Universal Studios, Orlando
Universal Studios is one themepark one should not miss. As you enter the park, the famous big revolving logo will welcome you. The place is so nice especially for people like me who is not really much into wild rides! The 3d and 4d shows are really fun with moving chair, splashing water and tickling air effects. The set up of the whole park gives you the feeling of being in a movie scene. Walkways, shops and other displays looks so cinematically real :-)
Never miss the "Jaws" ride and be one of the MIB agents and fight the unwanted aliens.
Check Universal Studios website for promos. When we purchased the tickets online they had the "Mastercard" promo wherein you can get 1 ticket free for a minimum of 4 pax (adult and child pay the same rate). The 2 days park ticket includes 3 more days free, access to citywalk and pleasure island.
Similar to Universal Studios in Los Angeles this is a great way to spend a day simply enjoying yourself.
There are similar rides to those in LA with a few extras. There is the Jaws experience as well as the Twister ride, that add a little variety, along with the King Kong thrill ride.
A must see!
Men In Black Alien Attack is one of the rides in Universal Studios that one shouldn't miss. You will be riding ina 6 seater cart armed with laser guns. As you enter the world of aliens, you should kill the unwanted creatures that will pop out along your way. Designed with special effects like lighting, smoke machine and laser, one can trully feel you're inside the alien world. The ride can be a little bit dizzy as the cart swirl around but it was tolerable. At the end of the ride, you can view how many aliens you killed. Just go to the souvenir shop at the exit.
Bags and other carry on luggage should be left in the lockers. Lockers are free for a period of one hour. In excess to that, an additional fee will be charged.
Fear Factor Live @ Universal Studios. Want to see how those contestants conquer their fear @ The Fear factor show? Now here is the chance for you to see it Live @ Universal Studios Orlando.
About an hour show wherein participants will show how strong their stamina are. How brave they are as they conquer their fear of heights by riding a hanging car, hang themselves in the air for about 15 minutes, eat a mouth watering mixture of rotten meat, spoiled egg, worms and other insects (yikes!)
The show was really entertaining. It maybe gruesome but dont worry you'll get used to it as the show goes on.
Also, they allow audience participation. So, if you're keen to show your bravery..Fear factor is here! Approach any fear factor staff and they can include you in the list. Make sure to sign up atleast 30 minutes prior to the show.
If you are visiting Universal / Islands of Adventure during one of the busy periods consider staying at one of the 3 on site hotels.
What we didn't realise was that you can check in very early on your first day (9am in our case!) and get your room key (even though they won't tell you the room number if the room is not ready!). You then leave your bags with the bell staff and go into the park using your key as an unlimited Universal Express (Fast Pass) on all the popular rides. Your key is also valid on the day you check out all day. So once again we left our bags and spent the day in the parks before heading to the airport.
Please note that you still need to buy your park tickets!
P.S. I did feel a little guilty about going on some rides 3 times in less than 1 hour when the main line was over 2 hours long!
P.P.S. The new Mummy ride at Universal is AWESOME. This sets the new standards for in the dark roller coasters!
Universal Studios is a theme park that pays homage to some popular movies and characters. The rides vary from 3-d theatre attractions to a high speed adaventure with Mummies. It's a park that's easy to do in a day if you stay on Universal Property. Your room key from one of the hotels (ours was the Hardrock) gets you in front of the lines. This made it easy to see some of the more popular attractions such as Shrek 4-D, Twister, Revenge of the Mummy, Jaws, MIB, E.T., Disaster and Terminator 2 3-D. We really enjoyed Shrek 4D, Twister, Terminator and the Mummy. Jaws was a bit lame and predictable and E.T. was geared more towards little kids.
Universal is definitely a different experience from Disney. There is no "Disney" type experience with overly friendly staff and impeccable service. The rides are great but the staff reminds me of Six Flags in New Jersey. Just going into Universal not expecting Disney service and you'll be just fine.
For me, I think Spider man is the best ride in the park. I love the 3-D effects and how real it all feels. Everyone loved this ride and it's even o.k for younger kids...Lots of action and turns an twists, be ready for for spider man...
Lines were very long , express the way to go
A must do. Once you do the King Kong ride, have you picture taken with Kong. It's at the exit of the ride.
Back to future ride is pretty cool.
Get a good seat for the Blues Brothers show!!!
And we all Love Lucy!!!
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.....
Some of the best attractions for relieving star-envy include Terminator 2: 3D, a spectacular 3D simulator experience where you get to be Arnold; Back to the Future, which has phenomenal special effects; and Earthquake - The Big One, which is so dynamite it hits 8.3 on the Richter scale. Popular shows include the Animal Actors, Dynamite Nights Stuntacular, Ghostbusters and the Gory Gruesome & Grotesque Horror Makeup Show. The Hitchcock 3D Theater is a tribute to the master of suspense.
The whole park is just amazing! Even though we went in July. It's just a great family holiday.If you are planning to go to a few parks or even universal studios a few times because you want to see it all make sure you leave a few days in between to relax. For e.g. Mon- park , tue-sit by pool etc.
It's a lot of walking around so be prepared to take water and you can even buy a universal studios fan...i would highly recommend. They cost between 10-15 $US.
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!
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 :-)
Jurassic park water ride was fun... If it's hot its very refreshing or should i say wet..The first time through i did not bring my camera so we went again and took pictures along the way...
Make sure it's water resistant and be ready at the end......
Those are the biggest movie and TV studios outside Hollywood and a must if you are into movies. The park is divided into six sectors: the front lot, Production Central, Hollywood, New York, San Francisco and the Expo Center, and each of them has its special attractions to offer. In the San Francisco sector for example, just on the opposite of Fisherman's Wharf, you can experience an earthquake (8,3 on the Richter-scale), in the New York sector you can meet King Kong,....., or what about getting to know E.T. in the Expo Center? No matter which attractions you'll choose, you'll surely have great fun! By the way, for families with little children (5-10) I recommend to take a guided tour through the Nickelodeon Studios.