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Best and Worst Rides at Universal Studios
When time is tight it is sometimes worth knowing which rides are worth queuing up for and which are not.
This can depend a lot on the ages of your party obviously. Some rides all ages will enjoy, some are only for older children and adults and then there are the rides which are really only suitable for the very, very brave (or very, very stupid)!
The Universal Theme Park is split into two parks; Island of Adventures and Universal Studios. Universal Studios has the more sedate traditional rides and shows, whereas Island of Adventures has all the thrill rides you could wish for.
At Universal Studios the most well known one is Jaws. Although this ride is not very high tech, it is an old favourite and everybody loves it. The best of the shows, in my opinion, is Terminator. This high tech show takes you from human show to 3-D movie very seamlessly and impressively. You do not need to have seen the film to enjoy this show. A great family favourite at Universal is Shrek 4-D. This interactive show not only gives you the 3-D thrill of a movie but the smells and feeling of being actually part of the film.
Whatever your age, you will be enchanted by E. T. This ride is really for the children but adults seem to love it too. If the park is busy and there are long queues, there is still plenty to see as you stroll through the forest leading to E. T’s journey home.
Probably the best ride of all is The Mummy. This is a thrill ride but not a turn you upside down at top speed ride. It is a roller coaster with a difference – in places it goes backwards! The special effects inside are second to none and if you have seen the film, it will be even more impressive. Well worth a go if you like roller coasters. Be brave, it’s worth it.
Of the other rides and shows at Universal, Disaster is quite good but I wouldn’t queue up too long for it and the same goes for Men in Black – fun but nothing to get too exited about. If you are a Simpsons fan and you like simulated roller coaster rides then The Simpsons ride will appeal to you. Some people find simulated roller coasters quite stomach churning though.
Periodically through day there are shows by the Blues Brothers which are located on the steps of one of the cafes and you can just stop and watch them perform without having to queue up as you would for the other rides and shows.
The Graveyard Rock Revue is a lot of fun but if you do not like Rock’n’Roll give it a miss.
One to be missed is Twister. This is a show about a Twister or hurricane and if cows suspended on strings flying past you is your thing then fine, but I think it is really very naff and not worthy of a theme park of Universals quality. Hopefully they will re-think that one and replace it – SOON!
Well I hope this has helped you but do remember that this is just my opinion and if you have the time, try them all but if your time is limited and the queues are long, you might like to be guided by someone who has done this park many, many times – a bit of a Theme Park “anorak” if you like.
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