Do you "prep" for these parks?

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Do you "prep" for these parks?

When we've visited any of the non-Disney Orlando parks, we've never really done much of the preparation that we do for visiting a Disney park. We just kind of walk in and look around. I wonder if we'd like them better if we did more research. Does everyone else just kind of play it by ear here, or should we be planning more?

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I don't know -- when we go to six flags and parks like that, we're just not expecting a wonderful, "magical" visit, so we just wander around with the map as well. I guess I figure that even if I got more out of it by being more prepared, the park itself wouldn't be "meeting me halfway" by providing wonderful things to explore.

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I guess it depends how much you want to do. If your aim is to do as much as possible some research and a plan of attack will definately help. It's easy to miss loads if you don't plan your show times, especially in Seaworld.

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Tony wrote:
I guess it depends how much you want to do. If your aim is to do as much as possible some research and a plan of attack will definately help. It's easy to miss loads if you don't plan your show times, especially in Seaworld.

Good point about shows. Also probably depends on how much time you're spending there.

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Our last trip we went to both Universal parks and did not plan ahead (aside from which days would be spent at which parks). It was not too busy and this worked out just fine for us. We were able to do and see everything, and most of the ones we really liked multiple times.

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We never plan ahead for Universal, but then we aren't really worried about doing everything. Primarily I just want to do Dueling Dragons as many times as possible.

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Good plan cdub. That ride is incredible.

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LifeIsForLiving wrote:
Good plan cdub. That ride is incredible.

Have either of you ever ridden in a non-front car? We just couldn't bring ourselves to do it. Seemed like such a waste.

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Duelling Dragons (soon to be renamed Dragon Challenge) is much more intense if you can ride in the back row. Back or front depends on whether I want the best view or wildest ride.

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I've never prepped for Universal. In fact, I'm going for two days in August before heading into Disney for a week and while I have made my Disney ADRs and park schedules and done my reserach on EMH, I don't have the slightest clue where I want to eat or go in Universal. I feel many Universal activities and dining are exactly teh same and lack the magic that Disney one's seem to give off to guests. Usually wherever I wind up in Universal is where I wind up. However, there is a breakfast at the three broomsticks that sounded fun- but I didn't get around to booking it.

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ChipnDaleFan wrote:
I've never prepped for Universal. In fact, I'm going for two days in August before heading into Disney for a week and while I have made my Disney ADRs and park schedules and done my reserach on EMH, I don't have the slightest clue where I want to eat or go in Universal. I feel many Universal activities and dining are exactly teh same and lack the magic that Disney one's seem to give off to guests. Usually wherever I wind up in Universal is where I wind up. However, there is a breakfast at the three broomsticks that sounded fun- but I didn't get around to booking it.

That's kind of how I feel as well. The breakfast does sound interesting though. We've never even eaten at Universal, we just go back to Disney for food...have you ever eaten there?

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Good plan cdub. That ride is incredible.

Have either of you ever ridden in a non-front car? We just couldn't bring ourselves to do it. Seemed like such a waste.

We sat in the front once, and in the non-front once (don't think it was the back).

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Duelling Dragons (soon to be renamed Dragon Challenge) is much more intense if you can ride in the back row. Back or front depends on whether I want the best view or wildest ride.

I'm definitely trying the back next time. The wait for the front is usually dramatically longer when we go (because we go at off times.)

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Yeah, when we went there was no wait for the non-front.

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Yeah, when we went there was no wait for the non-front.

Did you do the Hulk in the back? I didn't think that ride would be worth it at all except in the front.

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Yeah, when we went there was no wait for the non-front.

Did you do the Hulk in the back? I didn't think that ride would be worth it at all except in the front.

We rode it a couple times, but I don't recall if any were in the non-front. I'll have to check with DW.

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ChipnDaleFan wrote:
I've never prepped for Universal. In fact, I'm going for two days in August before heading into Disney for a week and while I have made my Disney ADRs and park schedules and done my reserach on EMH, I don't have the slightest clue where I want to eat or go in Universal. I feel many Universal activities and dining are exactly teh same and lack the magic that Disney one's seem to give off to guests. Usually wherever I wind up in Universal is where I wind up. However, there is a breakfast at the three broomsticks that sounded fun- but I didn't get around to booking it.

Ooh! A breakfast in the three broomsticks?! Sounds fun! Where'd you get the info?

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A friend had told me it was a package you can opt to book. There were lots of requirements though and I'm not sure if it's worth the price. I'm trying to see if I can just book the breakfast and not the package. I'll let you know!

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That sounds like fun. I wasn't paying attention to the food options at the wizarding world except for the butterbeer! Wink thanks for the info!

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