Universal Studios, Orlando
Love Harry Potter and on a recent trip to Florida my niece took me to Diagon Alley. Iam a senior citizen and found the one day pass much too expensive. I am on a fixed income. I stayed with family and was surprised there was no senior citizen discount. I did enjoy my stay, but due to time and lack of physical strength I found it much too expensive and I cannot recommend it for seniors. If I had the time and strength to visit many of the venues, I would have a different opinion. Right now, the cost is stuck in my craw.
Fondest memory: Fire breathing dragon
Favorite thing: You are by far better off going for two days than just one if you can - you will get all kinds of coupons and discounts with a 2 day pass that you can't get with just one day. Now for the meal deal - are you okay eating and drinking at the specified eateries? Because you will be limited to those. If you are I would say go for it - it's a great deal, don't forget that your drinks are an extra - what is it - $8.99 or something like that for the whole day! Now that's a deal - but you're going to have to carry your cup. However, if you want to eat somewhere special - ummmm not so much. The food prices are really pretty reasonable throughout the park - really. Remember, you can't eat at McDonalds for $20 a day for 3 meals. Re: Souvs - take a peek on line before you go and see what the souvs are there that you might want, (photo prices are stiff, bring your own camera) but you're still going to want to get them and you CAN order them after you leave the park!! It's up to you, you can spend a fortune, but you DON'T have to really, really. Just have a ball! There is so much to see and do. You're gonna love it.
CityWalk is one of the best entertainment options. Built to compete with Downtown Disney in the 'nightlife arena.
Disney seems to be for families while Universal caters to everybody else. The attractions in CityWalk are billed by Universal as 'entertainment definitely more for adults. Universal Studios substituted Mickey Mouse with Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffet. LOL
CityWalk itself doesn't have an entrance fee, but the individual clubs have a cover. If you're only going to stay for one drink, go to CityWalk.
1-Bob Marley - This restaurant and nightclub is an authentic replica of Marley's home in Kingston, Jamaica.
21 and Over after 10:00 p.m.
Open 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
$4.25 between 7pm and 2 am ...other times are free
2-CityJazz-Even if you're not a jazz aficionado, you'll appreciate CityJazz. The food is terrific. For more information call 407-224-2189.
daily 7:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
3-Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville-It's a great place to have a cheeseburger in paradise. three bars, outside patio and balcony seating.
11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Well I don't see how, but kids these days, well any way thiers lots more to orlando that disney world! Like Unisverial Studios which as a bit more thrilling attractions for thrillseakers at heart I my self like extreme rollercoasters too! so if your'e teenager is giving you a crossed look about a family trip to orlando, thorw this idea at them, O and da secretly plan a one day detour to disney for you! =)
Fondest memory: My fondiest memories of orlando are thoose in which i spend thier with my grandparents. so if you have grand kids of your'e own I recoment a special trip with just Jr. Ma & Pa!
Favorite thing: I had an afternoon to kill in Orlando so I went to see "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" at the Universal Studios Cineplex. There are about 47 separate screening rooms here, and it's easy to get lost walking around, but it seemed to be a well-run complex. I like that you can purchase your tickets with a credit card at vending machines in the plaza outside the theater.
In the Universal Studios Theme Park, there are some attractions that have a single riders line. The people in this line are used to fill up the gaps, as most parties don't like to be split up.
When we visited the Universal Studios, we decided to take all singke riders lines where possible (being a group of 6). We managed to see ALL attractions in the Studios in one day without any stress and even without having to use the express pass.
maybe not an option if you are here with your family, but with a group of friends, this is the way to go.
The umbrella title for Universal's Florida theme park and resort complex, Universal Studios Escape now covers the original Universal Studios park the Island of Adveture opened 1999,City Walk and a growing portfolio of on-site hotels.
Though Disney has the higher profile, Universal is a clear winner in the eyes of many visitors to Orlando.
Both the Universal parks are strong on rides and ideally suited to teen and adults visitors in search of serious thrills and fun.
Fondest memory: Universal Studios Florida
A movie oriented theme park grafted onto a working film and television production facility.
Universal Studios invites quest to ride the movies on a 444-acre site divided into six themed districts, coverign the Deco and palm tress of Hollywood, to Fisherman's Wharf meets New Englad San Fransisco/Amity.
Open daily, admission expensive.
1000 Universal Studios Plaza I-4 exit29 or 30-B.
Fondest memory: I have a lot of fond memories here because I have family here. In 1997 I went to Universal Studios for the first time. I've been back 4 times since. You have to check out Halloween Horror Nights. It's way cool!
Favorite thing: Visit Universal Studios, when I was there the Jaws ride was actually up and running, it had been shut down for quiet a while, however half way through the ride it broke down and we were stuck in the middle of the lake unable to get off the boat due to high voltage cables and machinery in the water. The guide on the boat had a great sense of humour and after about half an hour of telling us we will soon be on our way again, he sat down with the microphones and said 'well it looks like we will be here for some time, so tell me about yourselves, so we can all get to know each other a little better as we have to sleep together here' the whole boat collapsed laughing. The Blues Brothers show is not to be missed. Since my visit, Universal Studios have built an additional section of rides.
Favorite thing: This is corporate America's view of what urban life should be like! Many of your favorite international chains are here - as well as your favorite cartoon characters!
Favorite thing: I don't really know where to put this one but I had a grand time sampling the wigs and hats in a hat store in front of Terminator 3-D in Universal Studios...