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Universal Orlando Resort™ is world-renown for its thrilling rides and one-of-a-kind attractions, but if you’ve never been, or haven’t been recently, you’ll be blown away by what could easily be the ultimate family vacation. So much more than a theme park, Universal is packed with extraordinary experiences that will thrill everyone in your family. With three theme parks, six resort hotels, and the Universal CityWalk™ Dining & Entertainment Complex, unbelievable memories are waiting for you around every corner.
There are countless reasons to visit Universal Orlando Resort, and everyone has their favorites, but here’s the five that top our list!
Reason #1: Butterbeer™ Makes the Best Mustaches
Harry Potter™ fans of all ages flock to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort™, connected by the Hogwarts™ Express. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™—Hogsmeade™ located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, is an enchanting English village complete with cobblestone streets and charming snow-capped roofs. Here you’ll find the iconic Hogwarts™ castle, home to the magical Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ ride. Settle into an enchanted bench and thanks to state-of-the-art technology, and a little magic, you’ll fly through a Quidditch™ game, chase a dragon, and sneak a peek at the famed Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™—Diagon Alley™, located in Universal Studios Florida™ is a reproduction of a London street complete with buzzing shops and restaurants. True to the beloved books, there’s Gringotts™ bank, where you can exchange dollars for Wizarding bank notes, and Ollivanders™ Wand Shop that sells the ever-popular interactive wands that can be used to cast spells throughout Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™. While here, be sure to stop for lunch or dinner at the Leaky Cauldron™ restaurant and enjoy a cold pint of Butterbeer™.
Reason #2: The Minions Will Appreciate Your Disco Moves, Even if Your Family Doesn’t!
Everyone loves the Minions. Ever since those little yellow blobs made their first appearance way back in 2010, they have been making people laugh with their mischief and mayhem. You’ll be thrilled to find them walking about the park, ready for hijinks and photos. As great as hugging a Minion is, consider it the warm-up: no visit to Universal Studios Florida™ is complete without a ride, or three, on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™.
A blast for the entire family, all the familiar faces—Gru, Dr. Nefario, Margo, Edith, Agnes— are here on this hilarious 3-D ride where guests become Minions and partake on a giggle-inducing journey through Dr. Nefario’s super villain laboratory. But the fun doesn’t end when the ride is done. In what is perhaps the most memorable dance party ever, the entire crowd, plus a few Minions, join together to sing “Boogie Fever” and dance under rainbow disco lights.
Reason #3: Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound as Spider-Man’s Sidekick
For those who have never been to Universal’s Islands of Adventure™, Marvel Super Hero Island® is where all the cool kids hang out. Captain America, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Wolverine—they’re all here in this comic book land come alive. Filled with a seemingly endless array of thrilling rides and attractions, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® is, without a doubt, a crowd favorite.
With graphics so vivid you’ll feel like you’re soaring above the streets of New York City, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is a must-ride for everyone who comes to Universal Orlando Resort.
Considered a huge technological achievement, this high-flying 3-D virtual reality ride combines the world’s best special effects and most sophisticated movements to make scaling skyscrapers and battling bad guys the adventure of a lifetime. The effects are so amazing, you’ll almost forget it isn’t real.
Reason #4: it's a Drencher with the krakaTau™ Aqua Coaster
The fabled Waturi people have a philosophy: “Water is Life and Life is Joy.” Nowhere is this truer than at Volcano Bay™, Universal’s enchanting water theme park. Swim, splash and relax the day away in this tropical paradise filled with sparkling pools, sandy beaches, winding rivers and plenty of action-packed rides guaranteed to thrill the entire family. And in case you’re worried about the temperature, don’t be. The water at Volcano Bay is always heated to a balmy 85 degrees, meaning it’s just as much fun in the winter as it is in the summer.
Krakatau™, the mighty 200-foot-tall volcano at the center of the park, is also home to the jaw-dropping Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster. Hop into a four-person canoe and be taken on the ride of your life as you rocket down inclines, twist and turn through the dark insides of the volcano, and take a heart-pounding plunge through a shimmering waterfall as the ultimate grand finale. This fan-favorite is a thrill not to be missed!
Reason #5: Buckle Up for the Ride of Your Life in a Transformer
The Transformers have been around for a long time, but the Autobots and Decepticons in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D are nothing like the innocuous toys you remember from your childhood. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, they’re all here on this next generation ride that will blow your socks off. Part ultra-immersive experience, part flight simulator, this is a thrill ride like no other—and one with a very important mission: save planet Earth from destruction.
Placed in the middle of a raging war zone with a mission to protect AllSpark from the villainous Decepticons, you must fight to survive alongside Optimus Prime in what has been called the greatest battle you’ll ever ride. As the line between fiction and reality blur, an explosive battle ensues, but remember, we’re all counting on you.
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