Universal Studios, Orlando
If you're in Orlando you have just got to take yourself over to Universal Studios' new theme park called Island Of Adventure. It's just purely roller coasters and other similar rides. This was the first theme park I visited while in Orlando and it just blew me away.
Similar set up to other theme parks throughout the world but the rides are like no others in this world. Some of the outstanding ones for me where: Spiderman 3D, The Incredible Hulk, Dr Doom's Fearfall, Duelling Dragons and Poseidon's Fury. I wont spoil it for you by going into too much detail but all I can say it "GET YOURSELF OVER THERE!"
Spent a wonderful day at Universal Studios! For the movie lovers..this is definitely a place to go to :) Whether your taking a boat cruise with JAWS...or taking a roller-coaster ride with The MUMMY...or watching the amazing 3D/4D (cause they actually spray you with water and you have real people moving around the theater), or seeing 'Twister's' cow flying by, or taking a ride in the 'Back to the Future' time-travel car ..then you'll love Universal Studios.
I went there with good friends..and we even enjoyed walking around (Canal St. and 59th) of Manhattan - right in the middle of Orlando. It was a lot of fun :-)
Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, located next to one another, offer a two-for-one deal currently that costs approximately $50 to enter both parks. I'd recommend eating a big meal the night before, so that you wont be hungry for most of the day (and then grabbing just a light lunch, in case you throw it up on the rides!).
Rides I would not miss at Islands of Adventure would include: The Incredible Hulk (propulsion-style, go from 0-40mph in 2 seconds), Jurassic Park Ride (water ride, it's short but nice splash), and Dueling Dragons (two rollercoasters intertwinned that soar 125 feet over a lake).
Rides at Universal Studios: Revenge of the Mummy (great thriller, unexpected turns, good effects), Men In Black Alien Attack (shooting game on a spinning rollercoaster teacup), and Terminator 2: 3D (incredible special effects in 3D with live performers).
Above all, my advice would be to go really early. Showing up 30 minutes before the parks are set to open is a blessing, trust me. We queued at Universal Studios 30 min prior to opening, and within the first two hours, we were able to go on 10+ rides with less than 5 minute wait. But past noon, the lines started building to about 20+ minutes and we got less than 10+ rides in the remainder of our day!
Universal has an appeal all its own. Every October they host Halloween Horror Nights, which I've attended two years running. I highly recommend you go during HHN, the haunted houses are excellent and the atmosphere is to die for. Pun intended.
Great theme park where the rides are made from some of the movies that were produced by Universal Pictures. This is a great idea... but only if you have seen those movies! :-) Still yet, the experience was great; Merliis had never been to a theme park before and roller coasters are not her thing... so this was a great alternative.
Universal consists of 3 parks. Island of
Adventures, Universal Studio's, and the City walk
Universal Studio's is a park where you ride the movies. You are put in the middle of the movie. For example, when you ride earthquake, you see and feel first hand what it may be like to be in one.
There are really no fast paced rides. It is a park that you do once, and then you don't need to come back. What I’m saying is it was fun once, but a second time threw would be boring.
My personal favorite rides where the Mummy. The only real rollercoaster (like the cat and mouse rollercoaster) The 4D movies where also very good.
If you like these types of parks then this would be a good park for you.
Island of Adventures is more of a theme park with rides
City walk is free and is full of bars and shops.
1 DAY / 1 PARK
AT THE GATE $59.75 + tax
ONLINE ONLY $54.95 + tax
Child (Ages 3-9)
AT THE GATE $48.00 + tax
ONLINE ONLY $43.00 + tax
2 DAY / 2 PARK
AT THE GATE $104.95 + tax
ONLINE ONLY $99.95 + tax
Child (Ages 3-9)
AT THE GATE $104.95 + tax
ONLINE ONLY $99.95 + tax
There is also a 10-dollar parking charge.
Good luck and have fun.
