Since Harry Potter World should be a park on its own, I will not include it with this post. Christmas parades occur almost daily in both Disney and Universal in December folks, which is the best time to go, getting you more bang for your buck. Some of them require extra payment but some are free. “Kids” of all ages will enjoy both Universal theme parks as they include many well-known brands such as the Minions and Harry Potter. In addition, other well-enjoyed brands include the Simpsons, Sponge Bob, the Terminator, Dr. Seuss, Jurassic Park, Transformers, and more. Make sure to go early as lines can get long, especially for the popular attractions. Universal Studios is more of a movie park. All of the lines lead to an orientation room for a particular short story. Guests are then led to a 4-D movie theater/imax screening of a short story based on the specific attraction brand. The seats move and spray air and water to enhance the special effects. The lines are a bit longer here, especially for the more popular attractions, so try to arrive early, leave later, or get the Fast Pass by paying a little more or staying at a Universal resort such as Loews Pacific Resort. The last time, the Minions attraction had the longest lines with a 1.5 hour wait. Some attractions can have lines as short at 5 minutes. It is a game trying to optimize your day and finding time for everything you want to do. Universal Islands of Adventure features different more brands and resembles more of a theme park. Harry Potter World is located in this park. Luckily the lines here are not as long except in Harry Potter World. This park is organized more like Disney’s Magic Kingdom so feel free to get lost and explore the different small “towns”.