I’ve been to Universal 3 times If I recall correctly. First trip was 1996. Great memories including my DD7 @ the time (now 32) being picked to be on one of the game shows in Nickelodeon Studios. Next trip was in 2008 with both DD’s and both sets of grandparents. (Great memories for sure) E.T. was my Mom’s favorite ride, Jaws was a big hit with the family, as was Kong and Earthquake ride IIRC. Last trip was in 2013. Horrible experience. Everything from poor customer service, dirty parks, extremely long waits for everything, and a meltdown from youngest DD made it just a horrible trip. Probably why we’ve never been back since.
Its been strictly Disney since 2013. However, I’d like to give Universal another shot. Mainly because I’m really not thrilled with Disney lately. Things like no trams, APR hassles, no hopping til 2pm, No parades (unless I want to fork over $200pp for an abbreviated version of MVMCP), No Fantasmic!, (I mean c’mon, what’s the hold up there) no DME come 2022, and dare I mention the elimination of FPP and the introduction of G+, LL, and iLL just to name a few. I’m not giving up on Disney. I’m sure I’ll be back there soon enough but I think it’s time to explore the other theme park option available in central Florida again.
So where do I start? What do I need to know? Where do I stay? How much are tickets? Do I need express pass? 1 park per day or add the park to park experience? How long of a trip to experience it all? How far in advance should I be planning? Is the cost much cheaper than Disney? Best times to go? Best places to eat? What to avoid? Volcano Bay worth it? (We love a good water park) Do I need to watch Harry Potter to get the full experience? (Never watched it, lol), I need to know everything. OK I don’t necessarily need to know everything but I’d like to know as much as possible.
Any comments welcome.