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    Re: Mice rule universal drools

    Quote Originally Posted by DannyLand View Post
    well, it's more of a studio than it is a theme park. the studio section is very huge. They film a few DISNEY movies at Universal Studios. It's funny they filmed Pirates at Universal and not DL.
    Well ya you can't film pirates at Disneyland it's not a movie studio.

    I think Universal is great for the tour and if you're a film buff. I do think the parks in Orlando are far superior.
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    Re: Mice rule universal drools

    Quote Originally Posted by madmonkeygirl View Post
    Wow that's a shame. Usually when I'm there for a visit way more than at Disney the employees are friendly and the park is much cleaner than Disney actually.
    maybe it's cleaner because there are less people there? I've found it to be the other way around. The employees are not great, but not bad either. They do their job but they don't go out of their way to make magic for their guests like Disney's Cast Members do. (maybe there are some experiences but they've never happened to me and I don't think I've ever heard stories of any)

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    I agree that Universal has a great studio tour but very few attractions. The crazy amount of 3D shows/rides that they offer leave me with a headache and another complaint is that going from one end of the park to the other takes so much energy, especially the long escalator rides. They also have few nighttime offerings and close early. You get what you pay for, nothing more, nothing less. It's a park that I would go to once, but not would make multiple visits. The park I have a gripe about is Knotts, but i'll save that for another thread
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    Re: Mice rule universal drools

    If the plan is to go to Uni first to avoid disappointment, that would include avoiding Transformers because that ride puts every ride Disney has done post-IJA to shame.


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    Re: Mice rule universal drools

    Quote Originally Posted by smartlabelprint View Post
    The feel was that of dirt & grime topped with rude, unhappy employees.
    This ^

    And don't forget the awesome enthusiasm you get from the employees on the backlot tour...

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    If the plan is to go to Uni first to avoid disappointment, that would include avoiding Transformers because that ride puts every ride Disney has done post-IJA to shame.

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    Re: Mice rule universal drools

    Just because it's Universal doesn't mean it equates to a lower quality day. Disneyland and Universal Studios provide two different entertainment experiences.

    Disneyland is a place where families and friends can have fun together and was designed with that thought in mind. They always show perfectionalized images when compared to their real world counterparts (Ex. Frontierland would be a lot dirtier and New orleans Square wouldn't be as crisp and clean as it is shown in the park).

    Universal on the other hand is and always will be a working movie studio first and a theme park second. Truthfully, they added in the theme park later to gain extra revenue. The one real reason I tell people to go to Universal is that you can see where movies are created and look at the actual sets where they were filmed. That doesn't mean it's bad though. They still offer great things to see such as the Terminator and Waterworld show to name a few. But it will always be a movie studio at heart and their first priority will be the studio instead of the park. The studio will always be more important than the park to the executives.



    Also, I would just like to add something upon the..."feel was that of dirt & grime topped with rude, unhappy employees." I feel like that is a generalization. I used to be an annual passholder there and went almost as frequently as I go to Disneyland as I do now (Mostly every other weekend) and the employees are no different than the cast members at Disneyland. In fact, some of them come close to being like the ones told in stories about how great a cast member was at DL and how they made someone's day a little more special. I've made friends within the Universal Park just like how I made friends within the Disneyland park. They are really great people that no one takes the time to understand. And about the enthusiasm about the Studio Backlot Tour, I'd say about 70-80% they are great fun and enthusiastic and the last 20-30% are the unenthusiastic ones.

    These things could be applied to Disneyland if I wanted to. Some places of Disneyland feel a bit dirty and need a good sweep through and coat of paint. I've seen cast members being rude, lazy and slacking off. And some Jungle Cruise Skippers and Disneyland Conductors don't sound too happy about their job either.

    Does that mean Universal is better than Disneyland? No. Even I have to agree that Disneyland Resort will always be better. But Universal isn't as bad as everyone always claims it to be. Sure, there is not much you can do at Universal, but there are still many interesting things you can do while in the area. Learn some more history about the studio. Really interesting stuff. You're also in Hollywood! Golden age of cinema you're standing in! Go out and explore! I can't help but feel a lot of negativity towards non-Disney parks at times (not all the times, but sometimes). I've seen it in many places before, and even through some very into-it Disney fan friends of mine. Always have a pro-look at Disney and an anti-look at non-Disney.

    PS: If you are into reading articles written by Sam of SAMLAND...

