Disney Parks was the go-to destination in North America for many years, but when Universal came along, people had something else to consider when they wanted to go somewhere for fun rides with the family. With all its animated characters, wonderful set design, and beautiful soundtracks, the innovations of Universal Parks came to life and have made them a worthy attraction to theme park lovers out there.


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Many of these attractions are in fact so stunning that they’ve not only competed with the rides over at Disney Parks, but they have been found to be better than them. Here are some of the best rides you will find at Universal Orlando. While the park does offer a wide selection of attractions, these are at least the ones you simply can’t miss out on if you happen to be in Florida.

Note: You’re going to want to set aside two days for these attractions just so that you can make the most of each one. Plan your trip well, so that you go there at the best times and possibly with discounts. Things to Do in Orlando

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Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man – You’ll find this at Marvel Super Hero Island in the Islands of Adventure. It debuted way back in 1999 and was considered a revolutionary attraction at the time thanks to its roving motion base vehicle that made the 3D projected scenes seem as realistic as possible. The ride is riddled with all kinds of high-tech imagery, giving tourists a high-definition visual experience throughout the ride.

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem –This one features the slapstick humor that the Despicable Me films are known for. Officially the third attraction ever released in the park’s ridefilm theater, Minion Mayhem is just unapologetically funny, and the experience is simply of great quality thanks to the high-definition tech and the beautiful story that riders are treated to. This is likely to be a personal favorite for kids of all ages.

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts – This is the first of the Harry Potter themed rides in the list, and you can find it at the park’s Diagon Alley. It is in fact that centerpiece of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it treats tourists to a roller coaster adventure through the magical Gringotts Bank from the story. It’s got dragons, vaults, and even Voldemort himself. The best part is that you get to enjoy the experience with Harry, Ron, and Hermione tagging along for the ride.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – This is the next one from the magical series. It’s located at Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is not only one of the best Harry Potter themed attractions but is arguably one of the best in Universal Orlando and even among all park rides in North America as well. The ride’s detail and remarkable portrayal of the wizarding world has touched the hearts of Harry Potter fans since it was established in 2010. It takes you through Quidditch matches, Hogwarts Castle, and even face to face with Death Eaters.

Hogwarts Express – This delight can also be found in Universal Studios Florida’s Diagon Alley, and it takes you back and forth from Hogsmeade to London in the same way that the young wizards did in the book. Featuring a full train ride with some magical events along the way, Potter fans will want to keep an eye out for interesting sights as they take the train ride to Hogsmeade and back. It may not be as adrenaline-filled as the other Harry Potter rides, but it has a charm of its own.

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The Incredible Hulk – This one is also found at Marvel Super Hero Island (the same location as the Amazing Spiderman). And while the ride doesn’t really offer much of a story, it makes up for it with lots and lots of action in the “Gamma Force Accelerator.” Passengers are in for a thrilling ride as they experience the moments just before the ride “takes off.” The ride can be so intense that it’s definitely not for the faint hearted.

Transformers: The Ride 3D – With same amazing tech used to create the Spiderman attraction, Transformers will take its passengers on a wild and breathtaking experience as they join the Autobots in the plight to save the world. They’ll be going through scenes and effects that give justice to the intense moments moviegoers are always in for in every Michael Bay film.

Revenge of the Mummy – This roving motion ride combines high-tech animatronics and special effects to create a breathtaking roller coaster experience for anyone who wants to experience the psychological thrill ride of their life. It’s hard to say much about this ride without revealing any spoilers in the story, so you’re going to have to trust the countless patrons who enjoyed this ride from beginning to end.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon – This 4D motion simulator ride is located in Universal Studios Florida and it puts everyone in the driver’s seat next to the Tonight Show’s host as he takes you on an incredibly funny car ride through New York. While it’s not as action packed as the other rides, it does have an engaging experience since you get to know what it’s like to tour Times Square, see the Statue of Liberty, and go under the East River with Jimmy Fallon.

Men in Black Alien Attack – Fan of shoot-em-up attractions? This one’s for you. Here, patrons are “recruited” to shoot alien invaders on a wild ride through a perfectly crafted depiction of New York during the ‘60s. The gameplay is a lot of fun, even for those who aren’t into sci-fi films.

Don’t Miss Out!

Universal Orlando has an endless list of attractions, and there will be more to come. Make sure you include these on your itinerary, so you know how amazing the theme park can be even though it’s not Disney!

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Best Rides at Universal Orlando

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