Introduction to Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida is the No. 1 movie and TV-based theme park in the world. This park is a real, working film and television studio that features anything from action-packed rides to activities for children, and much more.

While the biggest draw to Universal Studios is the opportunity to “ride the movies,” it is important to know Important Park Information before you dive into the attractions at Universal Studios. From E.T.: The Extraterrestrial, Transformers: The Ride, Shrek, Men in Black and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit , every visitor can find themselves transported into a scene from any of these favorite movies. These attractions are just as hair-raising as the ones you will find over at Universal’s Island of Adventure, and offer a new and exciting way to go behind the scenes of these films.

Universal is divided into various themed lands, just like Islands of Adventure. Woody’s Woodpecker KidZone is a kid-friendly area with rides and attractions for all of the smallest members of the family.  Hollywood is to the right of the Front Lot, and its streets include Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, all lined with ornate buildings that take you back to the glamour of old Hollywood. In this area, you can learn trade secrets from Hollywood’s best makeup artists or fight for the future of mankind in a 3-D action thriller, Terminator 2.

New York is near the back of the park and its attractions are among mock-ups of 42nd and 57th streets, Park Avenue and Delancey Street in New York City.  Here you can catch the Blues Brothers entertaining guests on Delancey Street five times a day, or tackle one of the biggest thrill rides inside Universal Studios, Revenge of the Mummy.

San Francisco area harbors Fear Factor Live and a bunch of great eateries. The World Expo, the smallest zone at Universal Studios, packs a punch with Men In Black: Alien Attack, a ride-through video game that lets you blast your way through the fun. Then there’s Springfield USA, home of The Simpsons: The Ride and Simpsons eateries like Lard Lad, Moe’s and Duff Gardens.

Finally, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley transports guests into the mysteries of Harry Potter. From the London area to Diagon Alley, experience magical dining, shopping, unique thrills and other adventures including a ride on Escape from Gringotts and Hogwarts Express, which can take guest to Islands of Adventure  and explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade (Park-to-Park tickets are required to ride The Hogwarts Express.)

Of course, the rides and attractions at this park aren’t all that it has to offer. There are also many of your favorite characters located throughout the different zones, as well as many different interactive entertainment opportunities available, such as arcade games, carnival-like games, and much more.

With a ton of places to eat and more than 25 shops located throughout Universal Studios, there is no shortage of dining and shopping options for everyone as well, and these insider secrets can help you make the most of your day at Universal Studios!