It just depends on what you want. I mean, truth is, WDW and Universal pale in comparison to so many parks when it comes to rides. In fact, a great deal many amusement parks have nearly twice as many rides in a SINGLE park as WDW has across FOUR parks. And those rides are far more exciting.
But, there is no magic in those parks. At least, not at all at the same degree. There generally are far fewer “family friendly” options, as well. Instead, there are usually kids rides, and then everything else. Disney, by comparison, knows the art of making rides that are accessible to kids, but fun for adults.
We are big amusement park fans. I’m a roller coaster enthusiast. So, WDW and Universal are not high on my list for those things. But there’s just something about Disney/Universal that makes it worth the 2-day drive down for us to do every 2-3 years. Honestly, though, part of it is also a seasonal thing. Disney is not a seasonal park. But most amusement parks closer to us only operate in late spring through early. The places are crowded and hot in the summer months, as a result. Whereas with Disney, we can go during off-times. If we couldn’t do that, and we had to go during busy times, I’d probably fall out of love with the idea much more quickly.