    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/31...-part-one.html
    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/32...-part-two.html
    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/32...art-three.html
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    Re: Mice rule universal drools

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    If the plan is to go to Uni first to avoid disappointment, that would include avoiding Transformers because that ride puts every ride Disney has done post-IJA to shame.
    With the exception of Racers, I must agree with this statement. Transformers is one amazing ride and is far, far superior to the majority of Disney rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
    Just because it's Universal doesn't mean it equates to a lower quality day. Disneyland and Universal Studios provide two different entertainment experiences.

    Disneyland is a place where families and friends can have fun together and was designed with that thought in mind. They always show perfectionalized images when compared to their real world counterparts (Ex. Frontierland would be a lot dirtier and New orleans Square wouldn't be as crisp and clean as it is shown in the park).

    Universal on the other hand is and always will be a working movie studio first and a theme park second. Truthfully, they added in the theme park later to gain extra revenue. The one real reason I tell people to go to Disneyland is that you can see where movies are created and look at the actual sets where they were filmed. That doesn't mean it's bad though. They still offer great things to see such as the Terminator and Waterworld show to name a few. But it will always be a movie studio at heart and their first priority will be the studio instead of the park. The studio will always be more important than the park to the executives.



    Also, I would just like to add something upon the..."feel was that of dirt & grime topped with rude, unhappy employees." I feel like that is a generalization. I used to be an annual passholder there and went almost as frequently as I go to Disneyland as I do now (Mostly every other weekend) and the employees are no different than the cast members at Disneyland. In fact, some of them come close to being like the ones told in stories about how great a cast member was at DL and how they made someone's day a little more special. I've made friends within the Universal Park just like how I made friends within the Disneyland park. They are really great people that no one takes the time to understand. And about the enthusiasm about the Studio Backlot Tour, I'd say about 70-80% they are great fun and enthusiastic and the last 20-30% are the unenthusiastic ones.

    These things could be applied to Disneyland if I wanted to. Some places of Disneyland feel a bit dirty and need a good sweep through and coat of paint. I've seen cast members being rude, lazy and slacking off. And some Jungle Cruise Skippers and Disneyland Conductors don't sound too happy about their job either.

    Does that mean Universal is better than Disneyland? No. Even I have to agree that Disneyland Resort will always be better. But Universal isn't as bad as everyone always claims it to be. Sure, there is not much you can you at Universal, but there are still many interesting things you can do while in the area. Learn some more history about the studio. Really interesting stuff. You're also in Hollywood! Golden age of cinema you're standing in! Go out and explore! I can't help but feel a lot of negativity towards non-Disney parks at times (not all the times, but sometimes). I've seen it in many places before, and even through some very into-it Disney fan friends of mine. Always have a pro-look at Disney and an anti-look at non-Disney.

    PS: If you are into reading articles written by Sam of SAMLAND...

    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/31...-part-one.html
    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/32...-part-two.html
    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/32...art-three.html
    This entire post sums up my feelings. Amen!
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    Re: Mice rule universal drools

    Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. Universal Studios may have one of the best views in the theme park industry. Universal was built on a hilly plot of land and there are a few views that really show how beautiful the park can be. On these viewing points you can look into the Burbank Valley and it looks really nice. One is past the Terminator show where you can look down upon the lower lot and into the valley. The second area is the long escalator and you can really see far and wide from here. The third, and my favorite point, has to be the part before the escalator trip down to the Universal Studios Tour queue area. The lookout shows not only the famous Studio Backlot, but also the Warner Brothers Studio and if you look closely the Walt Disney Studios as well.



    This picture doesn't do justice but it basically shows what you see at that final viewing point.



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    I don't think it's fair to compare Universal and Disneyland. Universal does have longer hours in the summer and between Christmas and New Years but those times the park is crowded. There is definitely MUCH more to do. Universal is a real working studio. I find that I can spend a whole day or half a day it just depends what I feel like doing. I feel safe inside Universal and enjoy the park a lot more than I do at Disneyland. I don't feel rushed at Universal. I can take my time. I can plan on seeing shows, ride rides, take the Studio Tour (sometimes doing it twice).

    I feel I get more money out of my Universal visits than at Disneyland. I always feel rushed at Disneyland and there are some places in the park that feel like dirt. Universal is a much cleaner park to me.

    Transformers the Ride beats anything at Disneyland including Radiator Springs Racers. I never get tired of riding Transformers. There is always something new I catch riding it. Radiator Springs Racers is just boring to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
    ^make sure to go to IOA, it's an amazing park I had just as much fun there when i went as i did at WDW
    I am excited to do this. My spouse says it's great. A little harder for us to go there as it's on the other side of the country. We just bought DL AP's so it'll be at least a year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasmineray View Post
    I love me some Universal Studios Hollywood (I'm going tomorrow in fact, and I can't wait). I do agree that Disney is superior when it comes to theme parks but Universal is still awesome. The real working studio is something Disney doesn't offer (no, I don't count Hollywood Studios in Florida) and it's fantastic. Disney may have the yet hand in theme parks but their film legacy is, without a doubt, inferior to Universal's. Sorry you didn't have a good time.
    Thanks! I don't mean to sound negative toward those who like the park. I'm glad you have found a fondness of it and especially because you probably have a lot of good memories there. I don't have anything to base it on!

