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Old 06-29-2012, 12:29 PM   #31
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You do understand that it is your CHOICE whether or not to purchase, right? At that no one is forcing you to do so? Its offered as an OPTION, much like Disney Dining is offered as an option. While the Express Pass may seem "ridiculously" priced for YOU, others might find it well worth it for the cost. Similarly, take the Disney character breakfasts.....you can get breakfast buffets WAY cheaper in Orlando, but for some families, its worth the hugely inflated meal cost to see the characters with no wait and have that personal time for autographs and photos. For others, it is an unnecessary expense when the characters are widely available at the parks and they can eat comparable food for 1/5th of the price at an offsit buffet. Its a CHOICE. Universal should be no more ashamed to offer Express Passes at a cost (which fluctuates with attendance and in peak seasons) than Disney should be mortified for charging excessively high prices for character meals (which also have a surcharge if travelling during holiday periods).

And for the record......I LOVE the Disney character meals and think they are well worth the extra cost too!!

Perhaps some of the bad attitudes you encountered was a result of the attitude you were putting out towards the workers at the park? Its human nature that if a guest is "sick and tired of being nickle and dimed" and "almost laughs in the face" of a staff member who is simply offering a product for sale that the guest finds overpriced and has to take any flack for that, they tend not to be as sunny and welcoming than if the guest is friendly as well. Perhaps the staff who you found unfriendly were reacting to your frustration?

I do think everyone in a customer service capacity should be friendly.....that's their job. But that's terribly hard if someone is bent and bound to give you grief about something over which they, personally, have no control. Read the theme parks board for all sorts of reports of unfriendly staff in the Disney parks. They, too, are staffed by humble humans. People, by nature, simply don't measure up to expectations sometimes. At Universal, at Disney, and everywhere.



I agree. But I am not sure why anyone would expect Disney at Universal (or at Seaworld or wherever). Different parks. Different corporations. Why should expectations be the same? And why would Universal WANT to be Disney? Each are special in their own way and offer some unique differences.....and they should. Disney is not for everyone, nor is Universal. As a consumer (and a tourist) I love the fact that there are choices!
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:19 PM   #32
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We had a GREAT experience at Universal and IOA in January. We loved the more grown-up feel of the two parks, and thought the staff were incredible (one fellow in Mel's Diner was sooo wonderful, my DS actually said "holy crap, he's even nicer than the people at Disney!").

We loved the front of the line passes (we went during New Years week and the crowds were quite heavy.....yet we got in rides in 5-10 minutes when standby times were in excess of an hour). It made us feel like VIP's. We enjoyed that priority access so much, we commented that it would be tough to enjoy the Fastpass system again when the Express Pass was so much easier (and free for onsite hotel guests ).

We thought the character photo ops were so much better as well. No huge lines to walk up and get photos. And the staff with the characters were AWESOME at offereing to take multiple pics with our own camera (which all turned out great) so there was no need to buy expensive photos from Universal.

If you are looking for thrill rides as opposed to family rides, the Universal parks win hands down.

Lots of awesome theming at Universal as well. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is incredible. Seuss Landing is so fun and whimsical.

Don't get me wrong.....we LOVED Disney. When we decided to visit Universal, IOA, SeaWorld and DC on our most recent trip, we wondered if we would miss the "magic" of Disney. It just wasn't so. We actually came home wondering....why don't more people visit the other awesome parks in Orlando? Why are so many folks 100% stuck on Disney and only Disney?

Out of all of the parks (MK, DHS, AK, Epcot, Universal, IOA, SeaWorld, and Discovery Cove) I would say my two faves would be SeaWorld and DC. We found the customer service and staff (plus the cleanliness, the theming, and the "wow" factor) at the competitor parks to be as good (and in some cases better) than what we encountered at some of the Disney parks. We could easily recommend them ALL.

Now I will .... 'cause I know these sentiments are not always welcome!!
Completely, unequivocally 100% right on target!! We feel the exact same way (My DS 16 and myself). We actually very much looked forward to visiting a new park and the whole new experience at Universal on our Mom n' Son trip in Feb 2011.....by the end of 6 days at WDW, we where very much ready to try out Universal! My son loved it. I even got brave enough to try All the rides, and I enjoyed it very much. We stayed onsite at HRH and found the staff even more welcoming, and truly made us feel important and like rock stars This upcoming trip, we are headed back to WDW for 6 nights again and then headed over to DC for a day and Universal/IOA for 3 nights.....My son and I are very excited to show his brother (DS20) Universal and all it has to offer, as he's a first timer! As much as we love Disney, I don't think a Florida trip would be complete for me without hitting up Discovery Cove, and Universal on my trips!!! I think all the parks are amazing!!
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:29 PM   #33
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Yea, that's why I'm not a fan. I also dislike the fact that every ride isn't completely themed. Yes it's a step up from Six Flags but the Hulk is just a green roller coaster. Rock n Roller Coaster and Everest are both completely decorated, have stories behind them, and (in the case of Everest) had a large mountain built solely for that ride.
There are rides that aren't completely themed at Disney too. I would rather have a great coaster that isn't themed, than a ho hum coaster that is. Give me Hulk, Dragon Challenge and California Screamin' any day over Space Mountain and Everest at WDW. That's why I prefer Universal and Disneyland to WDW.

