(Closed) Honeymoon- Disney or universal studios?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Where to go
    Disney : (9 votes)
    17 %
    Orlando : (5 votes)
    10 %
    Both but spend more days at disney : (31 votes)
    60 %
    Both but spend more days at universal : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 16
    18 posts
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Disney by a landslide.  But it comes down to theming and what you prefer.  Other than Harry Potter and Jurassic Park, the rest of the Universal parks are meh to me.  The thrill rides are fun but if that’s what I’m going for I’d rather go to Cedar Point and save money.  Both parks are crazy busy with long lines depending on when you’re going and both offer Fastpass options (though I believe unless you’re a Universal resort guest you have to pay handsomely for theirs–Disney’s is free for every guest).  Don’t listen when people tell you Disney isn’t adult-oriented.  It’s not all Fantasyland.  And yeah, you can get burgers and chicken strips all over the parks to provide for picky eaters but Disney does have a very wide and impressive assortment of dining options–both in counter service and table service.  I can’t tell you the last time I’ve had a burger in Disney.  And you’re not limited to the parks.  Many of the resorts are easily accessible with fantastic dining options.

    Disney is structured price-wise so that the longer you stay the cheaper your tickets are.  People get hung up on the $100 one day admission.  That’s for one day.  By comparison if you max out at 10 days you’re paying under $40 a day for admission.  Each subsequent day gets cheaper and cheaper.  If you were to do 5 days at Disney and 2 at Universal you’re looking at $335 for Disney and $181 for Universal per person.  Skip Universal and add those two days at Disney and it’s only costing you $21 per person for those extra days.  Those are for base tickets at each park.  

    Post # 17
    293 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

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    SaugaBride:  It depends on what you’re interested in. I went to Universal this February with my sister and it was AMAZING because we’re both Harry Potter fans but we also aren’t really into rides. Also if possible check to see if either park has a special event going on at the time of your stay. We happened to be at Universal during their Mardi Gras celebrations and they had parades and free concerts. 

    Post # 18
    233 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Harry Potter is well worth a visit to Universal Studios. However, Disney has better customer service hands down. I’ve lived in Florida most of my life, and I’ve been on plenty of Universal and Disney related trips. If anything goes wrong, Disney will be on top of it. On one trip to Disney,for example, my hotel screwed up my reservation for the Cirque Du Soleil show and lost our tickets. They found the tickets before our show time, and they gave us a park credit for $100. We missed our dinner reservations for before the show, but we still ended up having enough time to grab a bite to eat, and the park credit paid for it.

    When we had issues on our last visit to Universal, the customer service people were rather rude and did not want to help us or compensate us for their screw up.  I paid for a hotel/tickets package and got double charged for the hotel and our ‘special gift’ was never delivered to our room. It was a harry potter themed surprise that was suppose to greet us in our room, for my little cousin. He was so disappointed when we got to the room and there was nothing there. I eventually had to go down to the front desk and ask where it was, and it took another day and a half before I finally got the darn thing. There were some other things that went wrong; it was just not a good trip. I ended up hanging up on the first customer service person I spoke to because they were just awful, and when I called back I got someone who was more reasonable, but told me that I had to send an email to some other department. I ended up calling a third time, and I finally stopped getting passed around by a billion different departments, got the hotel charge refunded, and got free one day two park passes, but it was like fighting tooth and nail with six different people who all thought it was not their job to help me. I didn’t even want passes originally, I just wanted my double charge for the hotel refunded, but I got frustrated. They offered the passes as a way to have a ‘do over’ for our nightmare trip.

    Disney dining is a lot more impressive and tastier than Universal, if that’s a deciding factor.  Epcot is my single favorite park, it’s beautiful and has amazing dining options. The new Diagon Alley is a close second, because of how awesome the atmosphere is. I think the only downside to the potter parks is that they feel like a constant product pitch.  I love being pitched their products, but it would be nice if they expanded a little more by way of rides.  The interactive wands were a great upgrade, I think they added a lot; they are a tad expensive, but super fun.

    Universal studios has pretty standard cafeteria food for the most part, but the old Universal park has some decent restaurants.  There’s a good seafood place, and a pretty decent Irish pub.  The fancy restaurant in Islands of Adventure – Mythos – has gotten good reviews, but I’ve been less than impressed the three times I’ve eaten there.  It is a beautiful restaurant though, and maybe I just came on bad days.

