Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is an entertainment resort complex covering 541 acres, and is the second largest resort in Orlando, Florida, after the Walt Disney World Resort. Universal Orlando Resort consists of two theme parks, a water park, eight on-property hotels, and an entertainment complex, with construction currently underway on a third theme park – Universal’s Epic Universe.
Universal Studios Florida
Opened on June 7, 1990, Universal Studios Florida was the first component of the larger Universal Orlando Resort to open, and is primarily themed to movies, television and other aspects of the entertainment industry.
Universal Studios Florida features 8 themed areas all situated around a large lagoon – Production Central, New York, San Francisco, World Expo, Springfield, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone, Hollywood, and Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. Many of the attractions over the years we developed in close collaboration with directors, producers and actors from the film they were based on, with Steven Spielberg serving as a creative consultant for such rides at E.T. Adventure and Transformers: The Ride.
In 2019, Universal Orlando Resort ranked 11th in the world and 6th in North America for attendance among amusement parks, hosting approximately 10.9 million visitors.
Universal’s Island of Adventures
Universal’s Islands of Adventure was opened on May 28, 1999, in conjunction with the opening of the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex, and is modeled after a journey of exploration, where guests embark on an adventure to visit a variety of themed islands.
The themed lands that comprise Universal’s Islands of Adventure include Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Skull Island, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. In 2014, the Hogwarts Express made its debut at the resort, which allows for guests to transverse between the parks via train from Hogsmeade to Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure ranked 12th in the world for guest attendance, falling just short of it’s sister park Universal Studios Florida with 10.3 million visitors.