Must-Do Attractions and Shows at Universal Studios!
The Must-Do Series: Uniquely Universal
In several previous articles, we went over the must-do attractions, food, and shows at Walt Disney World. However, Disney World isn’t the only major theme park in Orlando—Universal Orlando is an amazing park that also draws a lot of people and has many of its own must-do’s. In case you didn’t know, Universal does have two parks (not including its water park, Volcano Bay)—Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios features Diagon Alley, Hollywood, San Francisco, New York, and much more, and will be the focus of this article!
- Rip Ride Rockit
- Men in Black: Alien Attack
- Revenge of the Mummy
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
- Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motobike Adventure
Rip Ride Rockit is an awesome coaster experience, featuring spins, loops, and twists, and the best part about it is that you get to pick a song to listen to throughout your ride (and to listen to when you watch the video of your ride later!). The Men in Black ride is a spinning shooter game where you have to protect New York from the latest alien invasion. Revenge of the Mummy is an indoor coaster following various scenes of the movie. And, of course, Escape from Gringotts is a 4-D ride featuring major characters from Harry Potter as you follow them throughout—you guessed it—their break in and escape from Gringotts.
- Leaky Cauldron
- Mel’s Drive-in
Leaky Cauldron is a must-do for any Harry Potter fan. Featuring a menu and atmosphere straight out of the books, you’ll feel like you’re actually in the Diagon Alley restaurant! Be sure to try their (non-alcoholic) butterbeer, or any of their specialty alcoholic drinks, along with some fish and chips or bangers and mash. Back in the Muggle world, be sure to check out Mel’s Drive-In, an awesome throwback to the diners of the 1950’s! Although their menu is pretty basic (burgers and chicken), their milkshakes and their aesthetic are what makes Mel’s a must-do. Be sure to grab a picture with one of their classic vintage cars outside the restaurant!
- Universal’s Superstar Parade
- Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees
Although a smaller parade, Universal’s Superstar Parade features many popular characters like Spongebob, Dora, and the Minions, and is a fun way to see characters you might not normally be able to see in the park. For the witches and wizards out there, be sure to catch a performance by Celestina Warbeck! A famous singer in the Harry Potter world, Celestina and her Banshees perform in Diagon Alley, featuring many of her well-known songs like “A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love”. They even interact with the audience and will occasionally pull members on stage!
Although much of the focus has been on Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter over the past few years, Universal Studios has a lot to offer. From The Simpsons, to Fast and Furious, to Men in Black, to many other popular franchises and eras of movie culture, Universal Studios pretty much has something for everyone. The best part about Universal is the amount of coasters they have—both real and 4-D—which makes it perfect for both the younger kids and the older thrill-seekers. There’s a lot to do and see in just the Studios park alone, but if you check out some of these must-do’s then you’re sure to have a blast! And be sure to check back for the must-do’s of Islands of Adventure!
*Did you know? Over in the Simpsons area, you can find three versions of the famous Duff Beer—which is brewed by the Florida Beer Company exclusively for Universal Studios Orlando.