Universal Studios, Orlando
The Universal Set for movies was established a long time ago. That then expanded into a water theme park, and Adventure of Islands. They both are great fun to go through. The movie stage and sets were the more important we saw. Ticket prices can be a shock, so enjoy.
We have been to this theme park many times, had season passes for several years. It definitely has the best rides, but not much else. So, if you have heart problems, motion sickness, back problems or anything else like it, you might want to skip this one....
If you love rides, it's a great place.
The two largest roller coasters are the Hulk ( the large green one right when you walk in) and the Dueling Dragons ( Ice Dragon, the blue one, is a little slower than Fire Dragon) . The Hulk is scarier ,but the Dragon has more potential to make you sick....
If you get on the Hulk, be prepared...you won't be prepared when it starts, which is immediately and very fast, and by the time you decide to scream or open your eyes, it will be over...
The Dragon seems a little slower and not as frightening, but it spins you around so much, you will feel it more afterwards. I would not recommend riding this one twice in a row without a break in between.
The water rides are fun also, but only when it is warm outside, since you will get soaked.
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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THE BEST PARK! They go out of their way for disabled guests! EVERYTHING is accessible and they pamper you and take care of you...I can't say enough about this park. Everyone, including guests, are friendly!
Shrek 4D: Go right up to the front doors, they let you in first and seat you first. Great show!
Twister..Ride it Out: They let you in first, take you in first, and you ride out a dustdevil to us Texans..but it's fun! Some pyrotechnics...but not very hot.
Mummy The Revenge: My mom even rode this one. Comfy seats, GREAT ride...shield yourself in the scarab room from the heat...it's intense! TERRIFIC RIDE!
Eat at Bennigan's or something like that...wonderful restaurant...so nice!
Beatlejuice's Rockin' Review: Handicapped reserved spots, good view.
Earthquake: They let you in first, park your scooter and enjoy the earthquake.
Jaws: The ride attendant will take you to the exit, park your scooter, board the boat and have fun.
Now everywhere in this park are resting areas with fans...just terrific!
Men in Black, Alien Attack: Funniest ride I have ever ridden. Comfy. Go through the standard queue line (shaded) to the elevator, take that to your car. Wheelchairs can actually board this ride too...but transferring if you can is no problem.
Back to the Future: Now this ride messed with every senses I had. Go through the handicapped entrance We got right on, but it was rough...fun!...but rough.
ET: Okay...go through the baby swap entrance on the right side of the gift shop, check in at the computers (or don't...) go through the 'Production Only' door and right up to the ride..comfy seats, fun ride!
Horror Makeup show...and other shows...easy access...in and out...a lot of room. Don't miss anything! Although we missed T2 3D. Shops too! A lot of room...this park was made for everyone!
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!"
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.
The Prop Show at Van Helsing was very informative and funny.It was a great show and one prop and it's usage was very good and looked so real.
The show is 20 minutes or so and is a good break from the outlines and waiting.I would recommend seeing it.
They even showed how they make the werewolves faces change.
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.
Animal planet live was a very good show. It was funny and very interesting. The show consist of many different animals performing stunts and tricks. They even show how they film birds in flight. Great show for everyone.
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.
Universal Studios in Orland has a ton of stuff to do. If you are a Florida resident, you can purchase an annual pass at a reasonable rate. If you have a family, I suggest buying 1 person the preferred annual pass which gives you free parking and then the rest of the family the regular pass. That way, you will save a little cash and you will still get the benefit of free parking, store discounts, and food discounts. Just make sure the person with the preferred card is the one who is present at the cash register so you get the discount. Also, make sure you renew your pass before it expires, if you think you will want to do it again. If you let it expire, they make you buy a whole new pass, which is about twice the cost of renewal. They don't give any exceptions on this rule. Have fun!
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I think that these two parks are by far the best - especially if you get there early enough in the morning. We went in the middle of October and it wasn't that busy so we were able to jump on and off the rides!
Rides such as the Hulk, Spiderman and the Ric-saw are all worth while rides!
If you go at Halloween then they convert the whole park into a Horror Theme Park - it is soooooooooooooooooooo scarey! When we were there, there was a cornfield that you had to go through with guys with chainsaws that ran after you...it was scarey! There were big screens errected with horror films been shown and fog covered the park to give it that extra eerie feel! A definate must if you go around Halloween! I think that this was an over 18 thing though so not suitable for those with children!
On the lagoon behind me, DYNAMITE NIGHTS STUNTACULAR with a sea of flames will explode into blazing action! Davedevils will perform hair-raising feats & mind-boggling stunts! Feel the heat.....
New York City
Just walking here and I found myself in these settings of NY...
...the background of skyscrappers does not exist for real! It's a trick you do with your camera which is put on a stand with a transparent glass painted with that particular background. The only thing to do now is to take the picture through that glass! CLEAVER! isn't it?
Hard Rock Café
This was my first visit to one of these World- wide-known *cafés*!