Top 5 Universal Studios Rides to Try Whilst Visiting Orlando
Orlando is home to a world-famous destination: Universal Studios. Filled with wild and wonderful rides, this is a must-do on the Orlando bucket list. To experience all the fun, you’ll need a 3-Park Explorer Ticket for access to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. Visitors can enjoy special and seasonal events, as well as immersive dining opportunities. Here are the top 5 rides not to be missed whilst visiting Orlando:
Transformers™: The Ride-3D
This ride will take you to another planet, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. Combining hi-tech HD media and flight simulation, this epic experience based on the popular movie series is an adventurous, mind-blowing Transformers journey through space. Spot your favourite characters along the way such as Optimus Prime and Megatron, as you attempt to defend the human race from the evil Decepticons.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
From magical spells to mythical creatures, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is a dream for any fan of the film series. Visitors can immerse themselves in the mysteries of Hogwarts™ castle, shop at Hogsmeade™, and delight in the thrilling rides and attractions. Take the Hogwarts Express between the two lands of Harry Potter, before enjoying the Flight of the Hippogriff™ or the newest ride, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™.
For Wizarding fans, the magic can continue at The Florida Mall (located just a 20-minute drive from Universal Studios) where guests can play Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™, the new augmented reality mobile game from the makers of Pokémon GO. This is the perfect day trip for families with more than 250 stores as well as family deals, a children’s play area and the unique Crayola Experience.
As well as wonderful family experiences, there are some serious shopping opportunities for fashionistas at the property. Amazing stores include Macy’s, A/X Armani Exchange, Coach, Michael Kors, Mayors Jewelers featuring Rolex, Victoria’s Secret and ZARA! With 23 different internationally inspired dining venues, you won’t go hungry after you’ve explored the shops with options for guests including a taste of Italy (at pizzeria Sbarro), Brazil (at Hocca Bar) or delicious Asian cuisine at Sushi Yummy.
World Famous Studio Tour
Less of a ride and more of a journey through cinema and TV, the ‘World Famous Studio Tour’ is sure to take you on a rollercoaster of emotion as you explore one of the globe’s most iconic studios, a venue creatively designed by iconic film director Steven Spielburg.
As part of the experience, guests will be ‘hosted’ by a virtual version of the US chat show presenter, Jimmy Fallon, with entertaining clips and commentary on HD screens to enhance the experience. Alternatively, take a crash course in set design through the War of the Worlds wreckage. Encounter King Kong in the world’s largest 3-D experiences created by film producer Peter Jackson, or you can even take part in a Fast & Furious style car chase shown on the world’s most expansive 360-degree screen!
Visitors will meet raptors and velociraptors in the Raptor Encounter – an intense experience not for the faint-hearted. Come face to face with Blue, the series’ most-loved character, as well as new additions such as a big friendly Triceratops. For something a little more relaxed, there is DinoPlay, a play area for younger guests. Grab a tropical inspired cocktail from the Isla Nu-Bar, or enjoy Costa Rican inspired cuisine at the Jurassic Café. Commemorate your experience by picking up a collectible from the Jurassic Outfitters shop.
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Join Gru and the gang on this family-favourite ride, spotting mischievous Minions working collectively on their latest scheme. Little ones can even go through ‘Minion training’ to become one of their yellow friends! Kids and parents alike will enjoy plenty of belly laughs at the interactive dance party, as well as a trip through the super-villain laboratory. To top off the merriment, there is the Super Silly Fun Land, an over-the-top outdoor family play zone.
Park tickets start at around £90 for a one-day ticket. Opening times vary by the season, but are the standard opening hours are 10am-6pm.