If you are headed to Orlando for vacation, there are decisions to be made. Universal Studios is opened the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. Over at the house of the mouse the NEW Seven Dwarves Mine Train debuted at Walt Disney World Parks Magic Kingdom and guests can look forward to “Frozen” Summer Fun over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Want to go to both parks in one visit? Its possible, but the transportation between parks decision can be complicated for those without a car. There are many variables to factor in when deciding how you will travel between the parks – your party size, budget, ease of transport, and where you will stay while visiting the parks.
The good news for those without their own wheels, you have transportation options:
Both Universal and Walt Disney World Resort guest enjoy some form of early entry into the parks. For Universal, its includes the popular Harry Potter attractions, making it appealing for those who do not want to wait in line. Universal Studios Deluxe Resort Guests can enjoy the Universal Express Unlimited Pass- your admission to the fast line, while guest of the new Cabana Bay moderate resort can opt to purchase it on top of admission tickets. Want to go through Harry Potter attraction lines as quickly as possible? Get there early which makes staying at a Universal Deluxe Resort attractive.
The downside of Universal Resorts vs Walt Disney World Resorts is you must also pay for transportation to and from the airport, its included at no charge at the house of the mouse.
One solution to take advantage of early park entry at BOTH parks is to split your stay up between both resorts . Keep in mind ONLY the Deluxe resorts at Universal include Universal Express Unlimited at no charge, however all resorts including Cabana Cay offer Early Entry for resort guests.
My travel agency Destinations in Florida has a deal which might be attractive for those who want to enjoy the best both parks have to offer: the “Take 2 Shuttle” ticket offer.
Essentially, you book your vacation split up between Universal Resort Hotels and Walt Disney World Resorts. Add on the “Take 2 Ticket Offer” to include airport pickup from MCO to which ever resort you choose to stay at first, whether Walt Disney World Or Universal, plus a ride to the airport at departure from whichever you choose to end your vacation with. Offer also includes one transfer between the your Universal Hotel and your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. For a quote, contact Destinations in Florida in if you are interested in this option and would like to get a quote on a your 2 vacations in one.
For those who want to compare Rental Car Rates with this offer you can easily get to Rental Car Companies on the Walt Disney World Resort via Disney Transportation, though not necessarily direct, or fairly inexpensive taxi ride.
If going the rental car route, don’t forget to factor in applicable parking, tolls, gas and insurance if you opt for it in your budget.
With so many great things at both resorts, I hope this post is helpful for those carless travelers in deciding how to get the best of both resorts and parks. While the options for getting between two great resort theme parks may be daunting to some, hey you have options. AND if its too much for you to handle, leave it to your travel agent!
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