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Quick Tips When You Visit Universal Studios

Tom Handy

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Last year, Facebook rebranded to Meta announcing a move to the metaverse. After a recent trip to Orlando, Florida, Universal Studios seems much closer to the real thing.

I have visited Universal Studios a few times In Los Angeles, but recently made a trip to the one in sunny Florida. This time, part of the day was rain and thunder to cool off from the humidity.

After a trip to Disney Land that you can read here, I spent two days at Universal Studios. I always liked Universal and was not disappointed this time.

Once you arrive at the park, you'll take about a 5-minute walk from parking before you run into Universal City Walk. This has plenty of restaurants and stores to choose from. Plus, there was an AMC movie theater with the latest shows such as Top Gun and Minions Rise of Gru, and other recent films.

Then you need to decide to go left or right to visit Universal Studios. Each park has different events and shows. Make sure you pick up a map to see what each park has.

So this is why I spent two days here. There is a lot to see and do. It's almost impossible to see everything in one day. Just walking around and waiting for rides, even with a fast pass, takes a lot out of you.

At one park, you have a comic book store which I decided to check out. I collected comics as a kid when prices were about $0.75 to $1.00. Now, prices are about $5.00 per issue.

Then, some of the 3D/4D meta-like rides at Universal were impressive.

At these rides, you put on a pair of visors to get the full effect of the ride. I saw there was a Jason Bourne show based on the movie, and that one really caught my attention when I looked at the map of Universal Studios.

There was live personnel like Jason who ran through several stunts. Without giving too much away, it was impressive seeing the background move, free-falling stunts, and vehicles pop up from below the stage.

The show was about 10 minutes and worth the wait. Make sure you catch the show early since the last one is around 6:30 pm.

Prices for Universal Studios

Universal Studios lists the cost of entering the park as $99 for a family of four.

Prices could be lower since hotels, resorts, and other deals are sometimes available.

As for the Express Pass to jump in a faster time for rides, there are two different options. Prices range from $79.99 for one-time use per ride to $109.99 for unlimited rides. The Fast Pass only lasts for a day.

Then you can ride the Harry Potter train to get to the other park. The train ride is good to check out since it has special effects as the train moves. The other option is you can leave the park and walk to the other one. To walk, it's about a 10 to 15-minute walk to the park.

Do you plan to visit Universal Studios this summer?

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