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July 10, 2012
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
November 30, 2006
In as much as I hate to give anything a bad review, I must start this one out by saying that this is quite possibly the most over-rated tourist attraction I've ever been to. Being one of the things that Orlando, and in fact Florida is well known for and one of the things that brings in so many visitors from places far away, it has the potential to be extremely disappointing. But also, as with most things, it does have its positive parts. I'll try to lay them both out in this review, so that any considering visiting this well known and generally well liked theme park will have some idea if it will meet their expectations. The first thing I will say, is that if you have kids, in particular kids in that awkward age that are too old for Disney but who still want a bit of childhood fun theme park entertainment, this could well be a good thing. Growing up right outside of Orlando I spent most of my preteen years wishing desperately to get to Universal Studios and sadly never made it. As an adult, with friends visiting from abroad also wanting to see what all the hype was about, we excitedly made our way to Orlando for a trip around some of the best known theme parks. For an adult, this is a very disappointing experience, especially if you had been wanting to go when you’re a kid.
I highly recommend if you, or the people you are travelling with are over 17, go to Islands of Adventure next door instead which has a lot more adult entertainment and actual roller coasters which I wasn't aware that Universal completely lacks. But despite your age, I have to say I found this theme park over all disappointing. It was very dated and more than a few of the 'seams' were showing.
All in all it was very expensive (tickets for the day at $50 each not including any parking or extras) and consisted mostly of a lot of walking around in very hot, very busy lines for short, childish things that I can hardly even call 'rides.' There were some very good bits, like seeing the Back to the Future De Lorian, or the Jurassic Park jeeps...movie memorabilia to photograph yourself in front of. But the 'rides' on a whole were bad. Many involved just standing in a room watching a screen that made you 'feel' as if you were in a bit of a film. Not impressive if your not 10.
The Jaws ride was the highlight of the day, and was enjoyable, but the well known King Kong ride was old, dirty and actually kind of shabby (and after standing in line for over an hour). Again, had I been 8-13 I may have found it fantastic, but as a 22 year old I and my friends wandered out half way through the day and had nachos at Margaritaville.
From journal More Than Just Disney, Florida's Activity Center
by florida lover
May 26, 2004
During the day it's a nice stop of on the way to the parking lot, but of an evening (I always go in September/October) the clubs are rarely full and the place is full of dorky Floridian teenagers trying (but failing) to be kool.
From journal one week in orlando area
Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
October 25, 2012
From journal Universal Studios Florida
April 7, 2010
From journal Orlando with a(n almost) Three-Year-Old
Oxford, United Kingdom
October 25, 2009
From journal Orlandos other Big Ones!
September 30, 2009
Little Rock, Arkansas
August 28, 2006
From journal Universal Studios
Durham, United Kingdom
August 19, 2006
I have but one piece of advice for anyone using this park--GET THERE BEFORE 9:30am, and spend your first hour racing round the attractions as fast as you can when queues are 15 minutes or less. This first hour or so is great fun with few drawbacks. As the day draws on, the queues will become long and tiresome and FastPasses are charged extra.
Shrek 4-DDelightful, funny, and surprising animation in a large auditorium. All senses touched in some way, like when Shrek sneezes, you get soaked, when spiders run around the screen, things tickle your legs...that sort of thing. The auditorium is large, so the queues are not so bad for this one. Great fun.
Back to the FutureExhilarating (if a little stomach churning), bumpy ride through time in a four-person carriage that doesn't actually go anywhere. It puts you in a dilemma, this one. Get there early and queues are shorter, but the chances your recent breakfast will make a return visit are higher. Do ya feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk.
Terminator 3-DOK but nowhere near as good as Shrek. Mix of live Arnie, Edward Norton, etc., lookalikes out front nipping in and out of the predictable 3-D film show.
TwisterA bit of a tame reconstruction of a high-wind drama in a farmyard. Being able to see the wires when cows are "blown" across in front of you lets it down a bit. You will get wet.
JawsPredictable and tacky, but all good fun as your boat ride is way-laid by the aquatic assailant. Luckily your guide sees him off with his shotgun after a few histrionics. I knew we'd be OK: I'd seen the boat out and in several times as we waited in line for 40 minutes and the queue behind us for the next boat was a mile long, too. I also noticed the shark was plastic.
Mummy ReturnsOut of order
EarthquakeGreat demo of subway earthquake scenes with audience participation. Insight on disaster movie techniques and secrets, finishing off with you being caught in the middle of a subway earthquake. Again, you get wet.
Other attractions not sampled were ET and M.I.B. After a couple of hours, the thought of another 45-minute wait...
The general layout of the place, with its New York/San Francisco, etc., "film sets," make it an enjoyable place to spend a few hours. A better bet for adults and older kids. Shame you can't just pay for entry to this one alone.
Here's the website.
From journal Disney-Less Orlando