Universal Studios Florida
is non-stop action and heart pumping adventure, things are always blowing up and out of control – but this is the appeal of this highly energetic, creative theme park. Nearly every major attraction features loud, frantic action for one exciting moment after another. Universal has two full-sized theme parks, Universal Studios and the new Islands of Adventure, as well as a City Walk area. Navigating the park is easy, since it is more compact than Disney World, and water taxis connect the hotels to the parks while pretty walkways make walking a pleasure. This is a place where you can totally immerse yourself in the land of movies and television. Popular movies such as Men in Black and Back to the Future become exciting thrill rides or you can go behind the scenes or jump right into the action of some of your favorite films. The CityWalk area is Universal’s shopping and dining complex – with everything from rock concerts and jazz to gourmet dining or causal fare. Universal Studios Florida is located in the Universal Orlando Resort on the southeast side of Orlando. Take I-4 to the Universal Orlando exit, then follow the signs to the parking structure. From there, you will walk through Universal's CityWalk shopping and dining complex, bearing right to enter Universal Studios Florida.
Universal Studios Address and Phone Number
Universal Studios Florida
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32819
Universal Studios Rides and Attractions
Universal Studios Florida is made up of three areas; Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk. The latter is the dining/shopping/entertainment complex of the park and features both casual and fine dining, and shopping for everything from trendy gifts to Universal Studios character apparel and souvenirs. The CityWalk Arcade has video games and more, and special events and concerts are also held at the complex. Universal Studios Florida also hosts the very popular Halloween Horror Nights at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure from late September through Halloween night.
Fear Factor Live is one of the newest attractions at Universal Studios Florida. It’s an audience-participation show, patterned after the NBC reality show, where guests perform against each other in stunts to see if they have what it takes to be on the show. Other highlights of the park include, “Men in Black Alien Attack,” where passengers travel in futuristic vehicles through an alien-infested New York City while the rack up points for blasting otherworldly bugs. “Back to the Future the Ride,” takes you on a time traveling adventure hurtling through the year 2015, an ice age avalanche and into the jaws of a dinosaur, while “Twister Ride It Out,” sends you swirling through the vortex of a tornado. Other movie-themed wild rides at Universal include “Jaws,” “Beetle Juices’ Rock & Roll Graveyard Review,” “Terminator 2,” the “ET Adventure,” and “ Shrek 4-D.” At Universal Studios Florida you really do go beyond screen and become a part of the action, with 18 movie-themed rides that take you on an action-packed adventure of a lifetime.
Islands of Adventure is the newest addition to Universal Studios Florida. It has been called “the most high-tech theme park in the world,” - a fun park where parents with small children will enjoy spending time in Seuss Landing, where you’ll meet characters from the popular Dr. Seuss books, or in the huge Camp Jurassic play zone. Older children and teens will like the more exciting thrill rides in the park. The Lost Continent contains the world’s first inverted, dual-track roller coaster, and Toon Lagoon is home to the park’s water rides – where you splash through panels of your favorite cartoons and comic strips. At Marvel Super Hero Island, the pages of the comic books come to life on some of the most advanced rides ever, including the Incredible Hulk Coaster where you’re launched from zero to 40mph in just two seconds.
Universal Studios History
Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990 and was Universal's first park after the original Universal Studios in Hollywood. A tram tour was the focus of the park in the beginning, but later became more of a traditional multi-attraction theme park. The similarly themed Disney-MGM Studios opened around the same time as Universal Studios in Florida. There was, in fact, a rivalry and race to the finish between the two to see which would open first (Disney-MGM won the race and opened in May, 1989.) Today Universal Studios Florida boasts a line up of innovative movie-themed attractions for visitors of all ages.
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