When it comes to Disney and Universal fans, many often think that they have to choose a “side”. Whether you prefer seeing Cinderella Castle when you enter Magic Kingdom, or prefer to walk into Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure, many Guests often vocalize their theme park preference.
Here at Inside the Magic, we are of the mindset that both theme parks are fantastic, excellently themed, provide innovative attractions, and are packed with detail. If you choose to visit Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World, you are sure to have a day filled with adventure and memories. But, still, Guests love to compare the two theme park moguls to each other.
Disney has 12 Parks worldwide, with nine theme park Resorts. Below is a list of the 12:
- California Adventure
- Magic Kingdom
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Disneyland Paris
- Walt Disney Studios Park
- Hong Kong Disneyland
- Shanghai Disneyland
- Tokyo Disneyland
- Tokyo DisneySea
After Disney, one of the biggest and most dominating theme park moguls would easily be Universal. Universal also has Parks located globally, and with the fantastic theming and amazing technology continuously being produced by the Park, it is a definite contender when pitting another theme park to Disney.
Below is a list of all the Universal Parks:
- Universal Studios Hollywood
- Universal Studios Florida
- Islands of Adventure
- Epic Universe – upcoming
- Universal Studios Japan
- Universal Studios Singapore
- Universal Beijing Resort
Right now, Universal has so much going on! Revenge of the Mummy is under a massive refurbishment at Universal Studios Florida. That being said, Guests can still enjoy attractions such as Rip Ride Rockit, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, Transformers: The Ride, and more. Visit Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can venture into Gringotts! Islands of Adventure has some fantastic attractions like the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and more! Volcano Bay is also open for those who want to get their splash on, and at the moment, Epic Universe is under construction with a 2025 opening date. Now, Poseidon’s Fury is also opened after years of closure.
Even with all of the progress Universal has been making with their Parks, some Disney fans are unable to see the two as equal. Joanna the Travel Agent (@joannasjoyfuljourney) posted a video of her and her family’s visit to Universal. Joanna notes that they are a Disney family, and in the video, uses a sound that states they are in the “ghetto”, referring to Universal as such. It seems Joanna was not ok with the stations at security in the parking garage or the trash on the floor in the queue.
Back to mouse territory #wdw #disneyland #disney #disneyworld #disneyparks #universalstudios
Funny enough, Disney Springs uses the exact same idea of barricades in their parking garages for security, and the garbage on the floor was a single straw. Disney Guests have been noticing that there has been more of a mess left around the Parks lately as well.
More on Walt Disney World
While you are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can enjoy Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith on Sunset Boulevard. By the Chinese Theater, Guests prepare to ride Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. In Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash always boasts a long line with others shooting their shot on Midway Mania or spinning their brains out on Alien Swirling Saucers. Of course, you have to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for some blue milk, or green milk, and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run!
If you want to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there is a ton to see and do! You can head over to Expedition Everest in Asia (when it is not under refurbishment) to visit the terrifying Yeti. Pandora will bring your Avatar dreams to life with Flight of Passage bringing Guests into the world of the Na’vi. DINOSAUR is still filled with giant dinos at every turn, and over at Kilimanjaro Safaris, you can take a ride on a real safari, and if you are lucky, a giraffe might even step in your way! A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King is now running, and the show is not one you should miss.
At Magic Kingdom there is so much to see and do! Cinderella Castle is decked out for the 50th anniversary and soon Festival of Fantasy and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will return. You can ride the three big mountains: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain, or calm things down on Peter Pan’s Flight. Rope drop the Park to get on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and then enjoy a mid-day snack with some Dole Whip. Be sure to meet Mickey Mouse and enjoy the firework show, Disney Enchantment!
At the moment, EPCOT is now celebrating the International Flower and Garden Festival, and tons of construction is going on! Spaceship Earth now has the new Beacon of Magic lights illuminating the sphere and Future World is on the road to completion. Club Cool and the new Creations Shop is open to Guests as well as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France Pavilion! Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will also debut this year! Plus, you can enjoy the stunning Harmonious show each evening!
Do you think you need to pick between Disney or Universal?
Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!
If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, you can today! Click here to get your vacation started! You can go to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, then eat some dinner and grab a drink at CityWalk. Want to take a splash? Volcano Bay is ready for you. With so many fun events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and more, Universal will give you an action-packed adventure like you are in the movies!
At Universal Studios Hollywood Guests can enjoy WaterWorld, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Super Silly Fun Land, Silly Swirly Fun Ride, Kung Fu Panda Adventure, Universal’s Animal Actors, Special Effects Show, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, The Simpsons Ride, Studio Tour, Jurassic World — The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy — The Ride, Transformers: The Ride-3D, and more!