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    Grrr!... Stupid new Universal commercial!

    Remember a little ways back when Universal Studios was airing those television commercials that stated "Fairy tales and pixie dust not your thing? Try a vacation away from the ordinary." It was an obvious slap in the face aimed at Disney, and although I respect Universal's right to advertise, I don't think it remotely tasteful to make a comment like that so obviously directed at your competition. I am actually a fan of US and IoA... certainly not as big a fan as I am of Disney, but I still like their parks. But when I first saw that commercial, I felt more than slightly offended. There's a difference between "come see out park!" and "that other park ****s... come to ours instead." Besides, call me silly or what have you, but it just seems to me that Disney is more "away from the ordinary" than Universal is. US to me really is much more...typical... of a theme park. I kind of thought US needed to come up with a new slogan.

    Well, after that commercial stopped airing, I kind of let it slip out of my head. Perhaps someone learned better. Perhaps someone grew up and matured a little bit. Either way, all was quiet on the theme park front for quite some time... until US struck out again with another low blow. I saw it for the first time tonight.

    ...So there I was, sitting on the futon watching America's Funniest Videos with my (fellow DISNEY AP holding) roommate, just finishing off an ice cream sandwich, sticky wrapper still in one hand, my telephone in the other. Not that it matters really to the story, but it was my girlfriend on the other end of that line... (my DISNEY CAST MEMBER girlfriend, to be exact). That's when it struck. AFV went to commercial, and I see a little girl standing in front of what I immediately recognized as IoA's Incredible Hulk coaster. I raise a finger to indicate to my roommate that I recognized the ride, and blurted out, "Hey... it's the Hulk!" At that point, I was in a good mood, and happy to see this commercial, as the Hulk is a pretty cool ride. Then the girl speaks.

    "If I have to hug one more princess on my vacation..." she says.

    My jaw drops. So does my sticky ice cream wrapper. (Don't worry, it's a cheap futon). There is no mistaking where this commercial is going.

    The next scene depicts a little boy, who states very matter-of-factly: "Sure I believed in fairy tales... WHEN I WAS FIVE!!! This boy looks no more than six.

    By now, the gloves were off. My jaw was closed again. In fact, my teeth were clenched. And my free hand was groping wildly for something to throw at the television.

    Fortunately, I never found anything to throw, because if I had, I might just have done so upon hearing the next couple lines. The first of which came from a second young girl, telling us "I'm not eight anymore... I'm eight and a half!", followed immediately by a narrator asking "Are your kids trying to tell you something?"

    I was so bothered by this commercial, that I spent the next several minutes going off about this commercial to my roommate and girlfriend, none of us were at all happy about it. The fact that Universal does advertise that way really shows just how much competition from Disney is a threat to them, and should make me happy, but really it just infuriates me. How can you sink so low to be so immature? Boost yourself up to make yourself look good all you want, but don't go out trying to make your opponents look inferior.

    On a much better note, AFV tonight was a $100,000 prize episode, and the winning video was of a very cute little fellow singing (or rather shouting, while slinging his fists wildly in the air) his own slightly massacred version of the Mickey Mouse Club March. When the host asked the family what they intended to do with the winnings, the father replied something along the lines of, "Well I think it only fitting that after tonight, we're going to Disney World!"

    Yeah... what, Universal!?!? You heard 'em. Not going to your parks. Going to Disney World.
    ...jerks

    (btw, my namecalling and negativity described here in this post in no way reflects my opinion of US or IoA as a whole, nor does it reflect my opinions of the people who work there or attend as regular guests and fans. I'm just a bit miffed at the advertising suits over there who decided that decided that a "na-na-na-na, poo-poo" approach to increasing attendance was a good idea. Grow up... grow up and learn to appreciate being a kid.)

    On a side note... anyone seen the Disney commercial with the penguins going to ride Soarin'? No finger pointing. No namecalling. No need. Cute. Harmless. Fun.
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    Yow. That is pretty low. For the record, I was at Universal some years back, and wasn't all that impressed (to me, the highlight was getting to jam with the Blues Brothers).

    "'If I have to hug one more princess....'"? Look, sweetheart, I can't imagine anyone holding the magic wand to your dear little head and forcing you to do any such thing........heh, or maybe I'm just a little envious at the thought. And as for an eight (sorry, gotta include that fraction, eight point five) year old no longer believing in fairy tales......that's just sad. I blame the schools. Or congress.

    Glad I've been missing out on these commercials. I've got enough to be livid about as it is.

    (Totally unrelated; but as long as we're talking commercials, I saw what has got to be the coolest advertisement I've ever had the pleasure of witnessing tonight. Some poor guy was in a drug store buying, ahem.....feminine hygiene products, attending yoga classes with this woman he was presumably shopping for, and doing all sorts of emasculating tasks. All the while, Meat Loaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love" was playing over the action. But when the two of them were cozy on the couch and she reached for his soda......well, he wouldn't do that, and the tune followed right along as he got up, left the house, and ran down the street; bottle firmly in hand. If I had recorded that, I'd probably still be watching and laughing my little head off.)
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    I was like whatever kid, you're blocking The Hulk!

    Ok chubs, move out of the way!

    Arg!!!

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    I didn't see the commercials but its bad taste to do something like. Its funny that the ad for this page is for Universal.

