When you think of Orlando, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort will most likely come to mind. Both are incredible places that the whole family will enjoy. I am not putting down Universal in any way, but I do prefer Disney. These are five of the things that I like more about Walt Disney World.
5) The Size
Walt Disney World is much bigger than Universal Orlando Resort. I find that even on a day that is not busy Universal still feels very crowded. Universal only has two parks; Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, while Disney has four parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Also, it is free to park at Disney Springs while you have to pay for parking to go to CityWalk. Disney has a large amount of land that they haven’t even touched, which gives them plenty of room to expand even more.
There is something about the magical feel at Walt Disney World that I don’t get anywhere else. From most places on Disney property, you can’t see the outside world. It’s very easy to escape from reality. The theme parks make it feel as if you’ve truly entered different lands and different worlds. I don’t get the same feel at Universal. The theming is good, especially at the incredible Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but it’s not as easy to escape the outside world.
Seeing and meeting characters is a large part of the Walt Disney World experience. Mickey is a classic to Disney and meeting him for many people is a highlight of their vacation. I still remember the first picture I got with him and it’s truly something I’ll never forget. The characters at Disney are so popular that there are now FastPass+ reservations to meet many of them. There aren’t really any must meet characters at Universal, even though there are some opportunities.
2) Special Events
I will start this by saying that Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios are amazing. Besides that, in my opinion Walt Disney World wins with special events. From Star Wars Weekends to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival to Mickey’s Parties there’s often something fun and amazing going on. Many of the events, such as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, include entertainment at no extra cost. The special events at Disney are appropriate for all ages.
I have seen some incredible Universal Orlando Resort employees so don’t get me wrong, but Walt Disney World does go above and beyond to find incredible cast members. They are always standing there with smiles on their faces, ready to help make your vacation magical. If a Disney employee doesn’t know the answer to your question, he or she will find out the answer for you. From my experience, the new employees at Disney seem better trained than the new employees at Universal. If you’ve had an employee at either place who has made your day you can go to Guest Relations and leave them a compliment. The parks take these very seriously and the employees really appreciate it.