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Old 03-22-2013, 12:25 PM   #1
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Do you visit "those other parks"?

As a DVC member, I had some extra points so I decided to bring some of our friends down who can't normally afford something like Disney. With us covering the hotel with our points, they could afford to bring their kids to the parks.

However, they started to plan only MK and Epcot and wanted to visit the U place instead of HS and Aquatica instead of Typhoon Lagoon!

I probably shouldn't have let it bother me - after all, they wanted to see Harry Potter world. But as a disney purist, I took a frown upon going to those other places (although I tried to hide it), and I didn't go with them.

So I am just curious - how do you all feel about "those other places"? Okay or Stay Away? (In my defense, I have actually been to them several times, but the most recent was still about 6 or 7 years ago, and I really didn't enjoy it as much as Disney. So it's not out of ignorance that I speak, but personal preferance).
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As a DVC member, I had some extra points so I decided to bring some of our friends down who can't normally afford something like Disney. With us covering the hotel with our points, they could afford to bring their kids to the parks.

However, they started to plan only MK and Epcot and wanted to visit the U place instead of HS and Aquatica instead of Typhoon Lagoon!

I probably shouldn't have let it bother me - after all, they wanted to see Harry Potter world. But as a disney purist, I took a frown upon going to those other places (although I tried to hide it), and I didn't go with them.

So I am just curious - how do you all feel about "those other places"? Okay or Stay Away? (In my defense, I have actually been to them several times, but the most recent was still about 6 or 7 years ago, and I really didn't enjoy it as much as Disney. So it's not out of ignorance that I speak, but personal preferance).
Universal is terrific, but not everyone appreciates it. Go to the Uni part of these boards for some awesome help:

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I'm going to Universal for the first time in August.
Nothing wrong with liking both.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:34 PM   #4
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I went t universal last summer. Mainly for WWOHP....I haven't been there n maybe 20 years.
It was dirty and unkept.

Maybe if you have teenagers who love thrill rides...it's not for me .

Plus when you are purchasing Disney passes for just a few bucks more you could have extra days in Wdw.

I would like to take another trip and do sea world and discovery cove. I don't see the need for my small family to return to U anytime soon.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:35 PM   #5
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We gave it a try in '06. We had one day tickets that let us see both sides, IoA and the studio. I thought it was great. Will they ever win me over from WDW, no. Did I think some of the theming gave WDW a run for it's money, yes. Spider Man, I'm sorry folks, is way above and beyond any of the simulator rides at WDW.
The studio is very spread out, but you can tell they were short on land for IoA. It felt very claustrophobic to me.
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We usually go 10 days and split our time between Disney and Universal. We love them both!
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Help? I don't need any help to prefer Disney! I managed that all on my own!

Or were you implying there is something wrong with me? (Not that I disagree with that statment, but I don't think my choice in theme parks is amoung my top issues).
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We bought an annual pass for when Harry Potter opened... of course we also have disney APs as well... we like disney better because of the theming and its cleaner, but we are equal opportunity park theme park lovers!

Most of my friends have BG and uni/ioa passes, but one of my die hard universal pass holding friends bought a Disney AP this year so im happy :-D

Also, students get $29 aquatica passes... so im excited because my husband has never been, and he's all about the fish!
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Help? I don't need any help to prefer Disney! I managed that all on my own!

Or were you implying there is something wrong with me? (Not that I disagree with that statment, but I don't think my choice in theme parks is amoung my top issues).
What? I think MesaBoy was just providing you with the location of good UO info. You did post this thread looking for opinions....right? You'll get lots of UO opinions from very nice people over on the UO/IOA board.
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Help? I don't need any help to prefer Disney! I managed that all on my own!

Or were you implying there is something wrong with me? (Not that I disagree with that statment, but I don't think my choice in theme parks is amoung my top issues).
Help, as in Universal-knowledgeable people willing to help you with Universal questions? That kind of help. I am truly perplexed by this response.
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Ui have to admit... Spider man and Harry potter are amazing ....
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Help, as in Universal-knowledgeable people willing to help you with Universal questions? That kind of help. I am truly perplexed by this response.
I have a feeling OP was really looking for a "we hate Universal, long live Disney" response.
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Help, as in Universal-knowledgeable people willing to help you with Universal questions? That kind of help. I am truly perplexed by this response.
Sorry - I guess I wasn't clear. I don't have any questions about Universal. I know all about Universal.

I am just curious on if others who are Disney fans go to both Disney and Universal or if they prefer to only go to Disney.

I would assume if I asked the question on the Universal boards, they would all tell me they go. That's not what I was asking. :-)
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Sorry - I guess I wasn't clear. I don't have any questions about Universal. I know all about Universal.

I am just curious on if others who are Disney fans go to both Disney and Universal or if they prefer to only go to Disney.

I would assume if I asked the question on the Universal boards, they would all tell me they go. That's not what I was asking. :-)
And this particular board will obviously lean Disney, and heavily so. But there are plenty who like both and visit both and I have been one of them. The only reason I am not still is because I cannot justify the cost regularly.
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Sorry - I guess I wasn't clear. I don't have any questions about Universal. I know all about Universal.

I am just curious on if others who are Disney fans go to both Disney and Universal or if they prefer to only go to Disney.

I would assume if I asked the question on the Universal boards, they would all tell me they go. That's not what I was asking. :-)
So, to answer that...I haven't gone yet (was waiting for DD to get taller), but will go after Disney in August.
I think either way is fine...all Disney....all Universal, or both. What I don't really get is being upset at someone else's choice.
I do get the Disney loyalty...I feel it myself....to a point.
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