Which park should we spend two days vs. one at the other (I'm too cheap to pay for park-to-park)? We'll be staying at the Pacific resort, if that makes a difference (perhaps with respect to easier access to one or the other).
My kids aren't Harry Potter fans ... yet, but my wife and I are. I don't think the HP area will be a strong determining factor. I'm more interested in which park will provide the more "magical" experience for the family.
Thanks for your advice.
By a tiny margin, I say give the 2nd day to IOA. Reason? There's more theming "photo ops" that i'm sure two parents would LOVE to throw their kids at. AND more opportunities to be "interactive"-- exploring Camp Jurassic and the Discovery Center, cooling off in the water at Toon Lagoon, etc. Plus Harry Potter lines might cause you to miss some things.
Basically, you do not have to decide which one for the second day. Just whichever you enjoy most in the first two days, as you hotel room card works as a Universal Express Pass for free, and, guests staying at the resort get into Islands of Adventure 1 hour early to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the park opens!
Also, each park is within about a minute or two walking distance!
Also, don't forget you have free ferry transportation to the parks!
I'd do as the others said. Do both parks and then make your decision.
When my 11 year old grandson and I were there, we chose Studio over Islands simply because he was not big enough to get on the coasters at Islands.
We also did the water rides first thing and even though it was cool, we changed clothes after getting soaked. With you staying close, it may not make a difference.
Its tough to know which would be better. I would say USO, just because there are very few attractions the smaller kids can't go on!
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