Published: May 16, 2014 at 10:50 AMUniversal has just turn the tables on Disney. UO has become the premier theme park in the country.
Published: May 16, 2014 at 12:08 PMBased on the question of "Which new offerings do I prefer", I would say that hands-down the answer is Diagon Alley. If the question was "which overall theme park/resort experience do you prefer" I don't think I would be able to answer as readily, but if all we're talking about is 7D/MyMagic+ versus Harry Potter I don't think it's even a question.
Published: May 16, 2014 at 1:14 PMRobert, have received any insider info on what the interactive wands will do. Are we talking about creaking doors, moving signs, making an animatronic owl flag its wings? Just curious what sort of things I'll undoubtedly be spending my money on for my 4-year-old son in November.
Published: May 16, 2014 at 1:30 PMLeaving tonight for 9 days at Portofino Bay Resort, Universal . Then we'll be at Cabana Bay & Royal Pacific for 2 weeks in September. My wallet has voted convincingly. Five years ago that money would have gone to WDW for the most part.
Published: May 16, 2014 at 2:01 PMI don't see how this vote makes any sense. You are asking us to decide whether we prefer a new theme park land or a system designed to enable access to theme park lands.... It's not even chalk vs cheese.
Each have their own strengths so I voted both but asking me to pick one over the other is like asking me to choose whether I'd prefer a week in the Maldives or a first class flight to the Maldives.
Published: May 16, 2014 at 3:18 PMI agree with David. At least we did get to vote for "Neither". Not that I wouldn't like to go there this summer, but not everyone lives in CaliFlorida or can afford to go there every year. My vote? Platinum Pass to Cedar Fair parks. Right now I'm planning on hitting Cedar Point, Kings Island, Canada's Wonderland and probably Michigan Adventure.
Published: May 16, 2014 at 9:25 PMJust went to Disney World only. I have to say I am truly impressed with MagicBands. It was a great flawless experience. Exceeded my expectations. The major problem is signing up for all these services. It takes so many steps. There should be one-stop shopping to get everything done whether online or by the call center. They should offer customers a bargain or incentive if they order the full package of rooms, tickets, and dining.
Published: May 16, 2014 at 11:10 PMQuestion for Rob Pastor, just curious...
How do you spend two full weeks at Universal? It seems to me that both the Parks and City Walk could be fully and exhaustively explored in less than half that time.
I cannot imagine anyone wanting to sit through Shrek, Beetlejuice, Fear Factor, Sinbad or even the Terminator multiple times.
Or walk through Poseidon or endure that tedious Twister pre show, over and over again.
Even the story humor generated by The Simpsons and Despicable Me would quickly grow repetitive.
Published: May 17, 2014 at 4:06 AMI´ll be at WDW - but I´m *not* going to use the magic handcuffs.
Published: May 17, 2014 at 4:15 AMRobert, I got it...I voted for "neither". I'm just glad that we had that choice. Often with votes my first choice isn't available, which means that either I vote for something that isn't my first choice or I don't vote at all.
Published: May 17, 2014 at 5:47 AMAs much as it pains me to admit it, I voted "neither". Will be headed to Kings Island in August (see you there, Mr. Koehl!), but Disney and Universal will have to wait until I save up a few more Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons.
Ask me again in 2015 and I'll probably say "Both".
Published: May 17, 2014 at 7:45 PMMt brother in law and I had a conversation about Disney vs Universal today. He has a young daughter and wanted to know about both. I told him she would have more fun at Disney with the character meals and she would be able to do a lot more at Disney until she is about 48" tall. At that point, he should consider Universal.
TH Creative would have been so proud of me.....
Published: May 18, 2014 at 4:25 AM^At LEAST 48 inches tall, you mean. And even then, she would be missing out on Hulk, Non-Dueling Dragons, Dr. Doom, and RRR (although the latter two are pretty much skip-able anyway). Also, some of the shows and attraction themes are close to PG-13, so make sure you let your friend know the details. I once sent someone over to Universal just based on their kids both being around 48" tall and I got blasted when they returned for the reasons I just cited (they missed several headliner rides and watched a couple of shows/visited a couple of attractions they did not think were kid-friendly). No good deed goes unpunished, I guess.
***Updated to please the Spelling Police*** ;)
Published: May 18, 2014 at 8:56 AM^Maybe we'll just punish you for misspelling "cited." ; )
Since I don't know for sure what my travel plans are this summer, I abstained. Six Flags Great America and Dollywood are for-sures, but right now, Universal Orlando for August is only a possibility.
Published: May 18, 2014 at 8:55 AMTurns out it takes one to know one since I had to go back and edit "may" to "my." Not sure how that big of a blunder could appear. In the words of the all powerful Genie, "I feel sheepish."