Beer is only(!!!) $8 ... at Universal.
You can come back tomorrow and do the park again (or a different one).
You can see the Lions, Tigers, Bears (oh my) and other teams REAL mascots live and in person all in one place.
For the pro and college football games I attend in the Washington DC area leaving the parks at closing time is MUCH easier than leaving the stadium(s) right after the game.
Anytime it comes down to going to a bowl game or a theme park trip, well the theme parks always win with me(although my favorite college team rarely goes to bowl games).
1. There are real stars in football, not some cartoon characters.
2. You get your fill after 3 hours, but in a theme park, it takes much longer.
3. You can enjoy the food while watching the game, but in a theme park, you have to finish it or throw it out before it gets good.
4. If a guy gets hurt, another replaces him, the game continues. At a theme park, a broken ride is offline for hours and may not return.
5. Mickey Mouse hats look great in the park, but ridiculous out of it. Team hats and jerseys look good everywhere you go.
6. Football team franchises are highly desirable are in most major cities. You can find theme parks in a few areas and Disney and Universal are only in Orlando and Southern Cal.
7. You can get a beer at a football game. Most theme parks don't sell them.
8. Tailgating is accepted in some football parking lots. Theme parks don't have such things.
9. The fans are willing to paying much more for tickets and memorabilia than any theme parks including Disney.
10. You can enjoy a football game at home. Impossible with a theme park.
Except in some smaller parks where there's a severe shortage of said facilities...
Question about the photo: is it really appropriate for Aaron Rogers to be asking Mickey to pull his finger?
Most Amusement Parks are open atleast half the year, so it may be a lot easier to move around your trip to an amusement park to a different day than without it drastically impacting you than it is to move around going to see a sporting event (which most people don't have the ability to move around the date of).
Also, if you plan, you pretty much know what you're getting at a theme park. Therefore, it is highly probable you will have a great time. If you go to an NFL game and your team loses..well you just wasted time, money, and potentially some sleep.
And Anon Mouse: Is the lack of beer at theme parks really a detriment? I would think that if NFL teams did not serve beer, the crowds would behave in a more civil manner.
Theme parks are better than football games because:
1. An ill-tempered, bad smelling, pot-bellied, excessively body-haired guy in green saying ugly things at the Universal parks is called the Grinch. At a football game he’s just a typical Philadelphia Eagles fan.
2. The people pitching temper tantrums and acting like 2-year olds at theme parks are called children. At football games they call them wide receivers.
3. Tigger is the only theme park character flagged for illegal use of hands, and that was overturned upon review.
4. “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience” is a recently replaced ride at Epcot and Disneyland and not what the Cleveland Browns players tell their wives after appearing on primetime TV.
5. Who-ville is way cooler than “Who Dat.”
6. Astro Blasters is a fun dark ride instead of something that the center shares with the quarterback right before the snap after eating too much Mexican food the night before.
7. Lines are shorter at the theme parks when the marching bands are playing instead of longer.
8. If you wait in line for half-an-hour so your daughter can get her picture taken with a Disney princess, the women in your life will think you are awesome. If you wait in line for half-an-hour so you can get your picture taken with an NFL cheerleader, the women in your life will think you are scum.
9. Grown men don’t belly-bump at theme parks.
10. Men in Black: Alien Attack is the name of a great ride at Universal Studios Florida and not Sections 104-107 of the Oakland Coliseum during Raiders games.
11. People want to watch the Dolphins at the Sea World parks.
12. Santa Claus doesn’t have to dodge snowballs at theme parks.
Merry Christmas, y'all!