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And yet there's not a giant backlash over Universal raising their prices like there was over Disney. It really feels sometimes that people just don't like whoever is on top and love to crap all over Disney. The idea that it's more money for a one day park hopper to Universal than it is for a one day park hopper for Disney is just crazy. Plus it's even MORE money if you really think about it because with only two parks you can't spend as much time at Universal and have to pay the higher prices instead of getting the multi-day tickets at Disney as low as $50/day.

 

Don't get me wrong, I will happily pay these prices for all of these parks as it's still a great deal if you compare prices to sporting events, production shows, etc. but I just don't like when journalists and enthusiasts play crazy favorites.

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And yet there's not a giant backlash over Universal raising their prices like there was over Disney. It really feels sometimes that people just don't like whoever is on top and love to crap all over Disney. The idea that it's more money for a one day park hopper to Universal than it is for a one day park hopper for Disney is just crazy. Plus it's even MORE money if you really think about it because with only two parks you can't spend as much time at Universal and have to pay the higher prices instead of getting the multi-day tickets at Disney as low as $50/day.

 

Don't get me wrong, I will happily pay these prices for all of these parks as it's still a great deal if you compare prices to sporting events, production shows, etc. but I just don't like when journalists and enthusiasts play crazy favorites.

 

 

I think the lack of backlash on Universal V Disney is that Universal is adding stuff left and right. In the last 2 years (2013 and 2014),

 

Universal added: Despicable Me 2, Transformers, Springfield, Twirl and Hurl, Revamped City Walk, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Diagon Alley, That Train Ride, Gringott's Coaster, and Aqua Drag Racers (10)

 

Disney added: My Magic +, Four Seasons Resorts, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Festival of Fantasy Parade, New Restaurant at Epcot, Disney Jr. Update, Festival Of the Lion King (7)

 

Let me know if I left any out. Basically Universal is giving you (IMO) a better ROI.

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^Completely disagree. First off you left out a ton of things that Disney has added (Starbucks, New Fantasyland, redo of Downtown Disney, and more) and you included really basic stuff that Universal added (How can you include Twirl & Hurl and not Double Dumbo with interactive play area!??!). Plus when you look at what Disney already offers it's way more attractions over Universal.

 

Like a lot of the tweets and posts I'm seeing confirm, Universal just has really crazy fanboys and Disney has crazy haters. It's always hard to be on top!

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Value is totally subjective, so it amazes people even care so much about this…everyone should be happy the theme park business is experiencing another boom in business similar to the pre 9/11 building frenzy!

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Don't the prices go up every year? People just love to bitch about stuff, especially if it involves Disney.

 

I still think theme park tickets are a good value, especially when compared to other forms of entertainment. Anyone priced concert tickets lately? Yeah, they make a park hopper at Disney or Universal look like a great bargain.

 

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Was at the parks yesterday, got to IOA around 1PM. When I got there, Hulk wasn't running. The water below the cobra roll/loop was drained, and there was a large cherry-picker sitting under the cobra roll. I tried to take a picture, but an employee ran up to me saying, "Sir, no pictures!" When I left the cherry picker was gone and they were cycling empty trains. Anybody know what might have been going on?

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^Completely disagree. First off you left out a ton of things that Disney has added (Starbucks, New Fantasyland, redo of Downtown Disney, and more) and you included really basic stuff that Universal added (How can you include Twirl & Hurl and not Double Dumbo with interactive play area!??!). Plus when you look at what Disney already offers it's way more attractions over Universal.

 

Like a lot of the tweets and posts I'm seeing confirm, Universal just has really crazy fanboys and Disney has crazy haters. It's always hard to be on top!

 

 

Well I did say 2013 and 2014

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And yet there's not a giant backlash over Universal raising their prices like there was over Disney. It really feels sometimes that people just don't like whoever is on top and love to crap all over Disney. The idea that it's more money for a one day park hopper to Universal than it is for a one day park hopper for Disney is just crazy. Plus it's even MORE money if you really think about it because with only two parks you can't spend as much time at Universal and have to pay the higher prices instead of getting the multi-day tickets at Disney as low as $50/day.

 

Don't get me wrong, I will happily pay these prices for all of these parks as it's still a great deal if you compare prices to sporting events, production shows, etc. but I just don't like when journalists and enthusiasts play crazy favorites.

 

WDW 1-day hopper: $142.71 ($8.71 of that is tax) / UO 1-day park hopper $136. Looks functionally the same to me.

 

Both are a punishingly expensive for a visitor who has limited time. The parks will get their minimum per capita tariff. I have a feeling UO will run closer to capacity once Potter II opens. Disney did them a favor by going first. A big price increase was inevitable.

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Yeah, I don't understand why people get all upset at ticket prices going up. They have always gone up, and always will. And it was only a few dollars! It wasn't like it was a 15% jump or anything. We're talking just a few bucks.

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People complain because they feel entitled.

