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My two teenagers and I just spent 5 days at Universal. I bought the 5 day 2 park - park to park pass and with my work discount. It cost over $800. Then on the last day I bought the Unlimited Express passes for the 3 of us for just that one day and that was over $500. The first 4 days without the express passes were fun but waiting in the lines were pretty unbearable. For the Harry Potter rides we waited for about an hour and a half each. My feet and legs hurt so bad by the end of the day due to standing on the concrete floors for so long. We've all decided that if we come again we're buying the express passes or not coming at all. I knew it would be very busy during Spring Break but Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were literally shoulder to shoulder people and a line of people to do anything. Even getting food or drinks requires a long wait in the Harry Potter section.
The last day with the Express Pass was so much more fun and we even enjoyed the same rides a lot more because we weren't so exhausted by the long wait times. The rides themselves are excellent. The kids did complain that there are too many simulator rides and wished that there were more "real rides" like the Hulk and the Hollywood Rip Rock it.
Universal does have some excellent shows and we were very pleased with the food options. I recommend buying the souvenir cup with free refills at the beginning of the week and bring it back with you every day. Also I highly recommend the Express passes if you're coming at a busy time or stay in one of the hotels that includes them free. We ate at several on-site restaurants and the best by far was Mythos. It has the appearance of being inside a cave which was really cool and the food was amazing. I also recommend staying for several days if you can so that you're not rushed because there's just so much there to see and do.
I really like Universal. We Buy express pass. We do all the rides same day. Many characters, shrek, transformers, minions, parade absolutely amazing, Harry Potter ride you feel like you are in the movie. Definitely we are coming back this summer for my son fifteen birthday.
Now that I have two little children; I find myself at amusement parks and their affiliated hotels quite often. Although there are many choices here in Florida; I have had the best experiences at the Universal Studios theme parks and their premium hotels. I highly recommend The Royal Pacific Hotel where you are welcomed with a fun flower necklace. The hotel is magnificent and your stay includes fast passes for many of the rides at the theme park (front of the line). Another bonus is that there is actual service at the pool! Nothing better than having my drink and meal delivered to me after a long day on my feet. This hotel also has boat transportation to the nightlife or the parks. It is sometimes pricey but good deals do happen.
We had an amazing and exhausting 77 night stay in Florida at Disney and Epcot Center. Everything was top notch from the Marriott condos that we stayed in to the rides and the breakfast with all the Disney stars. Actually the tickets we had gotten were also very affordable. I believe that for 5 days a week I paid $129 per person and we got to enter into both Disney and Epcot Center as many times as you wanted to. I would rate my overall experience on a scale to 1 to 10 at a 9 only because of the fact that it was an exhausting experience with three young kids but everybody enjoyed their time immensely.
I had a wonderful day. Lines weren't too long. Over a 7 hour period we were able to do all but two rides. We did not purchase any fast passes. We did purchase the food & drink option and felt the value was well worth it. We had a very hearty and great tasting lunch for about 1/2 the full price.
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I booked a universal studio package with air travel directly with Universal Studios on March 5, 2019, for me and my wife. When I got travel details, I noticed that seats were separate for both flights and the seats were the middle ones for both flights. Called their customer service number 3 times and eventually found that they can not do anything about it. I was not informed during booking that plane seats will not be together otherwise I would have booked it directly with the airline. I was also told that I have up to 24 hours to cancel air travel and get the refund. So I canceled the air travel portion from my package on March 6, 2019. Surprisingly, I was told that it will take 2 to 4 weeks for me to get a refund. I had no choice but to accept it. So went ahead with air travel cancellation. Then I purchased tickets directly with the airline on the same flights and got seats together actually a little bit cheaper.
My trip to Universal Studio went fine. However, I checked my credit card for the refund after 3 weeks and did not see it until 29 March. So I called customer service for status. I was told it is still 3 weeks and the person was not ready to accept that it is already in the 4th week. The third week finished on March 27 and the 4th week started after that. I was told that the finance department will process payment on Monday, April 1, 2019, and it will take 3 to 5 days. I waited an entire week and called back again today on April 5, 2019. The supervisor told me that it is still not 5 days since my call on 29th. So I should wait until Monday, April 8, 2019. I am still waiting for my refund.
