Universal Studios Orlando - A World of Adventure and Entertainment

Universal Studios Orlando - Main Entrance GlobeSince its inception in June 1990, Universal Orlando has evolved into a sprawling resort encompassing two theme parks, a water park, a bustling shopping district, and multiple hotels. This entertainment powerhouse offers an immersive experience into the worlds of film and television, with thrilling rides, engaging exhibits, and captivating shows.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a recent and spectacular addition, spans across both theme parks. Passes covering both parks are essential to fully immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter.

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando - Hollywood - Wikimedia by EliedionUniversal Studios Orlando, the first Universal park in Florida, mirrors many of the classic rides found in its Hollywood counterpart. However, it boasts a larger footprint, featuring more rides and attractions. The park is divided into eight distinct areas encircling a large lagoon, each offering its unique set of thrills.

With an overwhelming array of rides and shows, choosing where to start can be daunting. Thankfully, Universal's website provides filters to help visitors tailor their experience based on height requirements, areas, or interests. Find your perfect adventure here.

Highlights include Shrek 4D at Production Central, Revenge of the Mummy in New York City, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts in Diagon Alley, and Men in Black: Alien Attack at World Expo. Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone offers numerous attractions for younger children.

For a comprehensive overview of Universal Studios Florida, visit our detailed guide.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal Islands of adventure - EntranceEmbark on a journey of discovery and excitement at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Each uniquely themed island, such as “Marvel Super Hero Island,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Skull Island,” offers a world of adventure with rides and shows. The park also houses the other half of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

The Hogwarts Express, an attraction in its own right seamlessly connected the two halves of the Wizarding World.

Must-visit attractions include “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” at Hogwarts Castle and the exhilarating “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.”

Other islands, including Toon Lagoon, Skull Island, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing, feature thrilling rides like “The Incredible Hulk Coaster,” “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,” “Jurassic Park River Adventure,” and “Poseidon's Fury.”

For more insights into Universal’s Islands of Adventure, read our full article.

City Walk

Universal Orlando - CitywalkLike its Hollywood counterpart, Universal Orlando's City Walk is a vibrant entrance plaza to the Universal Resort parks, filled with entertainment, dining, and shopping venues.

Whether you're in the mood for shopping, dining, or entertainment, City Walk has it all. It's an excellent spot for a meal outside the parks, with a variety of dining options ranging from casual to fast food.

City Walk is also a great destination for a day trip, even without park admission. Enjoy live music at Pat O’Brien’s, dance the night away at the Groove, or catch the latest films at Cinemark theaters. For dining, choose from Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar, Hard Rock Café, or Margaritaville, among others.

Don't miss the epic shows at the Blueman Group or Bob Marley–A Tribute to Freedom, adding to the vibrant atmosphere of City Walk.