We love movies. That’s why we write here. That’s why we read here. We love being sucked into a story, connecting to the characters and hanging on the edge of our seats waiting to see what happens next. But sometimes the movie just isn’t enough. Sometimes we want more. We want to feel what the characters feel, experience what they experience. That’s where Universal Studios comes in.
If you haven’t been to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure in Orlando, I suggest you go as soon as you can. There is nothing else in the world, short of actually starring in a movie, that can put you into the movies like they do at Universal Studios. You get all of the thrills and chills that your favorite characters experienced in your favorite movies.
Here are six rides that are perfect extensions of the movies they’re based on:
Revenge of the Mummy
Want to join Brendan Frasier in exploring the tomb of Imhotep? Revenge of the Mummy puts you in a train car that goes through the dangerous archaeological dig site. Of course, things don’t go according to plan, as is often the case in movies or the dark rides based on them. The riders encounter the evil Imhotep and are then taken on a wild ride through all of the dangers the hero dealt with in the movie. All of a sudden, this dark ride becomes a roller coaster and takes you on the ride of your life... possibly the last ride of your life.
Men in Black: Alien Attack
Ever wonder what it would be like to join the ranks of the MIB? Want to be one of the best of the best of the best? This ride arms you with a standard MIB weapon and takes you into a training exercise, until, you guessed it, things go wrong. New York is invaded by aliens and the Men In Black need all the help they can get. You go from being a trainee, to being thrusted into a full scale alien attack. Riders use their weapons to target strange creatures and save the city. Just remember, don’t push the little red button... at least... not until you have to.
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
Do you love Minions? Of course you do! Who doesn’t? Did you ever want to be a minion? Maybe not, but there is still a ton of fun to be had in joining Gru’s team by becoming one of those lovable little creatures. Join Edith, Agnes and Margo as they try to give Gru a gift for the anniversary of their adoption, taking on all the dangers of his evil lair. Did I mention the Minions? If you enjoyed all of the laughs and fun of the movies, you’ll love this wild adventure.
Jurassic Park River Adventure
You know you always wanted to go to Jurassic Park. You also know that there is no way everything would be completely safe. This smooth and visually stunning boat ride quickly takes a turn for the worst, literally. Your boat heads into a restricted area where some of the more dangerous dinos have gotten loose. You’ll encounter the vicious velociraptors, the venom-spewing dilophosaurus and of course no Jurassic Park experience would be complete without a face-to-face with a terrifying T-rex. If you’re wondering how you could possibly survive this ride, just remember that life, uh, finds a way. You'll have to try it out for yourself to find out how.
This movie is a classic, this ride is a classic and the overall experience is classic. Take a bike ride through the forest, evading the police who are trying to capture your extra-terrestrial friend. Then, just like in the movie, your bike takes off and suddenly you're soaring through the sky. Only this time, your bike takes you all the way to E.T.’s home planet. This is another visually incredible experience and lately there have been rumors of it being replaced. A lot of people would be very upset if that happens, so there’s a good chance it won’t. Still, if you want to see this attraction, just to be safe, you might want to get there soon. Believe me it is definitely an out-of-this-world experience!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Okay, let me preface this by saying, I am by no means a big Harry Potter fan. I have seen maybe four of the movies in their entirety, and bits and pieces of the rest, and I have never even opened any of the books. Now that you know that, maybe you will be more impressed when I say that, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is absolutely mind-blowing!
There’s a reason I didn’t put the name of one specific ride; it’s because the entirety of both parks are absolutely perfect. They are completely immersive and they suck you right into the world of the movies. The rides take you on intense adventures through Hogwarts and the surrounding area and through Gringotts. The queues leading up to the rides are so expertly themed that you can easily forget that you’re not actually in the movie. The shows, the shops, the butterbeer! Oh... the butterbeer! Everything here is so authentic to the movies/books and so incredibly enjoyable, even to those of us who couldn’t name the class that Professor Snape teaches. It truly is a magical place.