Universal Studios Florida
© 1998 P. Dingley. Last revised 09/May/98.
|At A Glance
||Universal Studios is 444 acres in size, and is open
9AM-7PM off-Peak, and 9AM - 10PM during high season. It's
top attractions include Jaws, Back to the Future, Kongfrontation,
Terminator 2 3-d, and Earthquake. Parking is $5 per vehicle
Time required - 1 Day
The main rival to the Disney MGM Studios in the Orlando area,
Universal Studios advertises itself as the largets working
motion picture and television studio complex outside of Hollywood.
(It's a joint venture between MCA and the Rak Organisation).
Universal opened in 1990, is around 444 acres in size, and
is located southwest of Orlando.
The park features plenty of thrill rides and attractions
to keep the average visitor entertained for a day or so, but
probably hasn't got enough to justify a second day's visit.
Big budget attractions such as Back to the Future, Terminator
3d, Jaws, Earthquake and Kongfrontation are all excellent
thrill attractions, whilst attractions such as ET and the
Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera will help keep the younger
kids amused. Don't miss the Beetlejuice Review - a great musical
stage show lasting for half an hour or so, which is put on
several times a day.
The park is divided into several themed backlot areas, from
a New England village, a San Francisco street, and a New York
neighbourhood, to a reincarnation of Hollywood Boulevard.
The park includes over 40 restaurants, diners and shops including
the Hard Rock Cafe.
One of the working studios within the confines of the park
is usually in use recording programs for Nickelodeon, the
children's channel, or failing that, there is usually a movie
or commercial being shot in one of the studios, so there's
always a chance of meeting a well known actor or actress at
Universal as well.
New for 1998 is the Twister attraction based around the film
about Tornados. Due to open in March or thereabouts, it's
opening was suspended following an incident when a number
of real Tornados touched down in the Orlando/Kissimmee/Sanford
area, causing considerable damage, along with a number of