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
I WENT TO THE PARK ON 8/13/2010 TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AND HAD THE WORST TIME OF MY LIFE I WAS TOLD THAT I WAS TO FAT TO RIDE ENEY OF THE RIDES .I WENT TO GUEST SERVES AND WAS TOLD THAY WOULD NOT GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK ... I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THIS PARK AGEN
Granted, I am a bit biased- this was my sixth vacation to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World. Once before I went to Universal Studios, but it was a fairly uneventful trip and, at the time, I was disappointed to not visit the Islands of Adventure theme park. This time, however, we decided to take the extra trip away from Disney and go to Universal's Islands of Adventure with the main purpose of seeing the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions. Boy, was this excursion a complete waste of money. I spent $174 for two tickets into this terrible park and, in the course of five hours, rode only two rides. The Harry Potter world was small, ridiculously crowded with no guest control and no directions. There were a hundred signs between Minnesota and Florida advertising this new attraction, but once you get into the park there is NOT ONE SIGN to lead you through their confusing paths to get to the Harry Potter section. Once we find our way, we wait in line at the Hogwarts Castle attraction for an hour- people crowded and bottlenecked into a shrinking room with no arranged line- walked through the bottom level of the castle, saw some stupid "sculpture" and a fake prop or two, and exited the line due to its lack of movement. Apparently, the ride had been broken all day. The other rides had terrible signage- you never really know which ride you are on line for. To make the experience worse, there were 30-minute-PLUS lines TO GET INTO THE SHOPS! Absolutely ridiculous. Universal obviously has no idea how to plan a park or have any type of crowd control. Also, this new attraction isn't even accurate to the motion pictures. Olivander's storefront is nothing like it is in the movies- they got it confused with the Owl store. Their ticket prices are also ridiculous- they do not offer nearly as many parks or amenities as Disney, yet they charge the same as Disney with the exception of their Express option. This is like Disney's "FastPass" with some differences: first- Universal CHARGES EXTRA ($55) for this option unlike Disney, which is free; second- there is no crowd control on their Express- hundreds of people can purchase this option and all rush to the Express lines, making the wait for an Express longer than stand-by... AND THEY CHARGE EXTRA FOR THIS! Needless to say, I felt that I wasted enough money on Universal to not spend anything else there. The only reason to put up with all of Universal's shortcomings is for the few thrill-rides they have- but those few are not really worth the disappointment (and I'm a roller coaster fanatic!). So, if you're trying to decide where to go for your Orlando vacation, I can say with complete confidence that Walt Disney World will never disappoint. With a Park Hopper +Water Park ticket, you get unlimited access to four theme parks, two water parks, DisneyQuest, transportation, and so much more! There is definitely something for everyone, and everything is easy to find, each and every thing is themed perfectly to the finest detail, and everyone there- including the staff- are all happy to be there. Trust me... you won't regret going to Disney.
Set your expectations low and prepare to be disappointed. We had reservations at the club floor and arrived at the hotel at 2:30 pm. We were promptly told by the check in staff that the room was not ready and to come back at 4:00. We asked to speak to her supervisor and were told by the supervisor that the check in time is 4:00 and there is nothing that can be done. I took out the reservation paperwork and there is no mention of time on there but this lady was not willing to do anything. I asked to speak to her supervisor. After waiting for 15 minutes Mr Steven King (no joking) came out and was very nice and said we can wait upstairs in the lounge while they get the room done. They did eventually get the room done. The hotel itself is very nice and many of the people working there are quite nice as well but overall it is a disappointing experience at at over $500 per night it is not worth the money.
The Universal park has some very nice rides and the Harry Potter World is very well done but they lack in the overall attention to detail. I would recommend everything other than the wand experience at the Harry Potter world. More than likely you will wait for an hour plus to get in. After getting in, they let approximately 30 people in at a time only 1 child is chosen for the wand experience and the rest of the people just watch and that is the end.
