Universal Studios, Orlando
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.
Universal has always been on our list of "to do's" and having now been to Orlando 3 times it is still one of our favourites.
Rides for the adventurous and not so adventurous, with a unique atmosphere to just soak up if that's what suits you.
I love Jaws, Terminator, Back to the Future, Shrek and can't wait to try the Mummy ride next visit (only missed it opening by days last year). Love the "streets" and scenery and always enjoy the Blues Brothers and the Graveyard Revue.
This is the newest of the theme parks in the Universal Studios complex. Some of the best rides in the country are found here. The admission price is steep compared to other places, however the attractions are very state of the art. The area is divided into themes such as comic book characters, superheroes, dinosaurs, fantasy, and Dr. Seuss. There are rides for all ages, yet I think this will appeal more to older children. Children who are too young will not make the height requirements for some of the most sought after rides in the park. Many of the rides are very thrilling, such as the Hulk rollercoaster that will accelerate you unlike any other ride. The Spiderman ride is always rated one of the best. You even have two intertwining rollercoasters known as the fire and ice dragons that appear to be "duelling". Certainly, this is one of the best thrill ride parks in the land.
Finally it was time that agent "K" entered the scene ;-). As we used the single riders lane, we where at the ttraction very fast. Shooting the aliens is a real part of fun (and of course my car did win). My score here is now over 200 000. Go and beat it!
in the Earthquake attraction, you'll find out how some of the best tricks in the movies are made. The attraction features the expirience of being inside an earthquake that hits 8.3 on the richter scale.
next to Disney, Universal is the other major theme park in Central Florida. There are a wide variety of shows and attractions in and around the park. Several areas were re-created to enhance ones visit. This picture represents 1930s NYC.
Feel what it's like to be in the eye of the storm as a tornado touches down sending cows flying and pylons crashing down. It was good but not as good as it maybe could have been.
One minute you're riding the Subway into the station the next you are being tossed about like a ragdoll as a giant earthquake hits.
The roof caves in and a lorry crashes in before a pipe bursts and the water comes flowing down extinguishing the flames.
Before you board the train you are treated to a presentation of how earthquakes are filmed in movies.
When your at Universal Studios, the beattle juice show is pretty good. It's only around 20-30 minutes but the show is worth it.
As in all my tips on the rides and shows i won't give away all the good information or surprises , but this show is worth the time.
Revenge of the Mummy was a great ride.Expect the unexpected, thats all i will say.There are to many things which happen.This is a high speed roller coaster and more.
hold on and enjoy.
Lines were long as this is the new ride. So if you don't want to wait go express.....
The hulk in islands of adventure is a great roller coaster. it is one of the best...Twists, turns up and over and when you think your done your not....Get ready to blast off and travel like the hulk... Great ride...