List of Universal Studios Orlando attractions

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The Universal Orlando Resort is a theme park resort located in Orlando, Florida. It features two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, built on 107 acres (43 ha) and 101 acres (41 ha) of land, respectively.[1][2] Both parks feature several attractions and shows based on movies produced by Universal Studios. After several delays during construction, Universal Studios Florida opened to the public on June 7, 1990; however, several of the parks major attractions experienced frequent mechanical and technical problems, forcing the rides to close. Eventually, Universal filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Jaws, an attraction that was based on the film.[3][4][5] Three years later, Universal announced the construction of a second theme park, Islands of Adventure, that officially opened on May 28, 1999.[6][7]

One of the most popular additions to the resort is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an incorporation of the Harry Potter franchise.[8][9] Opened in 2010, part of the Lost Continent area of the Islands of Adventure park was re-themed to Hogsmeade. Also, a replica of Hogwarts was constructed, with a dark ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located inside.[10][11][12] In 2014, an area themed after Diagon Alley opened in the former location of Jaws within Universal Studios Florida.[11] This addition included Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, as well the Hogwarts Express attraction based on the Hogwarts Express that allows guests to travel between Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley without actually having to exit either park.[12][13]

For safety, the majority of the attractions within the resort require riders to be at least 48 inches (120 cm) tall to ride alone. The Incredible Hulk Coaster requires riders to be at least 54 inches (140 cm) tall, the highest height restriction at the resort.[14]

Attractions[edit]

Hogwarts castle from the Harry Potter franchise
Hogwarts in Islands of Adventure. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is located inside the castle.
One of Jurassic Park River Adventure's boats entering the water after coming down the main drop.
Jurassic Park River Adventure's splashdown
One of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit's vehicles entering the first drop after the vertical lift hill.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit's vertical lift hill
Attractions located in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure
Ride Type or model Height requirements[15] Park Location Based on
A Day in the Park with Barney Live show No height requirement Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone Barney & Friends
by Sheryl Leach
Animal Actors On Location! Live show No height requirement Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone N/A
Caro–Seuss–el Carousel Over 48 inches (120 cm) or with adult Universal's Islands of Adventures Seuss Landing Publications
by Dr. Seuss
Curious George Goes to Town Play area No height requirement Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 4D motion simulator Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 40 inches (100 cm) with adult. Under 40 inches (100 cm) must ride in a stationary seat. Universal Studios Florida Production Central Despicable Me
by Sergio Pablos
Doctor Doom's Fearfall Space Shot Over 52 inches (130 cm) Universal's Islands of Adventure Marvel Super Hero Island Doctor Doom
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Log flume Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 44 inches (110 cm) with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure Toon Lagoon Dudley Do-Right
by Alex Anderson, Chris Hayward and Allan Burns
E.T. Adventure Dark ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 34 inches (86 cm) with adult Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone E.T. the Extra Terrestrial by Melissa Mathison
Fear Factor Live Live show No height requirement Universal Studios Florida World Expo Fear Factor
by Matt Kunitz and David A. Hurwitz
Flight of the Hippogriff Vekoma Junior Coaster Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 36 inches (91 cm) with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Publications
by J. K. Rowling
Fievel's Playland Play area No height requirement Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone An American Tail by Don Bluth
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Roller coaster and 4D dark ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 42 inches (110 cm) with adult Universal Studios Florida The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley Harry Potter
by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey RoboCoaster G2 Over 48 inches (120 cm) Universal's Islands of Adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
Hogwarts Express Park Connector Over 48 inches (120 cm) or with adult Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley Publications
by J. K. Rowling
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit X-Car Music roller coaster Over 51 inches (130 cm) but under 79 inches (200 cm) Universal Studios Florida Production Central N/A
Jurassic Park River Adventure Shoot the Chute Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 42 inches (110 cm) with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park Jurassic Park
by Steven Spielberg
Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl Aerial carousel Over 48 inches (120 cm) or with adult Universal Studios Florida World Expo Kang and Kodos
by Jay Kogen and Wallace Wolodarsky
Men in Black: Alien Attack Interactive dark ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 42 inches (110 cm) with adult Universal Studios Florida World Expo Men in Black
by Barry Sonnenfeld
Oh! The Stories You'll Hear! Live show No height requirement Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing Publications by Dr. Seuss
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Flying Fish Over 48 inches (120 cm) or with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges River rapids ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 42 inches (110 cm) with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure Toon Lagoon Popeye
by E. C. Segar
Poseidon's Fury Live action show Over 48 inches (120 cm) or with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure The Lost Continent N/A
Pteranodon Flyers Suspended roller coaster Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 36 inches (91 cm) with adult; over 56 inches (140 cm) with rider between 36 inches (91 cm) and 56 inches (140 cm) Universal's Islands of Adventure Jurassic Park N/A
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon 4D Ride Universal Studios Florida New York The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon by Sylvester L. Weaver, Steve Allen, William O. Harbach, and Dwight Hemion
Revenge of the Mummy Launched roller coaster and dark ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) Universal Studios Florida New York The Mummy
by Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle and Kevin Jarre
Shrek 4-D 4D ride No height requirement Universal Studios Florida Production Central Shrek
by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson
Skull Island: Reign of Kong Dark ride Over 36 inches (91 cm) Universal's Islands of Adventure Skull Island King Kong
by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper
Storm Force Accelatron Teacups Over 48 inches (120 cm) or with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure Marvel Super Hero Island Storm
by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 4D motion based dark ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 40 inches (100 cm) with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure Marvel Super Hero Island Spider-Man
by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
The Blues Brothers Show Live show No height requirement Universal Studios Florida New York The Blues Brothers
by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi
The Cat In The Hat Dark ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 36 inches (91 cm) with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad Stunt Show Live action show No height requirement Universal's Islands of Adventure The Lost Continent N/A
The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride Powered train ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 40 inches (100 cm) with adult Universal's Islands of Adventure Seuss Landing Publications
by Dr. Seuss
The Incredible Hulk Coaster Sitting Coaster Over 54 inches (140 cm) Universal's Islands of Adventure Marvel Super Hero Island Hulk
by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
The Simpsons Ride Motion simulator Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 40 inches (100 cm) with adult Universal Studios Florida World Expo The Simpsons
by Matt Groenig
Transformers: The Ride-3D 4D motion based dark ride Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 40 inches (100 cm) with adult Universal Studios Florida Production Central Transformers
by Hasbro
Universal Orlando's Horror Make-Up Show Live show No height requirement Universal Studios Florida Hollywood Universal Monsters
Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster Vekoma Junior Coaster Over 48 inches (120 cm) or over 36 inches (91 cm) with adult Universal Studios Florida Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone Woody Woodpecker
by Ben Hardaway, Walter Lantz and Alex Lovy

