WDW vs UO
Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:46 AM
I entered Islands of Adventure with fresh eyes, I tried not to let my love for Disney influence my observations. First I have to say that IOA is well themed, each land allows you to immerse in it's theme, everything from colors, to stores and attractions. On to WWOHP, being a huge HP fan I was excited and it didn't dissapoint. It seems you really are inside a HP book, everywhere you look there are smells, sights, sounds that take you to the HP world. The new ride is incredible, starting with its qeue, there are so many details here that you just want to stop and take it all in. Thankfully Forbbiden Journey has a separate line for people that don't want to ride but just tour Hogwarts Castle so you can take all the time you want.
Universal Studios is also a great park, not so heavily themed like IOA but still you could tell where you are by your surroundings (Hollywood, NYC) I found myself seeing many similarities between the streets of Hollywood DHS and Hollywood US. The Brown Derby, 5 and Dime, and other buildings are the same, of course both parks try to recreate the Hollywood of yesterday.
As to attraction between both complexes I have to give a big thumbs up to Universal Orlando, it has something for everyone. Awesome kids areas with big water features for the hot summer months that is lacking at WDW.
Now the big question: Which do I like more? After 2 weekends leaving WDW behind and taking in UO, I still like WDW better, here's why:
UO has great rides like I said before, I would care to even say that maybe better rides than WDW (Please no flames) but it all comes down to Cast Members and the overall look of the park.
I know that both Cast Members (WDW) and Team Members (UO) have similar training, but I think is a matter of enforcing and management. I found some streets in UO to have alot of papers, trash flying around and I didn't see a strong Custodial force as you see at WDW. Even though no TM at UO were rude they didn't have that spark that WDW CM's have. I also saw plenty of guests men without shirts and children without shoes thru out UO and it just set me off something I would never see at WDW.
Without being a psycologist I believe that the same guest behaves differently in each park, and you can see the difference. My own daughter started playing with a rope and sitting on it while waiting in line for Twister at US, something she would never do at WDW. It just struck me as weird behavior.
I can see myself spending hours sitting on a bench in WDW just people watching but I cannot say the same for UO. To me UO is more attraction oriented and WDW is more experience oriented.
Posted 26 April 2011 - 10:57 AM
The rest of IOA/Universal is nice but it doesnt resonate with me like WDW does. Each time I go to one of the parks I come away with the same conclusion "That was fun, but I don't need to go back anytime soon".
Posted 27 April 2011 - 07:50 PM
On the other hand, if you want really thrilling roller coasters, Universal has it all over Disney.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:15 AM
Not sure, I know there's an annual pass for non Fl residents but I can't find it. I think it is around $189. Do you have AAA? sometimes they sell tickets thru AAA