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Another world class Theme Park, it is best for older children and up. A great place to take teenagers especially! Many of the attractions see to be a combination of a traditional ride combined with newer technology with both 3 and 4 D aspects bring you right into the middle of the action. While I find some of the rides a bit rough they are very entertaining. Universal Orlando consists of 2 parks within walking distance of each other: Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure and a night-time entertainment complex Universal City Walk. There is also a water park: Volcano Bay. I go back time and time again just to ride on the 2 Harry Pottor rides and also Hogwarts Express which connects the 2 parks (if you have a park to park pass.)
Universal Studios Florida
The original park, is composed of themed areas and attractions inspired by popular film, television, and music productions with thrilling rides, interactive adventures and live action shows.
This park has eight themed areas, that surround a lagoon. Some of most popular attractions include ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley’ with the ride: Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts, Transformers 3D, Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket (roller coaster), Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Terminator 2: 3-D Experience, Simpsons Ride, and Revenge of the Mummy (A rough indoor roller coaster often through darkness, reaches speeds of 45 miles /72 kilometers per hour). Be sure to check out the shows throughout the park including The Blues Brothers, Shrek 4-D, Animal Actors, Horror Make-Up Show, and Fear Factor Live.
Universal Islands of Adventure,
is composed of eight distinct “islands” that are themed to various forms of adventures. It is one of the most popular and highest-rated theme parks in the Florida area, and has received international awards for its range of roller coasters and attractions.
Visitors start off in the Port of Entry (with shops, restaurants and services) and make their way through the various islands :
Marvel Super Hero Island, with attractions based on the popular comics and movies including my favorite The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3-D simulator. Also the Incredible Hulk Coaster, and Dr. Doom’s Fearfall.
Toon Lagoon, with Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls a log flume, ‘Popeye and Pluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges river rafts. and a Popeye’s Ship-themed playground for younger children.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Jurassic Park, with the Pteranodon Flyers and Jurassic River Adventure and Jurassic Discovery Center.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmeade, which includes the thrilling Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and Dragon Challeng and Flight of the Hippogrif’ rollercoasters.
The Lost Continent, attractions include Sinbad’s Bazaar, the Lost City and two different live action shows “The Eight Voyage of Sinbad” and “Poseidon’s Fury”.
Seuss Landing a fun zone with the range of rides for younger children and rides themed around the works of author Dr. Seuss