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Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure?

9 Mar 2007 Claire84 asked

My sister and I are doing the Eastern Discovery in May with three days in Orlando.<BR><BR>We don't really want to go to Disney World but we are having trouble deciding between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure and which one we should visit (We have decided to visit Seaworld on another day)?<BR><BR>For those who have been to these parks, which is better, rides, tickets costs etc.? <BR><BR>Which one would you recommend we visit?
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  • 9 Mar 2007 ptooma said


    If yer fast, you can hit both of them in 1 day provided you get there when it opens and leaves when it closes. Islands of Adventure has more serious all the roller coasters and thrill rides while universal is more interactive.

    Also skip the lines:

    Something useful to know: if you stay ONE night at a Universal hotel, you can actually get TWO days of Express Ride Access. That’s because you can check into your hotel as early as 7:00 am on the first day and collect your room key, which you can take into the park and begin using right away. (Your room almost certainly won’t be ready that early, but the front desk will store your luggage and you can call or come back in the afternoon and get your room number.) The room key remains valid for Express Ride Access even after check-out on the second day: you can use it until the parks close that night.

    There are many different hotel discounts at Universal –- be sure to check them out.

    Universal Express Pass

    With the purchase of a regular-priced ticket or pass, you can pay an extra fee (which varies by season, $15$40 per person) to get the Express Pass. It gives you one entry through the Express entrance for each attraction that participates, with no pre-determined ride time and no need to pick up a pass for each attraction. I think this would be worth the extra money only at very peak times in the parks.

    Go to the clubs at Disney’s Pleasure Island at night. One cover gets you in on all the various themed bars.

    - Vic

  • 24 Mar 2007 princess19 said


    Islands of Adventure =) Universal is kinda boring at this point… most of the rides are really old and the special effects are no longer cool. IOA has some of the best coasters and other fun stuff to do.

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