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Universal Studios Orlando is part of Universal Orlando Resort, the second largest theme park in Orlando after Walt Disney World. It is operated by media and entertainment company NBCUniversal, which is famous for producing such films as Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park and the Harry Potter series. The park opened in June 1990 with an entertainment theme, which is predominantly focused around movies and television, competing directly with Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The massive theme park hosts around six million visitors per year, making it the USA’s eighth most visited park. This is due to its attractions being based on films and characters that the Studios have created, including ‘Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride’, ‘ET Adventure’, ‘The Simpsons Ride’ and the more recent ‘Transformers The Ride 3-D’. These are among some of the park’s most popular rides, though there are plenty of others spread across its eight themed areas, not to mention its annual festivals and events.


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Sightseeing near Universal Orlando® area

- Islands of Adventure


Also part of the Universal Orlando Resort complex, this theme park is set around a lagoon and has seven islands surrounding it, all of which have their own theme. Over seven million visitors come to the theme park each year; many visit ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’, the seventh and newest island. Other islands at the theme park include ‘Marvel Super Hero Island’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Seuss Landing’, all of which have rides and attractions to match their name. All park guests must first arrive at the ‘Port of Entry’, which houses the park’s iconic centrepiece Pharos Lighthouse. This island is also where the park’s largest concentration of shops, restaurants and cafés can be found.


- Universal CityWalk


Universal CityWalk is an additional expansion of Universal Orlando Resort, opening its doors in 1999. It is the theme park complex’s night time entertainment area and features shopping, dining, nightclubs and live acts. It is most famous for its regular Blue Man Group show and for housing the large Hard Rock Café Orlando, which is one of the largest in the entire chain. Those that want to stay close to the action can stay at Holiday Inn & Suites Orlando Universal Hotel.


Transportation near Universal Orlando® area

Renting a car is recommended for convenience. Most of the places you'll want to visit are a 10-minute drive of Interstate 4, or I-4, as it’s called. That free highway runs diagonally from southwest to northeast, connecting Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, the Convention Center, Universal Orlando, and downtown Orlando. Of course, you also have the Disney Transportation System (DTS) which is free of charge and will connect you to all the Disney theme parks. However, keep in mind that you have to add in waiting time for your commute.


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