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Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of your favorite movies at Universal Studios, the world’s premier movie and TV based theme park.

diagondragon_usfAt this real, working film and TV production facility you’ll find an amazing array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions that put you right in the picture. You can battle alongside Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, join Gru and his Minions on an adventure in Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and experience magic at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. You’ll enjoy themed dining and shopping, a variety of exciting special events throughout the year, and you might even catch a real film crew at work on the backlot. From entertaining shows that take you behind the scenes of the movie-making process to state-of-the-art rides that make you part of the action, nobody brings the magic of the movies, television, and music to life like Universal Studios.

Experience special events all year at Universal Studios Florida. The year begins with A Celebration of Harry Potter, then Mardi Gras, Summer Concert Series, the incredible Halloween Horror Nights and finish out the year with the Macy’s Holiday Parade and New Years Eve! Many events are included with your regular park admission while others are separately ticketed. See full list of events here.

The Universal Studios Florida park is split into different areas. Many of the areas are modeled after famous cities and city streets done in the style of Hollywood backlots. In these backlots production companies can shoot films and TV shows that look to take place on location without ever having to leave the studio. The other areas, like World Expo, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and Diagon Alley are themed to their own individual properties and are not reflective of the real world. Each themed area has its own music, architectural style and unique dining and shopping options.



 

Park Areas

Production Central

Production Central is your first stop when entering Universal Studios Florida. Massive soundstages set the backdrop for a park that welcomes guests into a working film studio.

Hollywood

Enter the glamorous world of Hollywood as you stroll down Rodeo Dr along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Here you'll find most of the Meet & Greet experiences for the park.

New York

Welcome to the Big Apple, or rather a backlot with city streets meant to appear like New York when shot on film. Here you'll find Revenge of the Mummy.

San Francisco

San Francisco is the former home to Earthquake/Disaster ride. A new ride based on the Fast and the Furious series is coming in 2018.
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      The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

      Dine at the Leaky Cauldron, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders wand shop, and experience the excitement of a multi-dimensional thrill ride inside Gringotts bank.

      World Expo

      All right rookies... this is no drill! It's up to YOU to protect the Earth from aliens in MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack.
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          Springfield: Home of The Simpsons

          Visit the world of the longest-running animated television series, The Simpsons. Dine at one of the many options on Fast Food Blvd and explore Krustyland with everyone's favorite family.
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              Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone

              Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone is a whole section of the park dedicated entirely for kids! Featuring multiple play areas, shows and the marquee attraction E.T. Adventure.

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              History

              From its inception in 1982, Universal Studios Florida was designed as a theme park and a working studio. It was also the first time that Universal Studios had constructed an amusement park “from the ground up.” However, the proposed project was put on hold until 1986, when a meeting between Steven Spielberg, a co-founder for the park, and Peter N. Alexander prompted for the creation of a Back to the Future simulator ride in addition to the already planned King Kong based ride. Spielberg had also noticed how competitive the park could be if it could compete with the nearby Walt Disney World and Seaworld.

              jaws-boat-houseA major component of the original park in Hollywood is its studio tour, which featured several special-effects exhibits and encounters built into the tour, such as an attack by the great white shark from the film Jaws. For its Florida park, Universal Studios took the concepts of the Hollywood tour scenes and developed them into larger, stand-alone attractions. As an example, in Hollywood, the studio tour trams travel close to a shoreline and are “attacked” by Jaws before they travel to the next part of the tour. In Florida, guests entered the “Jaws” attraction and would board a boat touring the fictitious Amity Harbor, where they encountered the shark, then exited back into the park at the conclusion of the attraction. Universal Studios Florida originally had a Studio Tour attraction that visited the production facilities, but that tour has since been discontinued.

              Universal Studios Florida begins soft openings for the general public in late May of 1990. Many of the park’s attractions are not yet open at the time, and still under testing. Universal Studios Florida is officially opened with a grand opening style ceremony on June 7, 1990. The park opens with five themed areas: The Front Lot (entrance area), Production Central, New York, San Francisco/Amity, Expo Center, Hollywood as well as a Lagoon located in the center of the park. The Front Lot and Production Central areas are referred to as “In Production”, the New York section is referred to as “Now Shooting”, the San Francisco and Amity sections are referred to as “On Location” and the Expo Center area is referred to as “The World of CineMagic Center”. Nickelodeon Studios opens on the same day and there is a grand opening ceremony hosted by Marc Summers.

              Former Nickelodeon Studios Photo by MikerajchelLike all theme parks, attractions are sometimes closed due to aging and replaced with more contemporary attractions. Universal has seen this happen several times. Some notable closures include Kongfrontation, Back to the Future: The Ride, The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, Jaws, and Nickelodeon Studios. The closures of Kongfrontation, Back to the Future, and Jaws have been given homages by the park to honor veteran visitors who revered the former rides. Nickelodeon Studios became a Blue Man Group attraction in 2007.

              The large area that once housed the Jaws attraction was reconstructed to make way for the new Diagon Alley, part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As an homage to the Jaws attraction that was available to so many visitors of the years, references to Jaws are sprinkled throughout the new Diagon Alley. One being a set of shark jawbones appearing behind the herbs and potions of Mr. Mulpepper’s Apothecary.

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