Don't forget Disney World

The Hogwarts Express at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in...

The Hogwarts Express at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla. (QMI Agency)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

While Universal hit one out of the park with Harry Potter, Walt Disney World remains a top attraction in the area and has reportedly even realized an increase in traffic of its own since the Wizarding World opened.

Disney’s parks offer a wide variety of rides for people of varying ages and thrill tolerance and, at least when we visited, the crowds were much more tolerable. It’s very enjoyable to visit a park where you are paying more than $100 per person and not spend three-quarters of your time waiting in line-ups.

All four of the Disney parks we visited were busy but not to a point where we waited any more than 30 minutes for a ride (strategic use of the fast pass system is a must).

With park-hopper passes (one day park-hopper tickets are $144.84 per person but the price goes down for every additional day you add on) and Disney’s excellent transportation system that uses buses, boats and monorail trains, it was no problem to squeeze almost all of the most popular rides into two days.

Disney always provides a first-class experience and it’s always improving with new rides and bigger thrills.

Not to be outdone by Universal, Disney is currently undertaking the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom (its flagship park), performing a major upgrade to Fantasyland, phases of which are expected to open in 2012.


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