 

If you look at the new pricing, though, and compare Universal to Disney, it makes for an interesting topic. We like to take long weekends and go places, Universal being one of them. Primarily because the 2 day 2-park passes were reasonable at $167. Disney 2 day 2-park passes are $210. That 25% difference or so was the bulk of the rest of our trip budget so Universal would get our money. Jumping to $195 for that 2-day pass seems steep to me and I'm curious to see how it will pan out for Universal. When we have a long weekend and go to Orlando, we're more inclined to head over to Disney now that pricing is less of the deciding factor.

 

My family and I both love Universal and Disney so either way is a win for us.

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When people go to Orlando they're generally on vacation and they're willing to pay more for things.

 

We went a few weeks ago for the first time and had no problem shelling out the money for park hopper tickets with the unlimited express pass for the same reason we didn't have a problem shelling out over $50 each for 2 park combo fun-spot tickets plus tickets for the Skycoaster in their Kissimmee park along with a video and a T shirts.

 

We also went to Busch Gardens and Sea World and while the tickets were cheap (we got the 2 park $99 2-day combo) we upgraded for special experiences, souvenirs, ponchos for water rides since it was cold and Quick Queue tickets at Busch Gardens.

 

We're not made of money or anything, but when you go to Orlando you're usually on vacation and you don't mind spending extra money because you budget for it ahead of time and save up for months or even years. If this were a regional park it would be a bigger deal, but it's a resort destination.

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Online ticket prices for a 2 day park to park ticket with the 3rd day free is still $146.99 (Still includes a coupon book with 4 buy one get one free alcohol coupons!). The tickets must be used by May 22nd (so before Summer and Potterland 2.0). I would expect the price to change very soon. Screamscape thinks that the change will occur on March 4th.

 

These price increases make me really happy that I went to the park in December!

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Pay attention to the IOA lagoon. If what I have heard is correct there will be something pretty cool coming in the future

I realize you're young and new to this forum, but there is probably something you should know...

 

A lot... and I mean a LOT of us here are actually in the industry and have a lot of stuff we "know but can't share." We usually aren't impressed (if fact it comes off as annoying) when someone makes a "I know something but I'm not allowed to say" post.

 

And our rule of thumb is "Those who know, don't tell, and those who tell, probably don't really know."

 

So keep that in mind for future posts.

 

--Robb

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Why is this even a debate? Theme parks are a luxury. Universal and Disney will charge as much as people are willing to pay. There's no story or debate to be bad.

 

I'm not complaining. I just renewed a UO AP today, no blackout dates, for $160. Interesting that it wasn't more. I'll pass through Orlando 2-3 times over the next year. I'll easily get my money's worth.

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We're not made of money or anything, but when you go to Orlando you're usually on vacation and you don't mind spending extra money because you budget for it ahead of time and save up for months or even years. If this were a regional park it would be a bigger deal, but it's a resort destination.

 

Completely agree with this. As someone planning a trip to both sets of parks later in the year, tickets make up less than 10% of my overall budget after airfares, hotels, car rental, food and so on. The increase was no surprise, will have no impact on my plans, and I imagine this would be the same for most visitors, especially those from overseas.

 

Just looking at those aerial photos - Diagon Alley looks amazing! Can't wait to check it out.

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Why is this even a debate? Theme parks are a luxury. Universal and Disney will charge as much as people are willing to pay. There's no story or debate to be bad.

 

I'm not complaining. I just renewed a UO AP today, no blackout dates, for $160. Interesting that it wasn't more. I'll pass through Orlando 2-3 times over the next year. I'll easily get my money's worth.

 

Yeah, I'm not complaining either so I hope it didn't appear that way. Thanks for the reminder on the AP for UO. I often look at those but I don't know why I never even considered one for UO. I might have to get one of those this year as it might work out to a better value for what we're planning.

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Was at the parks yesterday, got to IOA around 1PM. When I got there, Hulk wasn't running. The water below the cobra roll/loop was drained, and there was a large cherry-picker sitting under the cobra roll. I tried to take a picture, but an employee ran up to me saying, "Sir, no pictures!" When I left the cherry picker was gone and they were cycling empty trains. Anybody know what might have been going on?

 

This sounds so strange. It's a bit weird to me that the employee would run up to you to tell you to not take a picture! But then again, Disney doesn't allow backstage photos because it ruins the "magic" of the parks. I'd imagine in this situation though that it would be somewhat difficult to enforce no picture-taking when it's an area that's so visible to guests! But maybe there was some debris in the cobra roll they needed to remove?

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There's apparently a bomb threat going on in the Kong parking structure. One of my FB friends is posting on his experience as he happened to be parked on the level where the threat is going on. He's not able to go back to his car as the bomb squad has blocked acces to the level of the structure. Everyone who was parked on the closed off area have had to make arrangements with a taxi. He posted a picture on my FB and the line is incredibly long to have a taxi. It's turning out to be terrible inconvenience for the guests. He reported that the guests who cannot access their cars cannot talk to any guest services employee until they wait in line. Yeah, it's not good right now.

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