Universal Studios Florida Vacation – Time to Ride the Movies

Universal Studios Florida vacation is for the whole family.  You will find a mixture of rides, interactive areas, shows, and top attractions of all sorts.

Cinematic Celebration is a celebration of movies. Famous scenes from Universal films are projected on a waterfall screen. Along with a fireworks display. Select nights only.

Everyone loves a parade. The Superstar Parade is where you will find the characters from SpongeBob Squarepants, Despicable Me, Dora the Explorer, and The Secret Life of Pets.

Most of the annual events at Universal Orlando Resort are held here in Universal Studios Florida.

At Christmas time catch the holiday parade along with all the festivities in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Mardi Gras is clean fun! Really! They do it up with great music, eats, floats and plenty of beads, of course. Held on select dates in February through April.

Home of Halloween Horror Nights. HHN is a wildly popular after-hours fright fest. To say the least. People come from around the world to be frightened out of their minds. Held on select nights September through October.


Universal’s Orlando’s Horror Make-up Show is kind of fun nerdy type attraction. Parental guidance due to some of the gross demonstrations. Kids, don’t try this at home! Make sure to check out the authentic props in the lobby.

Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

This is the spot for your kids. Play areas for the tots to burn off energy and adults to relax.

Attractions range from stage shows to thrill rides for the kids. Discover Barney, E.T., Fievel, Curious George, and of course Woody Woodpecker. Animal Actors on Location is fun entertainment for the whole family.

Barney shop and SpongeBob Storepants shop. Yes, Storepants not SquarePants. Plus, E.T.’s Toy Closet & Photo Spot for some fun photo ops.

Springfield: Home of the Simpsons

If you are a Simpsons fan you will want your camera ready. Lots of cool photo ops.

The Simpsons Ride virtual reality roller coaster and Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl. Oooh, that name scares me!

Shop like the Simpsons do, Homer’s favorite Kwik-E-Mart is here.

Cool meet and greets here with the Simpson family and other friends and foes.

Looking for food and drink? There’s plenty of options here at Springfield’s fast food blvd. No butterbeer, but there’s Duff beer. Only found here in Universal Studios Florida.

World Expo

This is the home of the simulator thrill ride Men in Black Alien Attack. Interactive ride with laser guns for shooting aliens of course. There’s a MIB Gear shop for your agents to pick up some new gadgets and official apparel.

Fear Factor Live can be found here. Parental discretion is recommended. Due to the nature of the show.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Discover the world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. Seriously, true immersion at it’s best. You will experience your favorites from the books and movies. Diagon Alley, Leaky Cauldron, Gringotts bank, Knight Bus, Ollivanders, Hogwarts Express, King’s Cross Station, the list goes on and on and on.

Looking for the best of the Universal Studios Florida rides? You just found it! Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. It’s more than a ride it’s the top attraction here in the Universal Orlando Resort. The fire breathing dragon that guards Gringott’s will amaze you.

You’ll find a wide array of wizardry items in the shops, including wands of course. How do you want your butterbeer? Cold, frozen, ice cream, fudge, potter cream, or hot (in season). I like mine frozen. Love the ice cream too (even when it’s cold outside). Team it up with fish and chips at the Leaky Cauldron.

First time I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando Florida I couldn’t get enough. I spent the entire day in the world of Harry Potter. Yes, die-hard Harry Potter fan here. Between photo ops, shopping, shows, attractions, interactive areas for wand wizardry, over and over. There is so much here to see it’s like a Harry Potter theme park. Seriously you can spend that much time here.

But you must leave. You have to catch a ride on the Hogwarts Express to visit Hogsmeade and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at Universal’s Islands of Adventure (park to park ticket needed).

San Francisco

Fast & Furious – Supercharged is one of the new 3D attractions. Authentic Fast & Furious cars from the movies can be seen throughout the queue. SO cool!

Here you will find Lombard’s Seafood Grille. Try the catch of the day. Definitely a favorite among guests at USF. Got a sweet tooth? Try San Franciso Pastry Company or the San Francisco Candy Factory.

New York

Check out the heart-pounding Revenge of the Mummy. One of my favorite Universal Studios Florida rides. Combo dark ride and roller coaster. Scary!

If you are like me and love the Blues Brothers. Then you will want to give their show a listen. Go ahead dance and sing along. Have fun!

You will find Finnegan’s Irish pub and sit down restaurant. Schwab’s Pharmacy is the place for retro milkshakes and malts.

Production Central

Looking for Universal Studios Florida rides? You will find them here.

Home of the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Roller coaster with a high tech twist. One of the top attractions at Universal Studios Florida for a long time.

There are fun rides for the whole family. Including Shrek 4-D, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Transformers: The Ride-3D and the latest Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon.  Don’t miss the dance party in front of Minion Mayhem.

Are you ready for shopping? You came to the right place. Find your favorite character souvenirs. There’s Hello Kitty, Betty Boop, Shrek, Transformers, and Minions of course.

Williams of Hollywood is the most unique with vintage theme park memorabilia. Bring back a gift for that special film buff in your life. If you don’t snag it now, you won’t be finding these items again.

Character encounters abound here. Transformers, Shrek with Donkey, and the Hello Kitty friends.

The Classic Monster Cafe has creepy yet cool themed dining areas. Check out the monster movie memorabilia.

In Conclusion

Universal Studios Florida vacation is perfect at any time of the year.  All the amazing rides and top attractions will make for lasting memories. Vacation like you mean it!

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