I mentioned in my previous posting we were on our way to Disney and Universal Florida. As a recent graduate of the training programs and a loyal sales person and supporter of each venue I like to visit every couple of years. This year the parks exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I hope you will consider a visit, single, retired, newly weds, families, family reunions, coworkers getaway or a group of like minded friends. I always travel with either friends or my client groups, the immersion into the trip is real when you're with the general public. Feed back is instant without shading or after thought. It's as real as it gets when you want to experience a region, ship, venue or country & city. Here are some highlights below on why this works so well for all.
Disney has it all, allowing for all ages to enjoy. We took in all the rides, gourmet dining (excellent) and of course some yummy snacks along the way. What tops off a Disney Park experience is the newly updated animation & fireworks show at night. On of the ladies with us made a statement the says it all "the castle and fireworks show tonight was worth the price of admission alone"! I know we were all speechless by the end of the show, the imagination of the Disney creators have gone over the top with this. I feel if you went to the Magic Kingdom or Disney California and missed this event you've actually missed the parks all together. This was the encore of encores!
Universal is a unique and equally exciting park, especially in Orlando with the Harry Potter experience being the highlight of our visit once again and the expansion of the Harry Potter experience is amazing. You need a multi park ticket to take advantage of the Hogwarts Train ride from each park the train seemingly brings you into the world of Harry Potter with little fan fare and major excitement. See we are in a cabin on the train in the photo. What makes Universal a little more unique are the options for the rides. You can even in a group take the "single rider" line and be split up to quicken the wait, or purchase the advance passes. The other important fact is when you're at Disney a wait time of 45 minutes seems reasonable, albeit we saw up to 2 hours at Disney; however at Universal the longer wait times are 45 minutes not 2 hours. With the single rider option there isn't a real need to pay for express entry to the rides. On one of the Harry Potter experiences the wait time posted was 35 minutes, it took us exactly 4.5 minutes go get on the ride. With the difference in adventures at Universal you'll find wait times less which is another great reason to consider this park if you're into multi rides for all ages as a focus. They offer parades as well as all types of dining experiences. We went for a full on "home style" restaurant, for us it wasn't the best choice as it turns out although the food was tasty it wasn't our cup of tea. The evening we snacked on goodies from the Dr. Seuss area, with some smaller cafeteria items.
OH! and seeing Voodoo doughnuts at Universal was amazing, a little piece of Portland, Oregon all the way in Orlando.
One last note that is important to know, both Disney Springs and Universal City Walk offer amazing restaurants and activities to extend or enhance your visit. No entry fee at either area, some amazing shops and themed restaurants are everywhere. We had one of the best Pizza's at "Blaze Pizza" I've had in a long time, make your own basically. On another night we had dinner on the deck of the Boat House it was romantic, tasty, fun and a nice breeze off the lake as we watched in the distance the fireworks from both Disney and Epcot.
Please be sure to contact us or your personal travel professional for our inside deals and knowledge when exploring options for any Disney Park or Universal Park.
Have a magical experience! Happy trails,
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