Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios is a popular theme park located in the heart of Orlando, Florida. This popular vacation destination actually consists of four hotels, the CityWalk complex, and two incredibly enticing and popular theme parks.

Not only that, but in the vicinity of this wonderful location in Orlando, there are many other great diversions nearby. And while you are in the area visiting Universal Studios, you can check out the excellent water park nearby known as Wet ‘N Wild.

As you can imagine, the theme parks at Universal Studios are not nearly as big as those at Disney World. But, they are pretty huge and definitely spectacular in their own right. There’s nothing to worry about if you are trying to make comparisons between the two. As a matter of fact, this fun-filled vacation destination is going to be a blast for you and your family. We can guarantee it!

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Universal Studios Rides and Attractions

As mentioned, while the rides and attractions certainly are not as extensive as those at Disney World, they are still a whole lot of fun. The Universal Studios Orlando theme park has some of the best attractions of its kind. As a matter of fact, there are some incredibly groundbreaking rides in this amazing theme park.

If rides or attractions are your thing, some of the best that they have to offer include:

  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • The Simpsons Ride
  • Transformers: the Ride 3-D
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Men in Black Alien Attack
  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Doom’s Fearfall
  • and much more

In total, there are over 25 awesome rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida. They are not your typical rides for kids. While they certainly have many great rides for the little ones, this is definitely a theme park with rides that are geared more toward older children and young teenagers.

You can tell because the theme park has attractions from some of the most the popular movies and franchises going right now. Harry Potter, The Transformers, Marvel, Revenge of the Mummy, and more. Sometimes Disney World is just a little too young for preteens and teenagers. If that’s the case, then Universal Studios Florida is definitely going to be your best bet.

Buying Tickets for Universal Studios Orlando

As we all know, nothing in this life is free. And the same holds true for Universal Studios. But not exactly.

If a child is two years of age or younger, they can get into the theme park for free. There is no charge for children within this age bracket.

And for children between the ages of 3 to 9, they can get into the theme park at a reduced ticket price. Speak to a ticket agent on the phone or at the gate to find out about reduced pricing for children between the ages of 3 to 9.

We understand that vacationing in Florida can be quite expensive. And this is the reason why Universal Studios Orlando makes it simple and easy for you to afford to pay for young children. They want you to come to their theme park and have a good time with your family. And providing the reduced ticket prices is one way that they can ensure your family has the greatest time possible when visiting their theme parks.

Getting cheap tickets is easy if you plan to visit other theme parks in the local area as well. One way to really capitalize on the great attractions in Orlando is to buy a multi-ticket option from Orlando FlexTicket.

With this option, you have the ability to get 14 days’ worth of unlimited visits to five different theme parks. The theme parks that you’ll have access to as part of this plan includes Wet ‘N Wild, Sea World, Aquatica, as well as the two parks that are part of Universal Studios Orlando.

Another option available from the resort is called Express Plus passes. When you get this pass, you will get quick access to the majority of the attractions available at Universal Studios. Express Plus passes will vary in price, and depending on the particular time of year you’re visiting, prices will certainly fluctuate. Contact a qualified representative to find out more about pricing.

The Latest Rides and Attractions Coming in 2016 in 2017

Just like many other theme parks, Universal Studios Orlando has a tendency to upgrade their rides and attractions as time goes by. In the near future, there will be a number of additions to the theme park that will really help add another layer of fun and excitement to your visit.

In 2016, Universal Studios Florida plans to add one new attraction called Skull Island Reign of Kong. Since the Universal Studios movie division has the new King Kong movie coming out in 2017, they decided to create this ride ahead of time to help build greater anticipation for the new movie.

If the rumors are true, this fun attraction is going to be very similar to a movie set. It will have massive animated representations of King Kong, gorgeous sets, and you will literally feel like you are part of the movie.

In 2017, Universal Studios Florida plans to add a couple of attractions to their already powerful lineup. The future attractions include:

  • Fast & Furious: Supercharged Ride – this newest attraction is a high-speed simulator. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say this attraction will make it feel like you are part of the movie and the latest team member of the Fast & Furious franchise.
  • Volcano Bay – this future edition is more than just a simple ride. Volcano Bay is going to be an entire water park! If you’re into water rides, you’re going to love this latest theme park as part of the Universal Studios brand.

As you can clearly see, Universal Studios Orlando is much more than your typical theme park. It’s filled with incredible rides and attractions, and it is certainly fun for the whole family.

Chris is a Midwest Transplant that has lived in South Florida since 1999. While he likes to remain active and is an avid sports enthusiast, he's become our go-to provider of reviews of any establishment serving food and booze!