Okay, here's the hypothetical: Theme parks are open. Flights are cheap and available. You've got one week to visit Orlando with no risk of coming down with anything. But here's the catch - you can visit only one major theme park resort during that time. So which one will it be? - Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando?
As we wait for these parks to reopen in real life, let's debate about them online with today's "which is better" vote. Walt Disney World is the world's most popular theme park resort, boasting four of the world's top nine most-attended theme parks. Universal Orlando's two parks rank below Disney World's four, but include the park Theme Park Insider readers selected this year as the world's best park - Universal's Islands of Adventure.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter elevated Universal from competition with also-rans such as the SeaWorld parks to compete in the top tier with Disney. But Disney has answered the challenge, stepping up its game with immersive single-IP lands such as Pandora and Galaxy's Edge. So while Universal's parks in 2018 attracted more than 50 million visitors worldwide, Disney's parks did three times that, with more than 150 million visitors.
But this isn't exactly a Disney v. Universal battle. It's Walt Disney World versus Universal Orlando. What happens elsewhere doesn't matter. This is the battle for Central Florida.
Do you prefer the larger size of the Walt Disney World Resort or the more intimate and walkable Universal Orlando? Do you like Disney's owned-and-operated hotels or Universal's alliance with Loews running its hotels? Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon or Volcano Bay?
Or should we just make this about franchises? Disney World's got its princesses, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel (well, sort of). Universal Orlando's got its Minions, Wizarding World, Jurassic Park, and Marvel (well, most of it). What's your favorite castle - Cinderella or Hogwarts?
Where would you rather spend your Orlando vacation? I know that many of us answer "at both" in real life, but this is the Internet. You've got to make hard choices here, then defend them with your comments.Tweet
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