I was wondering if it's better to go to Universal Orlando, Sea World, BGT, and Wet 'n' Wild
the 4 Disney Parks and a Waterpark or DisneyQuest.
I've been to all of the parks I want to go too, but I never really got to appreciate Disney, but Front of the Line sounds really tempting too.
I have about 5 days to spend in Orlando.
As for the shuttles, I tried that one time and ended up in a world of confusion. Try taking a town car. Mears Transportation (www.mearstransportation.com) offers reliable travel accomodations. I'm not too sure how efficient the taxi system is.
Edit: I forgot to add. If you're not driving yourself or renting a car, stay on Disney property. It's not expensive (to relative hotels) and the Disney free bus system to all the parks and Downtown Disney is really convienient.
*** Edited 8/2/2004 4:45:58 PM UTC by one sided soldier***
Do keep in mind that in terms of sheer value, I don't think anything in Orlando beats the $95 tickets you can buy online that cover five days. You can't buy them at the park, only online.
P.S. Which is the best hotel to stay at on property for Universal. I have heard some bad things about Hard Rock.
P.P.S. Are the front of the line cards unlimited for as many times you want to go ride a ride. Say if I wanted to ride Hulk 100 times in a row for instance, because that helped make our decision too. We rather have front of the line then fastpass from Disney.
Thanks for all the help guys!
The other stay was at the Portifino Bay hotel, which was also nice, but NOT within easy walking distance to either of the parks. Sure, it is possible to go around the lagoon, but it is quite a hike from either the Portifino or Royal Pacific.
The Hard Rock is the only one that will not require a water taxi from the CityWalk area, and as much as it seems like it wouldn't be a problem, when you have a lot of people waiting for such a slow boat... Good Lord, it gets annoying.
Edited to answer another question...
The front of the line passes you get with your hotel's room key are good for as many rides as you want. The only thing stopping you from riding Hulk 100 times in a row is your own feeling of guilt and the stares of the other riders...
Keep in mind, however, that during particularly busy times at the hotels, there will be a line for the Express pass users too. When I was there last week, it was about 15-20 minutes (but the park was packed). When I went in mid-January of this year, it was 0-5.
If you decide to go there from the Disney property (there is, supposedly, bus transportation, but I haven't seen it) you can also use the Disney-style system (insert pass, get time, come back later), or the Six Flags system (pay).
Last week, I got to IOA at 10:00 AM (1 hr. after opening), the park was packed, and the first reservation for Hulk was for 8:30 PM. On the other hand, I decided to buy a front-of-line pass (about $30) which gave me one line-skip on each Express attraction any time I wanted to use it.
Understand that, if you decide to stay at a Universal hotel, having unlimited FOL uses will pretty much get you done with each park in one day (two absolutely tops). If you want to go to Sea World (and you should; Kraken is great), Universal DOES offer a free shuttle service from their hotels. *** Edited 8/3/2004 12:12:39 AM UTC by I-Nar***
$109.95 woulda got you an Annual Power Pass that would admit you for a whole year except summer weekends, Spring Break and uh, the week you'll be going. That must suck.
*** Edited 8/3/2004 12:46:37 AM UTC by CoastaPlaya***
With the Universal season pass, 2 days visiting, free parking, and food and merch. discounts pay for itself. Disney misses out on a lot of action by wanting the full 5 day hopper. Their commercials are good, however, with that yellow ticket guy running around.
Disney's park hopper tickets (the ultimate ones, which include the 4 parks, 2 water parks, and DisneyQuest) will run you around $60 per day for the length of your stay. I had some for 4 days and they turned out being just under $240 a person. Not a horrible price, but certainly no bargain. Anything you'll find at Universal is better.
Your other option is always taking a cab/bus to Disney from the Universal complex if you REALLY want to see something (Mission: Space is pretty good... once.) Just be warned: If you're the first person that your cab driver takes into the Disney property on that day, you'll be stuck with an extra $8 parking charge. Any subsequent visitor will get to get in for free, because Disney hands out all-day parking passes for cabs after they pay the initial $8 fee.
(If you're curious, I know this because our driver from the Disney complex to Universal was extremely adament about how much he hated this policy.)
Also, does any one have more information on what it is?
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