Post # 1
First post! Has anyone gone to or heard about anyone going to Universal Studios for their honeymoon? Neither FH nor myself has ever been. And we don’t want to spend that kind of money if it’ll be a bust
Post # 2
We took a week long trip to CA (not sure f you mean CA or FL). But we did a ton of LA sightseeing and shopping. We stayed in very high end hotel on the beach in Santa Monica. And we went to Universal. We got the VIP passes which were a couple hundred dollars more but so worth it. Front of the line privileges and a private tour of the backlot. So fun!
Post # 3
Did not go on a honeymoon, but we LOVE Universal. Especially if you are a Harry Potter Fan. It has more intense rides than Disneyworld. Depending on how long you are going to be in Orlando, I would also plan to spend some time at Disneyworld. We actually love both parks.
Post # 4
I totally forgot about CA! We were planning on Florida, haha. FH is a HUGE Harry Potter fan! That’s what attracted us to universal to begin with. How many days do you think we should do? We’re talking about 3 day, park to park, but also considering 4 days. We want time to do most of the rides and not be rushed 24/7. Neither one of us wants to relax in the room on the trip though lol.
Post # 5
We did it! We went to the one in Hollywood. Honestly, it took us half a day to do the whole thing. So I wouldn’t plan on doing it more than a day unless you want to ride the rides more than once. Also, the rides are majority those 3D rides instead of the traditional theme park rides.
I kind of wish we would have done Disney instead but we wanted to do the Harry Potter world which was two rides and a handful of shops.
It wasn’t bad, just smaller than I thought.
Post # 6
slomotion, so do you think maybe just get tickets for a day for Harry Potter and do Disney instead??
Post # 7
If you were going to the Universal in California, you could hit up Disneyland as well.
We spent a week there for a vacation and based ourselves in Anaheim. We had one day at Universal, one day at Sea World and 5 days at Disneyland. It was perfect.
As far as for a honeymoon, I think it would be an absolute blast.
Post # 8
i live in orlando. Use to work for universal too. My advice is if you want to enjoy both parks at a reasonable pace, two days would be ideal to see both. Harry Potter is cool in both parks, but it doesnt take that long to experience both. If you are big on rides IOA could take up the majority of your day depending on the time of year you plan to come.
ultimately it comes down to when you plan on visiting, HP is a MADHOUSE, and wait times for rides can be ridiculous during the summer months.
i havent been to disney in forever, but i feel like you can never go wrong with a day at disney according to my passholder friends.
Post # 9
I’m an annual passholder for Universal in Florida, and we’re going to honeymoon there after our wedding in July! It totally depends on when you’re going for how long you’ll wanna stay; if you go in high season then the lines are really long and you’ll want to allow for an extra day or so. Also definitely stay at one of the on-site hotels that offers Express because you save so much waiting time and it’ll let you do all the rides more quickly! We love Royal Pacific but we’ll be doing Portofino Bay for the honeymoon to switch things up!
We also have Disney annuals (we’re locals) so I can give you advice about both. For where is better, it depends on what you like. Harry Potter world is the coolest, but Disney has the four parks with really different vibes throughout each one. If you’re looking for a more ride-heavy experience, Disney has way more rides; but, Universal has more roller coasters which is fun. Disney also tends to take longer, so if you only have a couple days or if you don’t wanna shell out for a 4-day Disney pass, Universal would be better!
Post # 10
futuremrsmd : Not a honeymoon but we spent ten days in Orlando once post cruise and did all the disney parks except the water parks, universal both parks, the halloween night thingy at universal (separate ticket) and cape canaveral.
We bought a park to park ticket for universal for one day and we did it easy. They are not big parks. But we also aren’t into the shows as most of them are cheesy crap to us so that does cut down on your time.
We also had park hopper tickets for disney and I am so glad we did. Some of the parks are really small so you really don’t need a full day. And the park hopper really paid off for us as rides and areas closed for thunderstorms or malfunctions and we could just hop over to another park, like epcot, that wasn’t really effected by the storms.
I would suggest looking at a park occupancy calendar (available on multiple orlando tourist pages) and working out how busy the parks will be on the days you plan to be there. We planned to go in a slow time because we hate crowds but on the Saturday we were there despite being off season you had very long waits for rides (2+ hrs at times).
Front of line passes are good but during peak times even those have long waits so you do need to consider value.
Post # 11
futuremrsmd : One thing to note is that Universal is currently running a promotion, where if you buy your tickets before June 12, 2019 and will use them before the end of this year, you can buy 2 days and get 3 days free.
Universal is awesome. If you’re planning to go, now is the time to buy your tickets.
Also, keep in mind that Slomotion went to the one in Hollywood. That’s different than the one in Florida. For example, Harry Potter world in Florida has at least 3 rides that I can think of, as well as a new ride opening summer of this year, and tons of shops.
Post # 12
I don’t know if you are going to Ca or FL, but having done both, the one in California is much smaller, and one day was enough. In Florida there is much more (and Harry Potter is twice as big and you can actually ride the Hogwarts Express unlike in California). We only did one day there too, but we would have liked another.
Post # 13
I just got back from Universal, and while I enjoyed it, I personally don’t see it as being very romantic. I’ve known a few people who took a day or two in either Universal or Disney before heading out on a cruise since several cruiselines depart nearby. You might consider that if you’d like a good mix of relaxation and excitement.
Post # 14
Thanks everyone! Y’all have been super helpful!
Post # 15
I’ve done the one in California and found it underwhelming, tbh. It’s so small that you barely feel like you’ve stepped into anything. The ride was fun, but afterwards it was sort of like “oh, is that all? those two rides?” There are a couple really good rides in the rest of the park (Mummy and Jurrasic Park), but also a lot of it is just REALLY child oriented. I’m a kid at heart — I rode the Pirates of the Caribbean 3x when I went to Disney and did the small world ride too — so I mean actually you have to be an actual child and being a child at heart is not enough. I went outside the summer months, so we basically finished all of Universal by like 3:30, and we got there at 8:30. I hear the Florida one is better.