In the last 40 years, Walt Disney World has been the reason that millions of families visit Orlando each year.  However, with the full Harry Potter experience and so many additions to Universal Orlando, many families want to do both, but don’t know where to start.  This can get very expensive and overwhelming if you haven’t done your research.

One of the questions I get asked most is “how much time do I need at Universal?”  Several factors do come into play here, but I generally recommend 3:1.  For people doing three days at Disney, add 1 day at Universal and for six days at Disney, add 2 days at Universal.  Of course recommendations can change based on your family’s individual preferences, but it is certainly a good place to start.

Another question asked frequently is “should we get tickets only or purchase a Universal package as an add on?” If you are planning one day at Universal, it might make the most financial sense to purchase the one-day ticket and head to Universal for the day.  However, if you are more concerned about time and getting more accomplished during the day, end your Disney vacation and head over to a Universal resort hotel.  To really increase your time efficiency, stay at a Universal resort that offers the Unlimited Express Pass.  If you are planning two or more days at Universal, definitely stay onsite at Universal.   With a hotel package, you will be granted early access to the parks and be right in the center of the action, definitely getting more value out of the experience.

What about transfers? There are several ways to get to Universal from your Walt Disney World resort hotel.  If you are just going to be a one-day guest at Universal, ask your Me and the Mouse Travel Specialist about reserving a private car.  This will not only save you a ton of time, but the personalized car gives you VIP access with a drop off point very close to the Universal entrance.  Without having to pay to park, this option will most likely save you money as well.  If you are doing a split stay with a Universal hotel package, you are eligible for Take 2 Transfers which will provide your family pickup from your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to your Universal hotel and back to Orlando International Airport.  If you choose to enjoy the Universal part of your vacation first, you will be picked up from Orlando International Airport, taken to your Universal hotel and then on to your Walt Disney World Resort.  Either way, it is incredibly convenient and a huge time-saver.

The split-stay is a great way to make all the Mickey-lovers and Potter-obsessed people in your family totally happy with their Orlando vacation.  Your Me and The Mouse Travel Specialist will take all of the intimidation out of this type of experience so contact him or her today!