- Universal Studios is the world’s largest movie and TV-themed attraction; with adrenalin-pumping rides, incredible experiences and fascinating attractions. There’s plenty to explore when you’re there; from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, to the Simpsons Ride and Despicable Me’s Minion Mayhem. There are also plenty of themed restaurants and shops to explore in between visiting the rides and attractions.
Dining at Universal Studios
- Universal Studios has a huge range of great places to eat. Your kids will love the character breakfasts at Café La Bamba, and Lombard’s Seafood Grille is the place to go if you can’t resist freshly cooked fish. Alternatively, go to Mel’s Drive In for a 50s style meal or Finnegan’s Bar & Grill for a special meal.
There’s also many places to stop and grab a snack. With over 50 eateries in total, you really are spoilt for choice.
Here’s how to get the most from your time at Universal Studios.
- Child swap! If you and your partner want to go on a ride but your child is too young, use the child-swap system to take it in turns. One adult stays with the child while the other goes in search of adventure. The child-swap areas come with TV and activities to keep your little one happy.
- Be a single rider. If you’re happy to ride alone, you’ll get through the queues a lot quicker.
- Go on a Sunday Many people staying in vacation rentals in Orlando travel back home on a Sunday, so this is when the theme parks are often a little quieter.
- Baby friendly. Universal Studios is really baby friendly, and they have supplies if you accidentally forget any nappies or other equipment.
- Meal Plan. A meal plan can save you money if you’re thinking of eating at least twice at Universal Studios. Enquire when you buy your ticket.
The Best Rides at Universal Studios
Universal Studios has some of the finest rides in Orlando. Here’s our favorites.
- E.T. Adventure. This is one of the theme park’s oldest rides, and as a result, has to be experienced. Ride your bicycle with E.T. and get him home!
- Twister Ride it Out. Ever wondered what a tornado felt like? Have a go on this ride and you’ll find out.
- Terminator 2 3D. This amazing 3D show mixes acting with special effects for a dramatic, exhilarating experience.
- The Simpsons Ride. Join Homer and the crew on this motion simulator ride, exploring Krusty’s mad-cap theme park; which incidentally, has been condemned…
- Men in Black Alien Attack. It’s time to blast some aliens on this extra terrestrially themed ride!
- 9am – 6-9pm
- Downtown Disney West Side: 10:30am – 11pm
- Downtown Disney Pleasure Island: 11am – 1am
(Times may vary, check the official Universal Studios site for details.)
- Ticket prices vary, please click here for further details.
How to Get There:
- It’s easy to get to Universal Studios; simply leave the I4 at Exit 75a. There is parking available if required.