Not surprisingly many rides are themed to major Universal motion pictures and TV shows. The two major coasters in the park are Revenge of the Mummy, Rip Ride and Rockit. Men in Black Alien Attack is an excellent shooting ride. Transformers is a state of the art 3D ride, similar to its Counterpart (Spiderman) at IOA. Simpsons The Ride is a highly entertaining simulator within a nicely themed Springfield area.
For those into special effects try to catch the Terminator, Twister and Disaster attractions. For the young ones the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Shrek 4D and Woody's Nuthouse Coaster are popular.
Impressive themeing went into the building of Diagon Alley it's centerpiece ride Escape from Gringotts, if you can find it.
Standard quick service food in the form of carts/stands and sit downs options can be found throughout the park. The two full service restaurants that offers more variety are Finnegan's Bar and Grille (Irish Pub Style food) and Lombard's Seafood Grille.
Universal Studios is open year round
Established Seasonal events
Hollywood Horror Nights is considered the premier Halloween event in the World. Admission is by separate ticket only. Express Passes are recommended on busy nights as queues for mazes and houses can be as long as 2 hours. Major rides: Men in Black, Revenge of the Mummy and Escape from Gringotts remain open during HHN.
In the spring, the park hosts the largest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans.
Access & Location
From Orlando International Airport:
1) Take SR-528 West 11 miles to I-4 East
2) Take I-4 East 2 miles to exit 75A
3) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels
From I-4 Eastbound (Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee):
1) Take I-4 East to exit 75A
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels
From I-4 Westbound (Downtown Orlando):
1) Take I-4 West to exit 74B
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels
If you stay onsite at Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort your room key serves as an unlimited Express Pass throughout the length of your stay.
Many major hotel chains are located near the park.
Universal Hotel Partners can be found here http://www.universalorlando.com/Florida_Vacation_Packages/nf/partnerhotels.aspx Some Universal Partner Hotels may offers discounts at the parks.
Virtual Queue Options
Express Pass Plus can be purchased and allow one-time Front of Line . Prices for the Express Pass Plus vary throughout the year, based on expected traffic.
Men in Black, Revenge of the Mummy, and Rip, Ride and Rockit offer single rider lines but be respectful of the park and other guests by not entering the single rider line expecting to sit with others in you group. Be warned sometimes Rip, Ride and Rockit's single rider line is long than the regular line
Terminator 2 in 3D, an indoor special effects show, and the hokey Beetlejuice's Graveyard Review are the two major shows. Jake and Elwood put on a Blues Brothers street performance a couple of times per day.
The Horror Make-up show is a great indoor diversion on a hot summer day.
Kids will be entertained by a sing and clap along show with Barney while the Animal Actor show is palatable to all ages.
On occasion TV shows will audience needs will be filmed on the sound stages.
During Hollywood Horror Nights, additional shows in the form of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure are staged.
See the stars and ride the movies in the East Coast version of the Hollywood original. While it is not as common to see live filming going on in this park compared to its California cousin, they do a very good job of keeping the atmosphere and excitement of movie and TV production alive with attractions that really let you "ride the movies." One unique launched, indoor coaster (Revenge of the Mummy) and a new state-of-the-art coaster, along with a host of other highly themed rides and shows, make for a full day in the park that is generally family friendly. Special events are always a highlight, with Halloween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras bringing in large crowds. This park can feel busy during the summer and Halloween Horror Nights, but purchasing an express pass can help you see all of the attractions if you have limited time.
Visited this park a little over a year ago, and my family and I were blown away. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit was pretty good, Revenge of the Mummy was a lot more fun than I was expecting, and Diagon Alley was unbelievable even to someone who knew very little about Harry Potter. I personally really enjoyed the media-based attractions like Transformers and especially Escape from Gringotts. Overall, we spent 2.5 days between this park and Islands of Adventure, and still felt like there was more to do. I'd recommend Universal Orlando to anyone!
Universal Orlando has been constantly changing in the past few years with newly innovative experiences for many families to enjoy! With the opening of Diagon Alley, you can just see the future of the park due to the immense amount of detail this park uses. All of their rides are world class innovations. With the new Simpsons land theming, Despicable Me ride, Transformers, and now the new Diagon Alley...I can say that this park is retaining its charm back! It is a great experience for the family to enjoy and ride the movies. A must-see theme park!
