Port Canaveral (Orlando) Universal Studios / Islands of Adventure Excursion Reviews
Universal was the only thing I got to enjoy. We had to buy an express pass to get on most rides in both parks which was expensive but since it was the one excursion I got to do I enjoyed it very much. It was really expensive and really busy.
Tour operator was a bit disorganized so we arrived at Universal 30 mins late. Universal was good for a one time visit, can't imagine the need to go back there. It wasn't busy so we were able to do some rides 4 times.
If you book this tour through the ship, make sure you are going to the right park. If you want to go to the new Harry Potter World, it is NOT AT ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE. My two friends, and I bought tickets to that park (the cruise staff told us it was at IA), and we were informed, after being in the park half an hour, that we were on the wrong side. It is at Universal Studios. Luckily, guest services switched our tickets, but not after we had wasted a little bit of time, and you know you don't have a lot of time there. Overall, the rides are a blast, and you can see most of the park in that small amount of time. Tip: TRY A FROZEN BUTTERBEER! WOW! We had a lot of fun. The bus ride is an hour each way, but it goes fast. A bit pricey, but worth it if you haven't been there yet.
Universal Studios by itself is great, however as an excursion, you don't really get a lot of time there. We were supposed to get into port at noon, but bad weather forced us to be an hour late. It's was an hour drive each way to the park. We got to the park at around 2:30 pm and had to be back at our bus by 8 pm. Before booking this excursion, it is a good idea to check what time the park closes, which may even give you less time to enjoy your excursion. An alternative to this excursion is to just buy the transfer, and buy your tickets online which may be cheaper.
Universal Studios is great and I'd go there again. Having a Carnival bus take us there and back was very convenient. The only downside was the extremely high cost of this excursion.
Just booked the transportation to and from. Efficient, timely. No issues.
It was nice having transportation to and from the port, but wow was it expensive. We had plenty of time for our excursion to Island of Adventure. We actually was ready to leave about one hour before the end time so we walked back to the bus stop and thank goodness they had an early bus waiting. We slept all the way back to the port, about an hour drive. I really wish Port Canaveral offered more excursions. If you want to go to see Harry Potter village I would suggest going first thing when you get there. Make a be line and don't stop, we did and got right in. But when we bent back a few hours later the wait line was about 2 hours. We went on all of the rides, not many offered about 3 or 4. We eat at Broom Sticks, VERY GOOD. expensive but good. We got the big meal for 4 people. It came with a big salad, 4 big pieces of chicken, 4 ribs, 4 corn on the cobs, a bunch of yummy potatoes and grilled vegetables. I had 3 big teens with me and they eat a lot and we still left a bit on our plats so it's worth it. We also got the butter beer later on that day when it was getting hot and that was very good, expensive but good.
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