Thursday, May 25, 2017

5 Things to do in Universal Studios Orlando


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5 Things To Do in Universal Studios, Florida

There are three theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort: Universal's Islands of Adventure, the new Universal's Volcano Bay (water park) and Universal Studios Florida. Enjoy a walk through Hollywood and check out 5 highlights in the Studios side of the resort:

Universal Studios, Florida (editorial use only)

1. Enjoy the Hollywood "sets." Disney's Hollywood Studios backlot feel is practically obliterated to make room for the new Star Wars area, but Universal has retained it's Hollywood theme and will make you feel like you're on a movie set. The attractions are more or less related to movies or TV shows. Although some favorites are gone (the "I Love Lucy" exhibit and the "Back to the Future" ride), the characters make appearances. Look for Doc Brown.

Universal Studios Florida: The Blues Brothers Show (editorial use only)

2. Act like you're part of a movie: the performances by the Blues Brothers cast (not the original) will invite you to participate. Or, you might see Marilyn Monroe!

Homage to Jebediah Simpson (editorial use only)

3. The "Back to the Future" ride may be gone, but in its place you can see two of the vehicles. Also, you can Visit Springfield, the home of the Simpsons, which replaced BTTF. I'm not even a fan of the show but you'll feel like you stepped into the series as you stroll through the area. The anchor feature is The Simpsons Ride, a simulator experience. 

Gringotts Bank in Diagon Alley (editorial use only)

4. Visit Diagon Alley. Again, you don't have to be a Harry Potter fan to be awed. Shop, eat or ride the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (the walk through the bank alone will have your jaw dropping). Do like everyone else and block traffic waiting for the dragon to spew fire from the top of the Gringotts building. For you old-timers, this area took the place of the old "Jaws" attraction. (If you have a park-to-park ticket, ride the train to Islands of Adventure and disembark in Hogsmeade.)

E.T. Adventure in Universal Studios

5. Be a kid again and ride the E. T. Adventure. You board "bikes" and fly to E.T.'s planet. As you walk through the queue line, relive aspects of the movie to prepare for your trip.

You'll feel like you're on the backlot of the actual movie set at Universal Studios Florida (editorial use only)

Check back soon for 5 more things to do in Universal, Florida! Happy Travels!

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