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Disneyland vs Universal Studios Hollywood: 10 Differences

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Which theme park is better, Disneyland versus Universal Studios Hollywood. Wondering which park to visit on your trip to Los Angeles? I compare Disneyland and Universal Studios in 10 different areas. EXPAND DESCRIPTION FOR MORE. 1 - Park Themes: Disney: characters and setting from the Disney movie franchise with a large emphasis on their animated films, Mickey, and Minnie Mouse. But Star Wars is coming soon! Many rides for fans 2-10 years of age. And hard-core disney fans, and loyalists. Universal: Inspired by popular films plus, the movie industry in Hollywood and film production itself with tours of the working studio included with the park’s general admission. Gear to a more mature audience than Disneyland 2 - Park Location: Disney: Anaheim, California -- Orange County. 34 miles south-east of LAX Airport. About the only thing worth visiting in Anaheim is Disneyland…. And a bunch of things that cater to people who go to Disneyland. LOTS OF HOTELS! Universal: Hollywood, 10 miles north-east of downtown LA, on a hill overlooking LA. 26 miles from LAX Airport. 36 miles from Disneyland. 3 - Park Layout: Disney: 2 Theme Parks, Downtown Disney, Disney Hotels on Property, Monorail, Parking Far Away (parking tram or bus), multiple days to see it all Universal: Split-level themepark that is pretty small, Universal City Walk, Hilton + Sheraton, Parking Close By, LA Subway, studio tour tram, can do it all in one day 4 - Crowds: Disney: Usually it’s packed, all the time. Parking can take forever. Security and park entry lines can be long. Ride lines can be long, 60-90 minutes. Universal: Way less people most of the summer (summer can be rough). An hour before park closing time of 9pm lines for many rides were 10 minutes. Easy to get in to parking, short lines for park entry. 5 - Skip the line: Disney: Fast pass, Max Pass Universal: Pay for Express Pass, skip each line once (good if you have limited time) 6 - Kids: Disney: = Younger Kids, more strollers = Height limit on many rides is 44 inches = Child Switch via Fast Pass Return Universal: = Older Kids, not too many strollers = Height limit 40 inches = Child Switch Rooms 7 - Characters: Disney: = Long Lines for character meet and greet, but long time with the characters = Characters act “classy” Universal: = Shorter lines for character pictures, but maybe not known to kids = Characters will interact and joke with you walking by = Minions, Transformers, Simpsons, Beetlejuice, Kung Fu Panda, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob 8 - Costumes: Disney: Ears, Hats, Matching Shirts Universal: Harry Potter Robes 9 - Attractions/Rides: Disney: = Amazing theming on the rides, want to ride again and again = Best Land: Cars Land Universal: = Lots of motion projection rides (barf!). Once and never again. = Many rides feel like they aren’t “done” = Best Land: Wizarding World of Harry Potter, = Best Ride: Studio Tour 10 - Shows: Disney: Parades, Frozen, Fireworks, Fantasmic, World of Color Universal: Waterworld, Animal Actors, Special Effects Show Conclusion: Price: About the same for 1 day tix. Annual Passes at Universal are cheaper. Age: Disneyland better for ages 2-10 Location: Universal better for LA attractions Time: Universal done in a day (15 attractions). Disney 2-3 days (100 attractions) Theme: Disneyland is for Disney lovers and it’s very immersive and well done. Universal is for “movie” and Harry Potter fans. I like Disneyland best. Amazing Experience and atmosphere...You can wander around Disneyland and have a good time without going on a single ride. There's music and entertainment, exhibits, etc. Go early in the day, and use fast pass. NEXT LIVE STREAM: Monday March 19, 2018 @ 8pm LA time! Topic: TBD! Follow me on Facebook for more updates! Want to know more about Universal Studios Hollywood? Watch my video on “10 things to know before you go to Universal Studios Hollywood” here: https://youtu.be/hILymoom7Ng Missed my last live stream? Watch my previous live stream on the 15 Worst Travel Pet Peeves: https://youtu.be//JSlluO_noAs?list=PLOVadUHX1B-JGLMwqvLbS9kkgAlhNWTp2 Or browse through all my Monday Live Streams in this playlist:: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOVadUHX1B-JGLMwqvLbS9kkgAlhNWTp2 CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/yellowwsub Yellow Productions on Social Media: FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/YellowProductionsTravel INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/yellowwproductions/ TWITTER: ChrisRaney GOOGLE+: https://google.com/+yellowwproductions Check out my blog at: http://yelloww.net
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Yellow Productions (8 months ago)
What's your favorite theme park? Disneyland, Universal Studios... or someplace else?
jodiamls79 (3 months ago)
Disney world for me
Maria C (4 months ago)
Very informative video. I would love to go to California and visit Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood. My favourite theme park is Disney World Orlando and Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden. This summer we are going to Universal Studios Florida, really looking forward to it! 🎢
CourtneyKissMe (6 months ago)
Universal. one word: Waterworld <3
DawsenScript (6 months ago)
My favorite theme park is Disneyland.
karol Nateras (7 months ago)
Yellow Productions universal studios
Alex Jossi (3 days ago)
I’ve been to Blizzard Beach. It’s definitely a more family-oriented park, but it’s very fun.
Ana Ponce (1 month ago)
I like both
jodiamls79 (1 month ago)
bump Disney universal is better.
