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Universal Orlando – Part 1
Universal Studios, Orlando’s original movie theme park, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk, a dining and shopping as well as nightclub complex, are bordered by residential neighbourhoods near International Drive, Orlando, Florida. In an expansive but accessible complex with two parking areas it’s easy to walk to all attractions.
Universal Studios located near intersection of I-4 and the Florida Turnpike, can be accessed by using 75A eastbound or exit 74B heading west. Universal Studios is a theme park geared to those who like their rides loud and scary. It is not generally suited to young children, but there are some quiet shaded parks and children’s areas where adults can enjoy a respite while the kids enjoy the many play lands.
Consisting of 444 acres, the park is a collection of stage sets, shops, and New York and San Francisco reproductions soundstages, as well as movie making paraphernalia. Long detours, however, make it difficult to reach the most popular rides on foot at great speed. The attractions at Universal Studios are geared to teenagers and adults, rather than families with strollers. The production central is composed of six warehouses with working soundstages.
Attractions include Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, a virtual reality ride. Suitable for all ages except children under 40” tall. Smaller children can experience the attraction from stationary seats.
Nichelodeon Studios is a busy production center where parents and kids get to sit in a mock studio. The audience is divided into teams with an emcee conducting various games. The winning kid gets the option of being creamed with a pie or getting slimed – the latter usually the choice of many. Designed with kids in mind and suitable to all ages but especially school grade children.
Shrek 4D provides 3-D film effects with specially built seats and sensory sensations. It picks up with Shrek, Princess Fiona and Donkey leaving for a honeymoon at Fairytale Falls but interrupted by the ghost of Lord Farquaad. Includes a battle between fire breathing dragons and a plunge down a deadly waterfall. Great for everyone!
Revenge of the Mummy promises a combination of special effects that combine roller coaster technology pyrotechnics and some scary skeletal warriors through an Egyptian burial chamber and underground passage. This is a psychological thrill ride. This ride is not recommended for small children and minimum height requirement is 48”.
Twister – Want to see a tornado up close? In the shape of a five story funnel cloud that circulates some 2 million cubic feet of air around the theatre and creates terrifying freight train sounds. Twister is not suitable for young children.
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