Happy New Year everyone and welcome to what we feel is the first of many great episodes of the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast for 2013.

Many people have asked us why, when we decided to do a podcast, did we tackle a subject that many before us had tried and not succeeded in? Well, ask no more, hit play at the bottom of the page and you will hear an interview that Tracey and Lee recorded with Chris Wakefield of the Wakefield Report blog and podcast. In the interview they delve in to their relationship, among many other topics, to help you understand why they took on this monstrous task.

Also, there are many, many Disney fans out there, we all know plenty I’m sure; we also know what makes them tick, but what about the average Universal Orlando fan? Do you know someone who loves Islands of Adventure more than the Magic Kingdom? Chances are slim, but since doing the podcast we’ve found many. Again, hit play on the player at the bottom of this post and we will share with you an Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast Listener Q&A with listener Mack Clark, in which we find out some of his loves and loathes at the resort.

So, why not kick off 2013 with a bit of UUOP in your ears.

  • Bb5

    I certainly enjoy Islands of Adventure more than Magic Kingdom, and I know plenty of people who do as well.

    Great podcast!

  • almandot

    i love islands of adventure compared to magic kingdom.. do i wish it had more rides? certainly. but magic kingdom is such a hassle to get into, the rides i love from disneyland are spread out amongst the other parks, the theming sometimes amounts to wooden planks for old timeyness and the color purple for tomorrowness… there’s quick service i actually want at IoA… it’s located right next to its other park and its citywalk features, including a better AMC theater and cheaper alcohol prices than disney’s equivalent…

    Ya, I’m quite happy with Islands of Adventure. Granted, I haven’t been visiting since it opened. I’d probably be bothered by the lack of new things there in that time, though in the recent years I have been visiting they’ve made clear efforts to address that.

  • Listened to the UUOP on my epic 4 hour drive home tonight. Really fun show!

  • UUOPLee

    When we first started doing the podcast, we found that most people were Disney fans and quite down on Universal, as we have built up a good listener base, we’ve found a lot of people who enjoy Universal the same amount or even more than Disney.
    We hope you will enjoy our podcast and learning mire about the OTHER Orlando theme park.
    Thus episode, we think will give you an insight into us as well as the resort.

    • MiceChat has a large community of Universal fans as well as theme park lovers in general (we had over 20 million page views on non-Disney topics last year)l. As long as Uni keeps building new lands and attractions on the scale and quality of Wizarding World and Spider Man, the fan base is just going to continue to grow.

      There was a time I wasn’t really into Uni. But now, I visit on every trip to Orlando and often find it the highlight to my vacation. I’ve disovered that there is a whole world of great themed attractions outside of the Disney parks, and my supporting the best of the best in the industry makes everyone strive harder for my business. The more Disney fans who open their minds to Universal’s fantastic parks, the sooner Disney will awaken from their slumber and fix the somewhat stale and treading water Disney World. There is no doubt that Universal is working harder to earn our business right now, that alone should earn them lots of new visits and fans.

      We are so happy to have your charming podcast on the site!

  • UUOPLee

    That is great to hear. We thought we were the only weirdos who preferred Universal over Disney, that’s not to say that we don’t love Disneys Parks.
    We love what Universal have done and are continuing to do and if that helps spur Disney on to compete, then as a theme park fan, it’s win win for us. 🙂
    We are glad to be part of this great site and community.

  • Bcl1973

    This has become. Mature Podcast now, what I mean by this is people didn’t expect it to last due to limited content, but what Tracey, Lee, Hunter, Darren & Eric have done is create a body of work that is of the highest standard & continues to entertain & educate. When I listen to this show I am back in paradise for the next hour or so. These guys have made me appreciate the Universal parks & resorts in the same way I appreciate the Disney Parks & resorts.

    If you have any doubts about travelling down i4 to Universal, just listen to this show & be prepared to have everything you thought you knew about Universal Orlando put to the test.