Why Fans Could Choose Universal Over Disney This Year

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Disney & Universal

Universal and Disney theme parks are arguably the biggest powerhouses on the global stage of theme parks. But 2020 gave the industry a shake as the ongoing pandemic saw theme parks temporarily closing their doors, and some even remaining closed.

Things have changed and the experiences you can have at a theme park have changed too. So here is why, amid all of these changes, you may want to look at Universal, if you have not before, for your Central Florida vacation.

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Annual Passes

Purchasing an Annual Pass at Disney or Universal is a great way to make your money go further. Theme Park tickets can be costly, and for a large family those costs can add up quickly. Many families opt for a 12-month pass option if they typically take a yearly vacation as they can get multiple visits for an economical price.

Walt Disney World has stopped the sale of new Annual Passes for the theme parks in Florida — you only have the option to renew and even that is on a case by case basis. Disneyland in California has fully suspended their Annual Passholder Program as their parks continue to remain closed.

Universal Hollywood took to Twitter after the cancellation of Passes for Disneyland to remind their Pass Members that they value them and love them.

Though Universal Studios Hollywood currently remains closed, they have not suspended the sale of new Annual Passes. In fact, you can head over to their website here for more information.

Additionally, they recently took to Twitter to state that Annual and Season passes will be placed on hold and automatically will receive an extension for the remaining duration of their pass term (similar to what Walt Disney World did when they closed down their theme parks for part of last year).

Universal Orlando is also currently selling Annual Passes for their theme parks in Florida and right now with the purchase of any Universal Orlando Annual Pass you can get three months of theme park admission for FREE. So, you get 15 months of theme park admission or the price of 12! The money-saving alone should tempt you to try a Universal park for your Central Florida vacation if you have never done so before.

For more information on how to purchase a Universal Orlando Annual Pass, visit their website here.

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Special Events

Unlike Disney, Universal Orlando holds events through the year that are included with admission and not a hard ticket event that you have to purchase on top of your theme park ticket. Universal’s Mardi Gras and Holiday events are included with your ticket, no extra charge.

Feet don’t fail me now! Mardi Gras season is upon us and Universal has something special for this year. Starting on February 6 and running through March 28 get excited about food and fun! This year the event is named Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval here is what Universal had to say about the event:

Guests will enjoy an eclectic global food fest with more than 70 delectable dishes and beverages from 13 locations around the globe. Plus, Universal Studios Florida will be decked out in vibrant décor and guests will have the first-ever opportunity to get up close with spectacular and intricately-detailed Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout the theme park. They’ll also enjoy a Big Easy bash in the streets with energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians, countless beads and a newly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store stocked with new merchandise that will give guests the perfect look for this epic celebration.

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No Online Reservations

Unlike the Walt Disney World Resort, you do not need to have an online reservation in addition to your theme park ticket in order to enter Universal Orlando Resort theme parks. That means when you buy a ticket you are able to enter either Universal Orlando Resort or Island’s of Adventure when it fits in with your schedule. However, that means on busier days — including weekends and holidays — the theme parks may hit capacity and then you will not be able to enter the theme park due to safety protocols.

These are just a few reasons why you should consider looking at a Universal vacation instead of a Disney vacation for 2021.

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So what do you think? Would you consider a Universal vacation over a Disney vacation this year? Let us know in the comments!

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