Universal Studios Orlando

 

Orlando, Florida is home to one of the three famous theme parks of Universal Studios called the Universal Orlando Resort. The theme park resort is the product of a joint venture formed by the Blackstone Group and NBC Universal.

 

The resort officially opened on the 7th of June 1990, with the original concept of Universal Studios Florida before expanding in 1999, adding more exciting attractions.

 

Today, the resort has two major theme parks namely, the Islands of Adventure and the Universal Studios Florida. Other features include the Universal CityWalk, which is an entertainment destination during night-time; convenient on-site hotels and a couple of multi-level parking spaces. The single theme park evolved into an enormous resort that has grown larger than its parent company Universal Studios Hollywood.

the mummy entrance at universal studios orlando

The first theme park, Universal Studios Florida, provides the visitors an inside experience of Universal’s famous movies. It allows them to “Ride the Movies”, so to speak, giving them the feeling of being inside a particular movie set. The park boasts of fun and thrilling rides inspired by the movies.

It has six areas with different themes such as Hollywood, KidZone, New York, Production Central, San Francisco/Amity and World Expo.
The succeeding major theme park, the Islands of Adventure, consists of six unique islands with varying themes. Starting with the Port of Entry, visitors hop from island to island such as the Jurassic Park, Marvel Super Hero Island, Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent and Toon Lagoon. A new sure hit concept island is currently in the making and slated to open before the end of 2009—a Harry Potter themed island. Meanwhile, the Universal CityWalk features an amazing AMC Universal Cineplex with 20 screens. This area is also populated with lots of clubs, restaurants and shops for a night’s shopping and unwinding with food and music.


Probably the most thrilling feature of the resort, (at least to the extreme fun and adventure seeker) is the Halloween Horror Nights. This event is one of the largest scary fest in the US, featuring horror movies produced by the Universal Studios. In 2007, the horrifying event’s main features included three of its scariest demonic killers namely, Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th’s Jason and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface. Each of them assigned one haunted house to terrorize and visitors were faced with the greatest scare of their lives. The event was led by Ringmaster Jack, a sinister clown with a bloodcurdling laugh that chills you to the bone. The three official hotels of the resort include the Hard Rock Hotel, the Portofino Bay Hotel and The Royal Pacific Hotel—all of which were awarded the triple A Four Diamond rating. Guests staying at the hotel are given an “Express Pass” privilege that comes with their room key, so they don’t have to stand in line for attractions marked with the said privilege.