Universal Studios is one of the two biggest theme parks in Orlando, Florida. Made up of two parks, Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure, Universal has grown in popularity as it opened new sections and rides for Harry Potter. It also has an area in Orlando called CityWalk, which consists of restaurants, clubs, bars, and all sorts of entertainment that usually takes place in the evening.
You can’t talk about going to Universal Studios without mentioning the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal has separated different parts of Harry Potter’s into its different parks. Universal Studios is home to Diagon Alley. Here, you can eat at the Leaky Cauldron and then head over to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to pick up all your prank supplies. A trip to Diagon Alley isn’t complete without visiting Ollivanders, where you can be matched with your wand. If your heart leans towards darker magic, you can wander down Knockturn Alley and see the home of the famous Vanishing Cabinet, Borgin and Burkes.
The most exciting part of Diagon Alley is visiting Gringotts. Not only will you get to see the goblins bank, there’s also a ride that will take you deep into the caves beneath Gringotts in Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Keep your eyes open, you’ll see your three favorite characters from Harry Potter!
At Universal Islands of Adventure you can see a completely different side of Harry Potter at Hogwarts Castle and in Hogsmeade. Here you can wander through the beloved castle, viewing some of your favorite artifacts and even see some of your favorite characters. In Hogsmeade, you’ll get to experience Honeydukes and the Three Broomsticks for yourself. There’s also three rides: Dragon Challenge, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and Flight of the Hippogriff.
But, if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, there’s still plenty for you to do at Universal. You can visit Super Hero Island and see some of your favorite characters fight to save the world. The Lost Continent is a Jurassic Park themed ride that will take you back into prehistoric times. For younger guests, in age or at heart, there are plenty of rides and activities in Toon Lagoon. Or you can even visit Dr. Seuess at Seuss Landing!
Universal is also home to a multitude of rides. A complete unique ride is Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. On this roller coaster you can pick a song of your choice and your entire ride is videoed so you can watch your reactions from the entire ride. There are also water rides, like Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, which takes you through white-water rapids. Several of the rides are also movie themed, like The Incredible Hulk Coaster, The Simpsons Ride, and the Revenge of the Mummy. All will pick up your heart beat as you soar through water, darkness, or funny surroundings.
Universal Studios is such a TV and movie themed park, it’s no surprise that you can a myriad of live shows there. If you ever get tired of lines and walking, finding a seat for one of their spectacular shows might be just the break you need. They have parades and firework shows, but one of the most popular shows is the Blue Man Group. If you get a seat in their spray zone, be prepared to be covered in paint! There are also a variety of music and dinner opportunities, like the Wantilan Luau where you can enjoy a hula show with a delicious meal.
Universal Studios truly has something for everyone, young, old, adventurous or cautious.
For more information, please visit the Universal Studios – Orlando website.