10 Thrill Rides That Make Universal Orlando Resort the Place to Be
Give your imagination a thrill ride at Universal Studios Florida™
It’s hard to beat the original park, Universal Studios Florida™, when it comes time for a day of riding the movies. The Hollywoodesque playground has been thrilling visitors with everything from wizards and aliens to heroes and minions for nearly three decades.
Speed freaks delight in the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit™, which lives up to its name by reaching speeds of 65 mph. Every ride is its own adventure as you get to pick the song that plays while you ascend 90 degrees to the 167-foot peak and as you white-knuckle your way back down. Whether you drown your fear in “Born to be Wild” or “Insane in the Brain,” it’s definitely a fast track to memory lane.
Visit the set of Revenge of the Mummy™ to harken back to the good old days when Brendan Fraser was a swashbuckling adventure. It’s part roller coaster, part immersive experience, and all amazing. The chills and thrills take place on the set of the fictional sequel, and things get all too real when the ride catapults from a standstill to over 40 mph in an instant.
Buckle your seatbelt and join Dom and his crew for a turbo-charged thrill ride in Fast & Furious – Supercharged™. It begins as a fun tour of the movies’ iconic vehicles and locations, complete with digital pieces from all of your favorite “Fast” actors and actresses. Things take a turn when The Rock shows up, and an epic, heart-pumping car chase ensues using the ride’s impressive motion simulator.
Travel to Universal’s Islands of Adventure™
Discover new creatures and connect with old classics when you journey to the Islands of Adventure. You’ll find thrill rides that aren’t for the faint of heart as well as easy riders meant for the young adventurers in your life.
Enter the 8th Wonder of the World’s temple as you get ready to ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong™. It’s a treacherous journey that thrives on an engaging queue before the ride, perfectly imperfect lighting, and immersive technology melded with animatronics. You can’t miss the truly incredible King Kong near the end, and you’ll never be more thankful that a monster is on your side.
Let Hulk smash your nerves on The Incredible Hulk Coaster®. After being blasted with gamma radiation you’ll be launched upward of 150 feet and reach a top speed of 67 mph. That’s not all though as you’ll rip through seven inversions, including a zero-gravity roll, and dip through two subterranean trenches.
You’ll find fun for all ages on Flight of the Hippogriff™ This junior coaster is a must-ride for all youngsters who have a special place in their heart for Hagrid. You’ll step into a Care of Magical Creatures class before taking flight on a Hippogriff over the Forbidden Forest. It’s an amazing way to see the entire Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ from above without needing to own a Nimbus 2000.
Thrill rides and slides in Universal’s Volcano Bay™
If you have a water-lover in the family, Universal’s Volcano BayTM is the place to be. While less than two years old, the water park built around Krakatau™ an imposing 200-foot-tall volcano, is already becoming a fan favorite.
Get a great look at the namesake volcano as you take a spin on the Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster. The family can ride together in the four-person canoes that twist and turn as they inexplicably speed upwards before ending with a glorious plunge through a shimmering waterfall. It’s a scene fit for a movie, but thankfully this is real life.
Are you a fan of Dante’s Peak? Attack the volcano head on with the Ko’okiri Body Plunge™, one of several drop slides in the park. Your heart will race as you stand breathlessly waiting for the drop door to open and release you into a 70-degree thrill ride of a slide. Don’t blink though because the 125-foot fall takes less than 10 seconds.
There’s room for six on the Puihi of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides™, but you better be ready to live on the edge. The raft drops through a dark tube only to burst out the other side in zero -gravity. Clench the handles as the raft feels dangerously close to flying off the side just before settling into yet another heart-racing drop.
Whether you want to get lost in a Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, let the Hulk smash your nerves, or slide your way through a watery wonderland, there’s a thrill ride for everyone at Universal Orlando Resort. Let AAA help you create memories that will last a lifetime.