Whether for family fun or an exciting getaway, Universal Studios’ two theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood have always had plenty of fresh and exciting attractions for visitors to enjoy. Unless you visit yearly, chances are you haven’t experienced some of the latest hot rides, shows and fun.
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Opened in 2014 in Hollywood and 2012 in Florida, this well-rounded experience has plenty of fun to enjoy before, during and after the ride. While in queue, riders can view scenes from the Despicable Me movie and learn trivia through quizzes and other interactive activities. The ride features two entertaining pre shows, followed by the main attraction, and plenty of laughs are had along the way thanks to some original writing and video content. In the main event, the riders are “transformed” into minions and subjected to hilarious thrills, including 3-D effects, water cannons and more. When the ride ends, the riders enter a dance party room with a costumed minion to help them shake things up.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Fans of the magical world of J. K. Rowling were no doubt excited upon the opening of Universal Studios Orlando’s Wizarding World. Part of the attraction initially opened in the adjacent Islands of Adventure theme park and has since extended into Universal Studios, and guests are able to travel between the two sections via a replica of the Hogwarts Express. The attraction consists of five rides — three on the Islands of Adventure side and two on the Universal Studios’ side. Dragon Challenge is a refurbishing of an older ride (Dueling Dragons) and references a scene in the books where Harry Potter and the other wizards each duel with a dragon. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey simulates a tour of Hogwarts Castle and some of its surroundings, and it features props from the movies, interactive videos with some of its stars, and animatronic monsters. There’s a smaller recreation of Diagon Alley, a steel roller coaster called Flight of the Hippogriff, and the exciting Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
This modern vacation resort features all the fun and excitement a family could ever ask for while visiting Orlando. The resort is designed in a vintage, hip style and has 1,800 rooms, half of which sleep six people and the other half of which sleep four. The resort sits conveniently adjacent to Islands of Adventure and is within Universal Orlando.
There’s another special reason to visit Universal Studios of Orlando: 2015 is its 25th anniversary. There will no doubt be plenty of themed events and specials throughout the season, and surely lots to do with the history of the park itself. Kids young and old will find plenty of exciting things to do at this wonderful amusement park.