Princee Erick (2 months ago)
Both Are Great
Desmond Ciauri (2 months ago)
I commented earlier don’t sell OC short Knotts is just down the street with our beaches major sports teams and so many other things to do.OC isn’t LA!!!! We hate that
Yellow Productions (2 months ago)
I'd never sell OC short.. I call OC home :)
Briceyda Herrera (3 months ago)
universol
Katelin is here (3 months ago)
Iv been to Disney 3 times but I haven't gone to universal yet. I'm going with my friends next month. They have been many times, this will be my first and I'm 17
mastet editor (4 months ago)
I like uneversal stodeos
Elaine N (4 months ago)
Thank you. This was very informative
Leo Cruz (4 months ago)
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wolf Pack (4 months ago)
Do you know if me and my friends can go trough ALL of universal studios in one day. During July
Wolf Pack (4 months ago)
Yellow Productions oh ok thx
Yellow Productions (4 months ago)
If you are there on a weekday.. get there at park opening, and plan to be there until it closes, then you have a chance. If you get there at like noon on a Saturday then no way
random stuff (6 months ago)
At univerasal in the harry potter section if you talk to the people who work there and get to know them they might give you a secret password to skip ride lines for the entire day
Yellow Productions (6 months ago)
That's a good tip. We got a skip the line pass from one of the staff in Simpsons land
random stuff (6 months ago)
On the jurrasic park ride at the end me my cousins and aunt and uncles met Jack Black from Jumanji
Yellow Productions (6 months ago)
Neat!
M5_Ant (6 months ago)
I watched This video for whole hr 😳.... great video, loved it.
Yellow Productions (6 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks M5 ant!
amcaff (6 months ago)
Disneyland is definitely the better park. However, that's kind of priced in to the cost of the parks *if* you're looking at annual passes. Disneyland has finally priced me out on the AP front. But USH has annual passes that aren't really a significantly greater cost than a single day ticket, and MUCH cheaper than a Disneyland AP. That's why I've gotten a USH annual pass to kind of hold me over while I can't afford Disneyland. If you're looking at single-day tickets, that's a different story. I have no idea how USH can possibly justify day ticket prices that are on-par with a place like Disneyland...
Yellow Productions (6 months ago)
You're right.. the Disney AP price is getting in the crazy zone
ally m (7 months ago)
love your videos very informative. Planning a trip next year from Australia
Yellow Productions (7 months ago)
Thanks Ally!
Trend101Warrior (7 months ago)
Universal Studios Hollywood on a regular day is just as good as going to California's Great America here in the Bay Area where I live now. While I'm a massive Universal fan, the fact is the park is very short compared to the one in Disneyland (two parks mind you). So if I was to hang out with a bunch of friends or families who wants to go on a full-day park, then Disneyland is for me and HHN for USH.
The epic gamer2658 Plays (7 months ago)
I love universal studios more because it more for big kids and for big boys and adults boy
MAVERICK FAN (7 months ago)
I love them both
Barbie Gaming987 (7 months ago)
Disney
Edward Brandenburg (7 months ago)
Daffy?
Yellow Productions (7 months ago)
Duck?
TheGamingOdyssey (7 months ago)
Hi
Yellow Productions (7 months ago)
Hello
Dream Big Productions (7 months ago)
This spring break things are going to be packed!
Yellow Productions (7 months ago)
That's pretty much every spring break! :)
BatesMotelEvilRegal25 (8 months ago)
I love both it doesn’t really matter to me
Amy Au (8 months ago)
Many of the rides at universal studios have minimum high of 48” for good reason. Our boys liked Disney much better.
Lisa S (8 months ago)
Just found your New York playlist, will have a look 👀👍🏻🙂 Lisa
Yellow Productions (8 months ago)
Awesome! Let me know if you have any questions on NYC after you watch them.
Lisa S (8 months ago)
Hi there, thanks for the information about the theme parks. We are traveling to USA and visiting Universal studios for the 2nd time in July. Last time we bought front of line vouchers; we managed to skip the queues which was great. These passes are expensive; but well worth it, especially if your time is limited. We are also heading to New York the first time after LA; any tips for this time of the year in New York? Thanks Lisa Melbourne Australia 🇦🇺🙂👍🏻🌏
Brittany C. (8 months ago)
I prefer Universal Studios Hollywood over Disneyland. Why? Because Universal Studios Hollywood🌎 📽 (USH for short) is my most favorite amusement park in the whole world because the whole place is not just a theme park but an actual movie studio! I love movies. 🎬😉 As a Californian native, I went to USH many times than Disneyland. Everything over there is more thrilling and exciting. USH has tons of movie magic within its attractions, lovable pop culture characters to meet/greet such as Shrek, SpongeBob SquarePants, Woody Woodpecker, Transformers, the Simpsons, the Minions and many others. And USH has its legendary Studio Tour, along with *King Kong 360 3-D* and *Fast and the Furious Supercharged* (both of those attractions are awesome which makes the Studio Tour MORE interestingly fun). Why Universal Studios Hollywood is better than Disneyland is because it's for everyone of all ages. The whole place has better height restrictions and making better options for wait times. Let's forget that each ride, excluding live shows, (e.g. "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey", "Revenge of the Mummy") have a stomach-churning effect. I don't like Disneyland (anymore) or other Disney theme parks is because everything (e.g. food, souvenir, or tickets) is SO expensive; the wait times, for rides and meeting characters, are much longer than USH, and there are sweaty crowds everywhere. Most of the rides are not all exciting anymore. That's my opinion on why Universal Studios Hollywood is better than Disneyland. I'll give Universal Studios Hollywood a 9/10 while I give Disneyland a 5/10. People might agree or disagree with me.
Lucio Magno (5 months ago)
Brittany C. Where are the Nickelodeon Studios?
Berry Soda (7 months ago)
Brittany C. No problem
Brittany C. (7 months ago)
Thanks for the compliment, Berry Soda! 😋👍
Berry Soda (7 months ago)
Brittany C. Couldn’t hav said it better

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