3 Reasons Why Universal Might be Better than Disney for a Solo Trip

Previously I’ve written about the benefits of taking a solo trip to Disney World. I think it’s something that everyone should do. You’ll find out a lot about yourself and you’ll be able to have the trip that you want to have. Well, I think Disney is only the beginning. Solo travel can and should be done everywhere. But since this is a blog about theme parks let’s stick with those…for now. After you plan your solo trip to Disney next on your list should be Universal Orlando. In some regards Universal might even top Disney for solo travels. Here are three reasons why Universal might be better than Disney for a solo trip.

Reason 1: Single Rider Lines

Strolling through the parks and admiring all the details is one of my favorite things to do. But at the end of the day we come to theme parks for the attractions. I’ve talked before about how Universal might not be the best for those who experience motion sickness but, they still have some absolutely incredible rides there. With all the incredible rides comes of course, lines. Depending on the time of year they can be unbearable.

Just like at Disney, Universal has single rider lines for those willing to be separated from their party in exchange for a shorter wait. This can often be a much shorter wait. Where Disney offers this at 3 attractions, Universal offers it on 9 of their very best. That means as a single rider you can go on attractions like Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Revenge of the Mummy, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and more at little to no-wait compared to the main line. This leaves you more time to explore the parks, soak in the details or relax on your solo trip.

Reason 2: The Accessibility of the Parks

Universal Orlando is home to two theme parks and a water park (Universal refers to Volcano Bay as their third theme park but we know it’s really a water park). Unlike Disney, the proximity of the parks to one another is very close. In the theme parks case it is nothing more than a short walk from Islands of Adventure (IOA) to Universal Studios Florida. Or a ride on the Hogwarts Express which connects the Wizarding World of Harry Potter sections in each park to one another.

As a solo traveler if you can take the walking (and your ticket allows it) you can hop back and forth between parks throughout your stay. This means getting to do a few rides in IOA before deciding to grab a drink at Duff Brewery in Universal Studios Florida. Plus with easy transportation to Volcano Bay you can head over there relatively quickly as well.

Going to Universal by yourself means not having to worry if others want to stay in a particular park or not. The proximity allows you to bounce from park to park, if that’s what you want to do, in a short amount of time.

Reason 3: CityWalk’s Dining Options

I do think Disney still has Universal beat when it comes to dining. Of course Disney has more locations but I think the quality and consistency of their food is better than Universal’s. Universal still has some great dining options to help fuel you up and this reason aligns with reason 2 in the proximity category as well thanks to CityWalk. This area which is easily accessible from any of the parks  has a plethora of dining locations and some great options for solo diners.

Like I had mentioned in my original post about taking a solo trip to Disney World, restaurants with bars are going to be your best friend when it comes to dining options. Mostly because they accommodate solo parties and might be less awkward than sitting alone at a table by yourself. CityWalk is home to places like the Cowfish, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and many more which offer bar seating and great menu options.

The abundance of these options allows you to have an enjoyable solo trip while not having to sacrifice missing out on great dining experiences.

While I still think Disney probably has more to offer not just from a solo perspective but from an overall perspective, Universal definitely gives it a run for its money in some regards. When it comes to solo traveling Universal is a great option. The only real way you’ll know which is better for solo travelers is if you go to both. So….time to get planning!



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