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Universal Studios Orlando
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, Florida 32819
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Roller Coaster Photos
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit
Revenge of the Mummy
Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster

Other Ride Photos
Despicable Me
E.T. Adventure
Hogwarts Express
Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast
Men in Black
Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon (new for 2017 need photos)
The Simpsons Ride
Terminator 2 in 3-D
Twist 'n' Hurl

TPR Trip Reports
Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley Opening Day
Diagon Alley Media Day 2014
Halloween Horror Nights 23 Report
Universal Studios December 2013 Media Annoucement
TPR's October 2013 Trip
A Final Look at Jaws The Ride
Halloween Horror Nights 2009
TPR's Halloween Horror Nights 2008 Update
Theme Park Review's Orlando 2008 Trip!
Photos from "TPR Halloween 2007 - Halloween Horror Nights"
Photos from "TPR Halloween Trip 2007"
KidTums goes to Florida - May 2007
Photos From "Real World Orlando 2006" Halloween Horror Nights
Photos From "Florida 2005 - Halloween Trip"
Photos From Halloween Horror Nights 2004
Photos From Spring 2004 Trip
Photos From Summer 2003 Trip
Photos From "Insanity Day" 2002
Photos From "Florida Trip" 2001
Photos From "Ocotber 2001" Trip

TPR Member Photo Trip Reports
February 2017 by The Great Zo
October 20th, 2013 by cfc
July 5th, 2009 by Lenaapple1974
October 8th, 2007 by Erik Johnson
April 28th, 2007 by Griffon
May 12th, 2006 by Immel Man
May 9th, 2006 by KrakenKing

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 riding the movies/or TV the Disaster attraction and Jimmy Fallon's Race through New York. 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.
Nearby Lodging
If you stay onsite at Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Loews Sapphire Falls or Cabana Bay Beach and 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.
Operating Season
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
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
The hokey Beetlejuice's Graveyard Review is the major show. 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.
Hogwarts Express Train POV

Mark's Postacrd Paradise - Back to the Future

Park Maps
2004 Park Map
2005 Park Map
2005 Park Map (HHN)
2006 Park Map
2006 Park Map (HHN)
2007 Park Map
2007 Park Map (HHN)
2008 Park Map
2009 Park Map
2010 Park Map (HHN)
2010 Park Map
2011 Park Map
2011 Park Map (HHN)

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