by John Clark –
If living in or near Orlando Florida, one has a choice of a vast array of amusement parks not to be seen anywhere else in the world. I know and have tried many of them.
The first park I tried was of course Disney World. I have always had a special place in my heart for Disney and the Mouse that roared as I attended the opening of the original park in Anaheim California a long time ago. As a child, Disneyland was a joy to behold. It was a new and wonderful world. I also attended the opening of Florida’s Disney world, which was the same idea as the original park in California and was equally as entertaining.
Later in life, I was invited to review the Disney world parks by their management in 2013. I could not believe the change! Welcome to future shock. The parks were packed solid with very rude people and obviously the parks were not the same world that Walt had envisioned. I am sure of that. The parks looked worn and tired and The Magic kingdom had lost its luster.
The management has had to keep those turnstiles’ turning. To do that they had to give great deals to Florida residents at a yearly bargain rate. Floridians pay for yearly admission to Florida’s Disney World almost the same price out-of-Towners pay for just a day or two. As a result the park is jammed packed with rude Floridian transplants from NY.
I would NOT recommend Florida Disney World to anyone – not to mention how Disney caters to Sodomites. I would not recommend Disney unless you go to Downtown Disney which is free, even the parking.
Next Universal studios
…. If you are planning to purchase an annual pass at Universal Studios Orlando, DON’T! After going to Universal Studios I personally felt that it’s a rip-off.
For starters, they only have a few months of performing artists scheduled. You’re entitled to see them as annual pass holder ….. But lots of luck! They only schedule one night for the show, the crowd is enormous, and if you want to see the show at all, you will have to stand for hours in the blazing sun to get a seat. Then, if you want to eat there…. don’t try the fried chicken…. YUCK!!, the worst chicken you will find anywhere, and I mean anywhere – greasy, hard, if you try to bite into it, it is like eating a greasy rock.
Last week I tried to attend their “Halloween nights”. They say annual pass holders get special treatment.
They must have received their training at some torment training camp. First of all, you must pay extra money, which, if you got your money’s worth — not — would be fine. Then you must stand in line, a line which is virtually endless. That line will take anywhere from no less than an hour … sometimes much more. After that customer ‘friendly’ torment, you are allowed to go in, then they put you in holding pen like cattle – Mooooooo! But, to add to the fun, another line is waiting for you seemingly a mile long and you find the hassle is just not worth what you finally get to see. What a rip off!!
Yours truly, John Clark, the NWS Staff ‘good fun’ travel reporter, contacted Universal’s customer support. Well, you will get better support from your socks I found! Universal’s customer support can hang up on you and when I did get someone, they said they would call back and never did. Finally I reached someone, The Supervisor of Public Relations, he tried to justify their actions, and of course they are never wrong! And quoting what he said to me: “WE HAVE AWARD WINNING CUSTOMER SERVICE”
Here at NWS we wonder if Bill Davis the CEO of Universal knows what is going on behind his back, or maybe he does know. Whatever happened to THE CUSTOMER is always right?
PS: About a year ago as a staff writer for the National Writers Syndicate.com, I went to Universal Studios in Orlando and noticed that all of “them thar fishes” had died. They were seen floating in the ponds, and the smell was awful. I reported the problem to some of Universal Staff and they did not know anything about the situation. Universal did nothing to remedy the helpful notification I made. So, I think that the apparently lazy or indifferent management were at that time very possibly were putting the public at risk as long as the dollars kept flowing. NWS then reported it to the Orlando Sentinel, but, what would they do? After all Universal is one of their biggest advertisers.
It is a real shame that corporate interests always come before the interests of the American Public, thanks in part to corporate greed, affirmative action.
Now onto the worst park in my opinion and from many people that have I have interviewed ….
Sea World Orlando was another one of the first amusement parks I attended after moving to Florida. I had enjoyed going to Sea World in San Diego when I lived in Los Angeles it was always a great time to travel down to San Diego and enjoy the show.
My wife and I bought an annual pass and first few times it seemed like it might be fun, but then my wife advised me how dirty the women’s restrooms were. They were as bad as the ones at Walmart. Well we still thought it was fun one day until it was time to have lunch. We decided to eat at their sea food restaurant.
After all, it’s Sea World right? So I ordered fish and chips as it was the only fish on menu and we both love fish and chips. Boy were we shocked! The fish was soggy and tasteless and expensive even worse than the chicken at Universal! If you still have the desire to go there, I would advise you not to eat at that sea food restaurant.
And when I heard that a killer whale by the name of Tilikum had killed a trainer by the name of Dawn, I looked to find info about that and came up with this: “The stress of captivity also causes Tilikum to exhibit aggression toward humans, which has cost two more lives—those of Daniel P. Dukes in 1999 and Dawn Brancheau in 2010”. Tilikum scalped and dismembered Dawn as well as breaking bones throughout her body before drowning her. At a later date, my wife and I watched a film on TV called “Blackfish”. The show chronicled the history of killer whales at Sea World and how the government ruled that trainers could no longer get in water with them. This very much upset the management at Sea World and they are fighting to get trainers back into water with the killer whales. Well – so much for caring for human life over the almighty buck! After talking to a number of Employees, I wonder if Blackstone the group that owns Sea World knows that they have many poorly trained employees, maybe someone should let Terry Prather the
CEO of Sea World know
See you later Sea World, you Cretans.
Conclusion: In my opinion, if you must go to the amusement parks in Orlando, either go to Downtown Disney, which features free parking and admission and is a great place for kids as well as Universal’s City Walk which is free, however, you must pay for parking at that facility.