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Topic: Should I skip WDW this trip?

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WilliamK99
Sun 2/10/2013 12:39p
Hey all, my family and I are going to use a timeshare in Orlando from 6 Apr til 14 Apr and after researching WDW, I am tempted to not even take my family there this trip. It seems there are 2 classes of citizens at WDW, those that stay at the resort, and those that stay off resort.

If we skipped WDW, we would spend 3 days at Universal, 1 day at Sea World and 2 days just relaxing in the area, or should be do 4 days at WDW and 3 days at Universal?

We are a family of 4 (kids 9, 6) who have been to WDW around 8 years ago, DLP about a dozen times the past 5 years, and DL just last summer, we have never been to Universal Florida. Any help you can offer would be appreciated, I am just not excited at all for Disney this trip as the restaurants are uber expensive, and it seems the magic isn't what it once was.
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RoadTrip
Sun 2/10/2013 1:41p
You've listed my number one complaint about WDW and the reason I'm not going there this year for the first time in almost 20 years. While enjoyable, it just is no longer worth what they charge. Admission, Food and Merchandise is all way more expensive than at Universal, which as far as I'm concerned offers just as good an experience.

I definitely agree with your plan to spend three days at Universal. Personally I'm not a fan of Sea World, but then it has been over 15 years since I visited there so that may have changed. You might want to think about a trip to either Bush Gardens or Cape Canaveral instead.

If I were to choose one WDW park to visit in your situation it would probably be Animal Kingdom. DL and DLP would have provided much of what you would experience at the MK and DHS. Epcot just seemed wrong somehow when I was there last October. Although the Food and Wine Festival was enjoyable, the park itself seemed tired and stale. The big globe used for Illuminations wasn't even working properly. I hate saying that because Epcot was always my favorite park.

Animal Kingdom has it's faults (non-working Yeti which I never notice) but it is very different from other parks you've visited lately. And I still think it is Disney's absolute best park anywhere when it comes to providing a sense of place. The architecture and landscaping are nothing short of spectacular.
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DouglasDubh
Sun 2/10/2013 9:46p
I think Universal has an even greater chance of making you feel like a second class citizen if you stay offsite. Unless crowds are very light or you spring for an Express pass, you will be waiting in long lines all day while resort guests use the Express lines to pass you by.

Still, the Orlando flex pass is a pretty good deal.
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KCCHIEF
Mon 2/11/2013 6:28a
WilliamK99....having just returned from WDW in December.....and I had not been in 6 years....I can tell you it was a wonderful trip
Yes, the food is expensive inside the parks ....we were lucky enough to get "free dining" and while I also love Universal....WDW was great
My own heart will always be with DL over WDW....but, for my family .....Our Florida vacation was wonderful
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Yookeroo
Mon 2/11/2013 3:05p
"WilliamK99....having just returned from WDW in December.....and I had not been in 6 years....I can tell you it was a wonderful trip"

This was me too. There in December after 6 years away. Great trip. It's not like your required to eat at Disney's restaurants.

I love Islands of Adventure, but found 1 day was enough for the Universal parks.
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seafairy1622
Mon 2/11/2013 3:47p
We went to universal and Islands of adventure in 2008. It was fun to do something different, we still did 3 days at DW. I thought Universal was fun but didn't have the same disney magic feeling for me.
I would do the 4 days at DW and 3 at universal if you really want to do universal.
Have you thought about the dining plan? We also get it when we go. It is really cheap for kids 9 and under. I really like having having my food paid for when we get there and not worry about that part.
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999HAUNTS
Mon 2/11/2013 4:13p
Universal was way more expensive than WDW when we went last year when it came to dining. So were the goodies if your interest was anything Harry Potter. Way overpriced. WDW was cheaper in our experience.
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RoadTrip
Mon 2/11/2013 4:34p
<<Universal was way more expensive than WDW when we went last year when it came to dining. So were the goodies if your interest was anything Harry Potter. Way overpriced. WDW was cheaper in our experience.>>

You have GOT to be kidding! Now I know you are a full-time Disney apologist. Here is a link to a menu from Mythos, probably the finest in-park restaurant at Universal.

http://allears.net/uni/menu/men_myth.htm

Here is a link to Le Cellier, one of the most popular in-park restaurants at WDW.

http://allears.net/menu/menu_lcd.htm

You tell me... which restaurant is more expensive??
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RoadTrip
Mon 2/11/2013 4:43p
<<I love Islands of Adventure, but found 1 day was enough for the Universal parks.>>

We spent two days at Universal (one at the Studios, one a IOA) during a SLOW period and could have easily used one more day there. It sounds like you probably bypassed the Studios... they have some new attractions that are really enjoyable. Of the two parks, the Studios is probably more family-friendly than IOA.

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DouglasDubh
Mon 2/11/2013 6:16p
We ate at the Three Broomsticks in January and I thought it was really good and a good value. We got a family platter for about $50.

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