The Italian restaurant at the Portofino Bay Hotel is amazing with good food and amazing service. Our 4 year old daughter fell asleep during dinner and the staff there made a bed with 6 chairs, linnen etc. so the rest of the people could enjoy dinner while our daughter slept. If this attention to detail and overall experience is carried by the rest of the property and the parks Universal truly has an opportunity to do better than Disney (their attention to detail is exceptional).
I was here in 2007 and 2008 and no suprise I am going again this year. As soon as you walk through the gates you can totally feel the atmosphere and all you have to do is decide what ride to go on first. Go here and you will never enjoy yourself more.
First of please ignore any reviews which tell you universal is a waste of time or money! It is definitely NOT! I am only 16 and i am going back for my 8th time this summer. Yes it is expensive overall but it is definitely worth the money.
Islands of adventure is pure genius due to its themed islands and spectaculour rides. When you enter if you turn to your right you are confronted by seuss island. Seuss island is aimed at the younger generation but the rides are still fun. If you carry on walking you enter the city of atlantis zone. Here you have the awesome sinbad show, a high class restaurant (it has like 4 stars), duelling dragons (youtube it) and many more rides. However part of this land is being turned into harry potter world but i am sure that it will still be amazing! If you carry on walking you end up in the jurassic park sector here you have the jurassic park river adventure which is really good fun and you are guarenteed to get soaked! You also have here a high flying cart ride but this is only suited for certain people i think it one adult and one child under 12 per cart. If you carry on walking through you have the toon landing area. The two main attractions here are dudley do rights rip saw falls and blutos bilge rat barges it is guarenteed that you will not have a single dry patch on your body after these but lockers are provided for your valuables. If you move on to the next and final island you have arrived at marvel superhero isle. This is my favourite section because it contains hulk and doctor doom - these are both brilliant! However, there is something better, the spider man ride! this ride is suitable for all ages and gives you a massive thrill without bording a rollercoaster!
If you head on over to the universal studios park you will find another massive range of rides. If you turn to your right and start walking you come across terminator which is good, then the american diner which serves great food of course it is slightly overpriced but what are the chances of finding cheap food in a place like this. If you carry on walking you come across the horror make up show which is good and then ET. ET is outdated and slightly boring but i always make sure we go on it because its fun and unique and nothing beats seeing that little head come out of the basket on the ride! Next to this attraction you will find a kids zone which is perfect for the little ones. After this you have the new simpsons ride. I have not been on this yet but when it was back to the future it was brilliant and im sure it is the same now! Next we have men in black a cart shooting game ride. It does tend to have a long que but it is worth the wait because its a real family ride. Next after this we have fear factor live which is highly entertaining and really good fun. The next ride is jaws. Like ET, jaws is slightly outdated and the experience does depend on the acting quality of your captain but its still fun to go on. If you carry on walking you come across earthquake or disaster i cant remember what it is called nowadays. This is suitable for all the family and is fun and exciting and kind of makes you want to wee yourself :P After this is the beetlejuice grave yard revue this is fun and a great way to get out of the sun for half an hour. It is cheesy but where in florida isnt! Next we have the blues brother corner where the blues brothers come and perform every so often which is entertaining. Next we have the mummy which is a great thrilling rollercoaster and is one of the rare rollercoasters that doesnt go up side down. Next we have twister which is great for anyone because it is a cross between a quick show and a ride. Next is shrek 4d which is cool for everyone and another great way to get out of the sun. The next ride is jimmy neutron which just makes me so happy its great fun and not too harsh for a simulator. Lastly we have rip ride rocket which i have not been on yet but im sure it will be great. thank you for reading this :)
Right off the bat, you get squeezed 12.00 for parking. Tickets into the park(s) were grossly overpriced.
Many of the workers could use some type of training in customer service. We didn't see very many of them smiling, either. A few of them were helpful but the majority seemed unhappy.