Universal Studios Florida Theme Park has great rides and thrills. It's a park to visit with the family and it matches up to Disney's Hollywood Studios at Disney World. The park itself boasts ride for every generation and has the probably one of the most "unique" coasters in Rip Ride Rockit! With the park expanding with Transformers: The Ride 3-D and the New Harry Potter Diagon Alley and what is still rumored to be a Upgrade in the Kids Section the park's future is very very bright! The only negative is that the park doesn't have a lot of family rides and doesn't have the best theming compared to Islands of Adventure although Diagon Alley might be changing that soon. Also, the parks shows aren't as interesting anymore.
Universal Studios offers an amazing array of attractions. From the Revenge of the Mummy (best coaster here, IMO) to the Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt coasters to the amazing shows and motion simulators and of course Men In Black, Universal Studios Orlando offers amazing attractions. It is also a beautiful park, spread out far around the central lake. The theming and architecture is amazing from each different area of the park. Really amazing park!
While it may not have the tram tour its California counterpart has, this Universal park makes up for that with its improved theming and more spread out feel. Here, Universal has increased the thrill factor a bit, with a rather strange coaster. Revenge of the Mummy is far superior to the California version. Many of the other hit shows in the California park can also be found here. Overall, if you would like a break from the kid-oriented atmosphere of
Disney, USF will provide plenty of relief.
Universal Studios is a really well rounded park. Revenge of the Mummy is simply one of the best theme park attractions ever created, as it's half dark ride/ half launched coaster... WITH FIRE!!! On the other end of the park, Men In Black is the best shooting dark ride you can ever go on. Aside from these attractions, there are plenty other things to do in the park, just nothing else is as re-rideable. For it's age, Terminator is still a pretty impressive 3d show if you have the time, and Simpsons is a pretty fun motion simulator. The best time to visit the park is in October, as Halloween Horror Nights is sort of the gold standard in the amusement industry for Halloween events.
This is a great theme park. The movie based attractions such as Jaws, and Twister are very well themed. The brand new Maurer Sohne coaster Rip Ride Rock it, is a slightly painful but fun experience. The best friend in the park though must be revenge of the mummy. This is a short but fantastic coaster. Great park.
Universal Studios Park in Orlando has some very solid attractions that make the park worth visiting but the park as whole doesn't quite measure up to some of the other parks in the area. Revenge of the Mummy is a Fantastic dark ride roller coaster and Men In Black Alien Attack might be the best shooting dark ride in the world. Hollywood Rockit is a fun coaster with on board audio but doesn't quite have the thrills I was hoping it would. The rest of the attractions at the park are very solid but a little dated. Distaster, the Simpsons, Twister, and Terminator are all fun but not very re-rideable in my opinion.
The Halloween event the park puts on every year, Halloween Horror Nights, is one of the best in the world.
Everything from this park seems as if it were straight out of the movies. Revenge Of The Mummy is an amazing attraction, a definite must ride!! The park is very family friendly featuring great family accommodations like parent swap. The theming is extensive, and the attractions are top notch. A great place to spend a family vacation.
I realize I am probably not with the majority here, but honestly for me the park really on has two reasons to visit, and thats for Revenge of the Mummy and Men in Black. I find Jaws to be outdated as was Twister and the HRRR could have used fewer blocks that really slow the ride down. One note of interest to me is they have a real life Quik-E-Mart.
Universal Studios seems like a park in transition- there are still many of the movie themed rides that focus on show, but coasters are starting to creep in. Men In Black is my favorite shooting dark ride, and the cars provide nice rides and spinning that push it above rides that just have the lasers going for them. Unfortunately, none of the other rides really made a great impression on me. Mummy was alright (I did like the employees' thumbs up-turned-down on dispatch and menacing my sister). Other rides like Twister and ET feel rather outdated. There are nice walkaround characters available, and good entertainment. Food is standard. Some might prefer this park, but I would rather spend more time at Islands of Adventure.
Universal is a cut above Disney's Hollywood Studios. Revenge of the Mummy is probably the best indoor coaster/dark ride anywhere, Men in Black is the best shooting dark ride around, and Hollywood Rip, Ride, and Rockit is a very good (if temperatmental) coaster. It is lacking in the food department (DHS beats them here), and it could use a few more attractions (like DHS). October is the best time to visit, as Halloween Horror Nights are not to be missed. And be sure to ride Jaws--cheesy, but in a good way!
Men in Black is easily the best shooting dark ride on the planet. This park is a bit more family friendly for those with smaller kids, but again many of the attractions do have height restrictions. Revenge of the Mummy is also a really top notch indoor coaster, so make sure you check that one out.
Fun, more grownup park than the other central Florida parks.
Two very interesting roller coasters.
One of the best shooting dark rides on Earth.
Almost nothing is actually filmed here anymore so don't go in expecting a real "Studio Tour" or park like the one in Hollywood.
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