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Universal Studios Orlando: A Vacation Destination With Thrills, Chills and Spills

Jun 18, 2008
Universal Studios Orlando is a massive 400+ acre vacation destination with thrilling rides, production studios, film sets, a water park and onsite luxury hotels. Located within the Universal Orlando Resort area, this Florida attraction features four exciting entertainment experiences in one location and includes over 40 exciting rides and 3-D shows based on pop culture's most compelling films and television shows.

The Universal Orlando Resort area offers three on-site hotels with exclusive benefits for guests, including free shuttles to the parks as well as Universal Express ride access which lets guests bypass the regular theme park lines with just their hotel room key card. Theme park guests who are not staying at the Universal official hotels can purchase Express Passes at an additional cost along with a variety of FlexTicket options that offer combined admission prices for all four Universal Orlando areas.

Universal as a company has been known for terror for many years, and with its emphasis on Universal's legendary film catalog, Universal Studios Orlando does not disappoint. Thrill seekers will love the action and adventure lurking around every corner and the many rides and attractions that make them feel like they are living out some of their favorite scenes. A 'Ride the Movies' concept links all the attractions found throughout Universal Studios' four distinct areas listed below:

1. Universal Studios Orlando has six themed sections in a Hollywood back lot area where guests can enjoy attractions based on some Hollywood favorites. The Production Central area features the attractions "Shrek 4-D" and "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast" while the New York area features the "Revenge Of The Mummy - the Ride" roller coaster. The Hollywood area is where live action stunts and special effects come together in "Terminator 2: 3-D" and the San Francisco/Amity area is where guests can participate in live shows like "Fear Factor Live". World Expo features the interactive ride, "Men In Black Alien Attack" while the Woody Woodpecker's KidZone allows guests to board flying bikes and cross the sky in the "E.T. Adventure".

2. Islands of Adventure offers a journey through five islands where attractions feature favorite comic books, cartoon heroes and children's stories. High tech thrills include the "Incredible Hulk" and "Dueling Dragons" coasters along with the "Jurassic Park River Adventure". During the Jurassic adventure, guests board boats and try to escape from the Raptor Containment Area full of animatronic dinosaurs and end up shooting down an eight-story drop into a pool below. For the younger ones, attractions include" The Adventures Of Spider-Man" at Marvel Superhero Island and "The Cat In The Hat" ride at Seuss Landing.

3. Universal Studios City Walk is a 30-acre entertainment complex offers live music, famous name restaurants and nightclubs, unique shopping and a 20 screen AMC Universal Cineplex. Conveniently located at the entrance to both theme parks, it also contains world-class film and television production facilities.

4. Wet 'n Wild Water Park features a variety of tube rides like the "Bomb Bay" and "Der Stuka" extreme speed slides and "The Storm" water coaster. Multi-person tube rides include the "Brain Wash" funnel ride, the "Disco H2O" raft adventure, the "Surge" and the "Bubba Tub". Other raft rides include the "The Flyer" and "The Blast" toboggan rides and the new "Black Hole:The Next Generation". The water park also has plenty of kid-friendly attractions like the "Bubble Up" inflatable bouncer and the tipping bucket, shallows and slides of the "Kids Park".

Universal Studios Orlando combines family fun with film themes and puts guests right into the center of all the action with wild rides, live shows and sneak peeks behind-the-scenes. With more vacation adventure than you could ever imagine, your next family vacation to Florida should definitely include several fun-filled days and nights at Universal Studios Orlando.
About the Author
Kelley Falgout is a theme park enthusiast and publisher of www.FamilyThemeParkVacations.com, a vacation planning tool and continuously growing database of all theme parks, amusement parks and water parks located across the United States. Click here to get your free copy of the Orlando Attractions Vacation Guide.
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