Universal Studios Florida

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One of the most popular theme parks in the world is Universal Studios in Florida. Universal is known for the creation of amazing blockbuster films and TV series and visitors can experience those worlds for themselves here.

As Harry Potter mania swept the world, the creation of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios helped to bring in a whole new generation of fans. Visitors can take a walk down Diagon Alley, enjoy a meal or snack at the Leaky Cauldron and spend money in some of the best-known shops from the books and films. For thrill-seekers there is the Escape from Gringotts ride, packed with special effects. For a more sedate ride you can join the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾.

Of course, Harry Potter is not the only movie franchise that you can get up close to here. Transformers and Shrek both offer amazing rides with great effects along with Revenge of the Mummy. It isn’t all about the white-knuckle rides though, there are also the entertainment attractions here that are fun for all the family. The Blues Brothers Show is a party that is sure to get everyone on their feet and the Universal Orlando Cinematic Celebration is a light and music show that is not to be missed.

Take the opportunity to fight off an alien or two on the Men in Black ride, an interactive attraction. The movie ‘ET’ may be decades old but it still captures the imagination and this is supported by the popularity of the ET Adventure ride. Younger kids will love to sing along with Barney at the ‘Day in the Park’ attraction. For younger children again, there are the Curious George, Woody Woodpecker and the Fievel attractions.

This is a vast site and visitors need to keep in mind that it may take a couple of days before you get to see everything that is here. Check in advance about the type of park passes that are available and what attractions they cover – not all passes will let you in to all of the rides and ‘worlds’ in the theme park. Check out family passes too, this can save you a lot of money during your stay. The theme park has plenty of places to eat, drink and relax as well – it is not all about the thrills!

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