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    Yeah, I spotted that as soon as I submitted the thread. I think it was automatically triggered by the word "Universal" in the thread title.
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    I have no beef with the Universal parks, I like CityWalk and the MIB ride was fun (I didn't get to IoA). But I think this type of commercial is really low. That and why are we making our kids grow up that fast? Come on now, really, why does the 8 year old have to ride rollercoasters to really have fun?

    I don't know, I don't like attacking your competion type ads (and I am in marketing, ha).
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    I am not sure making fun of those of us that still want to be part of the "magic" is a great marketing tool, but I suppose if the first round of attack ads worked, they did another round. It's just like slimy politics-it sends the message I guess. BTW-I have been to Universal twice, and both times the best rides were closed because of technical difficulities, so while I am sure it is a great park, it is hard for me to judge because everything was broken when I was there...
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    You Know, i haven't seen those commercials in a while. What child in their right mind would not love to go to Disney. Matter a fact, we are going in June, who wants to go very badly and can't wait... My daughter who will be 18 when we go, who did she say she has got to get a picture with this time, Minnie Mouse... The problem is in us as parents we want our children to grow up to fast. Let them stay young at heart long as possible... Sure, U.S and IoA has coasters, so does Busch Gardens, but neither can not hold a candle to Disney. No way, will not EVER happen...
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    My opinion of all of this is that MainStreetUSA is a GREAT story teller and should consider writing.

    Oh yeah, and Universal who????

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwannabeminnie
    My opinion of all of this is that MainStreetUSA is a GREAT story teller and should consider writing.

    Oh yeah, and Universal who????
    Thanks!

    Consider it considered. Actually, it's a part time hobby of mine. I was named creative writer of the year during my senior year of high school a few years back (out of about 2200 students in the school). I was chosen for a series of poems, a short story, and a one-act play i wrote for one of my english electives that year. Writing is fun. It lets me bring my imagination out on paper so that others can come join in, and it's especially fun if you have the gift of gab. (In case you haven't noticed from many of my posts... I tend to be really long-winded.)
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    What bothers me about Universal's digs at Disney is that probably 80% of their customers wouldn't be coming if it weren't for Disney. Most people traveling to Orlando come for Disney and maybe decide to venture out for a day or two to Universal. Very few people go the other way around. Universal should be grateful that Disney brings in guests for them. I happen to like the Universal parks but I never would have gone if I hadn't been in Orlando already for Disney. Maybe I'm wrong but I bet somebody out there has done surveys on this kind of stuff and could prove my theory.

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    I agree completely Sara. My family fits in that category. A few years back we did one of those big long two week florida vacation things with like 9 days at Disney, and the other half a week at Universal, Islands of Adventure, Sea World, Kennedy Space Center, visiting grandma... that kind of thing. I think that's what a lot of people do. I don't know how you can expect to get a whole vacation's worth of stuff to do out of two parks and citiwalk. Universal can be seen in less than a day, and IoA is pretty much the same. Perhaps I can't see all of both parks in a day, but I can easily do all of my favorites multiple times in less than a day, or all of both parks in less than two.

    I don't dislike universal at all. In fact, Islands of Adventure is my favorite non-disney park. if you've got thrills on the brain, that's the place to go. The theming and stories behind the attractions are usually lacking a bit, but the rides themselves are sweet. I even went and got an annual pass there my freshman year in school here. two parks for a year for $150 ... that was a good deal in my opinion.

    You're right Sara, universal should be thanking disney for bringing them more guests, not criticizing them for having a broader fan base. It's kind of like all the taxi drivers and limo services that were complaining when Disney's Magical Express started bringing tourists to WDW from MCO free of charge. I think they forget that they wouldn't have had 3/4 of the business they have had so far if WDW had never existed. If anyone doubts that statement, take a look around the next time you are standing in MCO. At least half of everyone there is wearing Disney clothing, carrying yellow and red WDW bags, escorting children clutching mickey and eeyore toys, carrying port orleans mugs in hand... it seems that the majority of all people in that airport on any given day are either coming from or going to WDW. Taxis and Universal alike should be thanking Disney for bringing that kind of tourism to the Orlando area. it makes it so much easier on them to recruit some guests of their own, considering they are already down here. Don't you agree?
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    Preach on Don... I'm just glad to know I'm not alone in my thoughts.

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    [QUOTE=Conceited Ape]

    And as for an eight (sorry, gotta include that fraction, eight point five) year old no longer believing in fairy tales......that's just sad. I blame the schools. Or congress.

    QUOTE]

    Go and blame congress! I teach fairy tales to 6th graders. Some of them only know the Disney versions- yeah! but no others so we do branch out.

    When in doubt, blame congress- the opposite of progress. (Or at least not my school)

    That commercial just kills me because it makes kids grow up too fast. Kids should be "allowed" by the media to still believe in fairy tales, make believe and the possiblity of imagination. Maybe that is why kids are so whiny. They don't know how to dream unless they are forced to and they are really forced to grow up to quickly. No wonder so many need therapy.

    I now get off my soap box and return you back to this cool thread.


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    i think the commercial was just plain tasteless...it really turns me off from universal. i mean the park is ok but it doesn't have the magic of disney...and hey i still believe in pixie dust and magic, who wouldn't want to?
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