Universal Orlando Resort, originally Universal Studios Florida, a theme park and a studio opened in 1990, has grown from strength to strength over its 27-year existence. The resort, based around Universal movie and television entertainment, now comprises of 2 theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Island of Adventures), most recently a water park (Volcano Bay), hotels and more. Containing 2 of the top 10 most visited theme parks in the world, it is hard to fight the urge to go and ‘ride the movies’. The following article will give a brief description of what the different parts of the resort has to offer.
Universal Studios Florida – The theme park consists of eight different themed areas (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone, World Expo, San Francisco, New York City, Production Central, Hollywood and Springfield) dotted around a huge lagoon boasting live entertainment, thrilling rides, play areas, restaurants and gift shops.
Universal’s Island of Adventures – Opened in 1999, it is now home to 7 islands each with different Universal Studios themes. They are the Skull Island, Jurassic Park, Marvel Super Hero Island, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmead, Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent and Toon Lagoon. The park also features live entertainment, thrilling rides, play areas, restaurants and gift shops.
On any given day on screen characters can be found wondering the parks grounds mingling with guests.
Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park – Themed around a 200ft tall volcano named ‘Krakatau’, the water park consists of 4 different areas with many different ‘wet and wild rides’, one of which is the tallest in American (125ft tall) and a plunge pool which travels through another pool full of guests.
Universal CityWalk Orlando – The main entertainment and retail section of the resort, which opened in 1999, is littered with restaurants, gift and retail shops, has a Cineplex and Imax, 2 miniature golf courses, as well as live bands and entertainers performing in and around the restaurants.
Dividing the service provided into 3 categories, Universal Orlando Resort looks to cater for everyone. With a total of 5,600 rooms split between 5 on-site hotels, all located close to the theme parks.
Universal Orlando Resort has its own complimentary transportation system comprised of water taxis and shuttle buses which transfers guests throughout the resort.