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
Signs and markings to get to parking very bad; took us about 45 mins to get to parking. Another 30 mins to get to and through ticketing (we had already bought tickets--had vouchers). Park closes at 6 pm. They have photo claim tickets similar to Disney; when we got home and went to look at pics, they were someone else's. Got several at Disney parks & all were right. Employees here are not close to as helpful and friendly as Disney's. We will get extra day at Disney next time!
September 19 & 20th 2009.
I bought 6 tickets along with express passes, spent almost $700.00 only to arrive 10minutes before the park was to open and thier will call did not work at all. Stood in line at guest services for 45minutes, I'm not exagerating because they only put one person in the booth. If you complain they have you wait another 15 minutes to get you a manager that wont give their last name. Spoke to 2 managers Pauline and Lisa at Universal Studios Orlando that wont give you their last name because it's company policy . These mangers have no training on how to deal with the public they are obviously in the wrong workfield. By the way the express pass is not to be used more than only 1 time per ride!!! Something they dont tell you and it cant be used in the new ride ROCK IT!! Most concessions stands were closed still at 11:00 AM. If it's cause they are cutting back, in these hard times dont spend your money somewhere they simply don't care about their customers. Ohh I forgot their was alot of people having problems getting in with the index finger ID that simply would not read, and they would call management and they were no where to be found, so expect to wait if that happens to you. Blue Man Group should be a part of Disney they are an AWESOME show, and Universal Studios should not be associated to them in any way. These 3 guys and the whole entire crew are in a class above UNIVERSAL STUDIOS!!
My family go to Florida every year and UNIVERSAL never DISAPPOINTS US. From the TERMINATOR TO THE MUMMY. Both of these adventures where special so I know that the HARRY POTTER EXPERIENCEwill be even better. We taken advantage of the Flex Pay last year so if they still have this PLEASE GET IT!
it was so fun when me and my family went we got the 2 parks pass and the fast pass when we wanted to go to we went to the ride park and then we went to the show park thing and the shows were really cool special effects and it really feels real most uhhmazing park i been too so not a waist of money and i would pefer the fast pass or express whatever its called because the rides have very long lines especally the famous rides.jaws wasnt a very fun thing so just to add that in and twister was really cool its like your on the movie set ! But totally cool place to go! And we went in the begaining of jan. So they had a parade its rlly cool there wanna go bak soon!
It's a shame people who are not as fortunate cannot even consider such places. Taking advantage of the very Best Deal, it would cost our family $600 just to get in the gate! That says nothing for travel, food and hotel. If we brought our own snacks, slept in the car and drove 60 the whole way, we could maybe pull it off around $1000. Who has that kind of money? Sure would like to shake your hand.
We recently adopted 2 brothers and will never regret it, but it does make us wonder why large families are not taken into consideration more in places like this. You would think parks that encourage "family fun" would allow for large discount packages. I'm not talking about 10% off the most expensive hotel, or free sodas in the park. I'm talking about something that will actually make it possible to plan such a trip.
We just got back from Orlando and had a blast at Islands of Adventure!! For this years vacation, we limited our choices to one water park and one theme park. We chose Wet-n-Wild and IOA since we had not been to either before. Both rate high for thrills and excitement. Since we are a family of four adrenaline junkies, we chose IOA because we wanted to do more rides than shows. The best rides were the Incredible Hulk, Spiderman (3-D) and Dueling Dragons. We also enjoyed the water rides in Toon Lagoon. While we were there we saw the construction signs for Harry Potter and wondered what was being built. Now that we know, we will definitely plan to return. The Dueling Dragons will be part of the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" but is open now. If you can stand the longer wait time, the best way to experience this ride is front row!! CAUTION: IOA has higher height requirements for three of its main rides - the Hulk (54"), Doctor Doom's Fearfall (52") and Dueling Dragon (54"). This really upset my daughter who has just grown to the 48" required for most other roller coaster rides. Last note, for the Pteranodon Flyer ride you must ride with a child (btwn 36" to 56"). It was a good ride, but short considering the long wait time. Only two flyers were operating at a time with two persons (adult and child) to a flyer.
If you love universal, YOU HAVE TO GO when they have the Halloween Horror nights.. We went and only had planned on going to it for one night.. We ended up going 3 nights in a row.. They do leave some of the rides open at night too as an added bonus to the horror houses and scare zones. I would go back to Universal JUST for the Halloween Horror Nights.. We had a GREAT trip.. I like Universal better than Disney.
Just learned that Universal is going to have a "Harry Potter" area! That is absolutely awesome! We own property in Cocoa Beach...just a stone's throw from Orlando. I can never get my husband to go to Disney, but he will go to Universal. Now that Harry Potter's there, WE'RE GOING!!!!! :)
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