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    We've all see the posts about how wonderful HPW is at Universal and then we've seen the posts about the dead zones, dying rides and lingering development at WDW.

    Giving a score of 10 to 0, with 10 being the highest, I'm just curious how people would rate the four Disney parks and the two Universal parks. I'm not looking to bash either company, but in terms of overall experience. This includes but is not limited to: quality, completeness, value, crowds, flow, shows, entertainment, etc. Please feel free to add any other values you see fit.

    I've never been to Universal so I can't comment, but I think I would rate the following:

    MK - 9
    Epcot - 7
    HS - 7
    AK - 5

    For us, we've never spent more than a day at AK on any one trip. Most of our time is spent in MK. HS has very good attractions overall, but the flow isn't great and some areas could use the attention. Epcot is good. It certainly has areas leaving much to be desired, but for us we like the touring experience around the world mixed in with a handful of decent attractions.
    Beth & David

    09/82 Treehouse Villas, 06/86 BVP, 10/95 CBC, 10/99 DI, 08/03 PORS, 10/05 POP, 11/06 AKL, 09/09 POLY, 10/10 Wonder, 05/11 Dream/PORS, 08/13 POLY, 11/13 GF, 04/15 POLY, 11/15 BLT, 11/16 Aulani, 03/17 BLT, 08/18 BLT

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    I love the WDW parks.
    DW and I are both handicapped, and WDW cms have made it very easy for us.
    Universal is not so handicapped friendly.
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    Mk 9

    Epcot 9

    HS 7

    Ak 6

    Never been to any universal parks so i cant comment.
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    I haven't been to the universal parks in about 10 years so I feel it would be unfair to comment on them.

    MK - 9
    Epcot - 9
    HS - 5
    AK - 6
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    About 10 years ago my youngest granddaughter was at my house for the month of March while her dad was being transferred from Louisiana to Duluth and her parents were house hunting. I gave her a math problem: determine how we rated each of the four Disney parks. We were somewhat surprised at the results. Hers are in percentages, as in how much of each park we liked. Here they are:

    DHS - 54
    AK - 56
    MK - 59
    Epcot - 85

    Jan

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    I have been to universal, and it's a whole different experience. You really appreciate Disney's attention to detail, how they treat their guests and the up keep or the park after being at universal. Universal has moments. Harry potter is cool. the spiderman ride was cool. But it looks old, has chipped paint. is not easily manageable, has trash on the ground.
    After we went we all really appreciated Disney so much more.

    my rankings
    MK-9
    AK-7
    Epcot-10
    HS-8 1/2
    Islands of adventure-7 (just because of HP and spiderman)
    Universal park-4
    Have A Magical Day-1970-1989-offsite, 2002-DLR, 2003-DLR, 2005-Sports, 2007-All Music, 2008-POP, December 12-21 2009-Pop, January 16-18, 2010-Disneyland. Disney Sports-Feb 1-6, 2012, Disneyland-December 7 and 8, 2012, DIsney Pop-Feb 1-5, 2013 (my son's first trip.)

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    MK 9
    Epcot 9
    AK 7
    Studios 6
    Port Orleans FQ 1992
    All Star Sports 2004
    Contemporary 2004
    Animal Kingdom Lodge 2004
    Pop Century 2006
    Beach Club 2006
    Contemporary 2006
    Anaheim Desert Inn & Suites 2009
    All Star Music 2014
    Coronado Springs 2014
    Pop Century November 2014

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    MK 9
    EP 8
    AK 7
    HS 7

    Universal I give high marks to as well but I think those 2 parks are geared more towards teenagers. We always have fun at Universal, but it's not Disney.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janmac View Post
    About 10 years ago my youngest granddaughter was at my house for the month of March while her dad was being transferred from Louisiana to Duluth and her parents were house hunting. I gave her a math problem: determine how we rated each of the four Disney parks. We were somewhat surprised at the results. Hers are in percentages, as in how much of each park we liked. Here they are:

    DHS - 54
    AK - 56
    MK - 59
    Epcot - 85

    Jan
    Is it low marks for all because you like them almost equally or because you aren't big Disney fans?

    I found it interesting that all but one rated Epcot either equal to or higher than MK. It's definitely where we spend the most time next to MK, but I don't know that I'd say it was equal to or better than MK.
    Beth & David

    09/82 Treehouse Villas, 06/86 BVP, 10/95 CBC, 10/99 DI, 08/03 PORS, 10/05 POP, 11/06 AKL, 09/09 POLY, 10/10 Wonder, 05/11 Dream/PORS, 08/13 POLY, 11/13 GF, 04/15 POLY, 11/15 BLT, 11/16 Aulani, 03/17 BLT, 08/18 BLT

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    MK - 8
    Epcot - 9
    HS - 7
    AK - 9

    AK and Epcot are my family's favorites. While you have to love MK..for me its to crowded. Spend one day there to hit the classics, but the majority of our time is spent between AK and Epcot
    1981 - 2001
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    5/09 - Contemporary
    5/11 - Pop Century
    5/12 - All Star Movie
    5/13 - Coronado Springs
    5/14 - Port Orleans Riverside
    6/5 - Shades of Green
    1/17 - Art of Animation
    5/18 - POR
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    MK 8
    EP 8
    HS 6
    AK 7

    IOA HP area only 8, rest 2
    US Spiderman, Hulk rest 4
    Boardwalk
    Animal Kingdom Jambo
    Coronado Springs
    POP
    POP
    POP
    POP
    Riverside

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    As many say - they are completely different and we usually visit all.

    MK - 8
    Epcot - 9
    AK - 9
    DHS - 6

    IOA - 9
    US - 8 (pre Diagon Alley - haven't seen it since)

    POFQ - 10!
    AKL - 10!

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