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damo
12-22-2008, 09:32 AM
Every once in a while we do one of these. I think it is a good time to start again. I don't mean for people to put down their favourite rides but to state what things about Universal impress them and why do they keep going back.


For me, it is probably the fact that once I am at a Universal hotel, I feel that I am in a different world where everything that I could want is at my fingertips. I can walk to the parks to just come and go as I please. I can walk to Citywalk to shop or be entertained or eat. I can walk to other hotels to enjoy their pools and restaurants.

I just feel like I am in my own little piece of heaven where everything is just outside my hotel door. And I can do it without feeling guilty because I am breaking the bank!!!

chataro
12-22-2008, 10:09 AM
I really love the way that Universal make their AP holders feel . . . . well . . . like they matter to them. I have been a holder for the past 7 years and I have no plans of letting them expire, economy willing.

I just like the fact that with my pass, not only do I get discounts on just about everything in the parks and at Citywalk, I also love it that at most times, they let you share your discount with others. (ie. HHN tickets, park tickets, special event tickets, etc.)

Plus, they really do go out of their way to give you just something extra with most "big" events that they have. I love the HHN passholder weekend because you just feel like your part of the park when you get to go into two houses early. The discounts on food are just an added bonus.

I've had other AP's from other places, and quite frankly, they were 4 times more expensive and besides free parking and entrance into the park, I just didn't feel like I was part of anything special. Universal makes me and my family feel special with all the little extras they do. I have no problem shelling out the money for something that to me, I get my money back in extras. Thank you US for making the AP holders feel important!!!

lachica
12-22-2008, 11:01 AM
Not to mention preferred seating at some events or shows. Like right now preferred viewing area for Macy's Parade.

Tinker-tude
12-22-2008, 11:20 AM
I love everything stated so far!

I also love the great theming and attention to detail. From both an artisitic and technical standpoint, it's a very immersive experience. The sights, the sounds, the feel. Especially at IoA. I spent a good chunk of time just walking down the streets staring at everything, admiring the realism in Jurassic Park, Lost Continent and the Market, the "you have stepped into a book" feel of Marvel Island and Suess Landing, and the beautiful resorts. It speaks of a great deal of time and effort that goes unseen by the guests. I'm so excited for our next trip!!!!!!!!!!!!

AlexandNessa
12-22-2008, 12:12 PM
This reminds me that I need to renew our APs. :thumbsup2

How could you beat 15-months of unlimited admission to both parks with no black out dates for $109+tax? That's < the cost of a one-day Disney hopper ticket.

I enjoy FOTL -- both kinds. ;) FOTL as in unlimited express when staying at the hotel ... I love not needing a touring plan and not having to get up at the butt crack to ride my faves. And I love the real FOTL that the RIP/VIP tours offer.

TIGGERGUY
12-22-2008, 12:42 PM
I love the way I am treated as an annual passholder.

I prefer the dining to WDW. Better food for the price and overall much better prices. Service is not rushed and friendlier than WDW.

I love how each section of IOA makes you feel completely immersed in the theme.

I love having CityWalk a WALK away from the parks.

I love Cinnabon inside and ouside the parks!!!!!!!

I love Grinchmas.

I loooooooooovvvvve Men in Black.

I loooooooooovvvvve the Horror Makeup Show.

And finally, I love that US does not take itself too seriously.

Metro West
12-22-2008, 12:47 PM
I really love the way that Universal make their AP holders feel . . . . well . . . like they matter to them. I have been a holder for the past 7 years and I have no plans of letting them expire, economy willing.

I just like the fact that with my pass, not only do I get discounts on just about everything in the parks and at Citywalk, I also love it that at most times, they let you share your discount with others. (ie. HHN tickets, park tickets, special event tickets, etc.)

Plus, they really do go out of their way to give you just something extra with most "big" events that they have. I love the HHN passholder weekend because you just feel like your part of the park when you get to go into two houses early. The discounts on food are just an added bonus.

I've had other AP's from other places, and quite frankly, they were 4 times more expensive and besides free parking and entrance into the park, I just didn't feel like I was part of anything special. Universal makes me and my family feel special with all the little extras they do. I have no problem shelling out the money for something that to me, I get my money back in extras. Thank you US for making the AP holders feel important!!! Very well written and I agree whole heartedly. The AP gets you something at Universal but doesn't do a lot at Disney. :rolleyes:

rpbert1
12-22-2008, 03:32 PM
I agree with all thats said. Love the themeing of the resorts, does not feel like you are staying at a theme park, also ,unlike Disney,you do not need to plan anything or book where you want to eat 6 months in advance. having the privelege of being able to walk from any of the hotels to the parks ,or citywalk for a nights entertainment, and a short walk back if you want a break during the day if you are in the parks.

inkkognito
12-22-2008, 03:44 PM
I'm all about USF/IOA's treatment of its passholders. With my Premier, I get free valet, unlimited Express after 4 p.m., great discounts, and free HHN tickets. WDW has no equivalent. They also have cool passholder events like the Brendan Fraser appearance earlier this year. I sure didn't see Johnny Depp at Disney when "Pirates" premiered.

