Universal Studios and Disney World have long been seen as having a rivalry in Orlando, and over the years Universal Studios has poked fun at Disney via Twitter.
From a post related to selling water from a ride (which could be taken as a reference to those who were selling Splash Mountain water on eBay) to commenting on the Figment popcorn bucket fiasco of 2022, they’ve had a sassy response or two to some big Disney moments. And now it seems they’re throwing a bit of shade toward the House of Mouse about one controversial thing.
In a recent Tweet, Universal Orlando Resort said “Reservations? Where we’re going, we don’t need reservations. 😎”
Reservations? Where we're going, we don't need reservations. 😎
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) March 27, 2023
And while “reservations” could be a reference to many things — like ride reservations via virtual queues/lines or dining reservations (both things Universal has or does use), it seems that this particular Tweet is likely about THE controversial reservation system that exists at Disney World — the Park Pass system.
Since the reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney World has utilized a Park Pass system that requires ALL guests to have valid Park Pass reservations for the first park they want to visit on any given day. That system is still in use (though some exceptions will soon go into effect for Annual Passholders). Universal, on the other hand, does NOT use a park reservation system.
The Park Pass system at Disney World has been very controversial. Some don’t mind it at all. But some fans absolutely despise it and criticize it as something that has made planning a Disney trip harder. It has even become the foundation for a lawsuit brought against Disney by Annual Passholders.
Disney has continued to speak well of the system though and the benefits it has provided. In early 2023, Iger talked about the benefits of reservations from an operational standpoint. Iger noted that they have been able to decrease capacity on some days, and “manage capacity very very carefully and shift mix from annual passholders to those who may come once in a lifetime or just once.”
Some — like Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Josh D’Amaro — have recognized that Park Passes take out some of the spontaneity of a Disney trip. Disney World will soon allow Annual Passholders to enter most of the parks after 2PM WITHOUT a Park Pass (with some exceptions), and D’Amaro indicated that is “just the start” of changes being made to Park Passes.
Still, it seems Universal is happy to spice things up a bit via Twitter. In other words, the sassy Tweets continue. 😂
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One Reply to “Universal Just Called Out Disney on Twitter…and They’re Not Wrong”
I don’t have a problem with having to make a reservation for the park you will attend on a specific date. I went to a dinner club in Wisconsin that didn’t accept reservations and had to wait 4 hours for a table. (I did it because of the novelty of the place. Nothing really special-dinner, no entertainment-so don’t know where the ‘club’part came in). All that being said….What frustrates me is the “You have to make a reservation to go AND you have to pay more for line skipping AND only one line skipped at a time AND you can only pay for that at 7AM on the morning you are going AND you have to pay even more to skip the most popular rides. It’s all the ANDS- the hoops Disney makes you jump through. It’s like if that restaurant said: You have to wait 4 hours AND you have to decide at 7AM if you want steak AND you have to pay $25 just to be able to order steak AND if it is Friday or Saturday that $25 becomes $40. Sooner or later, why bother? Will never go to that supper club again. That much I know. Disney? Fewer parks during my visits, fewer visits, and I will not pay for the extras. I remember when Disney was far more user friendly. Try and be MORE like those days than what you have now.