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Old 07-01-2012, 12:28 PM   #34
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You will be disappointed if you go there thinking it's Disney run by another company. They are apples and oranges and as long as you treat them that way you should have a good time. I compare Universal to our local park and it blows it out of the water.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:57 AM   #35
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LOVE LOVE LOVE Universal! We go to Universal and come home relaxed. Nothing like staying onsite and using our FREE EP!!! Love staying onsite and enjoying the pools in the evening. We love Disney too. But to compare the two parks is just silly IMHO. It is a totally different trip. Both have their perks, both are fun in different ways.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:48 AM   #36
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We loved the front of the line passes (we went during New Years week and the crowds were quite heavy.....yet we got in rides in 5-10 minutes when standby times were in excess of an hour). It made us feel like VIP's. We enjoyed that priority access so much, we commented that it would be tough to enjoy the Fastpass system again when the Express Pass was so much easier (and free for onsite hotel guests ).
I loooove Universal's Express Pass! We always get them. Because of the express pass, we were able to do most rides at both parks in one day! Yes i paid $55 for each express pass, but it was so worth it!!!

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Lots of awesome theming at Universal as well. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is incredible. Seuss Landing is so fun and whimsical.
I agree. The themeing is INCREDIBLE. Harry Potter is my fave.

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Why are so many folks 100% stuck on Disney and only Disney?
You know why? Speaking for myself of course, for me its because of the family friendly rides. Most of the rides at universal/IoA makes me nauseous. I cant handle motion simulator rides. And thats what the majority of rides are. I still go on, for my son. I just pop a ginger pill and im ok (for the most part). But at disney i dont have that problem. I love the fact that disney focuses more on the visual than the thrill for a lot of rides. Its why i love disney.

I was never really a huge fan of universal, took me a while to start liking it. I like it now. But I can still only handle one day there. Lol.
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Old 09-12-2012, 07:41 PM   #37
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I am 100% totally a Disney freak, but when I went for the very first time to US/IOA, 2 yrs ago (in the fall the first yr WWofHP opened), I was quite pleased with Universal. Although my first reaction was to compare everything to WDW, my famous mantra soon became "Universal is not Disney, and they don't do things like Disney, but the things Universal does best, they blow WDW out of the water."
What did I mean by that: Universal does movies (live action movies in particular!) the best! there is no comparison between FJ, Terminator Show (which I so loved) Spiderman, Shrek, MIB and the compatible at Disney. Thrill rides are great there but like others said no story. Things like ET ride, Mummy, Jaws, Dudley Do-right, Jurassic were lame...

All in all Universal is great for what they do best, and yes if there's enough time & money I'll spend a day or 2 at US again, but this Disney Princess' heart will always belong to Walt & Mickey
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I am 100% totally a Disney freak, but when I went for the very first time to US/IOA, 2 yrs ago (in the fall the first yr WWofHP opened), I was quite pleased with Universal. Although my first reaction was to compare everything to WDW, my famous mantra soon became "Universal is not Disney, and they don't do things like Disney, but the things Universal does best, they blow WDW out of the water."
What did I mean by that: Universal does movies (live action movies in particular!) the best! there is no comparison between FJ, Terminator Show (which I so loved) Spiderman, Shrek, MIB and the compatible at Disney. Thrill rides are great there but like others said no story. Things like ET ride, Mummy, Jaws, Dudley Do-right, Jurassic were lame...

All in all Universal is great for what they do best, and yes if there's enough time & money I'll spend a day or 2 at US again, but this Disney Princess' heart will always belong to Walt & Mickey
we're going back to Disney in November ,but we are doing a 1 day park to park at Universal,so we can say we did it.I'm happy to read the "movie"shows are great because even though we do SOME rides,we're not coaster people .IDK,but It just" feels" right being at Disney,whatever I'm doing or not for that matter.
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Old 09-13-2012, 02:48 PM   #39
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Our family goes to Orlando to go to the Universal parks. For us, WDW is just something else we do while we are there.

There are things I love about WDW, certain rides and attractions in each park that I think are fantastic but I have to go to 4 different parks to do the specific things I enjoy. With Universal, all of my favourite things are contained within 2 parks, and I can easily walk from one to the other whenever the mood strikes me.

We bought 10 day, non expiring park hopper plus tickets in 2005. We used 4 days in 2005, 5 days in 2008, and have 1 day left for our trip in Feb, along with several plus features. We are going to have to go like heck through 4 parks to see the attractions that interest us and try to get them all done in one day. These will probably be the last Disney tickets we purchase. Frankly, when compared to the similar ride or attraction at US/IOA they just don't hold up. The only notable exceptions are Mickey's Philharmagic and Soarin'. I believe both of those attractions alone are worth the price of admission.

We will, however, happily buy 3 day tickets for Universal parks. They were building WWOHP when we were there in 2008 so I am thrilled to get a chance to see it. I've lost nearly 50 lbs so I won't have to worry about fitting on the ride!
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Interesting thread.....I never understand the 'them and us' mentality when it comes to Disney vs Universal.....two completely different parks, but both great and well worth seeing!

Just this weekend, my daughter (who works for Disney in Toronto) was telling me about a conversation she had with someone she was arranging a vacation for. The person asked her if they were getting Universal tickets as well....she patiently explained that Disney and Universal were competing companies, but she enthusiastically told them it was worth the price of admission to experience the Universal parks as well. Most everyone in the office does the same thing!

So...if it's okay for Disney employees to suggest enjoying Universal as well, I think it's safe to acknowledge that they're both great parks with different things to offer.
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