Universal Orlando Resort: Top Attractions

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Men in Black alien attack, Universal, Orlando  (courtesy, Orlando CVB)

Universal Studios Florida earned its fame by turning Universal movies into rides. Islands of Adventure, the newest park, ups the thrills with gut-wrenching coasters and scary attractions. Universal CityWalk rounds out the experience with cafés, clubs, restaurants, and shopping. These parks and plazas, plus the onsite lodging, add up to one very seriously exciting package.

Fear Factor
The Fear Factor the Ride, inspired by the popular television show, debuts the summer of 2005. Kids can cheer on their parents as they compete against other guests by performing a series of increasingly difficult, wacky stunts. Audience members add to the challenge by blasting contestants with water and manipulating obstacles on stage.
Additional Info: 800.837.2273, themeparks.universalstudios.com

Ride the Movies
If you try out just one thing at Universal Studios Florida, experience the ride-the-movies attractions and the television-inspired shows. Special effects add thrills to Men in Black and Revenge of the Mummy. Shrek 4-D makes grade-schoolers giggle with delight at the friendly ogre. Terminator 2 3-D mixes three-dimensional film images, robotic characters, and live actions stunts.
Additional Info: 800.837.2273, themeparks.universalstudios.com

Islands of Adventure
At Islands of Adventure, you get tossed, dropped, rocketed, twirled, and shocked silly—and come away screaming for more. The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster shoots riders from zero to 40 miles per hour in two seconds flat. That's the same thrust felt in an Air Force F-16 fighter jet. The Adventures of Spider-Man combines 3-D action and special effects with a surprise drop into darkness. These rides are insanely fun!
Additional Info: 800.837.2273, themeparks.universalstudios.com

Attractions for Young Kids
The sweet spot for young kids at Islands of Adventure is Seuss Landing, a ride and play area where irregular angles and spiral-shaped trees recreate the whimsical feel of a Dr. Seuss landscape. On Cat in the Hat, you travel on a couch through the scenes from the much-loved story. In If I Ran the Zoo, a water play spot, strange (but friendly) animals and dancing fountains interact with the children. Every Seuss-loving family will enjoy immensely.
Additional Info: 800.837.2273 themeparks.universalstudios.com

Revenge of the Mummy
Revenge of the Mummy debuted in 2004, adding a new twist to Universal Studios' scary rides—psychological thrills. Instead of creating terror with inversions and top speed, this indoor coaster preys upon your fears. You might never move along faster than 45 miles per hour, but the ride is in the dark, you'll feel beetles crawling on you, and you'll face fireballs and bad guys.
Additional Info: 800.837.2273, www.themeparks.universalstudios.com

Young Kids Attractions
Little ones love Universal Studios, but rides appropriate for their older siblings might not be appropriate for them, so check out these options. Pre-schoolers like singing along with their beloved purple dinosaur at A Day in the Park with Barney. Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster delivers a not-too-scary ride—good for first-timers. Kids can climb a 30-foot spiderweb and twist down a 200-foot water slide at Fievel's Playground and frolic in a ball jump at Curious George Goes to Town.
Additional Info: 800.837.2273, www.themeparks.universalstudios.com

Universal CityWalk
This entertainment and dining complex attracts grade-schoolers for the themed eateries, where while munching their meals, kids can see the race car memorabilia at NASCAR Café clothes, photos and guitars of the famous at Hard Rock Café Orlando; and watch basketball games at NBA City. The complex also sports a 20-screen movie theater and venues with music—from reggae to jazz (for those of adult-beverage-consuming age).
Additional Info: 800.837.2273, www.themeparks.universalstudios.com

Halloween Horror Nights
If the family chooses to be out of town in October, spend it at Universal Studios. It's the best place to celebrate Halloween—at night the park is transformed. Fog envelops the Midway of the Bizarre where "scare-actors" roam. These ghouls, vampires, witches, and other weird fiends jump out at you. Several specially created and clever haunted houses deliver chills. Halloween Horror Nights, recommended for ages 12 and older, takes place on select dates in October. Don't miss sharing this with your teenagers.
Additional Info: 800.837.2273, www.themeparks.universalstudios.com

Tours and Tips
You get all the way to Florida, theme-park tickets in hand, the kids are excited, you bust through the front gates, and ...you wait in line for two hours until you get to take in your first ride. Well, forget about long waits and take advantage of the VIP Tour Experience. These guided park-walkthroughs (for up to 12 guests), get you to the front of the line, generally for four to five attractions. Available at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, the tours cost $100 per person in addition to the park entrance fee. If you only have one day to see the parks, this is a way to catch the most popular attractions.
Additional Info: 800.837.2273, www.themeparks.universalstudios.com

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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