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  • 1. Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

    Islands of Adventure

    One of Universal's most popular attractions, the experience combines moving vehicles, 3-D film with the highest-definition resolution available, simulator technology, and special effects. What does that mean? It means that after donning 3-D glasses, you drive through the streets of New York in a special car that will pitch and roll as you get swept into a weird, all-encompassing cartoon battle. How weird? When Spider-Man lands on your car, you experience the bump; when Electro runs overhead, you hear his steps. You feel the sizzle of electricity, the frigid spray of water from Hydro Man, and the heat from a flaming pumpkin tossed by the Hobgoblin. No matter how many times you visit, you cringe when Doc Ock breaks through a brick wall, raises your car to the top of a skyscraper, and then releases it for a 400-foot free fall. The bizarre angles and perspectives really do make you feel as if you're swinging from a web. Do not miss this one. Youngsters accustomed to action TV shows should be fine, but timid kids won't. Also skip this ride if you're pregnant or have heart, back, or neck problems. For people with disabilities: Equipped for assisted-listening devices. Guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Use Express Pass or come early or at dusk to save on your wait time. Be sure to check out the wanted posters of Spider-Man villains on the walls.

    Marvel Super Hero Island, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 4½ mins. Crowds: Absolutely. Audience: All but small kids. Height requirement: 40 inches minimum; under 48 inches must ride with an adult.
  • 2. Bourne Stuntacular

    Universal Studios

    While it may be a hard claim to qualify, this certainly appears to be the most exciting indoor stunt show in America. Following an eight-minute preshow that fills you in on the backstory (an assassin trained in a secret government program has gone off-script and eluded his handlers), what ensues is an international chase that takes place with live actors and right before your eyes. Against a series of dazzling, always-in-motion film backdrops you follow Bourne around the world as he eludes his pursuers. From the Middle East to the middle of the desert to Washington, D.C. and other capitals, Bourne is running, racing cars, and riding motorcycles to stay alive. The widescreen images, the rapid pace, and the constant adrenaline will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the solid 20-minute show.  This attraction accepts Universal Express Pass.

    Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 20 mins. Crowds: Moderate to Heavy. Audience: Not small kids
  • 3. Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

    Islands of Adventure

    A roller coaster with a twist and plenty of turns, this ride offers a magical blend of speed with an interesting collection from Hagrid's unusual menagerie. It surpasses expectation despite the potentially hour-plus wait in line. Whether you've got a grip on the handlebars or are tucked into a sidecar, amid Hagrid's commentary and the sound of a motorcycle revving, you rocket into a series of low angle turns that snap around corners and into tight curves. You'll slow down long enough to meet one of Hagrid's friends (one with an unusual defense mechanism), and then it's back to the track with more speedy curves and more surreal creatures before you enter a fog bank and . . . begin the experience backward! One more turnaround, and you're blazing full-speed to the exhilarating end. For people with disabilities: Guests must transfer from wheelchairs to the ride vehicle.   Lines can be incredibly long, and Express Pass isn't an option, so check the wait time before lining up. Parents can also take advantage of Child Swap.

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Crowds: Huge. Audience: Everyone but young kids. Height Requirement: 48 inches
  • 4. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

    Universal Studios

    How do you find Gringotts Bank? Look for the massive dragon atop the building and the statue of a Gringotts goblin standing on a towering stack of gold coins. The queue to the ride is an essential part of the attraction: you'll walk through the bank where a multitude of goblins work at their desks, diligently, wordlessly, and eerily. Soon you're in a ride vehicle and, after it departs the station, it's only a matter of moments before Bellatrix Lestrange notices your presence and then does everything in her supernatural power to prevent you from traveling any farther. So, from here on out, your vehicle will come face to 3-D face with a towering security detail that destroys the tracks and sends you deeper into the bank’s recesses. Be warned that your first encounter with the one who shall not be named (aka Lord Voldemort) isn’t your last. After he presents you with a fiery souvenir, he and Bellatrix return again—but they’re no match for the scaly superhero who comes to your rescue. This ride's technology is a blend of virtual reality, 3-D effects, 4-D sensations, and gargantuan movie screens featuring scenes synchronized with the motion of your vehicle. For people with disabilities: Guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Lines can be quite long, so use an Express Pass.

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 5 mins. (ride) Crowds: Yes! Audience: Everyone but small kids. Height requirement: 42 inches
  • 5. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

    Islands of Adventure

    Of all of Universal's Harry Potter rides, this is the one that really puts you in the movies. In the queue, you enter the hallowed halls of Hogwarts, where you are introduced to the founders of the school, and you see the sights you know from the books and films: Headmaster Dumbledore's office, Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Gryffindor common room, Room of Requirement, and the greenhouse. You also encounter the Sorting Hat, the One-Eyed Witch statue, and several talking portraits. Keep in mind, all this is just the preshow. Eventually heroes Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrive, encouraging you to skip a lecture and follow them on a soaring journey—and so you go. Thanks to a combination of live-action, robotic technology, and innovative filmmaking, your broomstick flight brings you face-to-face with a flying dragon and the Whomping Willow before being propelled into the heart of a Quidditch match. You also zip through a dozen scenes and encounter supporting characters Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid, Draco Malfoy, and members of the Weasley family. It's a fantastic attraction—especially for fans of the series. Alas, this is another ride that's not suitable for those with neck, back, or heart problems, as well as those who are pregnant or suffer from motion sickness. For people with disabilities: Guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Use Express Pass if the line is long, or simply relax and enjoy your tour of the school: the preshow here is a large part of the fun.

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 5 mins. (after 45–55 mins. in the preshow/queue area). Crowds: Yes! Audience: All but small kids. Height requirement: 48 inches minimum; 75 inches maximum. Weight requirement: less than 250 pounds
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  • 6. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

    Universal Studios

    Looking like an endless strand of spaghetti, this ½-mile-plus coaster loops, twists, dives, and winds above and through Production Central. After you're locked into your seat, you'll select your personal soundtrack (choose from heavy metal, techno, country, rap, and pop) to accompany the video (starring you) that's shot as you scream your way along. And you will scream! It all starts as you're hauled nearly 17 stories straight up and then dropped nearly 17 stories straight down before being lifted again into a towering loop and released into what seems like a never-ending series of twists, curves, sideways slings, and snap rolls at speeds up to 65 mph. By the time you return to the station, you might be woozy and a little spent—but you might spend a little more: the video with the soundtrack you selected is available for purchase. Off-season, the line never seems too bad. In season, consider using a Universal Express Pass. The ride isn't suitable for expectant mothers; anyone with neck, back, or heart problems; or people with a fear of heights. For people with disabilities: Closed-captioning is included, and guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Come early or late, and be sure to stow loose items in the available lockers. This ride accepts Express Pass.

    Production Central, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 2 mins. Crowds: You Bet! Audience: Not small kids. Height requirement: 51 inches minimum; 79 inches maximum
  • 7. Jurassic World VelociCoaster

    Islands of Adventure

    Predatory velociraptors patiently await your arrival on this new-in-2021 roller coaster featuring extremely wild twists and turns. Sparking the adventure is a high-speed launch that accelerates the string of cars from 0–50 mph in just 2 seconds. What immediately follows is a 90-degree twist and then a series of rises, turns, and S-bends before yet another boost that increases the speed from 40 to 70 mph in 2.4 seconds. It's just enough acceleration to get you to the peak of the attraction, a 155-foot "top hat" that's essential for what follows, namely, a 140-foot drop at an 80-degree angle, followed by a rapid series of turns of varying degrees and culminating with the "Mosasaurus Roll"—a loop at 53 mph. What you experience on this adrenaline-filled attraction might just explain why dinosaurs are extinct. It probably goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway: women who are pregnant and anyone who has a heart, neck, or back condition should avoid this coaster. For people with disabilities: the attraction has a device that can help people using wheelchairs transfer to the ride (see an attendant).

    Jurrasic Park, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 2 mins. Crowds: Heavy. Audience: All but small kids. Height requirement: 51 inches
  • 8. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

    Universal Studios

    Walking through the queue area takes you through the history of The Tonight Show, with memorabilia honoring the hosts—Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon—who have all put their stamp on the most famous program in late night. Nostalgia paves the way to a rocketing road trip that begins after a serenade by the Ragtime Gals, a visit by Hashtag the Panda, and a preshow area where, for the first time anywhere (more than likely) safety instructions are offered in a freestyle rap performed by Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of The Roots. When the doors finally open, you'll find a seat before a towering screen that really comes to life when you fasten your seat belt, put on your 3-D glasses, and find yourself on the set of the show getting ready to race Jimmy through the halls of 30 Rock, down Broadway, through the streets of New York—and beyond. You follow in your own "car" beside Jimmy as you whip past taxis, pedestrians, and landmarks, before heading into space to land on the moon. Why not? For people with disabilities: Guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Cut down on wait times by using Express Pass, or come early or late. Free lockers are available for loose items. Use them.

    New York, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 7 mins. Crowds: Heavy. Audience: Not young kids (under 7). Height requirement: 40 inches
  • 9. The Simpsons Ride

    Universal Studios

    As you enter this ride through Krusty the Clown's gaping mouth, and then receive a video greeting by citizens of Springfield, police chief Clancy Wiggum reminds you that if you must get sick, do it in your hat—and thus the tone is set for your arrival in one of television's most popular animated communities. The preshow explains that Krusty has expanded his empire to include a theme park, which his disgruntled former sidekick, Sideshow Bob, plans to sabotage. After a fairly tame start, your virtual car soars through virtual Springfield, plunging toward familiar businesses and buildings and narrowly escaping disaster as Sideshow Bob tears up the tracks and sends you racing through wild scenes in a variety of locations such as Disney, SeaWorld—and hell. Several times you're saved by the split-second timing of an unexpected hero. If you have even a scintilla of motion sickness, this one will throw you for a colorful, cartoonish loop. Guests who are pregnant or who have heart, back, or neck problems shouldn't ride. For people with disabilities: Guests in wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Use Express Pass.

    Springfield: Home of the Simpsons, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 6 mins. Crowds: Heavy. Audience: Not small kids. Height requirement: 40 inches minimum; under 48 inches must ride with an adult
  • 10. Animal Actors on Location!

    Universal Studios

    The tricks (or, rather, "behaviors") that the arkful of live animal stars perform are mostly audience-participation segments, which makes this show entertaining for young and old alike. Birds, cats, pigs, parrots, otters, ducks, dogs, hawks, and a skunk have been trained to portray a range of thespian actions that are woven into a series of vignettes, from a clever parrot that has a knack for plucking cash from the outstretched hand of an audience member to a dog that is a convincing actor in a melodrama. Although the line-up of animals and the scenes they perform might vary, the show's fast pacing and variety make it seem that you're watching several shows in one. Enjoy it! These are some of the cutest actors ever to hit the stage. For people with disabilities: The theater is equipped for assisted-listening devices and is wheelchair accessible. Some shows include a sign language interpreter.  There's plenty of seating, but come early for a good seat, or use Express Pass to get you in ahead of the crowd.

    Woody Woodpecker's KidZone, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 20 mins. Crowds: Moderate to heavy. Audience: All ages
  • 11. Camp Jurassic

    Islands of Adventure

    Remember when you were content with just a swing set and monkey bars? Well, such playground standards have been replaced by theme play areas like this. Though the prehistoric camp is primarily for kids, some adults join in, racing along footpaths through the forests, slithering down slides, clambering over swinging bridges and across streams, scrambling up net climbs and rock formations, and exploring mysterious caves full of faux lava. Watch for the dinosaur footprints: when you jump on them, a dinosaur roars somewhere (and different footprints have different roars). Also look out for the watery crossfire nearby—or join in the shooting yourself. For people with disabilities: Much of this attraction is wheelchair accessible (its upper levels probably aren't).  Great anytime.

    Jurassic Park, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: Up to you. Crowds: Light to moderate. Audience: All ages.
  • 12. Caro-Seuss-el

    Islands of Adventure

    Ordinary horse-centric merry-go-rounds seem so passé compared with the menagerie on this one: the cowfish from McElligot's Pool, the elephant birds from Horton Hatches the Egg, and the Birthday Katroo from Happy Birthday to You! It's an entire ark of imaginary and interactive animals—indeed, the animals' eyes blink, and their tails wag. It might be a cliché, but there's a good chance you'll feel like a kid again when you hop aboard one of these fantastic creatures. You'll love it. For people with disabilities: Modified mounts let guests using wheelchairs ride without having to transfer to a ride vehicle.  Use Express Pass, and/or make this a special end to your day. Lines move pretty well, so don't be intimidated.

    Seuss Landing, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 2 mins. Crowds: Moderate. Audience: All ages. Height requirement: Under 48 inches must ride with an adult.
  • 13. Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

    Universal Studios

    Even if you've never seen the hit animated films, it doesn't take long to fall for Gru, the Scourge of Humanity, in this wild virtual-reality chase through the movie. Two extremely funny (and cute) preshow rooms—Gru's living room and laboratory—set the stage for the 3-D ride. With help from his adopted daughters Margo, Edith, and Agnes (and ever-so-anxious minions), Gru reviews everyone to make sure they're ready to become minions. Next, sporting your "minion goggles" (aka 3-D glasses) you are transformed into minions for the rollicking ride, which is filled with close calls and colorful characters as you pursue the ever-elusive prize: the girls' gift for their dad on the one-year anniversary of their adoption. To celebrate, the ride exits into a minion disco (of course). This attraction is not recommended for expectant mothers or anyone with motion sickness or back, neck, or heart problems. For people with disabilities: Closed-captioned devices are available; those in wheelchairs may remain in them.  Go for the stationary seats if you think you'll suffer from motion sickness. This ride accepts Express Pass.

    Production Central, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 5 mins. Crowds: Heavy. Audience: All ages. Height requirement: 40 inches
  • 14. Doctor Doom's Fearfall

    Islands of Adventure

    Although the 200-foot towers look really scary, the ride itself is just kind of scary (but still pretty cool). Several sets of four chairs wrap around the tower, and you and three fellow guests are seated and strapped in just out of the sight of other riders before the disembodied voice of Dr. Doom tells you the contraption is designed to extract fear he'll collect to use and rule the world. Without warning, all the chairs are rocketed to the peak, which jump-starts a surge of adrenaline as it rises, falls, rises, and falls again in a very brief, but quite thrilling, experience. Often it's easy enough to have a second go, as you can actually step off and get right back into line again. Guests who are pregnant or have heart, back, neck, or motion-sickness problems should sit this one out. For people with disabilities: Guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Line moves fairly fast, though it's crowded early in the day; come late or use Express Pass.

    Marvel Super Hero Island, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 1 min. Crowds: Light to moderate. Audience: All but small kids. Height requirement: 52 inches
  • 15. Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

    Islands of Adventure

    In the 1960s, Dudley Do-Right was recognized as the well-intentioned (but considerably dim) Canadian Mountie who somehow managed to always save the damsel and always "get his man" (that is, foil the villain). But you don't need to be familiar with this character to enjoy this "waterlogged" attraction. The twisting, up-and-down flume ride through the Canadian Rockies begins with your mission to help Dudley rescue Nell, his belle, from the evil, conniving Snidely Whiplash. Tucked inside a hollow log, you'll drift gently down the stream before dropping through the rooftop of a ramshackle dynamite shack. After an explosive dive into a 400,000-gallon lagoon, you're not just damp—you're soaked. If the weather is cold or you absolutely must stay dry, pick up a poncho at Gasoline Alley, opposite the ride entrance, and store other items in a locker. This isn't suitable for guests who are pregnant, experience motion sickness, or have heart, back, or neck problems. For people with disabilities: Guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Use Express Pass and come in late afternoon, when you're hot as can be, or at day's end, when you're ready to head back to your car or hotel.

    Toon Lagoon, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 5½ mins. Crowds: Heavy in summer. Audience: All but small kids. Height requirement: 44 inches minimum; under 48 inches must ride with an adult.
  • 16. E.T. Adventure

    Universal Studios

    This well-meaning, circa 1990, ride is looking (and even smelling) a little tired, although you might still get a kick out of the take on Steven Spielberg's E.T. Once Spielberg himself advises you that it's your mission to help E.T. return to his planet, you board a bicycle mounted on a movable platform and fly 3 million light years from Earth, past a squadron of policemen and FBI agents, to reach E.T.'s home. Here colorful characters climb on vines, play xylophones, and swing on branches in what looks like an alien Burning Man festival. Listen very closely for the payoff: having given your name to a host at the start of the ride, E.T. is supposed to bid you a personalized good-bye. This ride isn't suitable for guests with heart, back, neck, or motion-sickness problems. For people with disabilities: Guests with mobility issues must be in a standard-size wheelchair or transfer to a ride vehicle. Service animals aren't permitted. There's some sudden tilting and accelerating, but those for whom these movements are a concern can ride in E.T.'s orbs (spaceships) instead of on the flying bicycles.  Use Universal Express Pass, or come early.

    Woody Woodpecker's KidZone, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 5 mins. Crowds: Moderate to heavy. Audience: All ages. Height requirement: 34 inches
  • 17. Fast & Furious: Supercharged

    Universal Studios

    For fans of the film franchise, the chance to join the crew on a hair-raising car chase is the appeal of this virtual reality attraction. Two preshows lead to a ride vehicle that travels down the highway in a bumper-to-bumper, side-by-side, combination race and gunfight (including helicopter gunships) complete with adrenaline-inducing rocking-and-rolling movements. To help distract you while waiting in line, more than a dozen cars from the film are displayed in the queue area. Knowing guests will have downloaded the Universal Orlando app, which includes a game that lets you test your Fast & Furious knowledge in trivia matches, receive messages from the crew, and take a quiz to reveal what kind of ride suits your personality. For guests with disabilities: Guests in wheelchairs must be able to transfer to the ride vehicle.  Universal Express Pass is accepted.

    San Francisco, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Crowds: Moderate. Audience: Not younger kids. Height requirement: 40 inches minimum; under 48 inches must ride with an adult
  • 18. Flight of the Hippogriff

    Islands of Adventure

    This kid-friendly coaster is a simple way to introduce your children to the pleasures of g-forces and vertigo. The queue takes you past Hagrid's hut and then on board for a "training flight" above the grounds of Hogwarts Castle. On the brief journey, there are some nice little twists and dips that'll give them a pint-sized dose of adrenaline—just enough to please parents as well as the kids themselves. That said, this ride isn't appropriate for people with heart, back, or neck problems or who are prone to motion sickness. For people with disabilities: Guests using wheelchairs must transfer to a ride vehicle.  Use Express Pass if the line is too long, which it often isn't.

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Duration: 1 min. Crowds: Moderate. Audience: Small kids. Height requirement: 36 inches
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  • 19. Hammerhead Beach

    Volcano Bay

    If you arrive too late to find a prime spot on Waturi Beach, this smaller, secluded, less-crowded beach near the back of the park is the perfect alternative. It's between the Taniwha Tubes and TeAwa the Fearless River attractions.

    Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, 32819, USA
  • 20. Hogwart’s Express—Hogsmeade Station

    Islands of Adventure

    A trip on the Hogwarts Express will enchant you—from departure at Hogsmeade Sation to arrival at King’s Cross Station (on Platform 9¾ no less) in Universal Studios. Settle into the compartment, and gaze out your window at the village of Hogsmeade and towering Hogwarts Castle. As the train leaves the station on its four-minute journey, Hagrid waves good-bye, Centaurs gallop beside you, and the Weasley brothers fly by on their broomsticks. Hogwarts gradually recedes, and you move briskly through the rainy British countryside and to the streets of London. When the train stops, you're just steps from the magic of Diagon Alley.  This ride accepts Express Pass. Just remember that to travel between one area of the land known only to wizards and another, you need a two-park Universal ticket.

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade Village, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, USA

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