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    Default Universal in December or July?

    Here's the situation. We have two upcoming trips - a long weekend in December (Thur-Sun) and 4 nights in July.

    December:
    3 nights at Pop
    3 park days at WDW

    July:
    2 nights at Royal Pacific (Universal)
    2 days at Universal parks
    2 nights at WDW hotel
    1-2 park days at WDW

    BUT.... I was just thinking, why couldn't we do Universal in December, when crowds are lower? Will there be a significant difference in our experience (regarding lines, crowds) between December and July?

    Pick one:

    Option 1: visit Universal in the summer with Unlimited Express pass, staying at Royal Pacific

    Option 2: visit Universal in December, no Express Pass, staying at Cabana Bay

    Thanks for any advice.
    Kathy
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    I guess it all depends on when in December you're going. Obviously the closer to Christmas/NYE, the busier it will be. That being said, I'd say that as long as you're not going to be there during the holidays, December is by far and away going to be your best bet. Not only will the crowds be lighter (possibly significantly lighter), but the weather will be better.
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    Duh, I should have posted dates. Yes, we'll be visiting mid-December. Far away from the holidays!

    Kathy
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    8/09: Ultimate Adventurer Trip, WL Concierge/AKL
    6/10: POFQ
    12/10: Mousefan Reunion (Pop)
    8/11, 7/12: AKL Concierge
    10/12: ICOT 15th solo trip (Pop)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TikiGoddess View Post
    Duh, I should have posted dates. Yes, we'll be visiting mid-December. Far away from the holidays!

    Kathy
    Then yeah definitely go in December. Plus IOA does some fun holiday stuff in Suess Landing with the Grinchmas. The crowds should be much more tolerable in December as well.

    Oh and don't forget that staying in Cabana Bay, even though you don't get express pass, you still get early entry into the Harry Potter areas. Definitely take advantage of that!
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    -Dec. 2012 (Coronado Springs)
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    I would do mid December over July for both reasons of crowds and Weather, July heat is brutal sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgmnut View Post
    I would do mid December over July for both reasons of crowds and Weather, July heat is brutal sometimes.
    I agree. Especially with the brutal heat, Universal does not have a lot of shade either
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