Reader poll: Winning the theme park wars – Disney vs. Universal on cleanliness & immersion

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Disney vs. Universal
Disney vs. Universal.

This week, Universal psyched us all out when it flew The Today Show’s Al Roker out to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley to record a segment that many of us believe will formally announce the expansion’s grand opening date – only to delay its broadcast ‘til next week, presumably to go head-to-head against Disney’s big press event celebrating the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

This got us to thinking: in the knock-down, drag-out fight that is Universal versus Disney, how are the rankings looking so far? If we were to compare the two titans on a list of specific points, who would end up being the victor (before this summer, at least)?

So let’s get to it! Starting with these topics, who’s winning the theme park wars?

 

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You can learn every last little thing about planning your Universal Orlando vacation in the OI Universal Center. Or you can see why the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has us so excited in our definitive guide to 2014’s top new attractions.

 

Previous poll

FastPass+ vs. Express Pass

This one was no contest: Universal’s Express Passes blew Disney’s FastPass+ system out of the water without a second glance, 426 to 150 votes (that’s a whopping 74% to 26%). Of course, now that Disney has announced it’s going to be overhauling FP+, that poll may turn out very differently in the near future…

 

Want more polls?

Join us over in the still-new Orlando Informer Community Forums to vote on and debate over which forthcoming Universal Orlando attraction is the most exciting. So far, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic is leading the pack, but there’s still a chance for the likes of King Kong’s Skull Island or Universal’s monorail to break ahead.

 

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Dani of thisfloridalife
Dani of thisfloridalife
April 26, 2014 10:59 am

As much as I have fallen in love with UOR over the past two years, Disney still wins in the cleanliness and immersive category. 

UOR does a great job with theming in terms of little details and especially auditory theming. However, it is very obvious that it is indeed a theme park with signs for Express Pass EVERYWHERE as well as signs for the Dining deal and Coke Freestyle machines and other revenue generating sources. Which as a business I totally get, it just does take away from the storytelling and immersion.

Guest
Guest
May 1, 2014 7:40 am

The next time you’re in something like the Twilight Tower of Terror, and you’re waiting in line in the “basement” for loading, take a look around. You won’t be able to see a single spot that’s not consistent with the theming. And then pay attention when you’re in line for Spiderman — it’s not quite the same. I like Universal, but Disney is hands-down the best at being immersive. Disney is also definitely cleaner.

Stuart Nielsen
Stuart Nielsen
April 26, 2014 10:44 am

Universal wins for immersion imo because they have improved the dreaded preride experience immensely in the last several years.

Supa Dave
Supa Dave
April 26, 2014 10:56 am

7 years ago, Disney took both. Now, immersion goes to Universal. I doubt anyone will ever beat Disney at cleanliness.

Tracy Cawston
Tracy Cawston
April 26, 2014 11:00 am

Do you not have to pay for express pass at universal ? I have yet ever had to pay for a fasts pass .

Melissa McLaughlin
Melissa McLaughlin
April 26, 2014 11:05 am

What does that have to do with being immersive?

Ulrika Selander
Ulrika Selander
April 26, 2014 11:11 am

This is real castles

Ulrika Selander
Ulrika Selander
April 26, 2014 11:11 am

Island of adventure is the park who is the best

Maureen Rowe Deal
Maureen Rowe Deal
April 26, 2014 11:20 am

When I think of the restrooms, Universal is always better/cleaner than Disney every time I’ve visited the parks this past year or so.

Naldito Ruiz
Naldito Ruiz
April 26, 2014 11:26 am

Nomaris Lopez

Tracy Cawston
Tracy Cawston
April 26, 2014 11:39 am

I love everything Disney and Universal 🙂

Alison Hoey
Alison Hoey
April 26, 2014 12:07 pm

Disney is spotless cant say the same for universal although the parks are awesome

Susan Meredith
Susan Meredith
April 26, 2014 12:26 pm

I love the express pass for on site guests at Universal. Wish it extended to Harry Potter!
As far as immersion and cleanliness I’d have to say Disney with some reservations, as I haven’t been to Universal in a few years, and Harry Potter wasn’t open yet. Going in August and may change my opinion about immersion!!

John Sherrit
John Sherrit
April 26, 2014 12:39 pm

Yup me too Tracy 🙂 I’d never vote as it usually ends up in some stupid debate about ToT v HP

Nikki Bell Dulik
Nikki Bell Dulik
April 26, 2014 12:54 pm

Love Disney

Bruce S Benzing
Bruce S Benzing
April 26, 2014 1:51 pm

As a former Custodial cast member at Magic Kingdom, it’s hard for me to vote any other park higher at cleanliness. Disney has way higher standards obviously. I haven’t been to WDW since 2012 so immersion would be hard to vote for….

Maxine Brewster
Maxine Brewster
April 26, 2014 2:03 pm

Never had a bad experience in any parks .. Toilets are always clean .. My only complaint is that there’s always gaps in the doors so people can see you having a wee !!!! Maybe it’s an English thing !!!!!

Rich Zufelt
Rich Zufelt
April 26, 2014 3:46 pm

Universal.

Natalia Serrano
Natalia Serrano
April 26, 2014 5:46 pm

I visited both parks last Octobers and my votes go for Disney

Rick Govert
Rick Govert
April 26, 2014 11:40 pm

How about Holiday World in Indiana? I heard that they were the highest rated theme park for cleanliness in the entire country.

Lisa McKee
Lisa McKee
April 27, 2014 8:31 am

Universal without a doubt

Barbie Roberts
Barbie Roberts
April 27, 2014 1:09 pm

Duh universal hands down

Milton Pate
Milton Pate
April 27, 2014 1:40 pm

Universal all the way!

Elaine Hutchinson
Elaine Hutchinson
April 27, 2014 2:21 pm

Universal studios

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June 8, 2014 3:19 am

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About Marc N. Kleinhenz

Marc N. Kleinhenz’s first dream in life was to be an astronaut. His second was an Imagineer. While neither completely worked out, he's now the editor of Orlando Informer, along with being its podcast co-host. He’s also written for 32 other sites (including Screen Rant, IGN, The Escapist, and California Informer [OI's sister site]), has had his fiction featured in several publications, and has even taught English in Japan. Imagineering school won’t be too far behind.