Universal Studios, Orlando Florida
**Not Including The Wizarding World of HArry POtter, I'll hit that later**
Universal Studios and Disney are in the same town (Orlando) and sometimes my friends and I will do a girls' road trip down. We tend to stay more at Universal as times go by because Disney raises it's prices constantly and sometimes the stress of going to Disney with people who don't go regularly can be a drag. Which isn't nice of me to say of course but if you've spent a ton of money on a flight, hotel, tickets and are on a schedule (with or without crying, tired children) it can be really stressful. And those people probably don't want to deal with my friends and I as well leisurely stroll through the park. They've also automated a lot of it and there's all these sign-ups, you can't take a spontaneous picture with Gaston or Chip/Dale, you have to be on a list. This probably seems super weird but people are assholes and mob the characters. So, that's good...but it's put a huge crimp in my ability to game the system and ride Splash Mountain multiple times.
Universal is the home of Harry Potter's Wizarding World of the Impoverished Tourist...or something like that. For real, Universal is a lot of fun. Sure, there are super stressed people there too but they have misters (which is something Disney needs to add), they have rides and they have Dippin' Dots. The park is divided up by 'genre' as well, there's the Dr. Seuss Park, Superhero Park, Harry Potter land, comic's, etc. There's a boardwalk (adjacent) with movies, restaurants, bars and concerts. There's a parade, I tend to skip all the Park Parades, but they're great for kids.
And misters. Florida is hot, y'all.