Vote of the week: Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Studios Florida?
Thanks to Theme Park Insider reader Justin for suggesting this week's vote:
I was curious: Regarding people who've visited both parks, do people prefer Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom? Do people prefer Universal Studios Florida or Universal Studios Hollywood?
We addressed the Disneyland versus Disney World's MK question earlier this spring. But it's high time we let the Universal parks duke it out. So, today, we will.
Remember, it's just the studio parks we're talking about here, not the whole Universal Orlando complex. So don't go talking about Islands of Adventure here. That doesn't count. Only the USF part of the resort matters on the Orlando side in this vote.
Pluses for the Orlando park? Men in Black. A better Mummy. Sit-down dining in the park.
Pluses for Hollywood? The Studio Tour. Waterworld. A movie-themed park with actual movie-making.
What do you think? Tell us about your choice, in the comments. And have a great weekend!
I was a guide at Universal Hollywood and love the place for it's authenticity -- but as far as visiting a world-class *theme park* (and not just a really great local Hollywood attraction), I have to give my love to USF. :)
Gotta love USF, man. ;)
Sure Hollywood is an actual functioning studio to a degree .(I believe it’s more TV now then movies) If you look at the theme park side of the two parks, Florida triumphs over Hollywood. Almost every part of the studio tour in Hollywood is made into a full size attraction in Florida. One good example is Jaws. In Hollywood a shark jumps out at you (TV audience sound of ooos here) in Florida Jaws is following you thru different areas of the lake. You feel like you’re in the movie not watching it from behind the camera. (TV audience sounds again of aaaahhs) However, Hollywood does have elements in its back lot that no studio will ever have (except for some lost in past fires). That being said Hollywood has a nostalgic feel.
I usually side with SoCal over Florida, but in this case, Florida's version takes it. As a theme park, Orlando's Universal Studios are clearly more fun.
After Epcot, USF is my favourite theme park. I love the street theming and the great array of attractions. Big thumbs up.
For the record, the voting system for DL vs. MK was highly flawed. How a stale and dated park like the MK can beat the superior original is beyond reason.
I found myself thinking just what Joshua wrote about theming, when I stopped myself: How can Florida have better movie studio theming, when Hollywood *actually is* a movie studio?
How the hell did Magic Kingdom win over Disneyland?
These two parks are some of my favorites. They both have: Shrek 4-D
I picked USH for a simple reason. Simply because of the fact that I live in Florida and I visit USF often and the last time I visited USH was in 1993, so therefore I am curious to see what has changed. The last time I went to USH the "Back To The Future ride" was the new/popular thing to do there and of course, to whoever has visited USH, I can't think anything there that tops their Studio Tour. Don't get me wrong, I think USF is a great park(Can't wait to try the new Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit!), but since it has been 16 years since i've visited USH, I am "craving" a return visit to USH before another trip to USF.
This poll will be much more interesting once Transformers opens.
I agree with many above. USH is a real studios so its one of the few theme parks that can make that claim (not so much for USF or DHS).
Agreed, Anthony. I would like to see a DHS vs. USF vote. My vote goes to USF.
As a technical services employee of USH (Hi Robert...), I'd have to vote for USF simply because I have yet to enjoy the entire park (or parks if including IOA). I've been to USF twice, but both times on business (during construction of the Simpson's ride), so I only got to enjoy a small sampling of what it had to offer...
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