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P. 602: Universal Holidays & Velocicoaster photo report posted!

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that's a great report. 

the food all looks good (I'm not a fan of gummies, nor two of those 3 flavors, but I'd be awful tempted to try the Butterscotch one!).  As you note, the display is fantastic with some real appeal.

at first I was a little surprised at the food prices (I'm used to Six Flags prices, and was thinking. .that's pretty reasonable). . . glad to see it was worth it, as that Beef looks really yummy.

I think my favorite part tho, is the walk thru parade balloons.   That's brilliant, and I would SO be up for doing that.  

I applaud them for doing it that way.

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I like how they build a roller coaster in the same time it took them to built new lockers for Harry Potter.   

On Sunday I ventured out to the Universal Orlando Resort for a chance to see the new holiday offerings at the two parks. This year is a little different thanks to COVID-19, but Universal has still man

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That ride dying would have been like the one good thing that came out of 2020 and no... they couldn't even let us have that

keeps q's down for other rides lol

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So on a positive note, I'm planning a week-long, first-time trip to Tampa/Orlando for my birthday in February.  I'm definitely planning on hitting Busch Gardens and Sea World (as I'll have the SEAS pass), as well as both Fun Spots, but I'm a bit torn about including Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.  A two-park, one-day ticket would be $180-185, which I'm having a very difficult time justifying for effectively 5 major roller coasters (Mummy, Hulk, Rip Ride & Rocket, Hagrid's, and VelociCoaster if it's open).  I couldn't give two cents about Harry Potter stuff so I don't anticipate enjoying Gringott's, and screen-based attractions are not my thing, nor does fancy theming in a park do anything for me.  So I've got a few questions for the Universal Experts that can hopefully help me out in planning:

1.  Are those 5 coasters alone worth the $180-185 admission?
2.  Would it be possible to do those 5 coasters at both parks in one day on a Friday in February without an Express Pass?

I'm really leaning towards skipping these parks.  Note that if I opt out of Universal, I'd likely cut my entire trip by a day and save another night of hotel and car rental, so that should be factored in to the total cost as well.

Please take a look at my favorites in my signature to get an idea of what I do like in coasters, and I'm a bigger fan of Kings Dominion than Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  I'd be a 38 year old single person traveling alone.  The full days in FL will be the 17th through the 19th (fixed, cannot change), with my current plan as Wednesday the 17th for BGT, Thursday the 18th for SWO and Fun Spots, potential Friday the 19th for the Universals (flexible on which parks on which day).

Any advice on the matter is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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Keep a very close watch on the SeaWorld rides page. They may go back to budget cutting Kraken during the week and forcing you to go there on Friday if you want to ride it. You could also fly home Friday afternoon and pop in in the morning to ride just that and leave after spending a full day there earlier in the trip since you have a pass anyway. It probably won’t open with the park because they could save like $8 by opening it late so they’ll jump on that incredible opportunity but it should open at 10 or 11.

If you don’t like theming, screens or Harry Potter and only want coasters then yeah, don’t go to Universal.

I’m honestly having a hard time giving you advice since our preferences differ so much other than to watch SeaWorld’s budget cut page (I mean ride status page) like a hawk. Do you like animal stuff? What do you like in parks besides coasters? I’m just trying to think here... if you don’t I don’t even know what you would do at SeaWorld for a full day.

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^ In my small opinion, it just sounds like he's only interested in riding the coasters, and that's it. For this particular trip of his.

There's nothing wrong with that of course. But no Potter; no screen-based attractions; no "fancy theming" in a park..... I mean, it's pretty clear to me what he really wants to do/ride, etc.

But - what about food, Mike240SX? Anything that Universal offers, and nowhere else? (Dare I suggest Butterbeer?)

P.S. Have to add here, but if you want to not ride screen-based attractions, better avoid the Hogwarts Express train, between parks. Just suggesting. 😉

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That's also a holiday week for some districts.  Add in the fact that we have NO CLUE what any travel or parks or vacations will be like then I would probably plan to skip Universal and wait till there's another coaster for you to get your moneys worth. This is based on your info and not normal advice I would give some one. 

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Thanks for the input everyone, especially Elissa.

As for rides, yeah I mostly go to parks for coasters, but I also enjoy a lot of flats (that aren't spin-n-pukes) if there's down-time.  I'm kinda here nor there on food (I eat like a 5 year old), and yeah the butterbeer intrigues me, but not at that entry price honestly.  Animal stuff is cool if I can take it at my own pace (like a walk-through zoo); not a fan of sit-down animal shows but I do enjoy comedy/theatrical/musical-review type live shows.

I'll be sure to keep an eye on SWO's budget saving page LOL.

Thanks again!

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Busch Gardens Tampa and Sea World are 2 of my favorite parks. I am not a huge B&M fan but Mako, Montu and Kumba are great! Given that Maverick is also my number 1 I think you will like Cheetah Hunt for what it is. The atmosphere at those 2 parks is way different then a cedar fair or six flags park. 

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Family and I are coming here (Universal Studios only) this Tuesday 12/1 and are unsure about getting fast lane. The crowd tracker sites say it's light, but am curious if you guys have experience this week?

We're also doing Sea World Monday 11/30 and Magic Kingdom Wednesday 12/2. Any tips for those parks on those days would be great too! Thanks

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In the past this is a VERY good week to visit Orlando parks, but in case you didn't notice this year is completely batshit insane so...

 

I wouldn't buy it ahead of time, but be prepared to if the crowds are above the level you want to deal with. If you're just doing Universal I can't imagine you won't be able to do everything with minimal lines. Just make sure to get there early!

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I wish Universal was a little more creative with their renewals for their season passes. I have 2 premier passes expiring pretty soon and was originally going to renew them because of the 20% discount for paying in full to renew but that was before Covid hit. Since I'm unsure when I'm going to get back to the parks I can't justify renewing since there's a chance we might not use 7+ months of the pass or not go at all in 2021.

If they gave me the option to still renew but the passes wouldn't actually activate again until we went to the parks I would renew. It seems like it would be a win-win for Universal and pass holders. They would get my money and revenue they aren't gonna get now and could collect interest on it for months and I get my 20% discount for renewing for whenever we return. 

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Okay.... question!! 
 

I’m currently planning a trip to USO for the summer of 2021. - I have never dealt with USO new attraction openings.... so when they say “summer of 2021” what month do they consider “summer” when it comes to opening attractions??? 

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