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Universal Orlando

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Categories: Theme parks, Tourist attraction

Features: Date night, Kid-friendly

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

Orlando's other big theme park franchise always seems like it's trying to keep up with Mickey Mouse and Co. down the road. But it's come a long way in the past decade. The first thing you must know is the terminology: the entire complex is known as Universal Orlando, and that includes two theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure; hotels; and the bustling CityWalk, home to restaurants, shopping and nightlife.  

In 2010, Universal partnered with the folks behind J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and movies to create a multimillion-dollar immersive experience called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The expansion, which started in Islands of Adventure (Hogsmeade) and expanded to Universal Studios (Diagon Alley) in 2014, has been a game-changer for Universal in terms of audience and cool factor. 

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, plus others. Next door are more rides at Islands of Adventure, featuring the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk Coaster, and the Jurassic Park River Adventure. More so than Disney, the Universal parks are great for all ages. There are kid-friendly areas for the little ones (Islands of Adventure's Dr. Seuss landing; Universal Studios' Despicable Me ride), and those thrill rides mentioned above for the older folks.

In October, the attraction puts on a spectacular Universal Horror Nights Halloween event, renowned for its gory details that are taken from horror films.

Events at Universal Orlando

Halloween Horror Nights
Saturday, November 1, 2014 6:30pm
Friday, October 31, 2014 6:30pm
Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:30pm
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6:30pm
Sunday, October 26, 2014 6:30pm
Saturday, October 25, 2014 6:30pm
Friday, October 24, 2014 6:30pm
Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:30pm
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:30pm
Sunday, October 19, 2014 6:30pm
Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:30pm
Friday, October 17, 2014 6:30pm
Thursday, October 16, 2014 6:30pm
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 6:30pm
Sunday, October 12, 2014 6:30pm
Saturday, October 11, 2014 6:30pm
Friday, October 10, 2014 6:30pm
Thursday, October 9, 2014 6:30pm
Sunday, October 5, 2014 6:30pm
Saturday, October 4, 2014 6:30pm
Friday, October 3, 2014 6:30pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014 6:30pm
Sunday, September 28, 2014 6:30pm
Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:30pm
Friday, September 26, 2014 6:30pm
Thursday, September 25, 2014 6:30pm
Saturday, September 20, 2014 6:30pm
Friday, September 19, 2014 6:30pm

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