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Unread 1 Dec 17, 09:15 AM  
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Just my family's experience, but we really did not like Universal as only I'm interested in fast stuff. What I said to my kids (brave 10 and not brave 8) is that Disney want you to have fun, Universal want to scare you. Everything there is taller, faster, wetter etc. Upthread people have said about simulators - my youngest did not like Star Tours or FoP. Forbidden Journey terrified him. The rapids are like being chucked in a river, you get soaked.

For me, before buying universal tickets, go to Alton Towers. If you don't want to ride the Big 6 then you will not get your money's worth at Universal, even if like us you are all massive Harry Potter fans.

There is so much at Disney if you don't like rides you will have an amazing time but I would happily have my grand back from Universal tickets. If you just want HP you could do it all easily in a day. The Hogwarts Express is good fun if you're happy to pay for the park hopper.
Maybe you set your family up to not enjoy Universal by saying Disney want you to have fun Universal want to scare you!

I agree with the next poster each to there own. If I didnt do rides at Disney then I would not enjoy it at all as I have little to no interest in parades, character meets or fireworks. In Universal, as a HP fan, I would still get plenty of enjoyment from the theming.

Personally I think both Disney and Universal have a very small number of big rides that some wont like, but most things can be enjoyed by the majority.
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DW doesn't do fast or high rides but she's always found enough in all parks to want to go back time after time.
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Thanks all. It's hard to gauge until you are there. I am thinking that we won't need the buy 7 days, get 7 days free passes that see to be mainly on offer for Universal. I did price up the 4 day pass (2 days +2 days free) and separate Disney 14 day passes but it actually worked out a little bit more expensive than the 14 day combined Universal and Disney pass. I am holding out to see if Disney to 25% off again, or any other discount.

My 7 year old will be very reluctant to do some rides so I think there will be a split of 2 and 2 as my 10 year old will do medium rides I think. DH is more likely to go on than me as I get funny headed through anything! Quite annoying really. I'm still really looking forward to just the whole atmosphere and the Harry Potter stuff. We have done the studio tour here and loved it so imagine it will be like that but better.
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My Mum is definitely not a ride fan. She struggles with even some of the medium ones some times. And yet she would gladly return time after time (if money allows!).
As I get older, I prefer the rides at Disney & am less bothered about queuing for the adrenaline 'junkie' type coasters at Universal.
I often find I enjoy the family rides more when we are all laughing together. One of our favourite rides as always 'Cat in the Hat' at IOA (when it used to spin properly) as we giggled the entire way round.
And you can't beat the water rides on a hot day - Laughing at one another getting drenched, hehe.

Still lots & lots to do... You'll have an amazing time

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We don't do the big rides. Our youngest went on Flight of the Hippogryff and was traumatised at such a "scary" roller coaster! Nothing would get me onto one of the big coasters, absolutely nothing! I really can't understand how everyone does it. Give me gentle, preferably baby rides each and every time. Having said that there is always so much to see with such great theming that you will never be bored in Disneyworld, in fact, you'll be run off your feet
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Whilst Universal is a bit more adult with its rides I think theres still plenty to do with a 9yo and another child. At Studios I would have thought Simpsons, MIB, Shrek, Minions, Hogwarts Express, Fallon would easily be suitable. Transformers, Mummy and Gringotts might be pushing it but they are still not as heavy as a big roller coaster.

IOA Spider Man, Popeye, all in Seuss Landing would be fine. Kong and Forbidden Journey may be pushing it and Ripsaw Falls and Jurassic Park it might be best to watch other people coming down the drop first and see if they fancy it.
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If you suffer with motion sickness then I wouldnt bother? A lot of the rides are simulator types that can make you feel unwell... theres the Disney water parks and if youre doing discovery cove and seaworld you should get aquatica tickets as well? Thats plenty! Esp if youre needing to take rest days.
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