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Chibikoky 02-21-2010 10:36 AM

Hello all. My family and I are booking our very first cruise out of Baltimore in October, and the first stop is in Orlando. By that time, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter should be open at Universal Studios, and I am very interested in going. (Such a geek I am!)
Carnival is offering an excursion (transportation and tickets) for about $150, with a time of 10 hours, with roughly an hour each way to and from the ship, so roughly 8 hours at the park. Does anyone know if this is enough time to enjoy at least this portion of the park without being rushed? I know they advise you not to do Disney in a day, but I don't have much experience with the larger theme parks in general, and I don't know when I would have a better chance! On the flip side, I also wouldn't enjoy it as much if I feel hurried. If anyone has done this excursion, I'd appreciate your insights, I really want this cruise to go well!

pink845 02-23-2010 06:33 PM

Dear Chibikoky

Hmmm. First of all, how busy the parks (there are two, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios) will be depends on the time of year you are visiting as well as the day. We were there in December prior to Xmas and we got through both parks in 8 hours without breaking a sweat. We were at the gate at 8:30 am. Did the big rides first at Islands of Adventure then went on over to Universal. In June the year before, we spent a whole 9 hours in one park because of line ups at all the rides. A year previous to that we had the Fast Pass because we were staying at Universal Hotel and we able to see two parks in 6 hours because we did not have to wait in line. So really it depends on the time you visit.

cousins 03-27-2010 07:12 AM

Do'll enjoy it...October can still be pretty HOT....go on Universal's website to see what you can and cannot bring into the park so there are no surprises. If you ride the "rides" where sneakers or some type of shoes that will not fly off! Also...beware of wearing white shirts if you are going on the rides where you will get wet! Sunscreen/sunglasses/sunbock/and a don't want to get burned and ruin the rest of your trip! 8 hrs is plenty!

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