My family just got back from our first Universal trip! We have been to Disney many times but this was our first visit to Universal and we decided to to Universal only. Thanks for all on the boards that answered some of my questions and I learned a lot from old posts as well. We stayed off-site so I can't compare Disney vs. Universal hotels. We all enjoyed Universal, and the highlight was the Harry Potter themed areas. We spent a lot of time in those areas exploring all the shops and doing the magic wand windows. I was presently surprised with the food at Three Broomsticks and the Leaky Cauldron. I really enjoyed my meals there and the prices were reasonable for being in a theme park. Overall, my opinion is that the Harry Potter areas are more enjoyable overall compared to any specific area that Disney has. I was there with my son (7) who is a timid rider. Unfortunately there weren't many rides that he could go on and enjoy. We are more familiar with a Disney atmosphere that has a better mix of rides. We did do Seuss Landing with the family enjoyed. I have to say that I was tired of ride simulators by the time the trip was over. Maybe its just me - I really enjoyed E.T., a ride that I assume many think is out-dated. I did really enjoy Universal and hope to come back!