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Universal Studios Florida offers very convincing 20th-century New York City streetscapes.

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Caught in the rather long shadow cast by Walt Disney World, Universal Studios has always been something of a scrappy younger sibling. To make comparisons even more pronounced, the similarly themed Disney's Hollywood Studios opened at the Mouse House around the same time. But Universal Studios offers some tremendous attractions and has its own, unique rhythm to compel vacationers through its turnstiles. Like its sister park, Islands of Adventure, nearly every major attraction features loud, kinetic, frantic action. It's one over-the-top moment after another.

The wonderfully themed lands are divided into Production Central (the front of the park, which includes the sound stages), New York (a very convincing 20th-century streetscape -- which inexplicably includes the Midwest-U.S.-themed Twister attraction), World Expo (the facade of the Men in Black attraction is actually modeled after a pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair), Springfield (home of The Simpsons), Hollywood (which features Terminator 2:3D), Woody Woodpecker's KidZone (home to E.T., Curious George, and--shudder!--Barney), and San Francisco (where earthquakes take place every few minutes for your pleasure).

Universal announced in May 2013 that it will open The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Read about the new land, and learn about the intriguing way that it will connect with the existing Wizarding World land at sister park, Islands of Adventure.

Park Highlights

Wild, in-your-face, movie-themed attractions including:

The park also offers the daily Universal's Superstar Parade, a colorful spectacle featuring characters from Despicable Me, SpongeBob SquarePants, and other animated movies and shows.

Dining

There are plenty of places to eat in the park and throughout the resort.

What's New

New for 2013
Transformers: The Ride-3D- The audacious attraction will bring the movie franchise to life using a Spider-Man-style ride system.

Also, you'll be able to eat a Krusty Burger, chug down a Flaming Moe, and try other Springfield delicacies made popular by The Simpsons when their land expands at the back of the park.

New for 2012
Universal is dubbing it "The Year to Be Here." It is unveiling a number of new attractions and features, including:

Halloween Event

Holidays Events

Ticket, Hotel, and other General Info
For more info about when to visit, directions, other parks, CityWalk, and a general profile of the Universal resort, go to About.com's Universal Orlando Overview.

Official Web Site

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