I also love the fact that USF is edgy and not afraid to take risks. I love HHN and go through withdrawal every year. I get sick of all the family-friendly Orlando attractions and love going somewhere geared to adults.

I love the "real" rides (as opposed to the "coasters" at Disney that aren't even close to real roller coaster thrills). Hulk and Mummy are tops, and I can't wait to try that new scream machine this spring.

I love the theming. I've never understood why some people said USF/IOA are not themed. They're an immersive experience from the moment you walk into the park.

macraven
12-22-2008, 06:30 PM
first and foremost:


HHN
I'm completely and totally addicted to it.

for the rest of the year, everything that has already been said.

donaldduck352
12-22-2008, 06:52 PM
first and foremost:


HHN
I'm completely and totally addicted to it.

for the rest of the year, everything that has already been said.


YOU Kill ME mac---HHN!!!!!:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

Same here:thumbsup2


But I can go anytime I want and leave the rest of the world behind me once I walk in the gates..:goodvibes

Cdn Friends of Pooh
12-22-2008, 08:08 PM
The TMs

... and yes Mac - HHN too ;)

ky07
12-23-2008, 07:59 AM
:goodvibes I love all the themeing of Universal
The way the employees go out of thier way to help even if its not thier job and also love the onsite hotels
Just the overall relaxed feeling and the sense of you don't have to rush to get it all done in one day

torinsmom
12-23-2008, 08:04 AM
This reminds me that I need to renew our APs. :thumbsup2

How could you beat 15-months of unlimited admission to both parks with no black out dates for $109+tax? That's < the cost of a one-day Disney hopper ticket.

I enjoy FOTL -- both kinds. ;) FOTL as in unlimited express when staying at the hotel ... I love not needing a touring plan and not having to get up at the butt crack to ride my faves. And I love the real FOTL that the RIP/VIP tours offer.

How do you get an annual pass for 15 months with no black out dates for $109? On their site, it looks like even the one WITH the black out dates are 139.99. I'd love to get a cheaper price, so we could go back next year for "free".

Marsha

AlexandNessa
12-23-2008, 09:00 AM
How do you get an annual pass for 15 months with no black out dates for $109? On their site, it looks like even the one WITH the black out dates are 139.99. I'd love to get a cheaper price, so we could go back next year for "free".

Marsha


That is the renewal rate, since I already have my pass. And right now, they are running a special and notified me if I renew now, I'll get an extra 3 months, on top of my annual renewal. So my pass will expire 3/2010 instead of 12/2009.

torinsmom
12-23-2008, 12:03 PM
Okay, so I am seeing they have a special from now until January 4 where you can get a Premier AP(no blackout dates) for 159.99. That is $40 off per ticket. It would save me some money if we end up going next year. If I buy APs now, would they be good for 365 AFTER I activate them?

THanks! Marsha

Metro West
12-23-2008, 01:11 PM
Okay, so I am seeing they have a special from now until January 4 where you can get a Premier AP(no blackout dates) for 159.99. That is $40 off per ticket. It would save me some money if we end up going next year. If I buy APs now, would they be good for 365 AFTER I activate them?

THanks! MarshaYou mean the Preferred AP...not Premier. The Premier is never that cheap and has too many benefits for that price. You might want to check that special...as far as I know, only FL and GA residents can purchase the AP for the $40.00 off.

torinsmom
12-23-2008, 01:16 PM
You mean the Preferred AP...not Premier. The Premier is never that cheap and has too many benefits for that price. You might want to check that special...as far as I know, only FL and GA residents can purchase the AP for the $40.00 off.

Man, that is kind of sneaky......it doesn't mention that until you click to learn more. It also says that these APs will automatically activate on 1/31/09, so it wouldn't work for two summer trips anyway.

Marsha

Metro West
12-23-2008, 01:18 PM
Man, that is kind of sneaky......it doesn't mention that until you click to learn more. It also says that these APs will automatically activate on 1/31/09, so it wouldn't work for two summer trips anyway.

MarshaNo...I wouldn't concern myself with getting an AP right now for two years in the future. Universal runs AP specials all the time so wait and see what's coming.

KStarfish82
12-25-2008, 08:18 PM
Atmosphere.....really unique.

Meal Deal!!! (Don't know if they still have this...) :laughing:

Metro West
12-25-2008, 08:51 PM
Meal Deal!!! (Don't know if they still have this...) :laughing: ::yes::

sha_lyn
12-25-2008, 10:48 PM
I love the way I am treated as an annual passholder.

I prefer the dining to WDW. Better food for the price and overall much better prices. Service is not rushed and friendlier than WDW.

I love how each section of IOA makes you feel completely immersed in the theme.

I love having CityWalk a WALK away from the parks.

I love Cinnabon inside and ouside the parks!!!!!!!

I love Grinchmas.

I loooooooooovvvvve Men in Black.

I loooooooooovvvvve the Horror Makeup Show.

