated to a quick tour and lunch during the TNT Portland event last week. Lunch was amazing and the hotel is beautiful and cozy!