13 Can’t Miss Rides & Attractions at Universal Studios Orlando
2. The Incredible Hulk Coaster (Islands of Adventure)
The best roller-coaster in Orlando is definitely Islands of Adventure’s The Incredible Hulk Coaster. One of the coolest aspects of this ride is the intense take off. This exhilarating ride includes a speed increase from 0 to 40mph in just 2 seconds! The Hulk reaches an incredibly intense speed of 67mph as you travel through 7 inversions and 2 underground tunnels filled with mist. You will be tempted to re-ride this great coaster again and again after your first exciting time around. This is the perhaps the smoothest roller coaster around! Although it is scary, the smooth experience makes you feel much more comfortable!
3. Jurassic Park River Adventure (Islands of Adventure)
Jurassic Park may be one of Universal’s older rides (opened back in 1999), however, that doesn’t mean it lacks in the excitement department! Movie fans will absolutely love this themed water raft ride. As you make your way around Jurassic Park, you will be transported into the movie as you are surrounded by all the familiar sights and sounds, including animatronic dinosaurs. The big thrill comes with the unexpected 75 foot drop at the end. A fun family ride with big thrills and plenty of water to cool you off for a while during the hot and humid afternoon hours!
4. E.T. Adventure (Universal Studios)
E.T., which opened way back in 1990, is one of Universal’s first rides (the park opened in 1989). An entertaining, magical ride with the primary advantage of a shorter wait time as many tourists skip right pass it due to newer attractions in the park. Don’t miss your opportunity to take a bike riding adventure on one of Universal’s most iconic rides. Take a break and relax as you glide past forests, the night sky, and even a planet filled with E.Ts. A really fantastic ride with fun animatronics and an attractive set design. Love the portion where you go past the starry sky – it really feels as if you are riding a bike across the moon!
5. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges (Islands of Adventure)
Islands of Adventure’s best water park ride is sure to leave you absolutely soaked, which works out perfectly with the hot, humid Orlando weather. This is the ride to go on after several hours walking around in the sun and sweating in hot, overcrowded lines! This refreshing circular raft ride offers more than enough opportunities for getting wet – everyone in your party will get cooled down tremendously. You will twist, turn, and experience small drops as if you are on a whitewater rafting adventure (although a tad less intense of course). A must for anyone who doesn’t mind walking around the park wet for the next few hours. The best aspect of this ride is that your whole group can enjoy it together without breaking apart into several lines.
6. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Islands of Adventure)
At Islands of Adventure’s Hogsmeade, you will find the first addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, still as popular as ever. Since its’ opening in 2010, tourists have raved about this creative, intense ride. This unique simulator ride takes you through several areas of Hogswarts, including: Dumbledore’s Office, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and the Room of Requirement. The ride is fast paced and intense.
The combination of a large IMAX screen, animatronics, special effects, and robotic arms on the seats results in a fantastic, entertaining thrill ride that is sure to please all fans. As you are twisted and turned in every direction, you will feel as if you traveling to each of the classrooms and actually following Harry on the broomstick. Here’s your chance to get as close as possible to the feeling of riding a broomstick. How cool is that?!
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey takes you right into the action of all your favorite movies, along with guest appearances from most of the main characters you have loved throughout the years and those you don’t (great spider and dragon effects!). This is a ride you need to venture on at least twice to take it all in. The ride is so fast you barely have a chance to absorb what is going on, however, that’s part of the fun!
The best part of the ride is the wait through Hogwarts Castle. At other rides in the park, you stand in long lines frustrated from the heat, crowds, and bored out of your mind. At the Forbidden Journey, the line is as good as the ride itself! In fact, it is probably the best waiting line of all time. You will pass many rooms from the movie including: Dumbledore’s Office, the Griffindor Common Room, and the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. Special effects including appearances by Dumbledore, Hermoine, Ron, Harry, and the sorting hat, falling snow, and talking portraits, make you feel as if you are truly walking inside Hogwarts.
7. Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls (Islands of Adventure)
Don’t let Ripsaw Falls location in Island of Adventure’s Toon Lagoon area fool you into thinking this is just a kiddie ride. Quite contrary, this exciting water raft ride is entertaining for the whole family, so much so that it is definitely worthy a second ride! You will make your way along several turns and a few small drops until you reach the final 75 foot tall double drop. Great fun on a hot summer afternoon! A refreshing, exciting ride with a colorful, youthful theme based on the Dudley Do Right’s cartoons of the late 60’s.