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Old 11-21-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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7 Days Universal/ 7 days Disney

Hi. Please help. We have the choice of staying at a Universal hotel for 7 days and a Disney hotel for 7 days. I am worried that 7 days at Disney will not be enough. I would be grateful for your advice on what would be a good balance. We have 2 lads of 12 and 9. Thanks Kaz
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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I have done Disney AND Universal/IOA every trip but I can't imagine trying to do the Universal parks for 7 days.

Personally I think each park, Universal and Island of Adventure only need one full day for each park. Then maybe park hop and do both parks on the 3rd day. But 3 days is the maximum I would spend at IOA/US.

But I also am one that wouldn't spend more than one day in each Disney park.

I get bored easy so I need variety.

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7 days at US / IOA is too much imho. Max of 3 days; 1 for each park, 1 for a highlight combo day would suffice. 2 days at US / IOA and 5 days at WDW would be the best way to go
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Hi and welcome to the boards!

I'm with the others. Go with a couple of days at Universal at the max. We've done seven days at Disney before and it's plenty of time to do everything. I usually say six days as a minimum if possible - two days each for the Magic Kingdom and Epcot and a day for the Studios and Animal Kingdom.

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I too agree with the others. The most I've ever done at US/IOA is 5 days, but really you could get by with 3 days. 7 days should also be plenty of time to explore and have fun at Disney.
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I agree 7 days at universal is a lot. I would probably do 4 and 10
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I also think one full day at each universal park and one day to hop between and to the highlights is enough.
And the remainder at WDW is a great amount of time to spend there

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We´ve stayed 4 nights at US and it was enought for both parks and also Discovery Cove/Sea World. Unless you´ve planned other parks at International Drive area 7 days would be too much.
7 days at Disney is enough for visiting the 4 major parks, and depend on the weather try a water park. You´ll probably leave without experience "everything" but I find this feeling as positive once it help me planning a future vacation.
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I would say stay at Disney and drive to Universal when you decide to go because its only a 5 min drive.....and the magic staying at Disney is amazing.....p.s I highly recommend Pop Century Resort if you stay at Disney
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We went during spring break this year. Two days was more than enough, with park hopper, at Us/IOA. We took a third day to visit SeaWorld. That was plenty for us. But Disney.... we usually stay 6-7 days.
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Hi there,

There is not enough to do at Universal for 7 days, its a one day trip for us (if we ever do it again, which is not likely).

Disney however, we like to have 10 days at, although we settle for 7. Your kids will find plenty to do at Disney, but the same can not be said for Universal. You should go to Disney and then go to Universal for 1-3 days.
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I would say stay at Disney and drive to Universal when you decide to go because its only a 5 min drive.....and the magic staying at Disney is amazing.....p.s I highly recommend Pop Century Resort if you stay at Disney
I'm the opposite. I find the magic of staying onsite at Universal to be far superior to what WDW has to offer. And the perks far outweigh WDW's onsite perks. So if I were staying in one place I would stay at Universal and commute to Disney.

We like long stays, and we like repeating rides. We also like having the time to explore resorts, to swim, to relax. 7 days at Universal sounds incredible. Wonderful. Fabulous. Oh man would I love to do that.

7 days at WDW sounds a little short, though. Again, we like repeating, relaxing, and exploring. 7 days doesn't give me 2 days in each park. Nor does it give me a rest day.
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The trip between US and WDW is really closer to 30 minutes.

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Could you break it up so you had 4 nights at Universal and the rest at Disney?

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I would say 3 full days for Universal and the rest at Disney. The extra time at Disney is needed. I am going to Universal for 7 nights the end of February and staying at Royal Pacific. We have a lot of other activities we are doing though. Hockey games in Estero and Orlando, also we have tickets for LaNouba so we will spend an evening over at Disney Marketplace. The rest of the time we will be at Universal. Just booked a week in October at Disney.
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