Step into your favorite movies at Universal Orlando’s theme parks — Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure — for an unforgettable experience. Universal Orlando, founded in 1990, is the second-largest theme park resort in the Orlando area after Walt Disney World. Throughout its history, Universal Orlando has evolved to include new attractions based on successful movie and TV franchises like Shrek, The Simpsons, and most recently, Harry Potter. The addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter introduced a number of new rides to the park, bringing massive success and a new surge of popularity for Universal Orlando. Before your next visit to these theme parks, you’ll want to plan out which attractions you want to experience. To help, we’ve rounded up the best rides at Universal Orlando, so you know what should be at the top of your list.
In order to simplify this ranking, we’ve separated the rides by park. Here are the best rides at Universal Orlando — and the worst.
1. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
The highlight of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley, this attraction is truly the best ride at Universal Studios Florida. The queue itself is wildly impressive, with goblins that look like they’re straight from the movies. The ride is also very unique, combining dark ride and coaster elements with 3-D projections to create a truly immersive and exciting experience.
2. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
This is, by far, the most thrilling ride at Universal Studios Florida. The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster allows riders to choose their own soundtrack (with 30 song options including “Stronger” by Kanye West and “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys) before taking off on a vertical ascent for an exciting ride that gets up to a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour.