Three kids explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potty at Universal Studios Orlando.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Universal Studios Orlando™

You’ll Want to Experience Them All

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Universal Orlando Resort™ is world-renown for its thrilling rides and one-of-a-kind attractions, but if you’ve never been, or haven’t been recently, you’ll be blown away by what could easily be the ultimate family vacation. So much more than a theme park, Universal is packed with extraordinary experiences that will thrill everyone in your family. From Ollivanders™ Wand Shop in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ to the heart-pounding TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride-3D to performances by Blue Man Group and the Halloween Horror Nights Scareactor Dining Experience™, unbelievable memories are waiting for you around every corner.

There are countless reasons to visit Universal, and everyone has their favorites, but here’s the five that top our list!

Reason #1: Butterbeer™ Makes the Best Mustaches

Harry Potter fans of all ages flock to Universal’s Harry Potter themed areas, connected, of course, by a full-size replica of the Hogwarts Express™. The original park, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Hogsmeade™, is an enchanting English village complete with cobblestone streets and charming snow-capped roofs. Here you’ll find the iconic Hogwarts Castle, home to the magical Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ ride. Settle into an enchanted bench and thanks to state-of-the-art technology, and a little magic, you’ll fly through a Quidditch game, chase a dragon, and sneak a peek at the famed Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley™, meanwhile, opened second and is a reproduction of a London street complete with buzzing shops and restaurants. True to the beloved books, there’s Gringotts bank, where you can exchange dollars for Wizarding bank notes, and Ollivanders Wand Shop that sells the ever-popular interactive wands that can be used to cast spells throughout Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. While here, be sure to stop for lunch or dinner at the Leaky Cauldron™ restaurant and enjoy a cold pint of Butterbeer™. 

Father and son walk towards the entrance of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios Orlando.
Hogwarts Castle: In addition to enjoy a mug of Butterbeer™, adults and kids will enjoy exploring Hogwarts Castle, home to the magical Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ ride.

Reason #2: The Minions Will Appreciate Your Disco Moves, Even if Your Family Doesn’t!

Everyone loves the Minions. Ever since those little yellow blobs made their first appearance way back in 2010, they have been making people laugh with their mischief and mayhem. You’ll be thrilled to find them walking about the park, ready for hijinks and photos. As great as hugging a Minion is, consider it the warm-up: no visit to Universal is complete without a ride, or three, on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™.

A blast for the entire family, all the familiar faces—Gru, Dr. Nefario, Margo, Edith, Agnes— are here on this hilarious 3-D ride where guests become Minions and partake on a giggle-inducing journey through Dr. Nefario’s super villain laboratory. But the fun doesn’t end when the ride is done. In what is perhaps the most memorable dance party ever, the entire crowd, plus a few Minions, join together to sing “Boogie Fever” and dance under rainbow disco lights. 

Child surprised to see two Minions from the movie Despicable Me.
Meet the Minions: Don't miss seeing family faces like Gru, Dr. Nefario, Margo, Edith and Agnes on the 3-D ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem™. You may meet a few Minions afterwards, too! 

Reason #3: Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound as Spider-Man’s Sidekick

For those who have never been to Universal, Marvel Super Hero Island is where all the cool kids hang out. Captain America, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Wolverine—they’re all here in this comic book land come alive. Filled with a seemingly endless array of thrilling rides and attractions, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man™ is, without a doubt, a crowd favorite.

With graphics so vivid you’ll feel like you’re soaring above the streets of New York City, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is a must-ride for everyone who comes to Universal.

Considered a huge technological achievement, this high-flying 3-D virtual reality ride combines the world’s best special effects and most sophisticated movements to make scaling skyscrapers and battling bad guys the adventure of a lifetime. The effects are so amazing, you’ll almost forget it isn’t real. 

Spider-Man in action slinging web at Universal Studios Orlando
Web-Slinging Fun: Experience the adrenaline-pumping thrills of being Spider-Man's sidekick on the high-flying 3-D virtual reality ride, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man™.

Reason #4: Satisfy Your Need for Speed with a Fast & Furious Car Chase

Fasten your seatbelt as Universal’s newest ride, the high-octane Fast & Furious – Supercharged™, doesn’t disappoint. Packed with twists and turns and an all-star cast, this adrenaline-inducing high-speed car chase is a full-throttle immersive experience. The effects are hyper-realistic and the imagery, shot onsite in Los Angeles, is projected onto the world’s most expansive 360-degree screens, making you feel like you’re in the center of the action. For those ready to roll, this is the epic adventure you won’t want to miss!

Group of people walking into the main entrance to the Fast & Furious 3-D ride at Universal Studios Orlando.
Fast & Furious - Supercharged™: Packed with twists and turns and an all-star cast, this high-speed car chase is a full-throttle immersive experience. 

Reason #5: Buckle Up for the Ride of Your Life in a Transformer

The Transformers have been around for a long time, but the Autobots and Decepticons in TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride-3D are nothing like the innocuous toys you remember from your childhood. Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, they’re all here on this next generation ride that will blow your socks off. Part ultra-immersive experience, part flight simulator, this is a thrill ride like no other—and one with a very important mission: save planet Earth from destruction. 

Placed in the middle of a raging war zone with a mission to protect AllSpark from the villainous Decepticons, you must fight to survive alongside Optimus Prime in what has been called the greatest battle you’ll ever ride. As the line between fiction and reality blur, an explosive battle ensues, but remember, we’re all counting on you. 

Kids pose for a picture with Transformers' character, Bumblebee.
Transformers™: Get the thrill of a lifetime and come face to face with some of your favorite characters from the movie, including Optimus Prime and Bumblebee.

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