Post # 17
There’s a lot more you can do at Disney than at Universal. If you go to Universal I recommend more of the Universal Studios side (more shows) than the Islands of Adventure side. At either Disney or Universal check with Guest Relations/Guest Services, they should have a comprehensive list of what attractions you should or should not be riding.
Post # 18
@Schatzie821: Good call on the wheel chair. I’ve been trying to walk more at home and at the gym to prepare– one book I read said to expect to clock in 13 miles a day!
@anotherbee: Thanks for the tip and for sharing your experience!
@catnip: Thanks! I will! 🙂
@abbylyn: Thanks for the tip! I googled the list and found it on Disney’s webpage.
@michiru4ever: Thanks for all of the tips! I’m very worried about the weather at this point. We’re planning on going as early as possible and perhaps taking a rest at the resort in the middle of the day. I will definitely add a water bottle to my packing list! Thanks!
@MrsEdamame: Ah! I just finished reading that book last night. It was great. Moleskin is now on the packing list as well– thank you!
@marhino: Thanks! I’ve been trying to decide if the ticket price is worth it to only be able to walk around Universal. I don’t think I’ll be able to convince Darling Husband to go on rides by himself, but I really, really want to see HP world.
@DaniRoo: Thanks for the heads up! Do you think just seeing Harry Potter world is worth the admission price? I’m a big fan, but I’m debating whether the money is worth it if I can’t do the rides. Walking through the castle sounds awesome though!
@Wonderstruck: Thanks for the list! I’ve really had trouble finding anything online for Universal, but have read that they post warning signs on the actual rides themselves. That doesn’t really help the planner in me 🙂 I think I’ll avoid just about everything at Universal and maybe even completely eliminate that part of the trip.
@lilbluebird: Thanks for the tip! I’m mostly worried about heat, so hydrating will definitely be important. I went to a zoo when I was 9 months pregnant with our daughter in the middle of summer..I think I slept for two days afterwards 🙂 I told Darling Husband to plan on me going to bed every night about 7 lol
@Treejewel19: Thanks for the tip! Hope you guys had an awesome honeymoon!
@luluvohn: Thanks for the advice– if we end up going to Universal, we’ll stop by and see if we can snag a list!
Post # 19
@newlynesting: If you are staying onsite at a resort then you get to enter the park 1 hour before the public. I think they still do that but you’ll want to ask. The weather has actually calmed down a bit, but it still gets pretty hot around 1-3. Just bring a hat, sunscreen, and stay hydrated and you’ll be okay. There are air conditioned gift shops and some indoors restaurants if you need a break from the heat.
Post # 20
@michiru4ever: @newlynesting: Both Disney and Universal have some variation of extended hours for resort guests. At Disney you can stay at any of the Disney hotels and the parks rotate which ones are open an hour earlier or a couple hours later (called EMH or Extra Magic Hours on the Park Calendar) every day. At Universal you can stay at any of the three Loews hotels that are partners with Universal (Royal Pacific, Portofino Bay, or Hard Rock) and you get in one hour early just to Islands of Adventure (where Harry Potter World is). Regarding your question about Harry Potter, there is a lot to see without going on the rides. The last time I went, I didn’t go on any of the rides in that section and still enjoyed it immensely. You can go to the castle and request a “castle tour” where you would walk through a separate line than the people waiting to ride the ride and you would still get to see all the really neat stuff in the castle, but at the end you just walk down the stairs instead of going on the ride.
Post # 21
@newlynesting: We went to Universal IOA for the sole purpose of checking out Harry Potter world a couple of years ago, and while we’re glad we did it once, we both agreed it would not be worth the admission price to do it again. Though I did just see an announcement that they’re going to start building ‘Diagon Alley’, opening in 2014, so with that addition it might become worth it. 🙂
Also, holy hell typos in my earlier reply. That’s what I get for typing on the iPad and not spell-checking!
Post # 22
I went to both Disney World and Universal back in February (at the time I was pregnant with a blighted ovum, waiting for confirmation of the BO) and since I wasn’t sure if I was still pregnant, so I checked for the signs. Nearly ALL the rides had a warning for pregnant women.
Most of the 3D ones are okay though. Universal had some neat fun 3D ones like ‘Its a Bug’s Life” you’re on benches with 100 other people, so not squished into a cart or anything.
When going to Universal there are 2 sides, Harry Potter is on the Islands of Adventure side. We didn’t go to that side but everyone who did said that the Harry Potter one was amazing.
The parks are A LOT of walking (we did 3 of them in 4 days) and I was exhausted and by the last park my feet were hurting so bad.
Post # 23
Universal is worth the ticket price just to see the Harry Potter section at least once in your life… while pregnant though, might not be the best time. I’m not sure if you ever plan on returning to WDW/Universal in the future but if so, I’d save Universal for that time. At least then you can visit HP as well as ride some other rides to get your moneys worth.
To give you a better idea of the rides you can ride at Universal… we went to get on the Dr. Suess dark ride. The sign said pregnant women shouldn’t ride. And that’s just the kiddy Dr. Suess section…
Post # 24
And if you do have any more questions, OP, WDWmagic and Disboards are two sites that are great resources because they’re full of Disney/Universal/IOA fans. It is painfully obvious that this is not quite the case on Weddingbee because I see people on here who have been to the parks that still give bad/totally wrong info on what parks have which rides…