Disney World vs Universal Studios Orlando
April 10, 2017 9:12am CST
We've been to both Disney and Universal quite a few times each. Last trip was in 2015 when we brought our son to Disney. I had contemplated Universal as well during that trip but felt he was too young as he was only 3 1/2. We had a great time of course and he still talks about what we did there and asks when we're going back. I'm actually in the process of planning a Universal trip only. Reason being that I find doing both Disney and Universal in the span of a week is too much...I'm not as young as I used to be. With Universal now offering five resort hotels and a new water park, Volcano Bay, opening in May 2017, it's starting to up the ante. I'm thinking people will want to actually stay longer than the usual 2-3 days. I've been poking around and searching for reviews on the resort hotels and restaurants and such. While I LOVE Disney I find there are a lot of "Disney snobs" out there. Sure, compare both parks and yes, some people will prefer one over the other which is completely your right but there's no need to bash and I find it's generally people who bash Universal because it's just not Disney. Why not just enjoy each for what they offer? As an example, I found one blog where giving "tips" on how to save money during a Universal Studios trip quickly became a dis Universal and talk up Disney. Every point made had something negative about Universal and then they would compare it to Disney who does it so much better. The more I was reading the angrier I got and made me not want to visit Disney again and it wasn't even Disney's fault. I just don't see the point making up a list of "9 tips on how to save money on your Universal Trip" but instead mentioning how bad you think Universal is. Heck, even I will sometimes think "Huh, they don't do it that way over at the other park" but I don't necessarily think of it as bad...just different. They are two different companies after all. Phew, had to get that one off my chest!
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10 Apr 17
Thank you! Our family usually has one "big" trip every couple of years. My husband is the type of person who likes to go where he's already been and I'm fine with that since I LOVE Orlando. Now we get to share that with our son. We've been fortunate enough to go a few times and I'm hoping we can continue on with that tradition. We have yet to stay at one of the resort hotels at Universal so that'll be fun I think.
10 Apr 17
@lexsmom2012 when our children were small, it simply wasn't in the budget to go to amusement parks....but we visited Zoos in Montgomery, Alabama, Tyler and Abilene Texas when we traveled. We covered a lot if the eastern United States and Canada. Now it is just my husband and myself and we are planning an epic trip in about two years to celebrate my husbands retirement.
10 Apr 17
@Morleyhunt Excellent! Where are you planning on going? Places like Universal and Disney are definitely not always in the budget, that's why it takes me a couple of years (at least) to save up to go. But generally we take our son to zoos or national parks and we have just as great a time!
• United States
27 Jun 17
Hello there @lexsmom2012 I think both parks offer a great deal of family fun-filled activities but honestly BOTH parks are very expensive no matter how many days one wants to stay ! Until that type of trip is reasonably priced for just two people without a family in tow, I might go . . . Enjoy either one and have a nice day
• United States
I've not been to either. Thanks for the review. Yeah, I understand what you're saying... it's ok to have preferences, but I, too, really prefer when people just talk positive about the thing they liked instead of bashing the other one.
• Guangzhou, China
12 Apr 17
I have been to Universal Studios in Singapore and Disney in Hong Kong. I like Universal Studios much more because some games are a little childish in Disney. Universal Studios has more exciting games. And Disney seems to suit girls much more.