Disney/Universal differences?

Sunday, April 23, 2006 3:42 PM
Would have used the search feature, but it's broke. :(

Without spoilers are there differences between the mummies? The ToT's? The Soarin's? BTMR's etc.

Trying to decide between massive trips to LA and Orlando.

Sunday, April 23, 2006 3:46 PM
Go to Disney World. Then go to Epcot. Then at 9:00 on the World Showcase Lagoon watch Illuminations Reflections Of Earth. It's an amazing show, performed nightly. My favorite part is the 1,000 Points Of Light, where they shoot off 1,000 fireworks for the finalie. Brilliant.
Sunday, April 23, 2006 3:59 PM
For the Mummy rides, both go backward... but the backward portion on the USH version is a lot more substancial! For effects, USF has fire, USH doesn't.

Soarin' is the same at both parks, only difference is the theming of the waiting lines.

TOT's. I'd spoil if I said the difference, but the WDW one got an awesome portion that DCA version doesn't have.

The coasters at DL/WDW. Space Mountain WDW is an indoor version of DL Matterhorn, so inline seating, tight turns and small surprising drops! DL Space Mountain is brand new (reopened last june after getting rebuild completely) and is a steel twister. Extremely smooth they say and great effects.

Both BTMR are comparable.

What DL has and WDW doesn't: Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin (great dark ride featuring spinning cars), a few dark rides in Fantasyland and my favorite ride, including coasters: Indiana Jones Adventures.

Sunday, April 23, 2006 4:04 PM
Pick the one that has the better weather when you are going. summer: florida is miserably humid. winter: CA can get cold and rainy.

If you are going in fall or spring, pick the one with cheaper airfare from your location.

There's more to do in FL's Disney+universal parks, but unless you're going for a full week or more, CA has more than enough for you to do.

Sunday, April 23, 2006 4:21 PM
There are huge differences between all 5 Disney Resorts. In my book, the best is Japan....it totally craps all over the American Resorts in all respects

In America, it's a tie.

California good parts: Has better versions of most attractions (for example: Pirates is twice as long!), the CA attractions are in substantially better shape than the FL counterparts, it has all the History and charm that Florida lacks, many unique rides (Indiana Jones being the best), better shows (The fireworks there are the most amazing thing I've ever seen...100 times better than florida, their Fantasmic is much better, etc.)

CA bad parts: All in all California Adventure is fairly lame (for Disney) with a few great rides. Whole resort is small and can get quite crowded. Resort is a 3-4 day trip for big fans.

FL good parts: It's huge and has the 4 unique parks, dozens of resorts, golf courses, etc. But I'll just stick to the parks. Obviously there's nothing similar to Animal Kingdom or Epcot, etc. Those overall experiences are unique to FLorida. There are also more unique rides and shows that can't be found in CA. (Althought the "Greatest hits" rides and attractions from FL are in CA like Tower of Terror, It's tough to be a bug, etc.) Takes a solid week to really enjoy and explore fully all 4 parks. Another big plus is proximity to Universal, Busch, Sea World, etc.

FL bad parts: Lacks a lot of the charm and history. More sterile and mass produced and less magic than CA. (I know that's a little weird sounding). Many rides in need or serious work and rehab, where CA has never been in better shape. Many rides lacking compared to the original CA counterparts.

I did both resorts last year and am doing CA again this June. They are both my favorite amusement parks in America. But I'd trade spending a full day at every park in america for just a few hours back at the Tokyo parks!

Universal: Florida wins hands down....2 great parks vs. a movie studio in CA with some similar atractions. *** Edited 4/23/2006 8:35:25 PM UTC by Peabody***


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