I have always been a Disney fan. But at the same time I have always loved some of the Universal films too and on our various trips to Orlando we always have a day or two at Universal and Island's of adventure.
For years I have always seen it as a poor mans Disney. By that I mean they tried for years to do what Disney does but really couldn't match it.
The company was/is full with ex Disney staff and you could see why the comparisson was made.
I always thought that the fine detail was always missed with Universal but my opinion on that started to change when Spiderman was opened.
It was one of those 'wow' rides for me and more recently Harry Potter and the Forbbiden Journey was another one of those 'wow' rides.
Now I cannot comment on the fantasyland expansion over at Magic Kingdom but for a few years now I don't think I can remember a time I have been 'wowed' at a new attraction. Mickey's PhilharMagic was probably the last time I was genuinely impressed by something Disney had done.
I love Disney I think the whole place is still magical I really do. It's my special place and perhaps Disney are a victim of their own sucess and standards.
But are we seeing the tides changing in favour of Universal?
We have Harry Potter, we have Spiderman, we have transformers. What is disney's response? Fantasyland and a rumoured cars land.
Disney had the oportunity to really put a nail in unversal's coffin with the Harry Potter thing, they failed.
Rumours that universal have bought the rights to both Lord of the Rings and Hunger Games in the last week, seem to show that Universal are stepping up their game.
And I have to wonder why?