When you enter from the right side of CityWalk, you are heading towards Universal Studios Florida. While heading towards the entrance, don’t forget to take a photo in front of the famous logo of Universal Studios on the left side. We forgot, don’t forget 🙂 If you bought tickets to both theme parks like us, you will not be able to take a photo on the way back as you will not return from here.
- Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
- Transformers The Ride 3D
- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
- Revenge Of The Mummy: The Ride
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
- Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
- The Simpsons Ride
- Fast & Furious: Supercharged
- E.T. Adventure
- Men in Black: Alien Attack
- Shrek 4-D
- Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show
- Fear Factor Live
- Hollywood Street
We had purchased the Park to Park option online months in advance. If you bought tickets online, you convert your tickets into an entrance pass at the entrance of the theme park. You can use the kiosks or the staff will help you with this. Then you register your fingerprints, go through the turnstiles and enter the world of Universal Studios Florida. We won’t need to show this ticket every time, but we will need it for the Hogwarts Express train ride to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park.
Universal Studios Florida is divided into eight different sections, each with its own collection of attractions. Production Central, Hollywood, Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone, New York, San Francisco, Springfield, World Expo and finally The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But we will use them as a mix. First, I will talk about the rides that you should enter as soon as you enter the theme park. If you want to enter these rides later in the day, you will have to wait in very long queues as they are popular events.
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a 4D movie. You become one of the minions and have a short adventure. Since it is one of the most popular events of Universal Studios, enter when there is no line, especially in the first minutes of the day, then there is a long line. It is just on the left after you enter, the ride time is 8 minutes.
Transformers The Ride 3D
This adventure, where you’re caught in the middle of a battle between Optimus Prime and other Transformers characters, is a spectacular 5-minute experience on a 360-degree playable platform (similar to Spider Man in Islands of Adventure) in a 3D attraction.
Behind the Transformers entrance, there is a photo shoot with one of the characters Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron under the name Meet The Transformers. Even if you don’t take a photo, wait a bit to see the character. But not as soon as you enter the park, take a break from these important rides, relax and then.
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
With a speed of 104 kilometers per hour, it is one of the most adrenaline-pumping activities. First of all, let me say that we haven’t ridden it, but the demand is high. If you are planning to ride this, stay tuned to the queue time. Scary and thrilling, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is the only open rollercoaster at Universal Studios Florida.
Revenge Of The Mummy: The Ride
One of the most exciting and popular events. Themed after the movie The Mummy, which was first released in 1999, the event takes you on a roller coaster ride in a place similar to a tunnel of horror, but not like that. Mummies, bugs, hot flames and the dark ride is one of the best rollercoaster rides.
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Harry Potter is one of the places that shows that there is another world within the theme park and it is the most popular part of Universal Florida. Harry Potter fans will already be enamored by this section, and even though we are not fans, it has an atmosphere that impressed us. It is a place where the Harry Potter concept is fully reflected, where the buildings, characters and even the spells cast in some areas are thought out to the finest detail.
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts is an amazing 5 minute ride that replaces Jaws which used to be there. While waiting in the queue, you pass through Gringotts Wizarding Bank where the goblins are located, you can watch the goblins at work, as a general crowd we probably annoyed them a lot with our noise because they don’t like noise at all, but thanks to them they never complained 🙂 Then the line is completed by looking at talking paintings and moving newspapers. The type of ride is similar to Transformers and Spider Man in the other park. It is one of the roller coaster experiences in the dark and is supported by 3D projection screens and physical effects. Do not leave without experiencing this ride.
Harry Potter is a big world, and by reading the What You Need to Know About Harry Potter page once, you can navigate it in a more informed and less alienated way. Make sure you tackle the rides above as soon as possible. These are the best and most popular. Once you have visited and completed them, you can move on to the following ones.
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, which is unlikely to have a long line in front of it, is a 4-minute activity with a 3D screen and moving seats. We go on a short race with Jimmy Fallon, America’s famous talk show host, in his studios and in New York City, stopping by Times Square, the New York subway, the Hard Rock Cafe and Radio City Music Hall.
The Simpsons Ride
The Simpsons Ride, in which violence and fun are used in cartoons at the same time, is a beautiful episode in a style that adults can love with 3d screen and motion simulator. A 4 minutes and 30 seconds of enjoyable activity where the Simpsons family is trying to be destroyed.
Fast & Furious: Supercharged
Witness the Fast and Furious’ chase with a gang in Los Angeles. Military vehicles, guns, helicopters, explosions and action-packed scenes are seen on 3D screens. A good level ride.
E.T. Adventure, one of the activities that doesn’t sweep you off your feet and has a low speed and adrenaline, is a family ride, but it is also quite fun for adults. E.T. is a science fiction movie directed by Steven Spielberg. With a bicycle supposedly under you and ET supposedly in the basket in front of you, you go on a short bicycle tour in the sky. As the story goes, just as the cops are about to catch you, the bike takes off and you simply ride over the city and then into space.
Men in Black: Alien Attack
Man in Black is played with a gun in your car, shooting at creatures left and right. The more you hit, the more points you get. It’s a simple, slow-moving game that looks like a thriller but actually doesn’t. It’s for kids, so I’m almost going to say don’t go in at all. But if you have a look, take a look, the duration is 4:20 minutes.
The following events are ones that I wouldn’t recommend wasting your time entering. Instead of entering them, maybe you can re-enter a favorite ride or go to the Islands of Adventure theme park and win there.
When you enter Universal Studios Florida, the first attraction on the right hand side is Shrek 4D. I don’t recommend entering Shrek 4D as it is an attraction with moving seats and a three-dimensional projection. It is an ordinary movie with the story of Shrek and Fiona and takes about 20 minutes of your time excluding waiting in line and if you are not a Shrek fan that is a considerable amount of time at Universal.
Universal’s Horror Make-Up Show
Although it looks like a show about how make-up is applied in horror movies, it is actually a stand-up event. It’s a show performed by two actors on a volunteer they invite on stage and a little bit of information about makeup and effects in classic horror movies is given. Since it is a live show, there are hours, you can find out at the door. Since it lasts about 25 minutes, I don’t recommend it for those entering Universal Studios for the first time. In the lobby of the event, you can get information about how the monsters seen in some movies are made.
Fear Factor Live
It is a live and superficially edited version of Fear Factor as we know it from television. A few selected people are put into a stunt competition among themselves. They are challenged to brave snakes, scorpions, drink a bowl of insect smoothies and fight physical challenges. I don’t think you should waste your time, but if you want to watch it, you should find out the show times in advance.
Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster ride in the children’s section is a 44-second ride and there is a 200-meter junior coaster prepared with the Woody Woodpecker concept for children. A Day in the Park with Barney offers the opportunity to meet Barney and his friends with a musical show accompanied by songs and dances. Animal Actors on Location live show is a show about trained animals such as dogs and birds.
On Hollywood Blvd, the street of celebrities, you have the chance to have your photo taken with celebrities. You can get an autograph from the Simpsons family and Marilyn Monroe, chat with Shrek and his donkey or meet the Scooby Doo family.
After seeing everything, we took the Hogwarts Express train to Universal’s Islands of Adventure since we had Park to Park tickets. To get to the other theme park, you can either use the exit, walk through CityWalk or take the Hogwarts Express train. The train departs from King’s Cross train station next to Diagon Alley. The train journey is not an ordinary journey, it is a train journey in the concept of Harry Potter. The train is a separate activity and there is a waiting time. After you get on the train, you take a train ride for about 10 minutes and you find yourself in a Harry Potter story.