I asked a question that I made a refund request on March 6 and I have not received it yet on April 5, 2019. It may get credited to my card on April 8. It is over 2 to 4 weeks refund period I was promised. What penalty do they have to pay to me? There is no penalty and it is not their responsibility either. It is their finance department and there is no direct number for the finance department. So in short, they are using my money for over a month for no reason and do not even feel that they are doing anything wrong. I hope that I get my refund on Monday. If not, I can only pray to god. These big companies take as long as possible to pay you your money back. I have decided not to visit the Universal Studio in the future anymore. I rather go to CityWalk and enjoy there rather than going to park itself.Based on my experience I recommend below.
(1) Do not book air travel with Universal directly. If you do, confirm that your air travel will come with seats together. If they do not confirm it, do not book it.
(2) If you cancel any booking (air or even hotel reservation), expect a month or more for a refund. Two to four weeks is a minimum four weeks and 3 to 5 days is minimum of 5 days. So think twice before you book. If in any doubt, do not book it.
Hope this review helps other people from unnecessary anguish. Jignesh ** North Brunswick, NJ
I purchase a hotel reservation on March 18th, then I needed to cancel the reservation. When you call to make the reservation they are extremely helpful, but they speak to quickly to totally understand what they are saying. Then I cancel the reservation on March 19th and looked on their website and noticed they had not canceled so I called them back on 03/20/2019 and the women was extremely rude to me.
They told be it would be 2-4 weeks to get my refund (which is unreasonable) as we all know it only takes a couple of days to get refunded. I then contacted the Better Business Bureau on 03/25/2019 and got a call on from Universal and said they would expedite the refund and today is 04/01/2019 and I haven't receive a refund. What do we need to do to get people treated fairly and have them follow proper refunding that the most people follow. They sure can take your money in minutes, but you have to wait for up to a month to get refunded.
The Resort was fine, but Universal didn't care that we were going to miss out on one of their theme parks, even though we had tickets. We had a four day pass to all the parks, which we needed to use in 7 days. Not sure why that rule is in place, but we were aware of this and planned our trip with that in mind. We planned the Volcano Bay visit for the 7th day, but the park was closed due to bad weather. We were staying for two more days, so I told our children, we could just go the next day. I went to the Guest Services desk, but no one was willing to extend our ticket for one more day so we could visit this park.
No one seemed even remotely worried about it. They said we could visit one of the other parks. I explained we had already been to the other parks, but they said there was nothing they could do. Then I called Universal's customer service, and they said I had 6 other days to visit this park, so there was nothing they could do. I understand there's a 7 day window rule, but for a company that provides family vacations, you would think they would be a little more focused on ensuring their families are taken care of. This trip was something we spent 3 years saving for, and it wasn't in our budget to buy more tickets.
It just seemed like such an easy thing to do. To allow us to use our tickets on the 8th day instead of the 7th due to the closure of their water park. Our children were devastated. Even though we couldn't afford it, we ended up buying tickets to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon the next day. I bought the tickets over the phone, and explained the situation we were dealing with. The Disney employee actually gave us a discount on a meal plan because of how Universal had treated us. That's how you treat customers!
Had a very bad experience on 3/16/19. I pre-purchased (2) 1 day 2 park tickets and 2 unlimited express tickets online on the official Universal Orlando website. When I attempted to retrieve my tickets on the will call kiosks, I kept receiving error messages. Long story short after 3 hours of back and forth conversations with ticket specialists and on the phone with guest services, I learned that my tickets were showing a status of locked and at the discretion of the "investigation" team, my tickets could not be released to me due to some type of fraud , which details on the type of fraud could not be given to me. Now after a phone conversation with guest contact, I learned that the tickets could have been released at the discretion of the investigation team.
So being that I had all identifiers, credit cards and photo ID, I now feel slightly discriminated because there was truly no reason to not released my confirmed and pre-purchased tickets. Throughout the conversations there were various explanations for the situation which none were actually consistent. So the ticket specialists said that I was being refunded for my purchase, which decision was made by them and not discussed prior with me, and the refund would take 7-10 days to process and that I would need to repurchase tickets at the gate in order to enter.
