Universal Orlando Resort has two unique theme parks, as well as a water theme park, where you can step into (and ride) your favorite movies and TV shows. Each park has kid-size rides and play areas, family-friendly attractions, and big-time thrills featuring hit franchises like Harry Potter, Despicable Me, and Transformers.
Universal Studios Florida is the resort’s original park and sometimes functions as a real working film studio. The park includes streets and facades of notable cities like New York, San Francisco, and London that are so realistic they are often used to shoot movies and TV shows. Luckily, you don’t have to be a movie star to escape the clutches of Imhotep on Revenge of the Mummy and save New York City from aliens on Men in Black Alien Attack. All you need is a ticket to Universal Studios Florida.
Next door to Universal Studios Florida is Islands of Adventure. Rather than the realistic cityscapes in Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure is made up of eight fantastical “islands” like Marvel Super Hero Island, Seuss Landing, and Jurassic Park.
Spanning both parks is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — a must-visit for any Harry Potter fan. Universal Studios Florida is home to the Diagon Alley section of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and you can visit Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure. Connecting the two parks is the Hogwarts Express train — and, yes, you do need a Park-to-Park ticket to ride the train since it technically takes you from one park to another. Both sides have rides, entertainment, dining, and magical secrets to discover.
Last, but certainly not least, is Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park. Like Universal’s other parks, Volcano Bay has attractions for all ages, immersive theming, and an elaborate backstory involving a fire god named Krakatau (which is also the name of the park’s iconic volcano).
Universal’s CityWalk is not technically a theme park, but an exciting shopping, dining, and entertainment district that you pass through on your way to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Entry to CityWalk is free (not including parking) and it’s a great spot to grab a bite to eat, pick up souvenirs, or observe the nearby coasters as they zoom past.