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Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida

Heading to Orlando this summer?  Then a trip to a theme park is a must! And at Universal Studios in Orlando there are things to do for every member of the family. Universal Studios has two fantastic theme parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.  Each park has something for everyone, whether you like action packed roller coasters, water rides, 4-D shows, or carousels.  It is worthwhile to have some background knowledge of how to get around the parks at Universal Studios in order to fully enjoy your visit.

Islands of Adventure (Flickr by Rob J Brooks)

Islands of Adventure (Flickr by Rob J Brooks)

Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios

Islands of Adventure is Universals newest theme park and consists of five islands: Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, the Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing.  I have been to Islands of Adventure so many times I can’t even count.  I actually have several of the rides memorized! The reason for this is I have lived in Orlando my entire life and I worked there in the summer. I’ll give you some tips to navigate around Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure and which rides are worthwhile if you are pressured on timeThe Rides at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure

All the rides at Islands of Adventure are full of thrills.  The most worthwhile rides to go on in Marvel Super Hero Island are the Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.  There are two other rides at Marvel but, the two mentioned are by far the most popular rides at IOA.  It is best to hit Marvel Island first because it is the first island in the theme park and because the lines for these rides can be up to 90 minutes!  If waiting in line isn’t something you want to do, then an Express Pass can be purchased.  An Express Pass allows you to skip the long lines and ensures that all of the attractions will be experienced but, they can be very expensive.

Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges

The next island is Toon Lagoon where there are several water rides.  In the summer heat, a water ride is all you can think about!  My favourite ride in Toon Lagoon is Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges.  It is a white-water rapids ride that will get you soaked; a must in the Florida heat!  A piece of advice for this ride is to take off your shoes and place them in the bins provided.  Trust me; there is nothing worse than walking around a theme park with squishy shoes on.

Popeye at Islands of Adventure (Flickr by tps58)

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges at Islands of Adventure (Flickr by tps58)

Jurassic Park

The third island at Universal Studios is Jurassic Park, which is decorated with lush plant life.  The main attraction at this island is the Jurassic Park River Adventure.  On this ride watch out for dinosaurs; especially, the Raptors and T-Rex!

Fire and Ice Dragons

The fourth island at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure is the Lost Continent, which has a medieval theme.  Currently, the Lost Continent is being transformed into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  The new island is rumoured to open in late 2009, with the summer of 2010 being the latest possible date.  The Lost Continent’s main attraction is Duelling Dragons, an inverted roller coaster.  There are two dragons, a Fire and Ice Dragon and you must choose which coaster you would like to ride.  Or, if you have the time, experience both Fire and Ice to see which you prefer.  Although both coasters are fantastic, I would recommend the Ice Dragon.

Dr. Seuss

The fifth and final island at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure is Seuss Landing; it is themed around the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss.  This island is more for young children with the Cat in the Hat ride and the Seuss Trolley Train Ride.  Even though this island was designed for children, people of all ages can enjoy it.  I am twenty years old and when my friends and I visit Islands of Adventure we always go on the Cat in the Hat ride. It is a fun ride that puts Dr. Seuss’ story to life.

So, whether you are looking to see: super heroes, cartoon figures, dinosaurs, dragons, or the cat in the hat; Islands of Adventures has something for everyone!

Universal Studios

At Universal Studios their slogan is ‘ride the movies,’ which fits because Universal Studios features attractions based on movies like: The Mummy, Men in Black, Shrek, and Jaws.

Universal Studios (Flickr by aspengull)

Universal Studios (Flickr by aspengull)

Revenge of the Mummy

One of the newer rides at Universal Studios is Revenge of the Mummy the Ride, an indoor roller coaster.  On this ride watch out for the scarab beetles, fire, and of course the Mummy himself! While in the treasure room try to spot the golden King Kong statue. This statue is in place to pay homage to the King Kong ride that once stood there. This is a fun roller coaster full of sharp turns and drops and it is one of my favourite rides at Universal Studios.

Men in Black

Another one of the rides at Universal Studios Florida is Men in Black Alien Attack.  On this ride a ship of alien invaders has landed in Manhattan and you must save the city.  It is an interactive ride that has you shooting a laser gun at aliens to score points.  This is one of my favourite rides at Universal Studios so, I’ll share some tips to show you how to score the most points.  The key to success on this ride is to continually hold the trigger down and to aim for the alies’ eyes.  I hope that helps you get the highest score in your cart!


If you are looking for a place to relax, go see Shrek in 4-D.  It is a fantastic 4-D show that features all the characters from the movie. With the story picking up where the first movie left off.  Shrek in 4-D is revolutionary because it stimulates all the senses.


Looking for some suspense?  Then Jaws is the ride for you.  Board your boat in Amity to tour the marina that Jaws once terrorized and watch out, there is rumoured to be a new Great White terrorizing the town.  This is an exciting ride full of fright and suspense.  When I was young this ride used to scare me however, now that I am older it is one of my favourite rides in Universal Studios.

I hope these hints help you on your journey to Universal Studios.

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  1. comment by: Sarasota Metro on May 11 at 16:33

    Orlando is one of the best travel destination in Florida State. It's sunny ambiance is the perfect tropical getaway in the west. Many waterparks are also available in the area beside its rich pristine beaches. But I like this one Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges at Universal Studios

  2. comment by: John Baxter on Jan 17 at 14:40

    I think Universal Studios is brilliant, It was the highlight of my last trip to Orlando. The Jaws ride was out of this World and my family and I went on it three times.

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