Universal Studios, Florida
Universal Studios Florida is a vast theme park and studio located in Orlando, Florida. Opened June 7, 1990, the park’s theme is the entertainment industry, particularly film and television. The Park encourages guests to “go to the movies” and offers many sights and live shows. It is a component of the bigger Universal Orlando.
Universal Studios Florida is a vast theme park and studio located in Orlando, Florida. Opened June 7, 1990, the park’s theme is the entertainment industry, particularly film and television. The park encourages guests to “go to the movies” and offers many sight and live shows.
It is a component of the bigger Universal Orlando. The park welcomed approximately 10.2 million visitors in 2017, ranking as the sixth busiest theme park in America and the 9th busiest theme park in the world.
History of Universal Studios’
Many of the park’s former and present sights were developed with the films’ actual creators and featured the main stars as part of the experience. Spielberg helped create E.T. Adventure and creative consultant for Back to the Future: The Ride, Twister… Ride it Out, An American Tail Theater, Jaws, Men in Black: Alien Attack, and Transformers: The Ride.
On many current rides, the original stars have reprised their film roles, including Rip Torn and Will Smith in Men in Black for Men in Black the Alien Attack, Castellaneta, Kavner, Cartwright, Smith, Azaria, and Grammar reprise roles from The Simpsons for The Simpsons Ride, Brendan Fraser and Arnold Vosloo in The Mummy for Revenge of the Mummy, Myers, Murphy, Diaz, and Lithgow from Shrek for Shrek 4D, Carell, Cosgrove, Gaier, and Fisher of Despicable Me for Despicable Me Minions, Cullen and Welker reprised their roles as Optimus and Megatron in Transformers: The Ride, and Diesel, Rodriguez, Gibson, Johnson, Evans, Ludacris, and Brewster reprise their roles from the Fast and Furious series for Fast & Furious animation.
On many old trips, the original stars also acted their film roles such as famous Christopher Lloyd and Thomas Wilson in Back to the Future: The Merry-go-round, Roy Scheider dubbing for the Jaws epilogue, Alfred Hitchcock and Anthony Perkins appeared in Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies, various actors from Nicktoon reprised their roles for Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, Bill Paxton and Nicktoon Blast.
Helen Hunt pre-presented the show for Twister, Ride it Out, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, and Linda Hamilton reprised their roles in Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time.
Since its founding in 1982, Universal Studios Florida has been designed as a theme park and working studio. It was also the first time Universal Studios had built an amusement park “from scratch,” as the main Studio Tour attraction primarily served Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles at the time.
However, the proposed project was delayed until 1986, when a meeting between Steven Spielberg, co-founder of the park, and Peter N. Alexander prompted a Back to the simulated ride. A ride based on King Kong. Spielberg also saw how competitive the park could be to compete with nearby Walt Disney World and Seaworld Orlando.
The park was built for an estimated $ 640 million, of which 50% is owned by MCA Universal and 50% by entertainment company The Rank Organization. A decade later, while owned by Seagram, MCA Universal will collaborate again with The Rank Group (successor of The Rank Organization) on a $2.5 billion expansion of Universal Studios Florida, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure for kids and adults, Universal CityWalk for people, and several hotels.
In 2000, The Rank Group sold its shares to Blackstone Capital Partners for $275 million. In 2011, Blackstone sold its 50% stake for $3.165 billion to NBCUniversal, which holds 100% ownership of the complex.
A vital feature of the original Hollywood Park is its studio tour, which includes several exhibits and special effects encounters built into the tour, like a shark attack by an enormous whale in the movie Jaws.
Universal Studios took ideas from stages of the Hollywood tour for its Florida park and developed them into more prominent independent attractions. In Hollywood, for example, the studio tour trams approach the beach and are “attacked” by Jaws before going on to the next part of the tour.
In Florida, guests enter the “Jaws” attraction and embark on a boat tour of the fictional Amity Harbor, where they encounter a shark, then return to the park when the attraction is over. Universal Studios Florida originally had a production facility studio tour, but that tour was discontinued in 1995.
The old Universal Studios Florida slogan was: See the Stars. Go to the cinema. (1990-1998); No one believes like us! (1990-1998); Ride the Movies (1998-2008); Take Action (2008-2012); Explore movies (2012-2015). The current tagline is Vacation Like You Mean It (2013-present, with Islands of Adventure as Universal Orlando Resort).
Universal Studios Florida features eight themed zones, all of which are located around a large lagoon. In 2012, the lagoon became the site of Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories, a thematic exhibition featuring scenes from various Universal films, complete with lasers, projectors, fountains, and fireworks.
The eight themed zones around, clockwise from the entrance, are the Manufacturing Centre, New York, San Francisco, Diagon Alley, Expo, Springfield, Woodpecker’s Kidzone, and Hollywood. Each area offers various games, shows, attractions, character appearances, restaurants, and merchandise stores. Based on Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, a newer area was added to the park in July 2014.
This area is also home to many restaurants and merchandise shops. Food and drinks can be purchased at the TODAY Café or Universal Studios Classic Monster Cafe, while merchandise can be purchased at various themed stores, including the Universal Studios Store, Studio Sweets.