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Denotes the requirement that guests must have an admission ticket that allows visits to both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
  2. ^ Denotes that height requirements are in inches.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Universal Studios Florida Fact Sheet" (PDF). Universal Orlando Resort. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Universal's Islands of Adventure Fact Sheet" (PDF). Universal Orlando Resort. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Oliver, Mike (June 8, 1990). "Universal: Stardust And Static". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Travel Advisory". The New York Times. September 30, 1990. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ Strother, Susan (January 31, 1990). "Universal Delays Park Opening Date Pushed To June". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Company News; Universal to Expand Park in Florida". The New York Times. September 16, 1993. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Islands Park to Debut May 28". Lakeland Ledger. May 12, 1999. p. 25. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Pedicini, Sandra (October 23, 2014). "Harry Potter sends Comcast's theme park revenue soaring". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ Bilbao, Richard (June 18, 2014). "Harry Potter Hogsmeade's spell still strong after four years". Orlando Business Journal. Archived from the original on January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ Albright, Mark (June 1, 2007). "A whole new magic kingdom". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Lambert, Marjie (October 20, 2014). "3 Disney attractions close to make way for next wave". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Bevil, Dewayne (July 31, 2014). "Hogsmeade vs. Diagon Alley: Sizing up 2 Potter 'worlds'". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ Neumaier, Joe (October 28, 2014). "'Harry Potter' still casting spells – with new theme park, London hotel, short story coming up". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Universal Orlando Resort Rider's Guide" (PDF). Universal Orlando Resort. 2014. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Universal Orlando Riders Guide" (PDF). 

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