Including Universal Studios Florida into your Orlando attractions planning is highly recommended. It is impossible for movie enthusiasts to vacation in this area without enjoying all Universal has to offer. The initial design for this Orlando theme park would combine an active studio set and theme park revolving around movies. This was the first time Universal Studios ever consider constructing an amusement park. Plans to make this happen went on hold for over four years.
This Orlando attraction, that we now enjoy, came into being after a meeting with director Steven Spielberg, also a co-founder of the theme park. This meeting prompted the movie simulation ride of Back to the Future along with King Kong. Although these rides have been replaced, the thrills and excitement have only gotten better. NOTE: Skull Island Reign of Kong will return in 2016.
The initial concept was founded on Universals’ Hollywood Studio tours, but took it a step further. These larger, stand-alone attractions allow visitors to experience their favorite Universal Studio movies; creating the experience of actually being in the movies. Today’s shows and rides at this Orlando attraction can actually allow you to “ride the movies.” Experience the ride with the actual stars of the movie being depicted in the attraction.
ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If your family is ready to actually be thrilled beyond imagination, it is a good idea to know where to find your favorite motion picture when entering the theme park. Secure a map ahead of time. You can also view the park’s map online the day before your visit to familiarize your family with the layout of the park.
If you have ever wanted to experience the heat of a fire-breathing dragon, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey can put you there, right near the flames. Another “adventure” ride, “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,” allows you to soar through the air with the help of high-tech 3-D glasses. You can experience all kinds of thrills with your favorite characters.
Theme Park Rides Include:
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit®
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster® (currently being renovated until summer 2016)
- Doctor Doom’s Fearfall®
- Dragon Challenge™
Rides for Kids
- The Cat In The Hat™
- Pteranodon Flyers®
- E.T. Adventure®
- MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™
- Flight of the Hippogriff™
Thrilling rides are not the only attraction available inside this Orlando theme park. There are many fabulous shows to see. Cheer on the heroes and boo the villains as you experience the thrills of The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad® stunt show. Enjoy the raucous music and comedy of Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue™. Catch Jake and Elwood, The Blues Brothers®, performing their biggest hits. Go behind the scenes of movie-making in the hilarious Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show. And sing and clap along with everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur in A Day in the Park with Barney™.
Food, gift shops and kids play areas are also found inside this popular Orlando attraction. Do not miss Universal Studios Florida while vacationing in Florida. The heart-pounding, action-packed thrill rides will put you inside your favorite movies; an experience to last a life-time.