So, what if I didn't come prepared that day to purchase new tickets? I couldn’t understand how I could have all the proper identification and payment methods in front of me, yet my tickets couldn’t be released. They were not even willing to reissue me a new set of tickets in place of the “fraudulent“ tickets that were purchased and confirmed on their website. So I lost an entire day because of something that sounds like an inside job to me and I know that we could have been better compensated for an inconvenience that was not our fault. The only thing we were offered is a 15% discount, but that still isn’t sufficient when I paid FULL price for my park tickets on their official website, not some third party website. I may have to just stick to Disney.
The customer service is much better and I know for a fact that Disney would have verified my identity and issued the purchased tickets. The entire experience was humiliating and disappointing. This was our last day in town and we were looking forward to a fun day. We travel and visit Universal at least once or twice a year and have never experienced anything like this. I have made a formal complaint and will also report it elsewhere as this is bad, bad business. So, please do NOT pre-purchase tickets on Universal’s website, if you must visit, purchase at the gate.
Went to Universal Studios instead of Disney for Spring Break. FIRST OF ALL I have a medical condition called PCOS which causes excessive weight gain in my central region. A condition I have battled for 20 years. Due to this condition I have a larger than normal midsection. Well Universal Studios is obviously a bunch of FAT SHAMERS because there are NO rides available to people of size at their parks. The only thing I was able to enjoy was their street shows and characters. I have never been so humiliated in my entire life.
How is it that everyone is able to receive acknowledgment in this country for race, gender and religious belief, but if you have a medical condition that doesn’t confine you to a wheelchair, you are made to feel shameful and humiliated and totally discriminated against. At least Disney attempts to accommodate for people of different sizes. Now onto my second complaint. Universal Studios is geared toward children, yet in your character booths you have pictures glamorizing Michael Jackson who has now been identified as a child sexual predator. Universal... You need to get your act together.
We are recently retired and visited Universal Studios Orlando on 3/6/18. We purchased single day park hopper passes for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. I am a larger person and knew in advance I would not be able to ride some of the coasters. What we didn’t know was that on the rides I could fit on, my wife was not allowed to ride with her purse since purses are not allowed on rides. We are talking a small Vera Bradley Hipster purse that is easily concealed under a jacket. This was not a big purse.
My wife was told she had to put her purse with all of our money, passports, credit cards, traveler's checks, drivers licenses, social security cards, etc. in a locked? cabinet in order to access the rides. That didn't happen. Since we didn't want to risk losing everything, we chose to make the best use the $384.00 entrance fee to walk around. We were able to walk 11 miles for our $384.00 so at least we got some value. Needless to say, this is our last trip to Universal Orlando. We will be certain to tell our friends and family about this experience.
We purchased season passes in November. Our first visit was on 11/30/2018. Downloaded the app so we can check block-out dates. The calendar in the app automatically displays block-out dates, which one would assume would be the same for every pass holder (it was our first time to buy a season pass). We understand that the holidays are the busiest for the theme parks so it made sense that they were all blocked out. We waited until today to go, only to find out that we were looking at the wrong calendar. The app is misleading as it shows the calendar right away without asking for the ticket number. How would a first-time season pass buyer know that?
At the Guest Services, they offered us to purchase one-day tickets at discounted price. $79 per person! This is an insult and a rip-off. They are taking advantage of the people, as they know they don’t have any choice but to buy tickets as they have already planned for the day. My husband and I both took time off from work. My kids did not have school the whole 2 weeks and we just stayed home hoping towards the end of our Christmas break, we can get to enjoy the theme park. I am hoping this never happens to any consumer or a parent like me. They should have better system to inform people that there are different block out dates and how to look for the block-out dates.
Absolutely a waste of money. 40 dollars for what they call prime parking so that you can avoid the line up (bogus) - another 145 dollars to go into one park (we chose Universal Studios). Crazy line ups anywhere you go and the themes are nothing to take home. Not a great memory and we will NEVER GO BACK!! Stay away!!
Sunday, 12/16/18 cost $40 for one car to park. Then floundered around trying to find correct line to pay for a ticket (which costs close to $145). No one was directing traffic or telling us which line to get in. Then, after waiting in line for around 20 minutes or more, paid for ticket and proceeded to yet another line, where the ticket was to be validated and we would gain entry. However, wrong again, we were told we had the wrong ticket: We would have to go back and wait in line again to get a different ticket. There was no manager stepping-in to make it better and apologize - just an invitation to flounder around again. We broke line this time and paid extra to get the correct ticket.