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I really liked this theme park , it was different from fast high rides etc, it was much more interesting.Back to the future was a favourite of mine, a really good fun ride and very realistic. Men in Black is an excellent bundle of laughs hi tech shoot em up where you get a high score at the end! Jaws made my then 7 yr old jump out of his skin!
E.T was very magical , all the rides/ attractions are brilliant here and you'd be really missing out if you missed out !
Also here are lots of original film props such as the delorean and the back to the future 3 train etc. Also there was lots of behind the scenes stuff to watch, it really is an interesting park.
Duelling Dragons is a great and unique rollercoaster! The idea is that there are two seperate roller coasters with integrating paths, which gives the impression of duelling dragons and makes for high octane thrill ride sensation! I loved this ride, and absolutely had to try out each 'dragon!'
Adjoined to Universal Studios' Islands Of Adventure, alongside the huge Hard Rock Cafe, is NBA Vity. A large tribute to the National Basketball Association. As well as having plenty of NBA products for sale, there are also a number of attractions worth checking out.
On a warm winter day in December 2002, me and my family set off from our Orlando villa to finally see what the fuss was about with Universal Studios. I must say I was very impressed. Situated right next to Islands of Adventure which we visited a few days before. I must say I preffered this park. Although being a pretty hardcore rollercoaster buff, I have always had a fondness of movies and to realive an experience dedicated to studios and rides based on movie attractions had it's certain appeal. I enjoyed the Jaws ride particularly which was surprising because as one of the older rides it still was very original and fun. Don't know how the tour guides can keep that level of enthusiasm reliving the same experience round and round but hats off to them all. I also enjoyed the Earthquake ride and liked seeing the movie style backlots and cars straight out of films like Back to the Future and Fast and the Furious. Although, I must say the only dissapointing rides were Twister... basically a big hair dryer and Men In Black, which is much like the Haunted House at Alton Towers... tip... hold your finger on the trigger and don't let go... those points rack up. But I did enjoy some of the other rides/shows like Terminator 2 and Back to the Future was quite fun.
Generally, when people think of Orlando, they think of theme parks. When people think of theme parks in Orlando, they tend to think of Disney. However, lurking in the background is Universal Studios, which in my opinion is the best of the parks, if you aren't to include Sea World in the bracket. In fact, the closest contender is probably new sister park to Universal- Islands Of Adventure, which is also fantastic. This is not to put a downer on the Disney parks, which are all great, but it's simply testament to Universal Studios that it's head and shoulders above.
Combining a great movie style feel and atmosphere, with some rides and shows that are unrivalled in their brilliance, makes Universal Studios a must see!
Very much like Jaws and E.T. this ride was one of those that made Universal Studios a realistic rival to Disney back in the day. Unfortunately, similar again to Jaws, it has become a little dated, but the style of the ride probably means it holds up a little better than Jaws. The huge gorilla model is not particularly convincing, but when your cart is shaking rather violently it feels very real! Again, despite the ageing process, you've got to check King Kong out.
This is my favourite ride from any theme park... ever! Period! I don't want to give too much away, as it is an experience that you should take in wholly yourself, but this has been done to perfection. The storyline wouldn't be out of place in on of the films, and features the actual actors, combined in 3d with live performers, and how they combine the two is awe inspiring. I have watched this 3d show loads and loads of times during my visits to Universal Studios, and about 50% of the time it will receive a standing ovation! Fantastic!
Seuss Landing in Islands of Adventure is a kiddie land for the younger bunch. They can ride a couch through the Cat in the Hat ride or steer a fish and get a little wet on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. If I Ran The Zoo is a nice play area for them, and Caro-Seuss-El is a traditional merry go round. You can grab a bite to eat at Green Eggs & Ham, next to Caro-Seuss-El.
We go to Orlando for the Universal parks as much as we do for Disney. Universal Studios is the reason we don't go to MGM Studios very often...
Islands of Adventure has the best roller coasters I've been to.
Don't miss the Halloween Horror Nights experience in October, you won't be dissapointed.