At Universal Orlando Resort, the world of TV and film comes to life before your very eyes, thanks to the immersive VR experiences at Universal Studios.
What are VR rides?
Virtual reality rides allow guests to experience an immersive, multi-sensory adventure. These attractions usually don’t physically move very much but, due to a combination of impressive visuals and clever storytelling, riders can often feel like they are floating through the air!
Many of the rides at Universal Studios combine sight, sound and touch to create a complete, unique attraction adventure. The rides themselves do little more than sway gently from side to side, eliminating the high thrills and daredevil drops of big roller coasters, found elsewhere across the resort.
Who are VR rides suitable for?
Virtual reality experiences aren’t as intense as roller coasters, drop rides, or other tracked attractions., So VR rides can be more suitable for younger riders, those with health conditions, or guests who simply prefer gentler forms of excitement.
However, don’t be fooled! The VR technology is incredibly immersive and will trick your brain into thinking it’s experiencing a larger thrill. There are also other risk factors involved with these rides which Universal Studios clearly outline. You’ll have no problem discovering which VR rides are suitable for which guests, so you’re sure to find an attraction that fits you perfectly.
Virtual reality rides are a brilliant addition to your theme park adventure, and Universal Studios is packed full of these impressive experiences featuring all of your favourite on-screen faces. Let’s dive into our favourite VR rides at Universal Orlando Resort.
TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D
You don’t have to be hugely familiar with the TRANSFORMERS to enjoy our first virtual reality ride; step straight into the action with this incredibly immersive 4-D experience, where you have been recruited to help save Earth!
Rescue our planet from the grip of Megatron and his Villainous Decepticons, who are on a mission to rule the planet and wipe out the entire human race. Your role? Stop them from capturing AllSpark, and put an end to this impending doom.
Using your N*E*S*T* vehicle, you will join Optimus Prime and Bumblebee and witness the blurring of fiction and reality before your very eyes. Finish your experience with an explosive battle between the Autobots and Decipticons, as you attempt to stop Megatron from winning AllSpark.
More of a theatre experience than a literal ride, the Shrek 4-D attraction is a family-friendly mini movie that is sure to keep your little ones entertained.
The film takes place between the first and second Shrek films and, with the help of your OgreVision glasses, you’ll be whisked along the adventure with Donkey, Shrek, and a host of other favourite faces. You’ll be able to see, hear and even feel what’s happening, thanks to the ambitious technology and immersive storytelling.
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Located across two parks at Universal Orlando Resort, the magical excitement of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter can be found at both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
In Universal Studios, you’ll be able to shop till you drop and even try your hand at some dark magic, as you experience the delights of Diagon Alley.
This land features an array of mystifying Harry Potter themed attractions, however the most popular ride is definitely Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, a stunning virtual reality experience!
The ride is a hybrid attraction, combining roller coaster elements with amazing simulation qualities, all taking place in the dark. Once you’ve taken your seat, you’ll make your way around the mysterious vaults of Gringotts, facing some of the most horrifying figures in dark magic.
Thanks to the nature of this attraction, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is a fantastic family-friendly experience suitable for younger guests looking for their Harry Potter fix. But don’t be fooled - the unknown lurks around every corner, certain to give a fright to even the most experienced of riders!
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
While the Tonight Show might be more of an American familiarity, you don’t need to be an expert in US talk shows to enjoy this next virtual reality ride.
In Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, you’ll be the latest guest on the programme, taking your seat as you challenge Jimmy to an electrifying race around the famous New York City attractions. There’s twists and turns around every corner, as you soar high above and deep below the city that never sleeps.
The Simpsons Ride
It’s time to head to Krustyland in this next virtual reality experience, as you take on the colourful cartoon world of The Simpsons in The Simpsons Ride.
Another attraction perfect for all the family, this simulated roller coaster gently drops and sways along to the action-packed narrative you will soon be immersed in. As you crash through Krustyland and spot a host of familiar faces, you’ll witness untold antics as you move across the area. With the bright colours and classic Simpsons humour, this is a must-do experience for any TV lovers.
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Go from being zapped with a huge laser to slipping down a giant slide and catapulting into a giant cactus...there’s certainly a lot of excitement to be had on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem!
Jump into this fun motion simulator attraction for a peek into the loveable antics of those iconic yellow figures. With fantastic 4K technology and a gentle coaster-like action, this attraction is perfect for riders of all ages. Popular with guests thanks to its fun and engaging storyline, this is a light-hearted ride that you’ll be happy to experience again and again.
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