About Universal Studios
Universal Studios Theme Park, part of the Universal Orlando Resort, opened it's doors in June 1990, it is a park that allows visitors to "Ride the Movies." It offers many shows and rides, along with countless other things for guests to see and do. Universal Studios Orlando, with its sister park Islands of Adventure, City Walk, and several on-site hotels making it a complete vacation destination.
The park hosts many special events throughout the year, including the popular Halloween Horror Nights in October which is highly recommended and Macy*s Parade over the Christmas season.
The attractions at Universal Studios Florida are split into six different areas.
As soon as you enter the gates you are in Production Central there are a few stores to buy your merchandise try and leave these for the way out, you don't want to watse ride and show time.
Shrek 4-D is a short film/ride. Participants are lead into a dungeon-like room with two giant television screens on either side. On the screen, Lord Farquaad announces that he has kidnapped the Three Little Pigs, Gingerbread man, and Pinocchio and is holding them hostage. The short film takes place right after the first Shrek film. In it, the spirit of Lord Farquaad returns from the dead to kidnap Princess Fiona. Therefore, it is up to Shrek and Donkey to rescue her.
Although the animation is 3-D , the ride is a 4-D film, which means it is designed to make viewers feel what they are watching. For example when Donkey spits, the sneezes in front of the seats spray mist into viewers' faces. It also has movable seats, air jets and rubber tubing, to simulate other effects such as air, "creepy crawlies" and other movements.
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
This ride has replaced the old Jimmy Neutron ride and is a motion simulator. You enter Gru's house and walk into his secret laboratory, where you'll be transformed into Minions to do Gru's evil work. As you would expect, it all goes wrong. You ride in moving seats for the 3D film. When the show is over, you get to meet and dance with Universal's popular Minions in a post-show dance party,
Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket
This is a unique, large rollercoaser spanning a large area of Production Central. It has a vertical climb to start the ride. You get to select the music that plays during your ride. It is 167 ft/51 M high, making it Orlando's tallest rollercoaster at present and at 70mph it is also pretty quick too. There are plenty of twists and turns but the car is never inverted at any time.
Transformers the Ride 3D
Once home of Hercules and Xena: Wizards of the Screen and Murder, She Wrote Mystery Theatre. They were demolished in June 2012 to make way for this new attraction. It is similar to the Amazing Spiderman.
The ride vehicles are modeled after an Autobot named Evac and each vehicle accommodates twelve riders. Each row of four riders is restrained by a single lapbar.
Revenge of the Mummy is a high speed indoor steel roller coaster modeled after the popular Mummy movies. The ride opened on May 21, 2004. The Revenge of the Mummy coasters use Linear Induction Motors (LIM), a technology used to launch riders from a complete standstill. The ride lasts 3 minutes and features a top speed of 45 mph. The track is 2200 ft long featuring no inversions and a 50 degree angle of descent.
Twister... Ride it out is based on the 1996 film staring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. The attraction takes you to a small mock-up of the Oklahoma town of Wakita. As you walk into the "Twister filming centre" Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt talk about filming the movie. Towards the end, guests walk into a scene, resembling the Drive-In scene in the movie. There is a gift shop at the end named Aftermath.
Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time
T2 3-D: Battle Across Time is a mini-sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and reunites director James Cameron and the main cast of that movie, including Arnold Schwarzenegger as "T-800", Linda Hamilton as "Sarah Connor", Edward Furlong as "John Connor", and Robert Patrick as the "T-1000". The show is in two parts: a pre-show where a spokesperson talks about Cyberdyne and the main feature which has performers interacting with a 3-D movie.
Universal Horror Make-Up Show
Learn the secrets behind Hollywood’s top make-up special effects artists.
Lucy - A Tribute
A tribute to Lucille Ball.
Men in Black: Alien Attack
A ride that allows you to shoot aliens as you travel around the track in your rotating vehicle.
The Simpsons Ride
This replaced Back to the Future in 2008. It features the characters of the popular TV show and is a simulator ride. It also brings a bit of the town of Springfield to this whole area, with hugely colourful shops and places to eat based on the show. You can have a beer in Moe's Tavern.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
Escape from Gringotts
Once you enter Diagon Alley, you see Gringott, the goblin-run bank. at the far end, just below the fire breathing dragon! Once you enter you will experience an exciting adventure on the breathtaking, multi-dimensional thrill ride that has you right in the centre of the action as you steer your way through the hazards of the Gringotts vaults – where you will meet Harry, Ron, and Hermione along the way!
The Hogwarts Express
Head for Platform 9¾ where you can take the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. You will need a park to park ticket or annual pass to do this. Through the train windows travellers will get views of London and the British countryside. Various things happen in the trains corridors on the journey.
The journey can be taken from Hogsmeade back to London too. This is the first time that Muggles will be allowed to board the train that’s such an important part of the Harry Potter stories.
Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue
A musical revue from Beetlejuice, Frankenstein, Dracula etc.
Earthquake- and the Magic of Special Effects at the Movies
A bit dated now but still quite popular this ride starts off with a tour showing how special effects are done in the movies. It is presented by Charlton Heston. Finally you ride an underground train where you encounter an Earthquake.
Fear Factor Live
See if you have what it takes at the most extreme audience participation show ever!
Woody Woodpecker's KidZone
A Day in the Park with Barney
Universal's Animal Actors
Curious George Goes to Town
Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster
The current ride, at Universal Studios Florida, has guests begin by entering a sound stage. Before going into the queue, Steven Spielberg tells us that E.T.'s teacher Botanicus needs E.T. to come to his home world, "The Green Planet" because the planet is dying. Only E.T.'s magical healing touch can save the planet, so it is up to the guests to bring him home. He also tells the guests that you make your journey on bikes, and that you need a "Interplanetary Passport" to get there.
The guest gives the assistant their name and the card is programmed with it, which is used later in the ride. You now enter the movie set which begins the adventure. The interior queue is a forest setting where it is established that police are looking for E.T. The guests then board the ride, a car suspended from the track. Each individual seat is a bicycle, whose handles come down as the safety belt. The car brings the riders through more of the forest where it is revealed that they are to save E.T. and bring him home. Guests ride past police officers who begin to chase them away from the restricted area. As they are about to be caught, the bicycles begin to fly over the city and into outer space. They fly past an alien space ship where they are told by an alien of the same species as E.T. to bring him home. The ride emerges on E.T.'s home planet, a world of exotic plants, animals, and many others of E.T.'s species. The ride continues through the alien world until the end of the ride. At the end, guests pass an animatronic E.T. who thanks them all by the name they gave to the travel agents.