And finally, I love that US does not take itself too seriously.

almost word for word what I was going to write, just sub starbucks for cinnabons and Blues Brothers for Horror Makeup (not that I don't like either named above, they just aren't my number one picks)

ksdave
12-26-2008, 12:34 AM
I love:

Portofino Bay Hotel

Mama Della's

Emeril's Tchoup Chop

The atmosphere at night in both parks, but especially USF

Mummy

The fact that I just scheduled a business trip into MCO this past Tuesday for the second week of January....and I have a free afternoon/evening to kill at UO!!!!!!!!!!!

LittleMissMagic
12-26-2008, 05:11 PM
I love how inexpensive Universal is. All of their resorts are deluxe, and none are unreasonably priced.

They also give their resort guests great amenities.... I don't know what I'd do without the Express Pass. It's great motivation to stay onsite.

I also like how all of the resorts are walking distance from the parks (okay, it starts to hurt, eventually). You can walk everywhere.

And, I love big thrills, so IOA's hardcore rollercoasters are great.

Laurabearz
12-31-2008, 11:53 PM
I love the Port of Entry. It is so wonderfully done, I think it's even better than the enterance to Adventureland. Those cats... I look forward to seeing them every trip!!

I love walking over the bridge into Suess landing where everything is askew and so very Suess like.

I love how the music changes from land to land, but esp as we walk near Jurrasic Park.

Love the hotels, love City Walk...

sigh i wanna go now!!

kirbsam
01-01-2009, 09:27 AM
able to walk from park to park to city walk to hotel with no waiting in lines for crowded buses. no one hour excursions to get to my dining reservations. just a more relaxed atmosphere, and the best perk in the world for staying onsite.

BuckeyeGuy28
01-01-2009, 10:10 AM
I have to agree and disagree with some of you...

First of all, the theming at Universal has nothing on the ones at Disney. The attention to detail is good, but if you look around you can find a soundstage or a staff-only area (at IOA, at Universal that's acceptable I guess) Not to say that it isn't good, but it's not totally immersive because you can sometimes see behind-the-scenes.

I do love the seclusion you feel when staying onsite. Everytime I'm there at the hotel I feel like nothing matters except me having fun, and that feeling is just amazing. You could tell me I'm miles behind in paperwork and I wouldn't even care because being at the resort is like some kind of drug. That ultimate relaxation that's there is great, but what I also love is that if the park opens at 9 in the morning and you want to be there at rope-drop, you don't have to worry about taking a bus and a boat and a taxi and a monorail--you can just walk over, ride a bike over, ride a boat over (and what's better, being there for opening isn't even a neccesity because the hotel guests get to skip the lines!)

Another thing I like is hte fact that even if you're just going for a day, you can easily do both parks. You just WALK. If you want to eat at Bubba Gump or Nascar Cafe for lunch, you just do it. At Disney, you're limited to one park (unless you want to spend nearly an hour transporting to the next one) and its food (Downtown Disney, for some odd reason, isn't close to anything except Typhoon Lagoon:confused3 )

There you have it; I guess Universal is more desirable as an ultimate vacation destination.

KirstenB
01-01-2009, 07:16 PM
We went there for the first time this summer. I loved Jurassic Park, not only was it a nice break from the heat, but the cm's went out of their way to talk to both our dd's, and really made us feel welcome.

I loved the general "cheekiness" of Universal. Kind of a PG-13 version of WDW. It reminded me of how great kids' movies manage to entertain the adults in the audience too. We're definitely going back this summer.

We also thought the counter service food was better than WDW. I loved the refillable soda cup.

All in all, it made me wish we'd tried Universal a long time ago.

keishashadow
01-01-2009, 07:28 PM
The fact that Universal ISN'T Disney!

The mouse owns me & i luv Disney World, yet staying onsite @ U is akin to a 2-fer vacation for us. The ability to enjoy both parks, each with a totally different vibe, priceless;)

I truly believe a split stay (while pricier due to both parks' tix pricing structures:rolleyes1 ) is the best way to enchance a visit to MCO...throw in a short cruise & it just doesn't get any better:banana:

marioeliz
01-01-2009, 11:04 PM
Drinking at Finnegan's during happy hour when Jim is the bartender. He's one of the best bartender's that I've ever meet!

Planogirl
01-02-2009, 12:28 AM
I love so much, I hardly know where to start! I'll try though.

I love the Mummy. I know, it's a ride but I truly adore it.

I love Citywalk. The great restaurants, the theater, the music - it's a great place to be.

I love the theming. Not only in IOA but I think that the New York area is really cool.

Starbucks is there!

Finally, I love the attitude. Universal is more "in your face" and I get the biggest kick out of this attitude. While Disney (which I also enjoy for different reasons) is mostly fluff and pixie dust, Universal is adventure.

ywallet
01-02-2009, 02:46 PM
Thanks.

KLF-5000
01-07-2009, 12:11 PM
The things I love most about Universal are......

MIB

Spidey

BJGR

Mostly just spending quality time with some of my friends I've met there.

d4est
01-07-2009, 02:40 PM
I love that I can have a blast of a vaction but still feel relaxed and refreshed. Disney's great, but we always end up exhausted.