Published: June 18, 2009 at 9:34 PMI 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. :)
Published: June 18, 2009 at 9:44 PMGotta love USF, man. ;)
Published: June 18, 2009 at 9:45 PMSure 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.
Published: June 19, 2009 at 5:34 AMI 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.
Published: June 19, 2009 at 9:13 AMFor 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.
Published: June 19, 2009 at 9:42 AMI 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?
It'd be like a little kid, who loves grape-flavored candy, complaining when he eats a real grape because it doesn't taste "grape" enough.
But I do feel that. I'll suggest that's because the effort at USF is totally directed at the guest experience, while the focus at USH is split between guests and the filming. Actual filming can be boring for outside viewers. It's a lot more fun to watch the finished show.
USF is all finished show, where USH includes process. USH is more accurate as a studio, but that's not as appealing, when it comes down to it, for many visitors.
Of course, if USH could add a roller coaster and a dark ride (preferably a shoot-'em-up like Men in Black), it'd have enough "finished show" to elevate itself to USF's level, with the added benefit of watching real production to put it over the top.
Well, it might need a world-class sit-down restaurant, too. Hey, why not revive Chasen's?
Published: June 19, 2009 at 12:47 PMHow the hell did Magic Kingdom win over Disneyland?
Anyway, I love the feeling at Universal Studios Hollywood. You really get the sense of movie magic. And the Studio Tour is like nothing else. But for a complete day's experience, Universal Studios Florida just has more to offer.
Published: June 19, 2009 at 1:17 PMThese two parks are some of my favorites. They both have: Shrek 4-D
Men in Black
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit(opening later this summer).
Special Effects Stages,
Jurassic Park(we're not counting IOA in this so this one counts in this poll)
Creature from the black Lagoon(opening in July).
Jaws and Disaster for USF are comparable to the Studio Tour, but the Studio Tour is unique and takes visitor to an ACTUAL working movie studio. USF is wonderful and provides a full days worth of stuff to do but the location and atmosphere for USH is the reason why Hollywood gets my vote. With an upcoming 4-D King Kong experience appearing on the Studio Tour and The Transformers ride opening in 2011 USH will only get better.
Published: June 19, 2009 at 3:39 PMI 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.
Published: June 19, 2009 at 8:57 PMThis poll will be much more interesting once Transformers opens.
Published: June 20, 2009 at 8:33 AMI 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).
However, in the theme park aspect, USF blows it out of the water. USH is just too small and has few rides compared to DHS.
I think the bigger question would be USF vs DHS
Published: June 23, 2009 at 7:41 PMAs 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...