Any tips for Universal Studio / Walt Disney vacation - page 2

Taking the kids on a Universal Studio / Walt Disney vacation in the next 2 weeks... any tips or recommendations on what we should check out? thanks... Read More

  1. by   Grace Oz
    Only just read your post about your fabulous trip, Joe.
    So glad you all enjoyed a great time. An excellent overview which I enjoyed reading. You should become a travel advisor!

    We loved Disney (California) in 2006. Would love to return, or at least visit one of the other "worlds".

    Thanks for sharing!
  2. by   Williss2
    Does anybody have any updates to this post. I have enjoyed reading the tips and info about the parks. I really really want to take my kids next year. Does anyone have any info about staying in one of the villas at animal kingdom? I want to stay there, but I am wondering is the price worth it. How much spending money is needed there in Florida? I know that the parks are open long, but how long does it take to get through the parks and have a good time?
  3. by   P_RN
    Don't be tempted to stay at one of the outside "gate hotels" It can take hours to get just to the gate. As far as money yes it takes a lot, but there are ATMs conveniently located everywhere in the parks. Wear GOOD shoes. and carry minimal stuff. There are very few places to sit down except the eating places, and I ended up sitting on the curb most times. Our daughter and her nephew are going next week and she preordered her tickets, reservations and searched out vegetarian restaurants online. Great Idea.
  4. by   FranEMTnurse
    I have been to the one in Florida twice. The first time was to Magic Kingdom. I did like the night show the best too. The second time we went was to the Universal Studio. I loved that one. There were so many exciting things to do there.
    My younger sister went to the Epcot Center a few times. She didn't want to go anywhere else she liked that one so much. I would like to see that one someday. I'm not counting on it in this life though Unless my kids can take me again. I would have to get around in a wheelchair and have lots of oxygen on hand.
  5. by   BrookeeLou_RN
    Quote from Williss2
    Does anybody have any updates to this post. I have enjoyed reading the tips and info about the parks. I really really want to take my kids next year. Does anyone have any info about staying in one of the villas at animal kingdom? I want to stay there, but I am wondering is the price worth it. How much spending money is needed there in Florida? I know that the parks are open long, but how long does it take to get through the parks and have a good time?
    I think staying inside the Disney property is the best spent money..you get privileges like early opening time to get into specific park. I have been to every park many times as was FL resident for many years. Number one thing to note is every spot offering drinks for sale must give you water for free. It may be tap water but it is free and FL is HOT!! When you can enter park early and take break mid - day..we used to go out of park to eat cheaper. If this is a once in a lifetime trip..look into buying the food package, there are deals to be had..call Disney and ask.

    When you enter any park turn left instead of right. And during parades, go to the area you would really like to explore. Sign in for the reservation time thing they use now for most rides, but read the rules. Cloudy days make for decreased crowds and cooler temps sometimes. I think best time to visit is in 1st to 2nd week of Jan.. Christmas decorations still up, very little crowds at that time. We always carry some poncho type things for rain..FL rain comes up quick and can be over quick.. best to wait it out. but Disney charges alot for rain wear!

    If this is your first time, buying one of the guide books ( any large bookstore) is worth it.. Usually has a map so you can get an idea of how it lays out.. current tips with info on new rides, rides being redone etc.

    Oh and I think if you have kids take in a character meal. I prefer breakfast.. cheaper but still pricey. But the idea is each character will spend time with your child and give you time to get that photo without a hoard of other children bullying for position. My kids loved to get the autograph book and fight to get characters to sign but if your child is small or timid you may never get that PHOTO moment.

    Each park can take more than one day to really see all of it.. or one longer day.. Buy park hopper passes that allow you to go back and forth. Visit parks in the evening.. whole different concept. Epcot is fabulous for dining, many locals have season passes just to go there for dinner. Epcot is not great for younger kids. geared more to tween, teens and adults. Magic Kingdom is a must see at least once. It is the Pixie dust!! Animal Kingdom cool but kinda a expensive zoo. Universal great for people who love the rides. SeaWorld worth the time. Oh and in the evening or on a day you need a break visit Disney Village( name changes often) it is free, free parking, great restaurants, has some nightlife for adults, shops, very pretty on waterfront. (Used to be part of Pleasure Island but I believe name changed for that too)

    I can honestly say only once did I leave any park disappointed and that was when visiting from out of town once and it was cold and rained, really rained all day. Otherwise, yes expensive but always enjoyed it. Hope you do too.
    Last edit by Joe V on Nov 25, '15
  6. by   Theprinceteam
    I agree with brookeelou on her recommendations just don't forget Downtown Disney. It is open late and has lots of food and live music. When my kids were little we stayed in the park as the hotel is part of the experience but now that they are in their late teens things like eating at Hard Rock and Planet Hollywood... Live music etc... move up on the list.

    At any age DO NOW MISS THE FINDING NEMO THING it is spectacular!!!!
  7. by   BrookeeLou_RN
    This tip is too late for poster but may be worthwhile to others.

    Disney will give you free water in a small cup. It is tap water but beats the $2.50 a bottle. I lived in Orlando for many years. Also Dollywood in TN will give you free tap water. I am not sure about Universal but it would not hurt to ask.

    The hotels in Disney Village are quite nice and there is shopping and evening entertainment available.

    Character breakfast if you have kids is a must. Disney Village has them as well as Disney hotels and in the park. Check prices as they are not the same. Disney Village may be called something else now, I can not remember. I always liked getting to park early, hotel guests inside the park can get in extra early , then staying for 3p parade then going back to room to rest up from heat and crowds, getting an early dinner then heading back to park in evening. Park is totally different in the dark..also less crowded and cooler.

    Hope this helps
    Last edit by Joe V on Nov 25, '15

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