Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort, in Orlando, Florida was once only a one-day excursion for visitors. Now, it is a three park destination in its own rite impossible to experience in only one day that hails visitors from around the world. As the parks continues to grow in popularity it is all the more important to plan your trip to capitalize on your time there and make the most of it! This article will give you a few helpful tips to do just that!
Universal Express is a system whereby guests can skip lines and experience attractions via a special line with little or no waiting. Where you will see that Disney’s system requires scheduling your ride reservation hours or days ahead of time, Universal Express involves no advance planning; simply visit any eligible operating attraction whenever you choose, no return time windows required. The Express pass is an effective, although expensive, way to avoid long lines at the headliner attractions, especially during holidays and busy times. Universal Express Pass prices range from $40 for an Island of Adventure-only single-use pass in slow season, Universal Studios-only passes start at $60 and it can be up to $150 for a two-park unlimited pass on a holiday. Is it expensive? Yes but time is money so the choice is yours!
Universal Studios Florida: It will fling you into the brand-new worlds of today’s hottest entertainment, from the biggest television shows and movie franchises to the latest music and more. Join Dom, Letty, Hobbs and the Fast & Furious family on a heart-pounding new ride, Fast & Furious™–™Supercharged, now open. Encounter the mischievous Minions in Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Step into the action of Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride and Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. From dazzling seasonal parades to music-filled street performances, you’ll find exciting live entertainment everywhere you turn at Universal Studios.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure: I only need to say two words here: Harry Potter! Or maybe it is 6 words: The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. There is nothing like it and it is an experience not to miss even if you have never read the books or watched the movies. You will find yourself on an unforgettable journey through the worlds of heroes, myths and legends at Universal’s Islands of Adventure with a wand in one hand and butter beer in the other before you know it. Plus The Island of Adventure also features comic book streets of Marvel Super Hero Island and the jungles of Jurassic Park. It is once-in-a-lifetime adventure around every corner.
Universal’s Volcano Bay: It’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before — a water theme park only Universal could create. Universal’s Volcano Bay is the third amazing theme park at Universal Orlando Resort, a tropical paradise where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. Look up — way up — believe me you cant miss it! The 200 foot tall Krakatau volcano towers over you and the majestic and tropical setting. Settled by the legendary Waturi people and guided by their philosophy, “Water Is Life. Life Is Joy,” this water theme park offers equal measures of intense action and tranquil serenity, coupled by resort-level amenities, food and beverages with a South Pacific vibe. It has everything from lazy river rides to thrilling and exciting slides there is no wrong way to enjoy the island life at to at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
Let me now suggest some popular food items that you should definitely try on your visit.
- Butterbeer: It’s non-alcoholic and tastes like a cream soda with hints of butterscotch. It is served in three forms; one like a regular soda, one hot, and the other frozen. Plus, they also serve a Butterbeer Soft Serve Ice Cream too!
- Giant Pretzel: the giant pretzel is an all-time favorite at the NBC Sports Restaurant. It comes out from the kitchen salty and warm, hanging on a hockey stick stand.
- Wood Oven Flatbread: Mythos Restaurant in a theme park has a lot of good food options and an atmosphere that gives you a break from the park. Their Wood Oven Flatbread with bacon, cheese, artichoke hearts, olives and a yummy roasted red pepper sauce is a must try food.
- Chocolate x5 Chocolate Emporium Milkshake: creamy chocolaty goodness in a milkshake really does top the charts. It’s huge and comes topped with mounds of whipped cream and strawberries, it’s highly recommended to share because it’s HUGE.
Now it’s time to look for the best and most popular rides in each park.
Universal Studios park features the “Studio Tour” which takes you on a 45 minute ride back through old classic movies to more contemporary favorites. You experience everything from a reenactment of shark attacks to battles with King Kong and dinosaurs. The Fast & Furious – Supercharged finale of this ride is quite a way to end flying at what feels like 120mph! Another premier attraction in this park is TRANSFORMERS (a 3D ride) where you help save the galaxy in a visually dazzling and high action way like you have never seen before!
Universal’s Islands of Adventure features The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Jurassic Park River Adventure for all the adventure lovers. What tops the chart however is the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride inside the Hogwarts Castle! This wild romp an airborne Quidditch match, alarmingly close encounters with Death Eaters, and more memorable Harry moments.
Universal Volcano Bay features an incredible ride called Ko’okiri Body Plunge where you fall 70-degrees through a trapdoor and decent 125ft to a watery tribute. It is a lung workout like you have never experienced! If thrills are your thing, make this your first ride of the day when the park opens since the Universal Express Pass in not accepted at this ride and its popularity ensures long lines as the day grows!