What an adventure it truly was. My family and I have had this vacation in set for awhile now, and it finally came true! We set off on our adventure to Orlando while having Disney World and Universal Studios in our minds for places to visit, and they both certainly did not disappoint. We spent a total of six days in Orlando (two days at Universal Studios and three days at Disney World), so we definitely had a busy week ahead of us. I have never been to either park, nor visited the East Coast for that matter, so it was an exciting experience for all of us!
Universal Studios: Orlando
In all honesty, I was thoroughly impressed with Universal Studios in Orlando. If you have ever been to Universal Studios in Los Angeles, it’s very different compared to this one. There were endless amounts of things to do and see at the park in Orlando. The attractions were so innovative, both adult and kid-friendly. The characters in the park are awesome, I finally got to meet Shrek and Donkey, that moment was way too exciting for me! I absolutely loved both Diagon Alley, Hogwarts, and Hogsmeade. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you seriously need to visit! Don’t forget to ride the Hogwarts Express from park to park as the train is an attraction itself.
Our family purchased a 2-day park to park ticket with Express, and it was worth every penny. The Express pass allows you to skip 80% of the line on all attractions. I highly recommend it, as we were able to go on every ride in both parks without feeling rushed. We spent our first day in Islands of Adventure and our last day at in the main ‘Universal Studios’ park. Universal Studios closes early – 7 pm on weekdays and 8 pm on weekends. Although City Walk, (outside the park) closes at 2 am.
As a huge Disney fan, I was more than ecstatic to visit the four parks that make up Disney World. We only had a total of three days with four parks so we definitely had to time manage each park accordingly. So here is what we did: we spent half a day at Hollywood Studios and half a day at Animal Kingdom. Then the next two days we spent a full day at Epcot and another full day at Magic Kingdom. I honestly was not prepared for how big Disney World is! I have previously been to Disneyland and Disneyland: Paris, and they do not compared to how massive Disney World is in size.
Magic Kingdom was absolutely magical. I wish we would’ve spent more time there, simply because it had that ‘Disney’ feel to it compared to the other parks. I loved the concept of Epcot, as I love traveling and learning about different cultures, it was fun ‘walking around the world’. Hollywood Studios has incredible potential as ‘Toy Story’ land and Star Wars land will be opening up soon, I thought this park was lacking in attractions so I’m excited to see what’s to come! As for Animal Kingdom, it feels much like a zoo! The addition of Pandora is amazing, although the 200+ minute wait for the main attraction is outrageous. My brother ended up waiting in the line for Pandora, and he said it was worth it. So what do you guys think?
All in all, I’m incredibly blessed to have been able to go on a trip like this with my family. I never thought I would get the chance to visit Orlando, let alone Disney World or Universal Studios. It felt like a dream come true and I will cherish it forever. This was my first trip like this with my grandparents, so I didn’t take a moment for granted.