The Best Rides and Attractions at Universal Studios

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Harry Potter Escape From Gringotts Universal Studios Florida
Our favourite rides at Universal Studios in Florida!
Step into the world of movie magic…

For a chance to experience some of the worlds biggest and best blockbuster movies, Universal Studios at Universal Orlando Resort is the place to be. 

But which Universal Studios rides are best? We break down our favourite hollywood-themed attractions in this blog post, so you can start planning your ultimate Florida holiday now!

 

Revenge of the Mummy 

This iconic coaster has been striking fear into riders for more than 15 years, plunging guests into the deep dark abyss alongside impressive animatronics and whopping speeds of up to 45mph. Revenge of the Mummy is the perfect ride for those who wish to test the waters and dip their toes into the hair-raising attractions scattered across the park. 

A brilliant, adrenaline pumping experience, that’s sure to leave teens and adults screaming for more!

 

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Orlando

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Hop onto this fun motion simulator ride for a peek into the cheeky antics of those lovable yellow figures. Featuring stunning 4K technology and a slight coaster-like action, this attraction is perfect for adults and kids alike. The story is fun and engaging, meaning it’s a ride that you can experience again and again. 

From being zapped with a giant laser to tumbling down a huge slide and launching into a giant cactus, there’s lots of cartoon excitement to be had on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.

 

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has two locations at Universal Orlando, and the colourful excitement of Diagon Alley is located in Universal Studios.

This area is home to an array of mystifying Harry Potter themed experiences, however the most popular attraction has to be Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. 

The ride is a hybrid attraction, mixing elements of a roller coaster with spectacular simulation qualities...in the dark! Take your seat and weave your way around the vaults of Gringotts, coming face to face with some of the most terrifying faces of dark magic. 

This is a tame, family-friendly ride, ideal for younger guests to get their Harry Potter fix. However, there’s still an exciting element of the unknown that’s sure to attract more experienced riders too. Help Harry, Ron, and Hermoinie face dragons and other magical creatures as you try to escape from the vaults alive!

 

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

When it comes to ultimate thrills, there’s no doubt that Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is a serious contender for the most spine tingling coaster in the whole of Universal Orlando! 

It’s the tallest ride at Universal Studios, towering over the park with its legendary red and yellow track. What’s more, it is also the “most technologically advanced” roller coaster in the entire world! 

Each rider has the ability to pick a soundtrack during the ride, choosing from five categories - classic rock/metal, rap/hip-hop, club/electronica, pop/disco, and country. There’s six well-known tracks in each category, meaning you’ll get a different experience every time you ride...if you dare! 

Insiders Tip: hold the ride logo on the touch screen for 10 seconds after you strap in, and gain access to 30 HIDDEN tracks!

Before you embark on speeds of up to 70mph, you’ll climb a 17-storey, 90-degree lift hill, which climaxes at over 167 feet. The ultimate example of scream-tastic thrills!

 

The Simpsons Ride

Step in the colourful world of everyone’s favourite cartoon, in this hilarious, family-friendly attraction.

The Simpsons Ride is a simulated coaster that lightly drops and moves according to the entertaining narrative that riders embark on. Witness calamity, antics, and that classic Simpsons charm, as you virtually crash around the legendary Krustyland park. 

Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster

Let your little one experience their first big roller coaster in this thrilling yet gentle swooping attraction, themed on everyone’s favourite cartoon bird.

Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster contains all the elements of a fantastic coaster, without any daredevil drops. You and your little will glide through Woody’s very own nut factory, filled with puns and lots of corny jokes. Family-friendly fun for both kids and adults alike!

 

E.T. Adventure Ride

Hold onto your handlebars as you experience the legendary movie magic from one of the best and well-known films - E.T. of course! 

Now’s your chance to ride one of those iconic flying bicycles across the sky, swooping in to save the day and rescue E.T’s home planet. The lovable alien is in your front basket, as you embark on a thrilling (but gentle) action adventure into the skies. Dodge bad guys and soar high above the city, before plunging into the stars where E.T’s home, and a whole host of other worldly creatures, await. 

 

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon at Universal Studios Florida

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon 

Another brilliant motion simulation ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon sees you becoming the very special guest on the Tonight Show! Take your seat as you challenge Jimmy to a fun race around New York (and beyond!), featuring untold twists and turns throughout the entire experience. You’ll venture below and above New York City, and even see famous faces like Hashtag the Panda and the Ragtime Gals. 

 

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D

A 4-D experience with an electrifying twist, this TRANSFORMERS inspired attraction recruits guests to save the Earth from Megatron and his Villainous Decepticons. They’re on a mission to rule the planet and wipe out the entire human race, using AllSpark...which they’re close to capturing!

Hop onboard your N*E*S*T* vehicle  and join Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in this highly immersive thrill ride that promises to blur the line between fiction and reality. End with an explosive battle between the Autobots and Decipticons, as you fight to keep AllSpark out of Megatron’s grip. 

 

MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack at Universal Studios Florida

MEN IN BLACK™ Alien Attack™

The city of New York has been invaded by aliens, and it’s up to you to help save the day and blast them into oblivion. Take on the role of Agent Trainee as you use your laser gun to zap the creatures and send them packing. Gain points for every hit, and get ever closer to becoming a fully-fledged MEN IN BLACK™ agent. But be warned - if they hit your car, you’ll fly out of control!  

Other Attractions 

Away from the exciting thrills and impressive rides, there’s also a wide range of other entertainment and attractions to experience at Universal Studios Florida, immersing you in the world of movie magic in a number of different ways. 

Take a break from the high octane experiences and take your seat in the Shrek 4-D theatre, a mini movie that takes place between the first and second Shrek films. With the help of your OgreVision glasses, you’ll see, hear and even feel what’s happening, in this family-friendly multisensory adventure with all your favourite cartoon pals. 

Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios Florida

It wouldn’t be a visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter without riding the Hogwarts Express. Ferrying guests between the two lands at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, you’ll quickly hop from Kings Cross Station in London, to Hogsmeade Station - or vice versa! However, this is not your everyday train ride...there’s magical surprises lurking around every corner - be warned!

For an epic evening of cinema under the stars, Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration is the best way to light up your night. A spectacular celebration of water, music, and light, this colossal show allows you to take in the movies like never before. Hear music from the world’s biggest films, alongside a stunning water show of dancing fountains. Hear roaring dinosaurs from Jurassic Park, feel the adrenaline rush of Fast & Furious, and witness mischievous antics of the Minion’s from Illuminations Despicable Me - plus loads more! 

A new addition to Universal Studios, The Bourne Stuntacular will leave you marvelling, thanks to a combination of cutting-edge stagecraft and brilliant film, alongside impressive stunts. Follow Jason Bourne as he races across three continents - with bad guys in hot pursuit, of course - taking part in fistfights, shootouts and lots more thrilling and dangerous adventures. 

There’s so much to experience at Universal Studios Florida, we recommend at least a full day exploring this park and all the magical atmosphere, tasty treats and exciting attractions within it. 

Once you’re finished and are all ‘filmed out’, how about unwinding in one of the best water parks in Florida - the idyllic and tropical Universal’s Volcano Bay

Or, continue with your Harry Potter discovery and head to Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, where a whole host of equally daring adventures await. 

Feeling peckish? Unique restaurants and fabulous nightime entertainment awaits at Universal CityWalk, your one stop destination for all your food and drink needs. 

 

Ready to start planning your Universal Orlando getaway? Browse our selection of fantastic attraction tickets and deals now.

 

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