Inspired by the legendary Universal Studios theme park and entertainment complex in California, Universal Studios Florida opened in the vacation mecca of Orlando in 1990, and offers thrilling rides and innovative attractions based on hit films and television shows, as well as the movie magic of live sets and silver screen idols. Blockbuster movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the Men In Black series, the Transformers series, and The Mummy are all brought to life in immersive, multimedia experiences that blur the line between make-believe and reality.
Transformers: The Ride-3D opened in June of 2013, and features an intense combination of sensory effects, unexpected twists and turns, and immersive 3D film to carry guests through an epic battle between the righteous Autobots and the evil Decepticons. The Simpsons Ride is a treat for both casual viewers and hardcore fans of the beloved series, as Sideshow Bob hijacks Krusty the Klown’s new amusement park to send riders careening from the tiny town of Springfield to the farthest destinations imaginable, and back again. Men In Black: Alien Attack features Will Smith from the hit film series as the special agent tasked with training guests to fire laser-powered weapons at invading extraterrestrials, making it both a ride and a point-based game all at once. A park classic, the E.T. Adventure, takes passengers to the famous alien’s exotic home planet to save it from a mysterious force only E.T. can stop.
Single-day admission is $86 for children, $92 for adults. Two- to four-day passes range from $115.99 to $150.99, depending on the package length and age of each guest. Park-To-Park Admission is also available for both Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks from $122 to $167.99, depending on the package length (one-to-five days) and age of each guest.
Best time to visit
In December, the Macy's Holiday Parade brings the very floats seen in the televised Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City down to the park for a repeat performance, and Mardi Gras is recreated in the park each spring, complete with headlining bands, a parade worthy of Bourbon Street, Cajun treats, and beads galore.
Near by POI
Universal’s Islands of Adventure, the Studios’ younger sibling, contains massive themed lands like Jurassic Park, Marvel Super Hero Island, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal CityWalk Orlando is an entertainment and retail complex with many themed restaurants and shops, including NASCAR Sports Grille, Hard Rock Café, an AMC Theatre with IMAX, and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Hard Rock Hotel Orlando features a white sand beach pool, musical memorabilia, family-friendly Kid Suites, and plenty of modern amenities.