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.
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