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© 1998 P. Dingley. Last revised 09/May/98.
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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 fatalities.



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