Battle of the Theme Parks: But the two headliners are, without a doubt, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlandodue to their record-breaking rides, costumed-characters and special-effect filled shows. No matter which category you fall into, the question is, which park is the one? The Deal Saving time and money is important when it comes to planning a vacation, so ideally the park you choose is located near other parks of interest and offers discounted packages that include multiple attractions.
The objective from both sides in this war is the same: While both resorts seek to lure visitors with their theme parks and hotels, understanding the differences between Disney and Universal can be quite daunting.
Choosing which resort is right for you and your family likely depends on any number of factors, all of which both sides will claim they perform better. So it is time to clear the air and put my decades of tireless research to work with a side-by-side comparison of Disney versus Universal.
The Parks If the winner of this contest were decided by number of theme parks alone, Disney would win without much of a fight. Their four theme parks and two water parks double the offerings at Universal, but as my mom said when my first girlfriend dumped me for the dreamy, most popular kid at school: Universal is more about the thrill and technology, with such heart stoppers as Hulk and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey providing some of the best attractions in Orlando.
On the other hand, Disney is all about the story, with each and every ride being carefully designed to help transport the visitor to another time and place. Beyond the rides, the theming inside the Disney parks is far superior to that of Universal. Across the way at Islands of Adventure, I recently heard the theme song to Jurassic Park playing in Seuss Landing, an attention to detail that would simply never happen inside a Disney park.
Of course, there is one huge exception within this argument, and that is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The overall body of work, however, makes choosing the winner of this comparison pretty easy Muddying the water even further are multi-day tickets, which end up costing more at Disney, if only by a small margin.
When it comes to hotels at Disney and Universal, however, the real cost difference between the two takes shape. A clear and decisive victory in my book. Universal Convenience I can spot a first time visitor to Disney World from a distance of up to six miles.
A network of buses, and to a small extent the monorail, are there to help move guests about property, but getting around will wear on both your time and patience.
Universal, by contrast, is the polar opposite of Disney in terms of logistics. There are no lines for buses or hour long commutes to dinner. That reputation, however, was built in the early years, when the service was impeccable and no detail or expense was spared in the name of quality.
On our recent visit to Universal, we had a half dozen employees simply ask "Are you enjoying your day at the parks?
Still, as we reached the top of the hill on the Dragon Challenge roller coaster, it was clear why Disney still reigns when it comes to the overall experience. Those 44 square miles of space are the trump card in every hand pitting Disney against Universal.
They are able to take you away from reality and, quite literally, into their own world. A place that despite the lines for buses, food, rides, and even the bathroom, you simply never want to leave. Disney Despite what they might think of one another, there is definitely enough room in Orlando for both Disney World and Universal.
When planning your vacation, simply choose whichever feels right for you and your family as a home base, and set aside time for the other somewhere in the middle.With Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando mere miles from each other, it's tempting to squeeze both theme parks into one vacation.
After all, each park offers something different for each.
Disney World vs Universal Studios - Comparing Orlando's Theme Park Titans So it is time to clear the air and put my decades of tireless research to work with a side-by-side comparison of Disney versus Universal.
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Disney uses only 1/7 of that for their four theme parks (Disney's Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom) which each take between acres. The property contains over two dozen (and growing) Disney-owned and operated resort hotels.
Jun 26, · How to Compare Disney World Theme Parks. If you've never been to Walt Disney World before, you're probably wondering what it's like. By comparing parks, it's sometimes a great idea to get an idea of what each park is like.
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