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Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure

 
A trip to Orlando wouldn’t be complete without visiting Universal Studios, home to the best movie themed rides & attractions in the world. Islands of Adventure is great for thrill seekers who love roller coasters and water rides!

In addition to great movie themed rides, Universal is also home to City Walk, an entertainment destination like no other featuring themed restaurants such as the Hard Rock Café and Margaritaville, live shows such as Blue Man Group, and several nightclubs.
 
 
  • 1. The Simpsons Ride
    The Simpsons Ride
    Universal Studios - 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    This 4D ride, which simulates being on a rollercoaster really feels like a genuine experience. Any Simpsons fans out there, I highly recommend making room for this thrilling adventure featuring all your favorite characters.
  • 2. The Incredible Hulk Coaster
    The Incredible Hulk Coaster
    Universal Studios Islands of Adventure – 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    This fun themed roller coaster features plenty of inversions and super fast speeds of 67mph. Lots of twist and turns make this coaster worth the lengthy wait! Tip: Wait for the front seat for an extra intense ride!
  • 3. Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls
    Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls
    Islands of Adventure – 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    This extremely fun water log flume ride with an exciting double drop and plenty of twists and turns is definitely one of Universal's best rides. A thrilling ride, which also doubles at the ultimate cool down, Dudley's comes in as Universal's most underrated ride experience!
  • 4. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
    Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios – 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    This massive addition to Universal includes lifelike replicas of Diagon Alley (found at Universal Studios) and Hogsmeade (found at Islands of Adventure). You can do almost anything Harry Potter related here, from sipping a butterbeer, to purchasing your own interactive wand, to sending out a letter with an official Hogsmeade stamp at the Owl Post.

    The Hogwarts Express provides a new convenient mode of transportation between the two parks. Although you could spend all day exploring the shops, treats, and themed restaurants within both parks, don't forget about the rides!

    2 great Harry Potter themed rides, the Forbidden Journey (a ride through the castle at Islands) and Escape to Gringotts (a thrilling 3D ride through Gringotts Bank at Universal), are musts even though it might cost you a few hours in a hot waiting line.
  • 5. Popeye & Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges
    Popeye & Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges
    Islands of Adventure - 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    Another thrilling water ride to check out at Islands of Adventure is the thrilling whitewater adventure aboard Popeye & Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges. Featuring thrilling drops, turns, & waterfalls, you are sure to get drenched and cool down (at least for a few hours!).
  • 6. Jurassic Park River Adventure
    Jurassic Park River Adventure
    Islands of Adventure - 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    Jurassic Park: The Ride is a thrilling water ride with lush landscaping, animatronic dinosaurs, and an intense unexpected 80 foot drop in the dark.
  • 7. Revenge of The Mummy
    Revenge of The Mummy
    Universal Studios - 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    This fun & fast rollercoaster travels through complete darkness and features scary special effects such as realistic looking beetles and fireballs. An absolute blast!
  • 8. Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt
    Hollywood Rip Ride RockIt
    Universal Studios - 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    Enjoy a thrilling coaster ride like no other as you travel up 17 stories on a straight vertical lift, before proceeding on to multiple inversions and loops on a thrilling 65mph ride, complete with a song from a genre of your own choosing. This ride is not only Orlando's tallest coaster, but also features the world's only non inverting loop!
  • 9. E.T. The Adventure
    E.T. The Adventure
    Universal Studios - 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    It's an oldie, but a goodie. The classic ET ride almost never has a long wait due to the popularity of the new Harry Potter park. Fans of the classic Spielberg hit much check out this cute adventure through an island of ETs. As you soar through the starry night skies, you'll soon arrive to E.T.'s planet.
  • 10. Universal City Walk
    Universal City Walk
    Universal City Walk Orlando - 6000 Universal Blvd., , 32819
    CityWalk is the perfect place to stroll around after a long day at the park. Themed restaurants, shops, bars, movie theaters, mini golf - you can treat yourself to a wide range of fun activities, thereby giving your feet a much needed break!

    Hard Rock Orlando is my favorite Hard Rock location out of the 10+ I have visited. It is located right in the middle of Universal City Walk and makes the perfect end to a day at the park. A really fun atmosphere, friendly upbeat servers, great memorabilia and music, and a touristy setting make this location extra special!