We are hard core Disney people…we have went the last 5 years…staying at WL, AOA, AKL, YC and Poly.
Had Disney booked again for this year and my DS decided he wanted to try universal…switched trip 2 months out to 10 nights at cabana bay with express pass.,.tonight Is our last night .
Pros of hotel: loved lazy river, fast elevators and lots of open seats at diner at cabana bay.
Cons: our volcano bay view room smelled a bit funky the first day…it did improve but not sure if it went away or we just got use to it lol. We are use to deluxe size rooms so was a bit cramped and also missed our balcony. However, we did book value so the size of room and lack of balcony was already expected. Would not do volcano bay room again due to long walk to lobby and no balcony to enjoy the view. A lot of sports teams here but overall did not impact stay.
Pros of parks: never had to wait for a bus to go to or return from park. Loved everything at IOA. Found employees to be just as nice and accommodating as Disney. Loved Hagrid’s and forbidden journey!!! Loved VB and felt it is way better then BB or TL. The express pass was the bomb.
Cons: Was less impressed with US. Found rip rocket really hard on my neck. Found that with Universal you need less days so needed something else to fill up the down days. Could see highways from some waterslides at VB that took away from atmosphere. I did have a less magical feeling at Universal which is probably connected to my lack of connection with Harry Potter. Where as I remember watching the Walt Disney movie as a child and my biggest wish was to get there some day. It took me 35 years but I got there .
Have another trip booked for December (surprise for my DS) to do MVMCP, 4 days at US and sea world Christmas. Based on this trip I can’t wait. Also my son is saying he wants to go to universal again next trip. Next trip we will be doing 5 nights at cabana bay and 2 nights at hard rock to get express pass. Sad to be going tomorrow but happy that in 3 months we will be back .