1000 Universal Studios Plaza , Orlando, FL 32819
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
Universal Orlando might be considered the younger sibling of got-there-first Disney World, but this attraction based on movies, cartoons and comic book characters has plenty of fans. And it has its own distinct ace in the hole that opened in the summer of 2010: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This homage to the J.K. Rowling books features all of the details Harry fans have come to expect: Dumbledore's office, quidditch matches, the Hogwarts Express and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, just to name a few.
Not a Potter fan? Universal Studios still draws with its Simpsons Ride, the new Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit rollercoaster and Revenge of the Mummy thrill ride, Shrek 4-D, plus others.
Next door are more rides at Islands of Adventure, featuring The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk Coaster, the Jurassic Park River Adventure and The Cat in the Hat.
In between both is CityWalk, with movies, shops and restaurants, plus a theater that houses the Blue Man Group. Featured restaurants include Emeril's, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and the world's largest Hard Rock Cafe. And if you can't make it to the real deal in New Orleans, Pat O'Brien's operates an outpost here.
In October, the attraction puts on a spectacular Universal Horror Nights Halloween event, renowned for its gory details that are taken from horror films.