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Universal Studios Or Walt Disney World?

Walt Disney World: Your opinions?

From Dan S
Posted May 11, 2011 at 7:20 PM
What are the opinions of the two biggest theme park resorts in Florida?


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From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted May 12, 2011 at 5:32 AM
Hey Dan - broad question! Is there anything specific you're looking to compare?

From Jeff Elliott
Posted May 12, 2011 at 9:48 AM
Disney messed up big time by not signing on the dotted line when JK Rowling asked them to...

Universal needs to build an interactive playland that allows park goers to launch rotten eggs and tomatoes onto Disney property...

Disney needs to build a new park themed to the villians with thrill rides and roller coasters in it...

Universal needs a "living initiative" character of King Kong that steps on tourists and smashes up buildings...

Disney needs to install some rides in the World Showcase at Epcot...

Universal needs to sneak down to Busch Gardens in the dead of the night and swop ShieKra with Triple R...

Disney needs to extend the monorail to Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.......and Universal Studios...

Universal Studios needs to sign on the dotted line to get first dibs on anything Peter Jackson touches...

From Robert Niles
Posted May 12, 2011 at 10:46 AM
My perfect theme park vacations would be five nights at the Universal Orlando Resort, and five nights at the Disneyland Resort. (Staying in one of the on-site hotels at each.)

But I'm a Disneyland > Walt Disney World guy. And that's a topic for another thread. ;^)

From Dan S
Posted May 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM
To Lauren: I wasn't really looking for anything specific, but comparisons on food, hotels, attractions, theming, ett ?

From Jeff Elliott
Posted May 12, 2011 at 12:27 PM
ahhh.....I was just giving random opinions.....

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 12, 2011 at 8:18 PM
Walt Disney World.....

Shocking, I know!

From James Rao
Posted May 12, 2011 at 8:25 PM
Rowling was far too demanding when negotiating with Disney. She wanted all the HP stuff to be very personal, to the point that Disney just said, "your ideas won't work with our crowds."

Honestly, can you imagine how impossible it would be to move around in a Disney version of WWOHP with crowds double the size of IOA on its busiest day?

As for the question of "Disney or Universal" my answer is: "YES!"

From Ashleigh Noad
Posted May 13, 2011 at 2:41 AM
This is a very broad question. There's so much you could argue for both sides for all the parks' different elements. Ie, I prefer dining at UO (Mythos) than any other park restaurant. Arguably the theming of Disney surpasses a lot of Universal's, just look at Tower of Terror!

However, when all is said and done, there is just SOMETHING about Universal that feels like home to me...

From Terri Pierce
Posted May 13, 2011 at 3:17 PM
Theres no possible way to choose. I have been saying more months that people need to stop comparing the two because it's like comparing apples to oranges. Sure you can choose which one you like better but to sit down and dissect and compare the two to each other is just unfair. Each park has their quirks good and bad.

From Nick Markham
Posted May 13, 2011 at 8:53 PM
I don't think they can compare to well. They are each aimed at different target audiences, Universal more towards the older, teenager generation, Disney toward the families with smaller children.

I guess you can try to compare the two, but in the end, it is far to difficult.

From Kurt Larson
Posted May 14, 2011 at 12:27 AM
This is like comparing Cracker Barrel to Chilli's.

You can't win. You can't lose.

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted May 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM
I have always rated Universal Florida over any park for rides. I used to dismiss the sometimes tetchy attitudes of the workers as it was a minute setback against the magnificence of the experience.

However…I was so shocked and disappointed by how me and my family were treated in the Irish Pub in the Studios back in early April, my scale has totally tipped. It may sound over-the-top, but it really ruined the succeeding couple of hours and had a negative lasting effect on all four of us. Of course I still rate and love the rides, but the overall experience plummeted that day to the point of being reluctant to even approach another Universal worker. The Disney cast-members really make such a massive impact, exceeding customer services expectations that you may take for granted by the end of the day.

In my limited experience, and I’m sure lots of people will disagree, Universal workers’ attitudes towards guests leave a lot to be desired. I’m Disney all the way.

From Andrew Holden
Posted May 18, 2011 at 12:06 PM
This is a personal question that each person can (or can't) answer for themselves.

For me, they both are a blast, but Universal needs to learn from the philosophy that all attractions in a park do not have to be e-ticket. I can do almost everything in both parks in one day, and after a while, it gets a little old...

Disney is completely different! Disney has a nice balance of attractions that keeps you coming back time after time. You can't get one park, much less the resort done in a day. Plus Disney will never, ever get to be boring in my eyes!

Then again, this is just my opinion.

From Brian Emery
Posted May 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM
My answer will be a vague as your question so -Yes…

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