There’s always something new at Universal Studios Orlando so, if you haven’t visited in a while, here’s an update on some of the exciting new attractions. From a brand new water park to themed thrill rides to a chocolate paradise, Universal Orlando theme park has new attractions to liven up your next family vacation.
Universal Studios in Orlando is comprised of two theme parks, one water park, and the popular City Walk. The two theme parks are the original Universal Studios Florida and the newer Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Each theme park is full of rides, entertainment, and food. Since opening these theme parks, Universal Studios Orlando has consistently added new rides, so that visitors have something new and different to do each and every time they enter the parks.
Here is what’s new at Universal Studios Orlando:
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
This ride opened on April 6, 2017 and the lines show that it has become an instant hit! Visitors enter Studio 6B before climbing into Jimmy Fallon’s vehicle to race through New York City in hopes of taking first place. It is an amazing virtual reality ride where no one will expect what happens at the end.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
This thrill-seeking adventure ride officially opened on July 13, 2016. People enter the ride under a humongous sculpture of King Kong. As they walk through the temple, they will be entering sacred ground where many rituals have been performed. At the base camp, guests will receive a pair of 3D glasses, which will enhance their ride experience once they get in their truck. The truck will race through the wilderness as the guests try to save Kate from King Kong. Thankfully, she is safe at the end of this heart stopping ride.
The Incredible Hulk Coaster
This may not be a new ride, but it has had some improvements completed that turns this roller coaster into a new experience once again. The new tracks, trains, and entrance will make everything different, but what completely changes this ride is the new story line and futuristic lighting effects.
Universal’s Volcano Bay
The water park at Universal Studios is brand new as it just opened on May 25, 2017. The entire water park surrounds a two-hundred-foot volcano with the name Krakatau. There are three drop slides in the volcano that people will enjoy going on or they can choose to do something at the Wave Village, River Village, or Rainforest Village instead. The park utilizes Tapu Tapu technology, so that people can hold a place in line without actually standing in line. This wristband can also help a guest interact with environmental features like the water springs and illuminate the lights.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen
This chocolate lover’s dream restaurant had their grand opening on September 22, 2016 after being open for approximately a month. While the name screams chocolate, the restaurant actually serves all types of delicious cuisine including steak and seafood. Their all-day brunch of crepes, quiches, and more is a crowd favorite, but nothing can outshine the desserts. Three popular dessert choices include the salted caramel flan, the chocolate brownie bark, and the bacon brittle.
Fast and Furious – Supercharged
Guests get to join in on the adventures with the Fast and Furious family, which includes Dom, Letty, and Hobbs. Everyone begins inside Dom’s garage and it’s all fun and exciting until the enemy attacks. Then the plans change quickly and everyone needs to work together to escape from danger. This action-packed ride is set to open in the Spring of 2018.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel
This is a new hotel on Universal property that allows guests to see phenomenal views of both theme parks and the water park from their room. The sleek style of the hotel is matched with the ultimate in comfort and guests can experience this for themselves beginning in August of 2018.
A New Harry Potter Roller Coaster
This has just been announced and there is not a name for this new family-friendly roller coaster as of yet, but it is expected to be opening at some point in 2019. Guests will find themselves in new areas of Harry Potter’s world as storytelling is taken to a new level on this roller coaster.
Super Nintendo World
It might be a long wait for the exciting Super Nintendo World as it is not anticipated to be open until at least 2020 and it could be even as late of 2024. Hopefully that time line will change, because that seems like a very long time for guests to wait for a thrilling Mario Kart and Donkey Kong ride.
Universal Studios Orlando has become a dream vacation destination for many people, because there is so much to do without ever having to leave the area. This means that people can focus on having fun instead of planning multiple trips to different destinations in the Orlando area and that is what all vacations should be like.