    To sum up, I think Disney has more attention to detail, better food, and better customer service. Downside is that a lot of their rides are geared toward children – although I am of the ‘children of all ages’ team.  Universal has more ‘adult’ thrill rides and Harry Potter, but their customer service leaves something to be desired.

    If it was up to me, I would stay on site at Disney World and enjoy the experience. There are some awesome packages, and if you book now with a visa card you can even get free dining included. 🙂 Although it’s first come first serve for the free dining packages.  But, even if I was staying at Disney I would still do two days at Universal.

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    Post # 19
    216 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Antique Rose Emporium

    Disney. I can’t speak for Universal, but Disney made us feel SO special on our honeymoon. We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside and they upgraded us to a “royal” princess and the frog themed suite. It was gorgeous and took me completely by surprise! 

    we took a ferry boat to Downtown Disney and had dinner at Fulton’s Crab House. Sooooo good. Then we purchased the bride/groom ears and headed back to our room where champagne and chocolates were waiting! Again, we did not ask for this and didn’t expect it!

    We spent one day at each of the parks with two off-days for whatever we wanted. Everywhere we went we got congratulations. It was amazing Cast members gave us free fast passes. At Epcot we were given free grapefruit champagne and it was soooo good, we are still trying to track it down to buy a bottle! Dinner reservations at Be Our Guest were absolutely amazing and they put a rose on my plate! at Teppan Edo (Japanese hibachi place) they prepared our food in front of us, sang a little song for our honeymoon AND gave us free green tea cheesecake!!! At Tony’s Town Square the chef came out and congratulated us. I’m telling you, they know what they’re doing and it was fantastic. Very grown up, very sophisticated, but still completely Disney. 

    I know this isn’t typical or to be expected, but we were so thrilled and thankful that we have already booked a Disney cruise for our anniversary!!!

    Post # 20
    837 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall

    What time of year are you going? We did a day of each after the cruise on our honeymoon but stayed on Disney property. The experience at Disney was all around better just because you’re recognized as being newlyweds. That being said, we were able to do both parks in whole in one day. We did Hollywood studios at Disney and weren’t able to do everything. 


    If you’re staying on property at either stay at Disney, we had a blast and at night we’d go hang out at downtown Disney or the pools. We got some nice special extras for being on our honeymoon so make sure to wear the buttons 🙂

    Post # 21
    617 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Simple! Epcot & Harry Potter world! 

    Post # 22
    220 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Disney for us. Personally, the only reason I’d go to Universal is Harry Potter. I’m definitely a plus sized woman and Universal’s rides are not size friendly. The only thing I have trouble with at Disney is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (can get in it, but it’s very tight). The only reason we’re not doing Disney for our honeymoon is because I work there, lol. We’re probably doing a cruise instead.

    Post # 23
    1829 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    id say universal and then maybe epcot. Epcot doesnt have a ton of rides, but is definitely more adult friendly. ill agree with the fact that universal & IOA have a good amount of equal kid and adult friendly rides. If you are going simply cause your main drive is Harry Potter, then consider doing universal over IOA, Harry Potter is more impressive on the USF side, along with the fact that i would think more adults would enjoy the USF side then IOA if they are looking for a more laid back atmosphere. 

    Another point others have made is if you are really into the HP thing, then a two park pass i think would be worth it, that way you get the full harry potter experience plus the train experience which is quite unique. and you can use the train basically as you please if you decide to go back to the park you started from. 

    i havent been to disney in years, but i know downtown disney is really nice as well. 


    FYI. i work at Islands of Adventure which is why i know quite a bit about the parks. any questions just message me. 

    Post # 24
    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Universal is an awesome park, but you can do the bulk of what’s available in 2-3 days. Disney defintely has a lot more to offer. Some of the stuff definitely skews younger, but there’s more all ages stuff than not. Plus you have stuff like the bars in Downtown Disney or the Beer Garden at Epcot.

    Post # 25
    1829 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    another note to add, doing both USF and IOA probably takes only two days regardless of how you do it. the surrounding area which is international drive including City Walk probably only takes half a day to walk around and enjoy depending on where you stay. 

    with that being said downtown disney is probably more enjoyable and would fill up a good two days or more if you planned on trying to see cirque du soleil, or attend something at the house of blues. i also know it has a bowling place and movie theater along with a few dining options. which is probably more enjoyable for adults. 

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