At this real, working film and TV production facility there are an array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions. ... More
Universal Studios Orlando
At this real, working film and TV production facility there are an array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions. Visitors also enjoy themed dining and shopping, a variety of special events throughout the year, and you might even catch a real film crew at work on the backlot. Universal Studios Florida, opened on June 7, 1990, is a theme park that lets visitors "Ride the Movies." The themes of Universal Studio's are targeted at making guests feel like they are in a movie set with rides, shows, and attractions that are inspired by popular film, television, and music productions. The park consists of six themed areas Hollywood, Production Central, New York, San Francisco, World Expo and Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone. Source: Wikipedia
The quality & variety of rides actually beats Disney. But just be prepared to spend money hand over fist...
In order to get early admission for the Harry Potter ride (which is totally amazing) & Fast Pass to nearly all other rides, splurge & stay at the Hard Rock hotel, which is walking distance. Discounted nightly rate is $200+ $25 taxes +$15 parking. This allows you to bypass others waiting in line for an hour, & not feel guilty since you paid for the privilege.
Every ride except the Simpsons (super-fantastic!) ends inside a gift shop where your kids will pester you to buy a $25 family photo taken during the ride, &/or overpriced souvenirs. You will pay $3 for water (I personally think they put Iodine in the tap water to make it taste bad), use of lockers (to stow backpack during some rides), or a handful of nasty-tasting jellybeans from Honeydukes.
If you don't think about the cost, you'll have a great time. If you do, you'll be miserable.
I paid nearly $90 for a 1-day ticket to get into Universal. They tried to sell me an option to skip the lines for another $38. This is highway robbery frankly. The park itself was merely "ok". Revenge of the Mummy is quite fun, however every other ride we went on was subpar at best (MIB, Simpsons, Jaws, Disaster, Twister, T2 etc). The fact that there are 2 parks that have separate admission is ridiculous as well. Its clearly a money-grab and nothing else. This place should be 1 single park/admission for the expensive single ticket. Disney blows Universal away, we won't be back again.
The place is overcrowded and the only way you can ride is by upgrading your tickets to Express Pass ( Double you expense )
The park is overcrowded which makes it impossible to move around.
I would not come back and will recommend my friends to keep away
This is a shopping mall (with no air-condition) which charges you for going in than you spend more money
Universal does not seem to put a limit on how many people it allows in its parks. After spending a fortune on tickets for our family, we found that the lines were all way too long. The wait to go through Hogwarts in Harry Potter World was two hours! Even to eat in restaurants the line was long and the food terrible. I would not go to this park unless you can go at an uncrowded time of year such as fall.
Rides amre great, Wizarding World was wonderful! Teenage sons enjoyed the park, they have done the Disney thing and wanted to return to Universal. Can not wait to return. Food was decent, park was in great shape.
I think it is vital for all visitors to Orlando to understand that Disney and Universal are "apples and oranges" and as you can see on this site and others, Universal keeps failing the test. They have some good rides but the customer service, food quality and upkeep of the parks and rides is subpar. Disney, even when I have traveled internationally, always gets an A or A+...... Universal is lucky to get a B. I hope the new owners, Comcast, plan to pour alot of time and effort into fixing these problems.
I don't like writing bad things about places, but I had an experience that was so bad that I had to write about it. I'm 6 ft 280lbs not the smallest of people and I went to universal to go have some fun. I looked at the flier about universal and by what I saw it had no weight restrictions or body dimensions. So i was like cool I can go ride some cool rides. That was not the case almost all the rides I could not fit in the seat how embarrassing is that. The people I was with wanted to go on several rides but due to my size I couldn't, so we ended up leaving the park. I was very upset for the fact that people pay good hard earned money to go to these parks, just to find out they just paid to walk around and see shows. Yeah to some people that's ok, but you shouldn't have to pay a full price ticket just to walk around. I saw several people over weight just walking around and waiting for their kids to get off rides. I know people will say yeah well lose weight, but when you go buy a car, you buy it to drive it not to walk around it right? They don't have a weight limit or a size limit. So as far as ever returning to Universal, I'm gonna have to pass. Disney is the best place to go whether your big, small, short, tall, handicap, doesn't matter, Disney is a place for everyone.
Location was great, but it stops there. Stayed at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Walkways show serious signs of neglect (cracks in concrete and steps). Room was only average. Standing water in shower and toilet that did not flush properly. The whole place could use some upgrading. Food service was very slow, but friendly. Charged $10 daily for use of gym. Was expecting something more upscale for the price we paid. Would not stay here again.
Give them $230.02 for 2 people for 1 day and fast pass that's limited and universal will give you nothing in return except long lines ,no organization, overpriced food,cheap imitations of movie buildings,comic book heroes that flash gang signs,poorly trained staff and a sad experience in a amusement park.
I chose Universal over Disney, BIG mistake!!! The rides at Islands of Adventure were just plain boring (been there, done that), and seem to bear a striking resemblence to the rides at Six Flags...but at least the lines were short. A lot of the rides were closed for repair during the time I was there.
However, the Universal Studios side was a lot of fun. I'm a movie buff and really enjoyed being a part of Terminator and Twister. I would not pay full price to go back, but would consider with a deep discount ticket.
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