Family Holidays - Universal Studios
Similarly to Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida is made up of six different themed areas all centred around a lagoon. The park includes a number of rides, shows and attractions, with many being based on the film and entertainment industry – and guests are invited to ‘ride the movies’ they love! The central lagoon is an important feature of the park, and will, in future, be the site of Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 years of Movie Memories.
Production Central is the area which serves as the main entrance to the park – as well as featuring a number of stages which are used as attractions or film and TV studios. Two of the most popular attractions for kids are Shrek themed; Shrek 4-D is a film adventure where guests can participate in the story between the first and second Shrek films, whilst Donkey’s Photo Finish allows guests to interact with the film’s stars! There is also a permanent stage for live music events at the park, including the Summer Concert Series and Universal Holidays events. Most recently, this area has become home to Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster. This is a ride with a difference, as guests can choose their custom soundtrack to their ride experience, and upload their ride video to the internet from the park!
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The New York park area can be seen as closely resembling the New York of both yesterday and today! Guests can enjoy Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride – an attraction based on The Mummy films. There’s also Twister… Ride it Out – a ride where guests get to experience a tornado – as inspired by the film Twister. There’s also a walk-through centre where visitors can preview upcoming films and TV shows – as well as seeing daily Blues Brothers performances in The Blues Brothers Live.
One of the most popular areas of the park has always been San Francisco – the area which used to house the Jaws ride! Although the Jaws ride has now closed, a new attraction is in the works – so keep your eyes open for changes in this section! Now, you’ll find a live show with some Universal monsters – BeetleJuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue – as well as an attraction which puts guests in a Disaster movie – Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride… Starring You!.
World Expo is the next area – and combines architecture which was seen as modern in the 1960’s, as well as influences from today. See if you can spot all the flags of the world which are incorporated into the design! Here, you’ll find the interactive Men in Black: Alien Attack ride – which is great for fans of the films – as well as The Simpsons Ride – which is a simulator ride which invites guests to journey into Krustyland with the Simpsons family!
Kids will love the next land at Universal Studios – Woody Woodpecker Kidzone is a child-themed area, with a junior roller coaster that is themed around the Universal Studios mascot, Woody Woodpecker! Here you’ll also find the popular E.T. Adventure, which is based on the hit film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. There’s a large kids’ play area called Fievel’s Playland with a long waterslide, and a wet play area named Curious George Goes to Town. There are also three shows which are performed multiple times a day – which includes Barney the Dinosaur!
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The final land – Hollywood – includes a number of exhibits which aim to show guests the Hollywood of past and present. Current offerings include Lucy: A Tribute – a walk-through museum about Hollywood legend Lucille Ball, and Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show – where guests can see how horror make-up pieces are created, and what special effects may be used! One of the biggest attractions of this section is Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time – a live, 3-D experience which incorporates live aspects and a 3-D film!