Universal Orlando Vacation Planning TipsUniversal Orlando: Answers to frequently asked questions about how to get the most out of a visit to the Universal Orlando theme park resort.
From Robert NilesFirst time visitor? Get started with our introduction to theme park vacations.
Posted November 9, 2003 at 7:46 PM
Universal Orlando opened in 1990 as Universal Studios Florida. In 1999, the resort added a second park, Islands of Adventure, and the CityWalk entertainment complex. Visitors typically stay a full week to take in Universal Orlando, Disney World and SeaWorld. All three complexes are located within easy driving distance of each other, allowing visitors to pick a hotel from among those near any of the three.
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From debra allenuniversal studios is the best theme park ever. they are so helpful to the disabled and their family. I could never of asked for a better park. their prices are so great.compared to disney, universal will get my business every time.I think they're so much better.
Posted February 17, 2004 at 1:28 PM
From Matt RogersI agree. Universal is helpful and they have a great reputation. (ever notice Universal doesn't have near as many accidents as Disney) All the questions I ask Universal get answered. Everyone must do Universal.
Posted February 26, 2004 at 6:20 PM
From JP parking Guygo to http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com
Posted February 26, 2004 at 9:06 PM
and watch the pr video for revenage of the mummy!
From Alexander Van MeclUniversal Studios Orlando Florida is a must see theme park. In my opinion, the best theme park in the world. Sure I havn't been to EVERY single theme park in the world but I dont see how anyone can over power Universal. Disney, like many people say, has alot of accidents and injuries while you dont have any at Universal. Also Disney has alot of old attractions while Universal updates there old ones, makes sure there safe, and has plans for the future for them. Disney is so over-rated and Universal is just a wonderful oasis! Universal focuses on helping family members, treating people properly and nice, and they also focus on there rides, attractions, how clean the park is, and definitly security. Disney dosn't do nearly as much as that. Universal is my #1 choice and anyone who loves movies, rollercoasters, or shows will definitly love Universal Orlando!
Posted March 15, 2004 at 2:42 PM
From patrick sayreA quick question if you don't mind.
Posted April 2, 2004 at 10:49 AM
What is considered "off season?" I am planning on going for the first time in Nov. but would really like to avoid HUGE HOURS LONG LINES.
From Matt RogersI'm not positive but I think off season is from New Years to Febuary.Use single rider lines!
Posted April 2, 2004 at 2:41 PM
From Dave LaberI've not been to Universal Studios Orlando in quite some time. I'd like to go again but I have an 18 month old daughter (27 inches tall); are there very many rides she is allowed to go on? It seems to me that going to Disney is my only choice until she is much taller according to Universal's Web Site. I could be missing something though. Someone let me know.
Posted April 27, 2004 at 12:09 PM
From Robert NilesActually, I've taken two 18-month-olds to Orlando, and both preferred Universal to Disney. Keep in mind that a child that age won't be able to handle much time at the parks -- some time in the morning, followed by lunch, then back to the hotel for a nap. You can come back to the park for a couple hours after an early dinner, and that's it.
Posted April 27, 2004 at 12:35 PM
Here's what I would recommend at Universal for a toddler that age:
At Universal Studios Florida:
At Islands of Adventure:
We've bought two-day passes to Universal to allow us to park-hop, and usually go to IOA in the morning and USF in the afternoon. Then we either repeat that on the second day, or save the unused second day for a future trip. (Unused days on Universal Orlando tickets do not expire.)
Hope this helps.
From Andrea GaljourI have a 3 year old who is 40 inches tall and I have an 11 year old. I'm worried that there are not many rides for my 3 year old to ride.
Posted May 11, 2004 at 1:30 PM
From Adrian WalkerDefinetely my favourite park.
Posted May 26, 2004 at 6:47 AM
From Mary Ann NowakJust returned from trip week of May 9 - we were there on a Friday/Saturday. My best hints --get there early - no matter which park. For 9:00 opening, try and be there by 8:30. Spiderman and Hulk first at IOA. USF- first ride should be Revenge of the Mummy. Use Single Rider lines when you can,you won't be that far from the rest of your group and sometimes you get done almost at same time.
Posted May 28, 2004 at 7:48 PM
I purchased e-tickets from the Universal website. They had a special - 5 consecutive days for the price of 2. Check their website for specials. You print the e-ticket confirmation at home and scan it in at kiosks at the park. This saves time since you don't have to wait in the regular ticket line. It worked smoothly for us. Park starts to crowd up around lunchtime, so try and see as much as you can in the morning.
From Tyler UpshawI visted Universal about a year and a half ago and had a great time with my my 7 year old daughter. I did have a question maybe someone can anser on the express pass system. When we were there we saw that some people had a coupon book that allowed express access to specific rides. The problem was that the tickets had to be used on that ride and only one was in the book per ride. We however bought ticket books ($25 for a book of 5 or 10)at the fronty gate that allowed express access to any ride, it was basically a general ticket much like the on site hotel room key system, any ride could be used, multiple times if desired. Does anyone know if these open express tickets are still sold?
Posted May 30, 2004 at 6:24 PM
From Brad WatsonThe express books seem to be regularly sold at customer care and the front merchandise shops in the park--advertising for these books are increasing for it seems the window that non-resort guests can get a computerized express pass from the kiosks is just a few hours from opening. On the last couple of visits, all kiosks in each park would shut down before noon, which would leave the Loews guests and those that buy the books.
Posted June 4, 2004 at 12:13 AM
From Brad WatsonThere's also one more option when it comes to questions to universal: send it electronically thru their website at http://www.universalstudios.com/homepage/html/contact_us/contact_form.cgi?email_id=1 and they'll reply back with 24 hours with plenty of info.
Posted June 4, 2004 at 12:21 AM
From Christian NicelyI love Universal Orlando. In my opinion Island's of Adventure is the best.
Posted August 1, 2004 at 6:24 PM
QUESTION THOUGH: Which is better ICE or Fire on the Dueling Dragons?
From mike fI WILL BE IN UNIVERSAL FOR 3 DAYS NEXT WEEK. I HEAR THAT SOME RIDES HAVE A 90 MINUTE WAIT. IF I GET A UNIVERSAL EXPRESS PASS FOR THESE RIDES - WHAT IS THE WAIT TIME WITH THE EXPRESS PASSES?? HOW MUCH TIME IS SAVED BY GOING ON THE SIGLE RIDER LINES? WHICH IS BETTER (WE ARE A FAMILY WITH THREE KIDS)
Posted August 15, 2004 at 8:48 AM
ALSO HAS ANYONE STAYED AT THE DOUBLETREE HOTEL NEAR CITYWALK (OUTSIDE PARK)?
From Adrian WalkerUnfortunaly Christian, I can't say which is better out of fire and ice (Being the wimp I am). But remember this...They are NOTHING without the other coaster to duel with.
Posted August 15, 2004 at 11:09 AM
From Christian NicelyThat is true adrain! I only rode fire not ice yet. I love the Hulk best!
Posted August 29, 2004 at 2:18 PM
From Jase RugglesIn June 2005 me and about 20 other teenagers from skool are going to Orlando to either Disney or Universal. Which should we go to?
Posted October 9, 2004 at 6:15 PM
From Mark FairleighJase,
Posted November 10, 2004 at 9:32 PM
Since your group consists of teens I would definitely recommend Universal over Disney if you had to choose one. Disney is a bit out-dated and caters more to nostalgia buffs wanting to relive the old magic days of the Mickey Mouse Club, etc. For thrills, can't beat Universal.
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