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Universal Studios - Ride the Movies!!

Universal Studios – Ride the Movies!!

Universal Studios is one of our “Must do’s” on every visit. Being a film buff I never tire of reliving some of my favourite films either as a ride or a show. But even if you aren’t a film fanatic there is plenty to enjoy at this working film studio.

As you approach from City Walk you cannot fail to miss the spectacular entrance with its revolving globe, made so famous at the start of their films, or the impressive archway leading into the Park.

Once through the gates you arrive at Production Central, where you can watch TV series “in production” or wander through the huge Universal Studios store. Don’t weigh yourself shopping just yet though, there are way too many rides to go on first!

If you turn right at the Boulangerie you are immeadiately transported to “Hollywood” and its replica of famous Tinseltown Streets. This is where you will find T2 – Battle Across Time, a show with live action and 3D effects. There is also Mel’s Diner, a 50’s style fast food joint, complete with Classic cars out front.

Keep walking and you arrive in Kid Zone, a special area designed for younger guests. There are several play areas, even wet play areas which are perfect on a hot day. Let the kids loose and relax for a while you watch the kids expend some of their energy. The attractions here include a Barney show (very popular, so arrive early if you want to get a seat), Woody Woodpeckers Nut house coaster and the timeless ET ride. Having older children we rarely spend much time here, other than to go on the ET ride. When you enter they ask for your name, and ET says your name at the end of the ride, so strange people that we are, we always like to give odd or funny names. I used to think we were the only ones silly enough to do this till I heard the strange assortment of names at the end of the ride….

After the kids have had a good soaking with Woody Woodpecker the next land is called, rather oddly, World Expo. It’s almost as if the designers weren’t sure what to do with this area, and although it has some great rides, it’s the least themed area of the Park.

What it lacks in themeing though, it makes up for with the rides, some of the most popular in the Park. First there is the terrific “Back to the Future”, and then the fairly new MIB, which is great fun for all ages. As if all that wasn’t enough there is the new show “Fear Factor Live”…. I recommend you don’t see this straight after eating, and not if you are of a delicate disposition… You have been warned!

After all the action its time to slow things down and wander into a sleepy little fishing village called….. Amity…. You remember the one, the one where the shark ate most of the residents in countless re-makes. This is my second favourite area of the Park, the themeing is superb and even with all the new technology rides available now I still have a soft spot for Jaws.

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