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Visiting Universal Studios in your Rental Car
Universal Studios Florida was inaugurated in 1990 as competition for Disney Hollywood Studios (now known as Disney MGM). Today Universal Studios has become the second biggest tourist complex in Florida after Disney and contains 4 hotels, 2 theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), a waterpark (Wet ’n Wild) and a nightlife zone (Universal CityWalk).
Just like Disney, Universal offers the option to buy tickets to access one park for a single day, or to access all its parks during 4 days. Another option is a rapid access pass (Universal Express) for just the most popular attractions. These passes are free for all guests of the complex’s hotels.
Universal Studios Florida
This park replicates a huge cinema and television studio whose principal attractions are inspired by films, television, and musicals. It’s divided into 7 themed zones: Hollywood, Production Central, New York, San Francisco, Springfield (dedicated to The Simpsons), World Expo, and Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone for the youngsters.
Islands of Adventure
This park consists of 7 zones offering different adventures: Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter https://www.universalorlando.com/espanol/Parques-Tematicos/Wizarding-World-Of-Harry-Potter.aspx. This last zone offers attractions, shops, live shows and restaurants featuring Harry Potter. Since its opening in 2010 this zone has become an enormous hit.
Wet ’n Wild Orlando
This waterpark, inaugurated in 1977 and purchased by Universal in 1998, has 18 slides and attractions such as Bomb Bay, Disco H2O, and The Storm and The Surge.
As competition for Downtown Disney, Universal inaugurated Universal CityWalk in 1999 with a complex of shops, theme restaurants, night clubs, cafes, a cinema complex, and shows such as The Blue Man Group.
There are 4 hotels at Universal Studios: Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort which offers more affordable prices than the other resorts.
How to Get to Universal Studios when you Rent a Car
Universal Studios is located at 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819 between Interstatal 4 to the south, State Rd 435 to the east, Vineland Rd to the north, and Turkey Lake Rd to the west. Those traveling by rental car can go on Interstatal 4, if driving east take exit 75A; if going west take exit 74B. The complex is easy to find but its always a good idea to make sure your rental car comes equipped with GPS in your language.
Parking Information for your rental car
For those staying outside of Universal’s Resorts, its easy to visit by rental car since the complex has an enormous parking lot with various floors for visitors. The lot has a roof to protect vehicles from bad weather. The entrance is about a 10 minutes walk from the parking structure. The cost to park for the whole day is US$15 and provides access to all the parks.