Posted Monday, December 4, 2006 9:23 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Orlando hosts seven of the nation's 10 most popular theme parks, and three of them — SeaWorld, and Universal Studios Florida and its Islands of Adventure — are not Disney properties. Neither is the stirring Kennedy Space Center, where you can see an actual space shuttle being readied for a launch. If you don't leave Disney property, you're missing a lot.
Read the column in The Orlando Sentinel.
Universal really has a lot to do in a small place that appeals to the entire family. With both the parks within walking distance, and the entire City Walk, you can easily spend a lot of time there and never run out of things to do. The article compared some numbers for Disney and Universal that really show the value Universal has to offer. Something that I really enjoy and is hooking me on Universal even more is the Blue Man pricing. You can purchase a Blue Man ticket including admission to both parks for 7 days for around $130. I think that this is an AMAZING deal. For those of you who havnt seen the Blue Man Group it is a really good show and will be a great addition to the Universal property, take advantage of the deal when your in Orlando!
I really hope that Universal can keep getting people to check out what they have to offer so they can see Orlando has more to offer then the Disney parks. A lot of times when people think Orlando, they really do just think Disney and they can spend a whole vacation there missing out on what is just up the street.
*** This post was edited by 12/4/2006 11:19:43 AM ***
And while I really like USF they havent added the attractions needed to compete against WDW and adding a upcharge attraction like Blue Man Group wont change that.
*** This post was edited by Bob O 12/4/2006 6:32:23 PM ***
Disney packages including airport transfers, on-site hotel, and Disney transportation are great. Admission prices that varies between $180 for three Disney park days or $210 for ten Disney park days create minimal incentive to visit other resorts.
My last visit to Florida was a non-Disney vacation. Even though we stayed just off Disney property and dined in a few Disney resort restaurants, we never paid Disney admission or parking. USO/IOA had a deal where the price of two days regular admission gets 5 days (we used 4). Both Busche Gardents Tampa (now Africa) and Cypress Gardens had a 2nd-day free options (we didn't use).
I know I'll go back again. Hopefully I'll see the Kennedy Space Center and Gatorland, but the giant mouse is reeling me in-- hook, line and sinker....
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