Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando, Florida
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's family of theme parks, hotels, and entertainment complexes has developed into a truly first rate destination with 2 amazing theme parks, Universal Studios® and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The great dining and entertainment complex CityWalk® and several world class on-site hotels round out Universal Orlando Resort, making it a premier destination of its own.
Getting there is now a lot easier. Universal Boulevard runs right into International Drive or you can approach from either direction on I-4. You'll leave your vehicle in a MASSIVE multi story parking lot (write down where you park!). Then a series of escalators and moving walkways deliver you to the entrance of CityWalk® a night-time entertainment complex featuring some excellent themed restaurants, night clubs, bars, and unique shops. Once you've strolled through CityWalk®, you can either bear left to Universal's Islands of Adventure or head to the right and aim straight for Universal Studios® (You can easily walk between these 2 theme parks, which is unusual for Orlando)
Lockers are available and you can also rent strollers and wheelchairs if needed. Get to Universal as early as you can. You'll see more in the first couple of hours than you will all afternoon when the crowds reach their peak. (With certain Universal Orlando Resort Multi-Day Tickets extra early admission is included) Pick up a park map and entertainment schedule upon arrival - take a few moments to read it and plan your day to include some 'sit-down' shows (your feet will appreciate it!).
Operating hours vary from park to park and season to season - you can call (407) 363-8000 for information or to be connected to any location on Universal property. For Universal Dining we strongly recommend making a reservation by calling (407) 224-WALK.
Universal Studios® Attractions
Orlando's original Universal Park remains a very full and entertaining day of movie rides and TV trivia. Start your day as the gates open (early admission is available with some Universal Tickets) and head for the major rides at the back of the park before working your way back towards the main entrance.
Men in Black Alien Attack is very popular with kids who just love to shoot at aliens, though adults may get a little confused by the scoring system! Groups of adults should use the 'singles' line to try to avoid a wait. Feel what it's like to be bait on JAWS® as the great white menace gives chase - your captain's 'performance' adds to the entertainment factor! Those on the left will get an exceedingly close up look at that famous dental work. Then grab your Richter scale for a subway trip into the middle of Earthquake® - The Big One.
Some very bad weather is forecast to ruin your hair on TWISTER... Ride it Out® (the flying cow is the highlight) and smaller fans of the planet's most popular purple dinosaur will be entranced by A Day In The Park With Barney. Fievel's Playland® in Woody Woodpecker's KidZoneSM are also great places for the little ones to let loose and for you to take a breather. Pedal across the sky with E.T. Adventure® then head over to Animal Planet Live ® to see some amazing four legged feats while you rest yours a little more. TERMINATOR 2: 3-D BATTLE ACROSS TIME puts you on the front line of an amazing cyber war. For some multidimensional fun that the kids will also enjoy, check out Shrek 4-D. Showing several times a day in OgreVision, this film bridges the gap between the two feature films, and brings back all of your favorite characters.
There's more time travel action over at Back To The Future The Ride®, where Doc Brown and a band of volunteers (you!) have to high tail it after the evil (and somewhat dim-witted) Biff. If you like really smart, animated boys who routinely save the world, then youll love Universals latest simulator ride - Jimmy Neutrons Nicktoon Blast. The capper for any day at Universal Studios® has to be their newest and scariest coaster - Revenge of the MummySM - The Ride. Trust us, you wont want to let your fear of the dark, bugs or evil undead creatures keep you from lining up for this one!
Best Value Tickets:
4 Park Orlando FlexTicket
5 Park Orlando FlexTicket
2 Day/2 Park Universal Ticket
3 Day/2 Park Universal Ticket
Universal Studios Orlando Top Picks
TERMINATOR 2: 3-D BATTLE ACROSS TIME - loud dramatic special effects are not for young kids
* Back To The Future The Ride - still hard to beat. (3'4"height restriction)
* JAWS - guaranteed to make the whole family jump.
* Earthquake - The Big One- shaking all over. (Under 4' ride with an adult)
* MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack - zapping aliens is popular with kids - wait for shorter lines.
* E.T. Adventure - assure kids there's a happy ending (Small kids ride with an adult)
* A Day in the Park with Barney - the big purple hit machine just keeps on rolling. Watch their faces!
* Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride - even if you didnt like the movies, youll love it.
* Shrek 4-D - very well done, even the pre-show is funny.
* Animal Planet Live! - canines, felines, equines and a monkey. Chance for a rest!
* TWISTER...Ride it Out - intense weather can scare small kids - front row gets wet!