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Competition Between Disney and Universal Reaches New Level

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Being a Disney Adult and being a Universal Adult both involve a deep love for two distinct entertainment conglomerates, Disney and Universal Studios. While there are similarities in their passion for movies, theme parks, and related merchandise, there are also several notable differences between the two theme parks.

Disney World is home to four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney World also has two water parks: Blizzard Beach (temporarily closed) and Typhoon Lagoon.

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Over at Universal Orlando, they are home to two theme parks– Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal is also in the process of building a third theme park called Epic Universe. Guests looking to cool off at Universal can head to Volcano Bay for an afternoon full of splashes.

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One difference between Disney and Universal adults is that Disney adults are deeply attached to classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, and Simba. These characters are often associated with childhood nostalgia and a sense of wonder. Universal adults, on the other hand, may have a strong affinity for characters like Harry Potter, Minions, or Jurassic Park dinosaurs, which are iconic figures from the theme parks and many beloved movies.

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In a social media post, guests compare the difference between Universal and Disney guests. Some Disney adults engage in Disney bounding, which is creating outfits inspired by Disney characters, or are part of Disney fan clubs. They often appreciate the Disney Princess franchise and related merchandise. Universal adults may be interested in horror-themed events at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights or participate in Wizarding World-themed activities, including visiting Diagon Alley or Hogsmeade.

“Disney adults thinks it’s an absolute sin to go to universal where universal adults don’t care if people also go to Disney because they know how to enjoy themselves,” one fan shared. “While Disney adults seem to have a stick up their bottom if anyone dares mention some rides at universal are better than some at Disney.”

No matter what side you’re on, it’s clear that there is major competition happening between the two companies. There are many fans from both subsects who refuse to visit the other theme parks, but the truth is that they both offer fun and entertaining attractions that fans can enjoy.

Would you be a Disney adult or a Universal adult?

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.