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The Top 7 Rides at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

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Here we go – our Top Rides at Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. If you’re just staying for 1-2 days, be sure to include these rides.

Universal Studios – Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Height Restrictions 40′′ (about 102cm) – This is a three-dimensional ride. While you wait for the next showing,’ you are escorted to a room where the characters brief you on what is about to occur. You must assist in delivering a presentation, and in doing so, you must become a minion. You get your row of seats, and the action is in four dimensions, so anticipate a few unique effects. The three-dimensional journey twists and turns, and at moments makes you feel as if you’re actually on a roller coaster. This was a lot of fun. The shop at the ride’s conclusion is an excellent location to encounter a Minion character.

The Adventures of E.T. – Universal Studios

34′′ (about 87cm) –Everyone has a soft spot in my heart for the E.T., and you would be ecstatic about the E.T. ride. Yes, it would be a touch quaint and old, but you would adore every minute of it. You mount a customized bike equipped with an E.T. basket and then fly oversights from the film and E.T.’s home planet.

The Hippogriff’s Flight – Universal’s Island of Adventure

36′′ (about 92cm) – Due to the early opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogsmeade for hotel guests, you could ride this rollercoaster ride several times with very no queueing. It resembles a speeding train and is rapid. It’s an excellent transition ride for smaller children who aren’t quite ready for larger roller coasters.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — Universal Studios

42′′ (about 107cm) – This ride is intended for children ages 5-6 and older. Despite it is for kids but it is quite frightening at times. Even the queue may frighten some children. It’s worth queuing for this ride alone to spend time in wonder at Gringotts bank.

This ride is quite fantastic, and it’s a must-do if you enjoy fast-paced rides. There is a rather steep drop at one point that is almost completely obscured by darkness; you have no idea it is coming! You move quickly between scenes, and the vehicles keep up with the action.

Jurassic Park River Adventure – Islands of Adventure by Universal

42′′ (about 107cm) – You will become wet, possibly really wet, but the effort will be worthwhile. You would adore this ride and ride it twice in a row following rope drop. You ride aboard a huge boat that seats a large number of people in a row. If there are a large number of you aboard the boat, you will become significantly wetter than if there are only a few of you. This ride is massive and a lot of fun, with many dinosaurs and a pretty large drop!

Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Height Limit 36′′ (about 92cm) – The queue for this ride is the most frightening aspect of Reign of Kong. It’s dark and twisting, and there may be someone in there who delivers you a very large surprise. It would terrify your kids to the point where they would be on the verge of tears by the time they get on the ride.

This is a four-dimensional ride in which guests don 3D glasses and board a safari van to ride across Skull Island searching for King Kong. You’re whisked from screen to screen, and it’s truly engaging and feels so real.

This is one of the favorite rides at Universal, and I strongly advise you not to miss it. We went on this immediately following the Jurassic Park river ride and the Harry Potter rope drop and walked both times. It will not continue to annoy your children indefinitely, I promise! However, many more apprehensive children will be put off by the line and immersive components of the experience.

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