However, we had no assistance from a member of management. I thought this whole process was extremely poorly managed. My thought was that the stupid company that manages this does not care about satisfying the customer. They just want more bucks. They will still get millions of visitors even if they treat them like dirt and charge them out of their nose. I will not waste my money again! (Note: the 3 stars was because the dragon in the Harry Potter section made a great picture, the Shrek reality experience was fun, and because I loved the Christmas parade in the evening.)
We arrived at the park and the first thing we saw were the lines. The waiting time WE WAITED 100+ MINUTES for a 2 minute ride! Even with the express pass. I recommend coming in a Monday if you can due to the sheer wait time.
When visiting Universal Studios Orlando, many rides require you to put any loose items in a locker. If you are still on the ride when the park closes, the lockers are opened, all items (from all lockers in an area) are scooped into one big garbage bag, any of those $17 drink cups are thrown away, and the bag is brought to lost and found.
When we got off the Mummy ride and went to retrieve our items, the locker area was closed and the doors locked. We were directed to lost and found and actually got there before the guy with our stuff. $110 was missing from my husband's wallet. We contacted Universal security and they stated they are not responsible for "lost or stolen items" (even though it was obviously stolen by an employee!). They told us that the locker employees are not actually employees of Universal. We contacted Orlando Police and waited 2 hours for them to be escorted by security from the back entrance so they could talk with us. We were tired, sore, and angry. The policeman literally said "you reported this to Universal security, so what do you want me to do about it?" We know $110 is not enough for the police to be concerned about, but we wanted the employee arrested. He was long gone.
Security "assured" us that they were very concerned about things like this and would take action. We wanted to know what kind of action, but they don't disclose that to guests. I will never return. If you are there anywhere near closing time (And remember that lines can be longer than you expect), do not leave anything of value in the lockers.
I went to Orlando from Miami (a 4 hour drive) with a bunch of my friends to spend a weekend to go to HHN. I bought my ticket MONTHS in advanced ($85.99) online, not to mention costs of hotel, gas, food, etc, this trip cost me over $300 to just BE there. Unfortunately, when I arrived to the park I felt extremely sick and nauseous to my stomach that my friend and I had to leave the park immediately. Within around 20 minutes we were back in the car driving home at 9pm when the park closes at 1AM. Before this, I talked to THREE TEAM MEMBERS which told me that due to my situation, a refund COULD be possible if I make the line at Guest Services (it was over an hour long line and I was already feeling horrible) or call in the morning.
I called the next morning, explained the ENTIRE situation, yet they absolutely have NO sympathy for their customers whatsoever. They do not even have an actual headquarters number, only Guest Services? Funny that I called twice on separate days and had the same team member speaking to me telling me nothing can be done. I gave him names of ALL the team members who told me a refund was possible, and he recorded everything to let those team members know, but still told me they don't do refunds no matter what. I told them that is unfair that I came all the way from Miami to be here, and out of personal issues I was not able to enjoy the park.
Because of their ZERO TOLERANCE policy, this is a park I will NOT be spending my money on again. Their guest services team is extremely unhelpful and no matter what you do or say, you will not be a "happy customer". This is just a money hungry corporation that does not care about the people that PAY THEIR SALARIES.
It’s crazy to me that you would be charged $62-$115 a ticket plus $22 to park for an event only open 5 pm-1 am if you have to wait in line for any kind of minor inconvenience for 1+ hours, leaving only a few hours to experience one or two houses that last maybe a minute long. It is completely not worth the money and I’ll never come back.
Lines were short and personnel were very friendly. Food was pretty good and not too expensive for an amusement park. Rides were good. Loved "Escape from Hogwarts". I am a bit peeved that they charged $170 per ticket plus $25 to park and the park closed at 5 for the Halloween program. I imagine we could have stayed in the park after 5 but we had to leave for the Blue Man Group show. Too expensive. Won't come back.
My ticket says 3x pass in 1 yr to Universal Studios, I was denied for 2nd visit for September 29. The ticket is so goddamn expensive and we can’t used it during kids school breaks...what is so special about September crap? I want my money back. :) booboo.
