However the question that I would like some advice on is which resort to visit first? When we visited in 2005, we went to WDW first and then to the rest of the Florida parks which are included on the flex ticket. However, with Harry Potter World and other new attractions, would you recommend visiting universal first this time around, or would the American holidays mean that Universal will be extremely busy towards the end of July?
For me personally though, I would go to universals: islands of adventure first. Harry Potter is by far the best ride I have ever been on. It's truly an experience. Disney hasn't really changed much besides adding a few things(by time you guys get there they MIGHT have added some interactive stuff while you wait in line for one of the rides.) but otherwise it's still the same as when you all previously went.
If I were you, around the time your about to leave, look up when the weather forecast for everyday. On the hottest days you can find, that's when you should hit the water parks to cool down.
I hope you guys have fun!
Two tips try and go to Animal Kingdom on the coolest or least humid days, it can be really awful there int he heat and humidity. Also, WEAR WATER SHOES at the Disney water parks. There are some surfaces at Typhoon Lagoon that get so hot they will blister your feet.
I would say to go to Universal Islands of Adventure because it has the Potter area and is a smaller and more manageable trip. Universal has only one park complex with one parking area. Walt Disney World has 4 theme parks and 2 water parks all separate from each other. Give yourself a little time to adjust to Orlando and then go to WDW. Have fun whatever you decide.
1. I'm also from the UK. For the first 2 or 3 days I struggle with the heat. I find Universal days are genrally shorter than Universal days and so save the long days for when I've got a bit more used to the FLorida heat
2. I'm a sentimental type. NOTHING compares to leaving MK late at night on the last day, having just taken in amazing fireworks
That's just my preferences though!
ps I am insanely jealous that you are headed there this year for 3 weeks . I last went in 2010 and wanted to go this year again but just can't get the cash together. Will be saving for next year :)
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