Their system of scanning fingerprints and ticket barcodes to enter the park was terribly inefficient.
It rained the day we were there and the leaks were unbelievable. I mean, there were leaks INSIDE several buildings. My kid was next in line to have his picture taken with Sponge Bob in the gift shop - which, of course, was strategically placed at the end of a ride (Jimmy Neutron, I think) - when one of the workers started yelling about a leak. The leak formed a large pool of water on the floor, ending the photo op. There were also leaks - I mean, really big leaks - from overhead coverings when standing in line at several rides. How could that be? It certainly wasn't the first time it ever rained in Florida. Shouldn't Universal have addressed those issues?
The lines weren't long but this was more than likely due to the weather.
The food at Mel's Diner was overpriced. The shakes weren't bad but our burgers were very dry. There were barely enough tables in there to seat all of the people who were eating.
The management of the Men In Black Alien Encounter (or whatever) was extremely poor. As we were getting in line, we were told that all bags had to be stored in small lockers off to the side. This meant getting out of line and walking over to the lockers which didn't have a direct route and was a total mob scene with everyone and their proverbial brother trying to get a locker and narrow walkways. The hold-up was that you are assigned a locker by entering information onto a touch screen. There were two screens that I saw and a mob of people trying to get at them. No workers were around to help or control the scene. No lines. Just a mass of people trying to get to the screens. Plus, part of the deal was that you hadda get your finger scanned. After the ride, it was much of the same. You hadda go to one of the screens and press some buttons to access your locker. To give you a better idea of what a mess this was, after punching in the requested information, a light on your locker goes on which, I guess, helps you locate it quickly. My locker was more than a few feet away from the screen. After I entered my information, the light went on and before I could get to it, some kid saw the light and opened my locker. Now, once the locker is shut you can't get it open. The system "thinks" you removed your belongings. So the girl saw something in the locker and started to shut it and I hadda yell for her to stop before the door closed. What a mess. Oh, and if you don't retrieve your belongings within 45 minutes or so, you have to pay to get your belongings back!
I will say that many of the rides we went on were clever and interesting. This includes Jimmy Neutron, Shrek, Men in Black, Simpsons (which was in the old Back to the Future building, I think), Terminator and Spiderman. ET was so boring that it was painful. And so was the Storm Accelertron (sp?). While on the subject, we thought that many of the Universal rides were blatant knock-offs of Disney rides. ET was like a cross between Peter Pan and Small World; Storm was pretty much the same as the Mad Tea Cup; and Men in Black was like Buzz Lightyear.
I can't imagine us going back again. In fact, the only reason why we went was because my wife got a free ticket as a promotion by Universal during this year's Super Bowl. (Remember the Denny's free breakfast promo?)
this is suppose to be a 4+ star universal resort. The rooms were maybe a 2 star, nothing fancy and poorly cleaned. Alot of cob webs in the room,dirty glasses, dusty surfaces, and walls were in poor condition, carpet very dirty. The only thing good about this resort was the sushi at orchirds one of the 4 resturants at the resort. I ate at jakes and that was the worst food. I had to send my plate back twice and still was not any good. I would like all to know , i am not writting this because i was mad about someting and want to give a bad review, this is merely the facts!!! I stayed 6 nights this hotel and my room was never really cleaned. All teh maids would do was empty the trash, make my dirty bed sheets (never changed them even when i requested) everyday, and leave fresh towels. Teh maids never wiped down any surfaces nor did they clean the nasty shower from day one(shower was dirty upon arrival). I really have to admit if you really want to come to orlando to have some wonderfull family fun go to disney world. Because between the accomidations and the employees at universal it is clearly a waste of your time and money. I have to admit that almost every employee at this resort and universal clearly made it know that they did not like there job. How much fun is it to be on vactions with party poopers like that.... Go to disney. I had a wonderfull time there !!! the meal deal is a joke and teh emplyoyess act like it is a act of congress to serve you.
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