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Universal Studios Theme Park

The Universal Studios theme park is number 2 of the "big 3" attractions in Orlando, Florida. And if you love movies, it's the place to be! Even if you think movies are so-so, you're bound to love the shows and rides at Universal Studios.

Let's take a look and see what we can see!

Lights, Camera -- Action!

Universal Studios is an actual working movie and tv production location. And while you aren't likely to see actual movie shooting, you will thrill to some of Universal's big hits, like the Harry Potter movies. And as much as I love Disney, I have to say this -- if you love movies, skip Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in favor of Universal.

Yep, it's that good.

What's Inside?

So what's in the theme park? You know it's movie-oriented, but what's actually there?

The rides are one thing that's great. Universal delights in rides that put you in the middle of a movie, so that you feel like you are part of it. These includes Jaws, E.T. and Men In Black. You can also be a storm-chaser in Twister and experience Disaster, a story that features you!

If you like shows, Universal Studios theme park has got them! They range from theater-oriented (like Terminator 3-D) to Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue. There are also shows for the younger crowd, including A Day in the Park With Barney.

Naturally there are shops and themed restaurants. You'll find pretty much anything, from quick-service burgers and fries all the way up to fine dining. One restaurant that is intriguing is Universal Studios' Classic Monsters Cafe. There are three themed seating areas in this casual restaurant, featuring Dracula's castle, a swamp with the Swamp Thing and then a space-oriented flying saucer area.

Whee! Universal Roller Coasters

While the most of the coasters are in the Universal Studios Islands of Adventure side of the park, there are roller coaster rides at Universal Studios Florida as well!

For example, Revenge of the Mummy is a coaster ride where you have to escape mummies. Then there's the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, the tallest roller coaster in Central Florida, at 17 stories high.

And never fear, there is a roller coaster ride for the younger set as well -- .

Universal Studios Theme Park - Tickets

First, know there are two types of Universal Studios tickets -- a 1-park ticket and a park-to-park ticket. Why? Because there are really two parts to Universal, and they each have their own admission fee.

As it currently stands (August 2010), the 1-park admission for 1 day is $82 for people over the age of 10, and $74 for kids from 3 through 9.

If you want to move back and forth between the two parks in a single day, the costs are $112 for the over 10 crowd and $104 to the 3 to 9 children.

OK, so how can you get tickets to this fun-filled Orlando attraction? Online is one place, at the official Universtal Studios website. However, the fact is you'll do better by checking around the various online sites. In either case, though, you'll get the best deals by purchasing a multi-day pass.

This should be enough to get you started and enjoying the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando!

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