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Your Guide to Universal Orlando Resort Parks

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Universal Orlando Resort has become a vacation destination that lives up to its name, with two theme parks, a water park, a shopping district, hotels and a brand-new theme park on the way. It truly is its own universe, packed with unique experiences and thrilling rides around every corner.

Before you go, get to know the difference between Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay and the highly-anticipated Epic Universe, with this quick guide.

The best part? AAA members can save on tickets to all the fun.

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Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida was the first theme park opened by Universal Orlando Resort, themed around the magic of the movies. Here, you can cause mayhem with Gru’s minions, zoom around New York with Jimmy Fallon, train with the Men in Black and more. Coaster enthusiasts will scream for the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Revenge of the Mummy, while wizards and witches can discover the hidden Diagon Alley section of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you have an Islands of Adventure ticket, you can even catch the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade from here.


Islands of Adventure

Universal Islands of Adventure is a series of different intricately-designed theme park lands, each ushering guests into a different world. Here, you can find Seuss Landing, Marvel Super Hero Island, Hogsmeade, Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon and more. Ride hair-raising rides for thrill-seekers, like Skull Island: Reign of Kong, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and VelociCoaster, or opt for a gentler experience on rides like Flight of the Hippogriff, The Cat in the Hat and Pteranodon Flyers. Islands of Adventure lives up to its name, with fun and unique experiences for every member of the family. Pro tip: Don’t pass up on the park’s interactive entertainment, like the show at the Ollivanders wand shop. It’s a great way to make your vacation one-of-a-kind.  


Volcano Bay

Need to escape the Florida heat? Look no further than Universal’s Volcano Bay, a water park built around the imposing Krakatau Volcano. Water warriors can show their courage on intense waterslides, bumpy raft rides, a water coaster and a wild wave pool. Sunbathers and splashers can relax in the lazy river, on Waturi Beach and at the peaceful Reef.

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Epic Universe

There’s something new on the horizon. Universal Epic Universe is set to open in 2025, with a host of brand new attractions, shows and worlds to explore. Check out this video previewing what Epic Universe has to offer.

From the central Celestial Park, guests will be able to travel to places like Super Nintendo World, the Isle of Berk, Dark Universe and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Ministry of Magic.

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