It doesn’t matter what age you are; many travelers would agree that Orlando is the world’s entertainment mecca

Quick notes

  • There are two reasons why so many people from all over the world visit in droves each year: they either want to visit Walt Disney World or Universal Studios or in some cases, both

  • But is there one theme park that is better than the other or better suited for your needs? It depends on what you want to do, how long you want to visit and most importantly, how much you want to be left in your wallet

  • When it comes to choosing the right theme park vacation, ask yourself this question: do you want to escape into a dream world, or do you want to live roller coaster fast in the moment?

Some people can easily spend their entire lifetime exploring the different theme parks that the Central Florida area has to offer. But if you are limited on time, money, and options, it might be difficult choosing one park over another. Luckily, we break down all of the details you need to know, especially for first-time adult travelers. Universal Studios might better tailor the needs of adult visitors who are looking for more adventure, high-speed action, and of course, the all-important Butterbeer. While Walt Disney World has Mickey Mouse and the gang, Universal Studios has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You don’t have to wait for your letter to Hogwarts. An admission ticket to the park will help bring the wizards and muggles to life.

Choosing the right theme park for the adult crowd

It’s without a doubt that Walt Disney World is the number one destination for families and especially those with small children. But do you really want other people’s kids blowing snot bubbles in your direction? Or do you want to enjoy your adult beverages while walking around faux Scandinavian countries in very real humid weather? If the answer is the latter, skip the Magic Kingdom and head to EPCOT.

Another advantage Universal Studios has over the mouse’s house is that it has a world-class nightlife. Make that adult nightlife. Universal CityWalk is always a good time to visit, whether you are looking to shop, dine, or you just want to get away from all those glittered mouse ears. A must-try dine includes The Cowfish, which features both burgers and sushi on their menu without the burps. If you are looking for something a little more entertaining, there’s the interactive Blue Man Group or the sci-fi and horror-inspired Hollywood Drive-In Golf.


The Simpsons, Transformers and giant donuts

Universal Studios also offers great eats inside its theme park, which includes the animated Krusty Burger and Moe’s Tavern at Springfield, U.S.A., which happens to be where The Simpsons come to life. You’ve seen the giant donuts on social media, right?

Universal has a lot of crazy fun attractions, including a battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D.  If you are looking for something that will make you feel like you’re inside a Hollywood set, there’s the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem along with The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and the Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Sure, you are probably old enough to have paid off your college debt but you will still need to wear your seatbelt

Now, that’s not to say that you should skip on Walt Disney World altogether during your next trip to Central Florida. Let’s face it: Star Wars was not made with the toddler demographic in mind, even though 2019 feels like it. Plus, the Magic Kingdom sees over 18.6 million visitors each year, which is a testament to its continued popularity.

If you are limited on time and are looking for hair-raising thrills, definitely put Universal Orlando on your list of things-to-do before booking your next flight to Orlando. But if you have a few more vacation days to spare and want to feel like you don’t owe a mortgage payment again, then Walt Disney World is the vacation destination for you.

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