Why I Hate That I Love Universal

I’ll admit, when my husband wanted to go to Universal instead of Disney I protested. I’m a hardcore Disney fan, and can’t betray my beloved Mickey like that.

What if Disney knew I cheated on them? I’m not kidding, that was a real concern. I could have stepped foot in Islands of Adventure and a Disney cast member could have jumped out from behind a garbage can and banned me for life. Silly, I know, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take that risk.

Well after some convincing, I begrudgingly went along and my husband even wore a Mickey shirt to rub it in. I’m ashamed to say I had one of the best days of my life.

Here are three awful reasons why any Disney fan should visit the amazing Universal Orlando Resort.


1. The Attractions

I don’t like saying this out loud, but Universal has some incredible attractions. From roller coasters to simulators, they are amazing. Don’t get me wrong, Disney has some super rides too, but Universal just has more of them. Every time you turn around there is a new thrill. Shame on you Universal for making me have so much fun. It’s some sort of Harry Potter trickery to have such happiness inducing rides – the kind you want to ride over and over again, because you can’t get that smile off your face. A curse on you and your fun machines.


2. Captivating Live Shows

Really Universal? Bringing in all of my favorite performers for concerts? How is that fair? I love my Disney, but when I compare who will be performing, Universal wins hands down. I can’t help it if I want to see most of your shows, and haven’t heard of half of Disney’s.


3. After Dark

My Downtown Disney has the lock down on after hours fun… okay, well they did have it… and they absolutely will again once all the construction is done in the year 2203.  With Universal’s great shops, restaurants and bars available right now, it’s hard to justify what will be. When you are hungry on vacation today, it’s harder to feel full with that meal in the future. Do you taste the juicy meat? Nope, just the construction dust.

CityWalk is way more convenient too. It’s nice to walk out of the parks and be right there in the action. As much as I LOVE Downtown Disney, I don’t love the screaming kids on the bus ride there.

All in all Disney is still my main squeeze. I can’t get enough of its loving, but I now have a dirty little secret on the side – Universal.

Shhhh… don’t tell the Mickey police.

Author: Genevieve Pelletier can be found on Twitter and her website.

*The information contained in this article represents the opinion of the author, and not necessarily the opinion of the DIS.

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