A Florida resident gets NOTHING in the way of a discount for the one day pass. JK Rowling should be appalled by the pricing to see her famed display designed only for the Mega Rich. Of course herself being a billionaire due to mine and other single mothers children's lifetime devotion to her stories I am sure she cares at this point. I am so pleased to see she has given us yet another opportunity to provide her private island with luxury.
A one day multi park pass (the only way to see all of the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" that is conveniently located in TWO parks so one admission won't do it cost $170.00 per person for ONE DAY! Yes, two people one day... Almost $350.00 dollars and if you don't want to wait in line you can add a fast pass for another $68.00. So for the ROCK BOTTOM PRICE of $238.00 per person you and your beloved can go buy a wand for $50.00 yes that is fifty American dollars in addition to the almost $250 dollars after parking for a fun day of $300.00 Bucks per person that does not include a single meal or drink. Who the hell has $600.00 dollars especially a Florida resident. Have you seen the wages???) to attend this park?
Universal is a Super Rich/Super Rip Off that should hang their heads for how much GREED is behind these attractions. I would rather my family watch them torture sea life then spend months of hard earned money to send my teens (That would be without me of course because that would cost nearly a GRAND!!!) to this place to put more dollars into the hands of the Mega Rich!!! Thanks for the congested roads, overpriced gas, and overpriced groceries you added to this State while absorbing our tax dollars and souls. You SUCK!!!
The one new ride that they had advertised Fast and Furious, I did not get to ride because it was not working!! I was just really disappointed and I wish they didn’t charge so much for their FastPasses.
I loved it. There were no problems except that it was extremely hot outside. Everything was amazing. You need about 2 weeks or more to see it all. One week is never enough time to see it all in both Disney World & Universal Studios.
A bit pricey but is as expected. For a better experience you need to purchase the express pass which is very expensive. But, overall experience was good.
Nice but a little pricey. Harry Potter attraction was great. Bubba Gump restaurant had good service. Parking was organized and entrance to park was easy. Discounts should be given to service personnel.
I had a great time. Universal Studios is different than Disneyland and Six Flags. They are all unique in their focus on the entertainment industry. Each one gives a unique experience.
Universal Studios was ok. We didn't have much money. We are in the upper mountains cost a lot to get there than the pay, so was good to me. Looked forward to going, been a while since I've been, havent seen the new stuff.
We had a wonderful time. The park clean and pleasant and the prices was not bad. The food was excellent, customer service was great, bathroom clean and you didn’t have to wait long for a ride. I will go back again and again and again. Thanks.
Not enough shade in the summer. Lines are too long. With all the people there, it doesn't make sense not to have enough Fastpass. Not too much how expensive it is there.
It was a nice visit but not fantastic. Crowd movement could have been better and more places to escape the sun. We did the VIP which was nice but even then they didn’t offer additional water on the tour.
Universal Studios Theme Park expert review by ConsumerAffairs
Universal Orlando opened in 1990 and began expanding in 1994 to become a multi-day vacation resort. It now includes two parks, Universal Studios Orlando and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, on over 200 acres.
Rides: Both parks feature award-winning rides. Revenge of the Mummy has won the Golden Ticket award for Best Indoor Roller Coaster every year since 2008. For the past two years, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has won the Best Dark Ride Golden Ticket.
Halloween: Every September and October, Universal Studios Orlando hosts Halloween Horror Nights. During this event, the park is invaded by all kinds of monsters, and visitors can tour haunted houses. Universal has won the Golden Ticket for the Best Halloween Event every year since 2008.
Harry Potter: Both Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure have Harry Potter attractions. Visitors can shop in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and then take the Hogwarts Express from Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade.
Pet friendly: Several of the on-site hotels at Universal Studios are pet friendly. There are designated areas for dog walking, and special arrangements can be made with housekeeping when pets are staying in visitors’ rooms. Pets must have all appropriate vaccinations.
CityWalk: This venue offers visitors a variety of dining experiences that are suitable for all different types of travelers, from families with small children to couples looking for a romantic meal. It also has live entertainment, miniature golf, a movie theater and unique boutiques.
Best for: Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure is great for families, young adults and solo travelers. Movie lovers will especially enjoy many of the attractions.
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