    ---------- Post added 11-13-2012 at 09:54 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by bamato View Post
    I always come back with mixed feelings about Universal. I enjoy visiting, but my biggest complaint is their lack of offerings. I can spend 5 days in DLR and barely feel satiated. After three hours in Universal I'm looking for my car keys. Don't get me wrong, they do a lot of things right, but they need to offer more to the tourist to keep them there for more than a few hours...
    I agree! I felt like all we did was stand around waiting. Walk a long time to a ride, wait 1/2 hour, attractions usually take some length then we all got herded out in a mass exodus. I only got around 10,000 pedometer steps from all the standing around waiting we did.

    ---------- Post added 11-13-2012 at 09:56 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by jasmineray View Post
    I agree. This should change once Potter opens. I'm anxiously awaiting that day.
    I won't be riding Harry Potter due to the wizard nature. I try to stay away from anything to do with spiritism. I'm glad this will offer another option for those who like HP. I'm sure it will enhance your park experience.

    ---------- Post added 11-13-2012 at 10:03 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
    Just because it's Universal doesn't mean it equates to a lower quality day. Disneyland and Universal Studios provide two different entertainment experiences.

    Disneyland is a place where families and friends can have fun together and was designed with that thought in mind. They always show perfectionalized images when compared to their real world counterparts (Ex. Frontierland would be a lot dirtier and New orleans Square wouldn't be as crisp and clean as it is shown in the park).

    Universal on the other hand is and always will be a working movie studio first and a theme park second. Truthfully, they added in the theme park later to gain extra revenue. The one real reason I tell people to go to Universal is that you can see where movies are created and look at the actual sets where they were filmed. That doesn't mean it's bad though. They still offer great things to see such as the Terminator and Waterworld show to name a few. But it will always be a movie studio at heart and their first priority will be the studio instead of the park. The studio will always be more important than the park to the executives.



    Also, I would just like to add something upon the..."feel was that of dirt & grime topped with rude, unhappy employees." I feel like that is a generalization. I used to be an annual passholder there and went almost as frequently as I go to Disneyland as I do now (Mostly every other weekend) and the employees are no different than the cast members at Disneyland. In fact, some of them come close to being like the ones told in stories about how great a cast member was at DL and how they made someone's day a little more special. I've made friends within the Universal Park just like how I made friends within the Disneyland park. They are really great people that no one takes the time to understand. And about the enthusiasm about the Studio Backlot Tour, I'd say about 70-80% they are great fun and enthusiastic and the last 20-30% are the unenthusiastic ones.

    These things could be applied to Disneyland if I wanted to. Some places of Disneyland feel a bit dirty and need a good sweep through and coat of paint. I've seen cast members being rude, lazy and slacking off. And some Jungle Cruise Skippers and Disneyland Conductors don't sound too happy about their job either.

    Does that mean Universal is better than Disneyland? No. Even I have to agree that Disneyland Resort will always be better. But Universal isn't as bad as everyone always claims it to be. Sure, there is not much you can do at Universal, but there are still many interesting things you can do while in the area. Learn some more history about the studio. Really interesting stuff. You're also in Hollywood! Golden age of cinema you're standing in! Go out and explore! I can't help but feel a lot of negativity towards non-Disney parks at times (not all the times, but sometimes). I've seen it in many places before, and even through some very into-it Disney fan friends of mine. Always have a pro-look at Disney and an anti-look at non-Disney.

    PS: If you are into reading articles written by Sam of SAMLAND...

    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/31...-part-one.html
    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/32...-part-two.html
    http://micechat.com/blogs/samland/32...art-three.html
    Thanks for sharing your experience in the parks. In my TR I did post a few gripes about the employees and overall I found them to be less happy. I wanted to share my review of the park as a warning to other tourists that might be expecting an experience similar to Disneyland. Like you said, they are completely different! I liked the studio tour myself and yeah, the Transformer's ride immersed me but I won't be returning just for the few things I enjoyed. There's just not enough there for me!

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    Re: Mice rule universal drools

    The valley you look out at on the tram tour area and the escalator is not the Burbank Valley. There is no such place. The valley you are looking out into is the San Fernando Valley.

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