List of Universal Studios Orlando attractions

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The Universal Orlando is an amusement park resort located in Orlando, Florida. It features two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, built on 107 acres (43 ha) and 101 acres (41 ha) of land, respectively.[1][2] Both parks feature several attractions and shows based on movies produced by Universal Pictures. After several delays during construction, Universal Studios Florida opened to the public on June 7, 1990; however, several of the park's major attractions experienced frequent mechanical and technical problems, forcing the rides to close. Eventually, Universal filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Jaws, an attraction that was based on the film.[3][4][5] Three years later, Universal announced the construction of a second theme park, Islands of Adventure, that officially opened on May 28, 1999.[6][7]

One of the most popular additions to the resort is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an incorporation of the Harry Potter franchise.[8][9] Opened in 2010, part of the Lost Continent area of the Islands of Adventure park was re-themed to Places in Harry Potter. Also, a replica of Hogwarts was constructed, with a dark ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located inside.[10][11][12] In 2014, an area themed after Diagon Alley opened in the former location of Jaws within Universal Studios Florida.[11] This addition included Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, as well the Hogwarts Express based on the Hogwarts Express that allows guests to travel between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley without actually having to exit either park.[12][13]

Attractions[edit]

Roller coasters[edit]

One of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit's vehicles entering the first drop after the vertical lift hill.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit's vertical lift hill
Name Year Manufacturer Park Location Description
Flight of the Hippogriff
Formerly Flying Unicorn (2000–2008)
2010 Vekoma Universal's Islands of Adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Vekoma Junior Coaster based on Harry Potter film series
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure 2019 Intamin Universal's Islands of Adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Motorbike roller coaster based on Harry Potter film series
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts 2014 Intamin Universal Studios Florida The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley An indoor roller coaster featuring motion-based 4D effects
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit 2009 Maurer Söhne Universal Studios Florida Production Central X-Car model that features on-ride music and video
Revenge of the Mummy 2004 Premier Rides Universal Studios Florida New York An indoor launched roller coaster based on The Mummy film
The Incredible Hulk Coaster 1999 Bolliger & Mabillard Universal's Islands of Adventure Marvel Super Hero Island Launched roller coaster based on fictional superhero Hulk
VelociCoaster 2021 Intamin Universal's Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park Launched roller coaster based on the Jurassic World films, being the first ride at the resort to be based on the reboot of Jurassic Park. Opens in the Summer of 2021
Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster 1999 Vekoma Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone Vekoma Junior Coaster based on Woody Woodpecker

Motion simulators[edit]

Hogwarts from the Harry Potter franchise
Hogwarts contains Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey within.
Name Year Park Location Description
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem 2012 Universal Studios Florida Production Central Motion simulator dark ride based on the Despicable Me film franchise
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey 2010 Universal's Islands of Adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Motion simulator dark ride based on Harry Potter film series

Features real sets and screens

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon 2017 Universal Studios Florida New York Motion simulator dark ride based on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Shrek 4-D 2003 Universal Studios Florida Production Central 4D film with motion effects based on the Shrek film franchise
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Marvel Super Hero Island Motion simulator dark ride based on Spider-Man

Features real sets and screens

The Simpsons Ride 2008 Universal Studios Florida World Expo Motion simulator dark ride based on The Simpsons
Transformers: The Ride 3D 2013 Universal Studios Florida Production Central Motion simulator dark ride based on the Transformers film franchise

Features real sets and screens

Other rides[edit]

A boat splashing down on Jurassic Park: The Ride.
Splashdown on Jurassic Park: The Ride
Name Year Park Location Description
Caro–Seuss–el 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing Carousel based on Dr. Seuss
Doctor Doom's Fearfall 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Marvel Super Hero Island Space Shot based on Doctor Doom
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Toon Lagoon Log flume based on Dudley Do-Right
E.T. Adventure 1990 Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone Dark ride based on E.T.
Fast & Furious: Supercharged 2018 Universal Studios Florida San Francisco Dark ride based on Fast & Furious film franchise
Hogwarts Express 2014 Universal Studios Florida
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley Train ride based on Harry Potter film series
Jurassic Park River Adventure 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park Shoot the Chute water ride based on Jurassic Park
Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl 2013 Universal Studios Florida World Expo Aerial carousel based on Treehouse of Horror series from The Simpsons'
Men in Black: Alien Attack 2000 Universal Studios Florida World Expo Interactive dark ride based on Men in Black
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing Aerial carousel based on One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Toon Lagoon River rapids ride themed to Popeye
Skull Island: Reign of Kong 2016 Universal's Islands of Adventure Skull Island 4D dark ride with trackless vehicles and animatronics
Storm Force Accelatron 2000 Universal's Islands of Adventure Marvel Super Hero Island Teacups based on Marvel fictional superhero Storm
The Cat In The Hat 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing Dark ride based on The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride 1999 Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing Powered train ride based on Dr. Seuss

Live shows and play areas[edit]

Name Park Location Description
Animal Actors On Location! Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone Live show
Bourne Stuntacular Universal Studios Florida Hollywood Live show based on Bourne Identity films
Curious George Goes to Town Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone Play area based on Curious George
Fear Factor Live Universal Studios Florida World Expo Live show based on Fear Factor
Fievel's Playland Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone Play area based on An American Tail by Don Bluth
Oh! The Stories You'll Hear! Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing Live show based on Dr. Seuss
Poseidon's Fury Universal's Islands of Adventure The Lost Continent Live action show
The Blues Brothers Show Universal Studios Florida New York Live show based on The Blues Brothers
Universal Orlando's Horror Make-Up Show Universal Studios Florida Hollywood Live show based on Universal Monsters
Family Feud Live Universal Studios Florida Production Central Live show based on Family Feud
Wheel of Fortune Live Universal Studios Florida Lagoon Live show based on Wheel of Fortune
Deal or No Deal Live Universal Studios Florida Production Central Live show based on Deal or No Deal
Beat the Clock Live Universal Studios Florida Production Central Live show based on Beat the Clock

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Denotes the requirement that guests must have an admission ticket that allows visits to both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
  2. ^ Denotes that height requirements are in inches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Universal Studios Florida Fact Sheet" (PDF). Universal Orlando Resort. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Universal's Islands of Adventure Fact Sheet" (PDF). Universal Orlando Resort. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Oliver, Mike (June 8, 1990). "Universal: Stardust And Static". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Travel Advisory". The New York Times. September 30, 1990. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Strother, Susan (January 31, 1990). "Universal Delays Park Opening Date Pushed To June". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Company News; Universal to Expand Park in Florida". The New York Times. September 16, 1993. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Islands Park to Debut May 28". Lakeland Ledger. May 12, 1999. p. 25. Retrieved October 16, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Pedicini, Sandra (October 23, 2014). "Harry Potter sends Comcast's theme park revenue soaring". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Bilbao, Richard (June 18, 2014). "Harry Potter Hogsmeade's spell still strong after four years". Orlando Business Journal. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Albright, Mark (June 1, 2007). "A whole new magic kingdom". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1. Retrieved October 18, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b Lambert, Marjie (October 20, 2014). "3 Disney attractions close to make way for next wave". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ a b Bevil, Dewayne (July 31, 2014). "Hogsmeade vs. Diagon Alley: Sizing up 2 Potter 'worlds'". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ Neumaier, Joe (October 28, 2014). "'Harry Potter' still casting spells – with new theme park, London hotel, short story coming up". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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