Just got back from a few days in Universal celebrating my birthday. Not so much a trip report, as some random thoughts...
-Disney does not hold a monopoly on great customer service. Was greeted with a smile by every employee I saw and they joked with the guests, kids and adults alike. I had no negative experiences with any Universal employees.
-I have to say, I love Disney and Universal, but my last couple trips to Universal have felt infinitely more relaxing than my last couple trips to Disney. I stayed onsite and loved not feeling I had to plan my whole day. The express pass was good for just about every attraction whenever I felt like going on it and I just felt more free to wander. Even the character meetings felt a bit more random as opposed to timed meet and greets in designated areas.
-Loved that my hotel express pass was still good the entire day of our checkout.
-The in house drinks that you can only get at Universal? Brilliant idea. Enjoyed trying the Duff beer offerings in Springfield and of course Butterbeer. Really helps to immerse you even more in the various lands.
-Really enjoyed the Gringotts attraction more than Forbidden Journey...not sure why, just seemed less jerky maybe?
- Had some great in park food too...Lombards for dinner one night was fantastic and the taco truck in Springfield was delicious.
-One thing I wish they had more of is attractions in the vein of E.T. As someone who occasionally deals with back pain, seems like a lot of the attractions are super jerky and bumpy...a few more dark rides like E.T. would be a nice change of pace n between the more jerky motion based rides.
Overall, had a great few days, with a lot of laughs and fun. Was glad to buy a season pass as a Florida resident, looking forward to my next trip! It reminded me of the spontaneity I miss with Disney...Tweet
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