When people first plan to visit Orlando they no doubt turn their attention to the number of theme parks that make up this fun-filled part of Florida. Sun, fun, and thrills await anyone who decides to head to this part of the world, and no doubt the first theme park which comes to mind is Walt Disney World.
Now, whilst Walt Disney World should certainly be visited, with more than enough fun to fill an entire holiday alone, one particular park which should not be overlooked sits at the other end of town. I am of course talking about Universal Studios.
If you want more from your theme park than Disney magic, and you want bigger rides, more oomph, and a serious thrill thrown in for good measure, then this is the park for you, with its neighbouring park, Islands of Adventure, just as much fun too.
Just like any theme park holiday in Orlando, you need to put a little planning into this, because visiting Universal Studios is a must for first time Florida visitors, and if you don’t get your ticketing needs right then you could find yourself not only missing out on some fun, but also paying more at the gate. Basically, decide how many days you’re going to spend here, and if you want to visit Islands of Adventure too, which you certainly should, then get a bundle deal and plan for the correct number of days. Believe me, planning at this stage will save you cash and stress.
Once your ticketing worries are out of the way, it’s time to look forward to some serious fun with a capital F!
The great thing about Universal Studios is that it is basically an entertainment district, not just a theme park. You have City Walk, which is where you will find hotels, restaurants, even a night club, and the famous Hard Rock Café sat just over the lake; expect queues, but it’s certainly worth the wait. You can even visit on a themed time of year, such as the Halloween Horror Nights event, which is not for the weak of heart, that’s for sure!
If you picture Walt Disney World as being more for kids, which it isn’t entirely only for kids, but if you think of it that way, then Universal Studios is more for the older set, although you could class that as anything from 12 years upwards. Here you will learn about how films are made, from writing, production, and filming, as well as screaming your lungs out on huge rollercoasters and rides. The newest ride, Despicable Me, Minion Mayhem, is certainly laugh a minute, and one which fans of the film will love.
This is what is so great about Universal Studios, it reaches out to fans of particular films, and brings them to life before your eyes.
Next door you also have Islands of Adventure, which is home to the huge Hulk Rollercoaster, and of course, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Anyone who loves these films simply has to walk through Hogwarts and try a glass of butterbeer – it’s an acquired taste!
If you could sum up Universal Studios in one word it would be this – fun, and any holiday to Orlando should certainly have more than a sprinkling of fun thrown into every single minute spent there.
Photo by Chad Sparkes