Universal Studios Florida is located in Orlando, Florida and built around the entertainment industry, in particular movies and television.The park was opened in 1990 and year after year ranks in Top 10 most visited theme parks in the United States.
Universal Studios consists of six different themed areas: Hollywood (which will feature the new transformers 3D ride), Production Central, New York, San Francisco / Amity, World Expo and Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone.
Overshadowed in the past year by the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter next door at Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida features many highly-rated movies- and TV-themed attractions of its own, including Shrek, Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride and Men in Black Alien Attack.
Once you have walked through the rather grand gates of Universal Studios, you immediately arrive at Production Central. The Hollywood, Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster dominates the entrance to the park. There are two rides worth mention in this area of the park. The first is the brand new Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride (the recently opened high-def 3D and one of our favourites. I went 3 times). The second is 4-D Shrek (Another interactive experience that starts off from where the first film finished). The park also has two major roller coasters, including Revenge of the Mummy (simply one of the best theme park attractions ever created, as it’s half dark ride/ half launched coaster that ends in real flames) and the less enjoyable Rockit roller coaster (the idea is very good: you chose from a playlist the music you’ll ear on the ride – for instance, “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor -, but the ride itself is uncomfortable, sorry…). Finally, you must stop at Men in Black, easily the best shooting dark ride on the planet (I always lose on these rides but i’m still hopeful that one day my luck will roll over). In 2013 the park opens Transformers, the Ride, an interactive 3D attraction based on the movie franchise. In the Summer 2013 the park opened The Simpsons Springfield USA expansion with several brand new food outlets.
We went 8 days in October, 2012 and also covered other Floridian parks like Disney Magic Kingdom, Universal Islands of Adventure, Epcot and Busch Gardens Africa. From all the attractions there were 3 we loved the most: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, The Mummy roller coaster and Simpsons, the ride (see video). Also the interaction with friendly movie characters is unique at the park (It’s me over there almost “kissed” by Marilyn). At that time of year Universal Orlando hosts Halloween Horror Nights parties in 2012 dedicated to Fox’s Walking Dead series (and in February there’s also a Mardi Gras event). The shows and the actors were not so great but the park was opened at night on the weekends and you could ride all the attractions. As most parks in the Orlando area Universal attracts huge crowds (even in off peak season like when we visited) so just follow my advice and use the “Universal Express” entrances. Also you could bring a backpack because all major rides has lockers free for the waiting time of our ride.
By Carlos Canaes and Ana Alegria. Updated 14/9/2017
Tickets – From $110.00 Adults – $165.00 park-to-park
Park opens all year longTop Rides
Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride and Men in Black, Alien Attack, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
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