In recent years, Universal Orlando has really pushed the boundaries of theme park rides. By using animated characters, soundtracks, special effects, exciting storylines, projected media and more, the Orlando theme park’s attractions are not to be missed. Here are the 10 best rides at Universal Orlando:
10. Jurassic Park River Adventure
Jurassic Park fans will get the chance to become a part of the thrilling films on this exciting raft ride. Guests will literally drive up to the opening of Jurassic Park. Once the gate opens, the river pushes the riders downstream, and several Audio-Animatronic dinosaurs appear. There is even narration as if you are really visiting the make-believe theme park rather than Universal Studios. And of course, just like in the film, things don’t quite go as expected. But what you can expect from this water ride are lots of splashes, which are perfect on a hot summer day.
9. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
Another popular water ride at Universal Studios, Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is part water flume part roller coaster. The ride tells the story of the dastardly Snidely Whiplash who has kidnapped fair Nell Fenwick and it is up to Dudley Do-Right to rescue her. You’ll become a part of the rescue and twist and turn your way through the choppy water. It all ends with a 75-foot drop for a huge splash that is sure to get you wet.
8. Revenge of the Mummy
This thrill ride combines both a dark ride with animatronics and special effects for a unique roller coaster experience. Revenge of the Mummy can be quite scary as you flee from the evil Mummy Imhotep. Get ready for swarms of insects, warrior mummies and fire so hot you can feel it. Just when you think you’ve escaped Imhotep’s wrath you’ll fall into a black abyss.
7. Transformers: The Ride 3D
Using the same roving motion base ride system that Universal developed for Spider-Man, guests on Transformers: The Ride 3D can help the Autobots save the world. Guests will feel as if they stepped into Michael Bay’s movies. Universal has done an incredible job recreating the massive robots to look just like the ones in the film. The creative team even went as far as to make the ride vehicles transformed robots.
6. The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Thrill seekers can’t get enough of The Incredible Hulk Coaster. The inversion-filled roller coaster offers a unique and exhilarating launch with tight inversions and high positive G forces. While there isn’t much of a story (other than the fact that you have been exposed to Gamma rays turning you into Hulk) this ride is extremely intense.
5. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Speaking of intense, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit will get your heart pumping and your lungs screaming as rocket through a serious of twists and turns. The ride allows you to pick form an extensive catalog of rock songs before you begin. Once you climb the ride and drop from the top you’ll get to hear your song. Well, you might not be able to hear it over the screams as you speed through twist and turns at 65 miles per hour.
4. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
This high-flying virtual reality ride will take you on a mission with Spider-Man as you set out to save the Statue of Liberty. With Spider-Man as the lead, you’ll also encounter other Marvel characters as you battle the villains of the Sinister Syndicate. Be on the lookout for the 400-foot free fall.
3. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Perhaps the fan-favorite at Universal Orlando is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The motion-simulator ride incorporates all elements of J.K. Rowling’s seven books in the series as well as elements from the films. Guests will experience everything from a Quidditch match to bone-chilling Dementors, Hogwarts Castle and plenty of wizardry.
2. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
The centerpiece of Universal Orlando’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts sends riders on a journey alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione in one of the most climactic scenes from the book and film series. The indoor roller coaster takes riders deep into Gringotts Bank vaults where you’ll come in contact with dragons and Voldemort.
1. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
Universal Orlando’s newest ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, is a 4D motion simulator ride that puts guests in the driver seat. You’ll race against the Tonight Show host through Times Square, under the East River, above the Statue of Liberty and all around other New York landmarks. With Jimmy Fallon racing next to you and making jokes, what’s not to love about this ride?
This is a guest post provided by OrlandoFunTickets.com and written by Jena Pugh, Orlando theme park expert. Images courtesy of Universal Orlando.