If you’ve been looking for a great family holiday that everyone can enjoy, you might be considering heading off to Florida. Even if this is a destination you’re familiar with you might be interested to learn a little bit more in detail about some of the world’s most popular theme parks that make this state their home. It’s easy to turn up and enjoy the rides and other delights of the theme parks, but what if you want to know more? Read ahead to see just why the whole family will love Universal Studios on your next trip to the Sunshine State.
The History Of The Park
You might be surprised and interested to know that one of the co-founders of Universal Studios is Steven Spielberg. The park itself was intended to be a theme park combined with working studio and had been in the planning stages beginning in 1982. Over four years the park was planned and designed, but production halted in 1986 in favour of working on two rides – Back To The Future simulator and a King Kong ride. These helped Spielberg realise just how well the park could do if it were set up and well placed to compete with its neighbours Disney World and SeaWorld, thus creating the Universal Studios we know today with its rides based on famous films and TV. The land was purchased and cleared in 1986 and eventually the park was opened on June 7, 1990 after several delays, some of which were attributed to Nickelodeon getting involved and purchasing part of the park to create their own studio.
Today the park has been running for over thirty years and have seen numerous rides come and go with the popularity of the films they are associated with. Some of the earliest rides incorporated such 80s classics as Jaws and Back To The Future with old rides taken away and replaced with new, up to date ideas. Some aspects of old classics remain – such as the shark from Jaws that you can have your photo with. Over the years other rides and attractions such as The Blues Brothers Show, Woody Woodpecker’s Nuthouse Coaster, Twister- Ride It Out and E.T Adventure. Since 2000 more contemporary rides including Men In Black – Alien Attack, Shrek 4-D, Revenge of the Mummy, and The Simpsons Ride.
One of the most popular movie franchises of all time, Harry Potter was incorporated into the park in 2014 with a whole section dedicated to Diagon Alley replacing the Amity Harbour and Jaws sections of the park which were phased out. Today The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Diagon Alley is one of the most popular portions of the whole park.
So if you’re one of those people who absolutely loves film and TV and you want to get up close and personal to some of your favourites, Universal Studios is the place for you. Skip the queue and buy your tickets online and then get ready for an action packed holiday that you won’t soon forget in sunny and fabulous Florida.