There’s so much to do at Universal Studios Florida, that it can be hard to know where to start. From delicious dining to daring live entertainment shows and of course the fantastic attractions, make the most of your time at the park with our handy pick of the top 7 things you simply have to see!
Explore Diagon Alley:
If you’re a Harry Potter enthusiast, you’ll be in your element wandering through Diagon Alley. Watch the magic come to life, as you are transported into the wizarding world! You’ll instantly recognise all of the shops that you’ve seen in the films, and now you have the opportunity to explore them for yourself. The best place to start is in Ollivanders, where “the wand chooses the wizard”. Find which wand you’re destined for, and start casting your own spells with special interactive medallions located along Diagon Alley. Choose your robes at ‘Madam Malkin’s Robes for all Occasions’, pick up supplies to create the ultimate prank at ‘Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes' and stop by ‘Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour’ to try their mouth-watering Butterbeer ice-cream!
Visit Lard Lad Donuts:
Head to Springfield, the home of The Simpsons, and discover the most incredible doughnuts you’ve ever seen! Lard Lad’s huge pink ring doughnuts come covered in layers of sweet icing and sprinkles, and are big enough to share between the whole family (although they’re so delicious you probably won’t want to share!). At only $5, indulge in this filling snack in-between testing out the rides. Make sure you explore the rest of Springfield while you’re there; for something to drink try Moe’s Tavern, and if you’re looking for more rides, The Simpsons Ride takes you racing through Krustyland!
Make friends with the Minions:
Enter a world of Minion Mayhem, for the chance to see all of your favourite characters from the popular film series in 3-D. Gru needs your help for his latest mischievous plot, and it requires you to become an actual minion! Start with a Minion training session, before being catapulted into Gru’s laboratory alongside Margo, Edith and Agnes. The grand finale, ends with a fun filled dance party, so make sure you’ve got your best dance moves ready, for a dance off against the Minions!
Take part in a live stunt show:
Feeling brave? Fear Factor Live is an extreme stunt show, that calls for volunteers from the audience to take part! You’ll be able to recreate the kind of thrilling stunts that you see in the movies and compete against other audience members in an attempt to be crowned the winner! Featuring creepy crawlies, gravity-defying stunts and exhilarating head-to-head challenges, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for the entire performance. This is a great show for the whole family, as children can also participate in a special effects segment of the show that’s just for the kids.
Embark on a 4-D adventure with Shrek:
Princess Fiona needs your help, when the ghost of Lord Farquaad comes back to kidnap her! It’s down to you to come to the rescue, with a little help from some familiar faces of course. Join Shrek and Donkey on an adventure through the haunted forest to save the princess. Once you put your ‘OgreVision’ goggles on, the mission begins. You’ll feel your seat start to tremble, gusts of wind sweeping over you, and water spraying at your face thanks to the amazing 4-D technology. Discover an exclusive insight into what happened after the very first Shrek movie, as you become immersed into the exhilarating adventure.
Face the Revenge of the Mummy:
Considered one of the scariest rides at Universal Orlando Resort, Revenge of the Mummy plunges you into complete darkness, as The Mummy awakens from his slumber and prepares to unleash his wrath on anyone that gets in his way! The terror inducing journey, is made all the more petrifying as your senses are heightened in the dark underground tomb. Feel the heat from warm fireballs all around you, listen to the sounds of swarms of beetles scuttling behind, and prepare for an army of mummies in hot pursuit! Will you ever see the light of day again?
Escape from Gringotts:
A ride you simply cannot miss! Place yourself in the movies, as you retrace the steps of Harry, Ron and Hermione, as they attempt to break into one of the underground vaults at Gringotts Bank. If the fire-breathing dragon at the entrance isn’t enough to put you off, there are plenty more obstacles along the way, to stop you getting to that vault! Come face to face with The Dark Lord himself and his villainous sidekick Bellatrix Lestrange, 10 miles beneath the bank, as you battle to retrieve the Horcrux. Soar around the track dodging deadly spells aimed at you, as you face steep drops, angry trolls, and clouds of black smoke. Who will come to your rescue? Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, this spectacular ride will leave you wanting to experience it over and over again!
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