Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida opened for the first time in June, 1990. The theme park focuses on TV and movie orientated rides and is one of the top ten most visited parks in the United States. Unlike some parks Universal Studios features movies and characters that it has licensed from competing entertainment studios. The park currently has seven themed areas, but plans are in the works to expand it to eight.
The New York section is a mixture of sets designed to emulate what the city looked like in the past and how it looks today. The major ride found here is the very popular Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride. The indoor roller coaster ride centers around the Mummy films. Keep your eyes peeled for the Blues Brothers, who patrol the streets belting out tunes from their beat up Dodge Monaco. There are several places to eat in New York, including an Italian restaurant and Starbucks.
One of the smaller sections, San Francisco is where you’ll catch the Beetlejuice’s Rock and Roll Graveyard Revue starring some of your favorite monsters from books, film, and TV, including Dracula. The one ride here is Disaster!: A Major Motion Picture Ride…Starring You! This super cool ride makes you the star of a fictional disaster movie. You’ll find a number of places to shop and eat here, in particular the San Francisco Candy Factory, which you won’t want to miss.
London is the newest theme to be added to Universal Studios and it is due to open in the summer of 2014. This new attraction is unique in that it will be connected to the Islands of Adventure park. The reason is that both these areas will be part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Visitors that have a 2-park pass will be able to take the Hogwarts Express train between the two parks. If you are just visiting Universal Studios the London section will feature Diagon Alley and a ride called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. The whole area will have a Harry Potter and London theme.
Springfield is all about one of TV’s favorite families – The Simpsons. There are two rides here as well as several Simpson’s themed places to eat. Food options include the amusingly named Krusty Burger, Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck, and Duff Brewery.
You can’t have a theme park dedicated to the big and small screen without a section called Hollywood. The Hollywood section brings you into the past to the heyday of Hollywood glamour and fun. There’s a replica of the icon Mel’s Drive-In here where you can tour and see a show. There is also a tribute museum to the legendary Lucille Ball, one of Hollywood’s classic starlets.
There are several rides that are suitable for younger kids and the dedicated kid area – Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone. The Kidzone is home to Wood Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, a junior roller coaster, a playground, and the classic and ever popular E.T. Adventure ride. Other suitable rides for kids, include MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, The Cat in The Hat, and Pteranodon Flyers.