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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    Count me in the minority, I don't like Knott's, Universal, or Six Flags. I live in San Diego and have passes to Sea World and Disneyland. We use Sea World passes as a back up when we can't make the trip to Disneyland or when the weather is too hot at Disneyland, also on overly crowded days. We don't go to Sea World to ride the rides though, we go for the shows and animals, it's like a glorified zoo to us. We used to have passes to the San Diego Zoo, but the hills in the park were just too much for me as I am disabled.

    I have been to Knott's a number of times. Knott's is a great theme park. I love the theming, I enjoy the atmosphere, but the rides are very limited at Knott's for people like us. My boyfriend and I do not ride roller coasters, or rides where you get wet, I don't like swinging rides and he doesn't like spinning rides. Knott's truly has separate kids rides and adult rides, Disneyland does not. At Disneyland, we can ride every ride in Fantasyland, quite happily, and Casey Jr Circus train is one of our favorites, in addition to It's A Small World. At Knott's, at last count (in early January) there were only six rides that we would ride. Unfortunately, six rides is not enough to justify the cost of going to Knott's Berry Farm for us.

    Universal Studios California to us was extremely lame. Sometimes I wonder where they come up with the ideas for theme parks. The movie theme is there of course, but it just doesn't grab you and immerse you into a park with all one theme like Disneyland does. The last time I was at Universal Studios I left thinking "that's it". It's also more of a "half day" theme park to me, whereas you can spend a full day at Disneyland.

    Six Flags is the worst of the theme parks from where we stand, and it's not just because we don't like roller coasters. The atmosphere there is very "high school" and it is always overrun with rowdy teenagers racing from one end of the park to the next. There is a lot of trash on the ground, there is a lot of maintenance that needs done that isn't done, and there are a lot of things that you notice that destroy the magic of the place. The other big gripe about Six Flags is that they want you to pay for the fast pass system (Flash Pass if I remember correctly). If Disney's is free, why should I pay almost as much as my ticket price to use it? I understand it's optional, but seriously, it just seems to silly to pay that much. I would rather them raise the prices and just include the Flash Pass in the ticket prices.

    When I think about how much more there is for us to do at Disneyland, and I look at the prices of the other theme parks $80 for Universal, $59.99 for Knotts, and $64.99 for Six Flags, we always think for a little bit more we can have Disney so why go anywhere else. And I know you can get discounted tickets online, but we are last minute people when I am feeling well enough to make a trip, and so we very rarely can "plan ahead" for things like a day trip to a theme park.

    Sea World is actually becoming too overpriced, but two years ago we scored a deal of $99.00 for Silver Passports that included parking for 2 years. They expire this summer on my boyfriend's birthday and they are almost double the price now. We are still trying to decide if it's worth it to renew it. We do use them frequently during the summer, at Halloween, at Christmas, and on New Year's Eve.

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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    I haven't been to many other themeparks besides the Disney ones. However, when I have gone, I can't see myself spending more than a day. So for me Disneyland is a long vacation, and the other themeparks that I have visited are just "day trips".

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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    As others have said, I enjoy visiting multiple theme/amusement parks. Living in So. Cal, we have a great selection within 2 hours.

    Quote Originally Posted by johnlawwhiskey View Post
    Universal Studios California to us was extremely lame. Sometimes I wonder where they come up with the ideas for theme parks. The movie theme is there of course, but it just doesn't grab you and immerse you into a park with all one theme like Disneyland does. The last time I was at Universal Studios I left thinking "that's it". It's also more of a "half day" theme park to me, whereas you can spend a full day at Disneyland.
    USH was first/is still a movie studio before it is a theme park. Its something some Micechatters have said which is all correct. Being somewhat landlocked, it can't be a grand theme park. And yeah, its quite the small park. I guess to like USH, you have to not have high expectations and love the movie making aspect of it. You don't need to plan anything there or ever feel rushed. Its such a leisure park.
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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    I've never been a theme parks I didn't like
    Six Flags MM has some great coasters (and the one in Texas is fun too)
    Knotts and Universal are trying to get to a more Disney level but still have the most amazing Halloween Events around

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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    Definitely a fan of both parks - the "Halcyon Days" for me were just out of High School, working at Knott's with passes to Disney and Magic Mountain. Universal wasn't really competing at that point - IIRC it was basically just the studio tour and shows at that point, ET was still a few years off.

    Lately been at Universal exclusively, but that's because a) Transformers became my favorite ride ever, and b) Disney made it very apparent they're not looking for visitors in my budget range. VERY apparent.
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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    I'm not a fan of Knotts or Magic Mountain because I'm really not into roller coasters at this point in my life - it's more about the theming and the total experience for me. I've been to Universal and I like it fine but it doesn't have the repeatability for me that Disneyland does. As for Sea World I'm not a fan of the "hold dolphins in captivity and make them perform" thing. I don't mind wildlife parks like the San Diego Zoo but I don't like what Sea World does.
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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    That's like asking if I like chocolate or vanilla! Both!

    I'm a theme park junkie. I love them all. Not a fan of things that get me wet, or of rides that drop straight down (except for Tower of Terror; for some reason that one's ok) but other than that, bring it!

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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    we live 10 minutes from universal. we just got aps 3 weeks ago, and sometimes after school, the kids and i will run in there ride the mummy, transformers, and jurassic park. then grab dinner and go home
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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    I liked Universal the last time I went, but I've found it getting a bit weaker over time. Maybe it's just me aging- as a teen, I actually think I preferred it to Disneyland, but that's certainly not the case now! There's a good candy store in it, and "Waterworld" is always fun, but some of the rides are more mediocre, which means more since the park is much smaller.

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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    To be fair, Universal is my home park more so than Disneyland. I grew up going to Universal every birthday I had. But I love all parks equally. Sea World, Legoland, Knott's, DLR, Universal, Adventure City, ect.


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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    I oke Disney, Universal, Knotts, Six Flags, Sea World and Legoland
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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    I visit Universal parks more than Disney parks, but they lack the decades long legacy that Disney continues to toss aside.

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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    First, to Jasmine.....you may be able to pick up a "buy 1 day, get a year free" pass at Universal if yours is expiring. I saw it advertised on TV down here in San Diego, and I know there's at least one ticket office selling them.

    As for me .... we haven't been up to Universal L.A. since 2001. We went to Universal Islands of Adventure last summer only because of Harry Potter World. It was done well, though Disney would have ensured that the buildings held real shops instead of being just false fronts. We happily returned to WDW the next day!

    I haven't been to Knotts since the late 90s, though I'll probably go next spring for Music in the Parks. Last trip to Sea World was in 2009 and we've said we'll never go again. As for Magic Mountain, we've been by it many times on our way north but have never gone. Our younger daughter has, but she prefers DL.


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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    Quote Originally Posted by teacherlady19 View Post
    As for me .... we haven't been up to Universal L.A. since 2001. We went to Universal Islands of Adventure last summer only because of Harry Potter World. It was done well, though Disney would have ensured that the buildings held real shops instead of being just false fronts. We happily returned to WDW the next day!
    Disney has plenty of false storefronts. They also wanted wanted to do less with Harry Potter, that's why Rowling walked away.

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    Re: Does anyone like Universal and Disney?

    if traffic wasn't so bad between Universal Studio and Anaheim I would probably would go to USH more often. I had an annual pass a couple of years ago, but probably not go back until after the new construction is done.

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