Published: September 12, 2006 at 3:10 PMNah, I think Disney won't feel the burn from it since I still believe most people come from out of state and country to specifically go to Disney World. However, it will give Universal a much needed boost in attendance!
Suprised it too so long for them to do this!
Published: September 12, 2006 at 4:39 PMCan you honestly spend 7 consecutive days in Universal?
Published: September 12, 2006 at 5:24 PMI could. I could ride Hulk and Duelng Dragons days at a time and not get bored.
Published: September 12, 2006 at 9:09 PMHey, I like IOA and the studio, but I can't imagine spending more than two days there; maybe three if lines are really long. My last trip, we did one day at BGA, one at Sea World, 2 days at Universal and then five at Disney -- yeah, it was a longer than average trip.
Published: September 13, 2006 at 4:03 AMDavid hit it right on the head! The Universal experience is a two day gig at best and if you stay on property one could realistically see everything in one day without rushing. Universal AND IOA both need new attractions and the property needs a couple new restaurants. Bubba Gumps was a nice addition, but the NASCAR Cafe and NBA City are two of the worst places to eat, period!
Make it worth people's time and money and they will come and stay!
Published: September 13, 2006 at 8:05 AMThe idea that everything at Universal can be seen in one day is a myth. The idea that it can be done without rushing is ludicrous. We had 2 last July with Express Plus, and will want 3 next time because there are several attractions we missed, although we did repeat a couple. However, 7 days would be overkill.
Published: September 13, 2006 at 8:43 AMIt is not a myth that you can do everything you want at Universal in one day; I've done it twice, both times without any form of Universal Express.
Here's how you do it:
1) go on a light-crowd day (i.e. not July!). The two times I tried this were the week before Labor Day and early December (not on the weekends, either).
2) get there before park opening; they usually let people in early, even on a slow day.
3) go to IOA first; USF has more attractions that don't have long lines, so you can hit that later.
4) take advantage of the single-rider lines on a number of attractions.
5) time your meal break(s) for non-peak times (i.e. lunch before noon).
Published: September 13, 2006 at 12:48 PMThe price is amazing even for two to three days. I think Universal's issues go deeper than just the cost of admission. The last time my family and I went, we had a miserable time. The employees seemed disgruntled and were unhelpful (not all but enough), they had closed the Express Pass system to all except resort guests (and those who pay an extra $20 for the Express Passes), things looked worn and dirty, etc. This was an extremely different story a couple of years ago - the parks were great.
So, the cost may be $20 per day but in order to have a good time, you need to pay an extra $20 per person per day for the Express Pass. How do you like that racket?
Published: September 13, 2006 at 3:52 PMLets recap, shall we? Disney has no lines at all. Disney employees are always so happy. Disney is very cheap and you can enjoy each park over and over.....yeah, right.
Published: September 14, 2006 at 5:04 AMWe spent 2 days at IOA and 2 days at USO nov. 2005. The longest we waited in a line for any ride or show was 20 minutes. Our 4 children were able to see it all and do it all and then go back and ride the favorites again! Overall 4 days were more than enough. I think we paid $99 for a 2 day pass with 3 days free, so $600 bucks for 4 days of fun for 6! Fairly inexpensive and now with this new pricing even cheaper! We are going to DW in april/may 2007, tickets for 6 are going to run us over $1200 so we will stay off-site to save money. We plan on doing all 4 parks and Disneyquest.(If you have been to disneyquest let us know if it is worth the $$ keep in mind 4 kids!) We hav'nt been to DW since 2000 and cant wait 2 go on all the new rides they have added in the last 7 years!