August 12 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
If your family loves the silver screen and thrill rides that may cause some to scream, Universal Studios is the place for you and your family this summer. Universal Studios is one of the oldest movie studios in Hollywood. The first theme park originated in Hollywood when it began giving studio tours. This theme park has expanded and has also led to the creation of other Universal Studios theme parks located in Hollywood, California, and Orlando, Florida.
Between the two locations and handful of Universal Studios theme parks there are plenty of rides and attractions to keep the family busy for days! Since time is of the essence I'm highlighting the "must see" attraction of Orlando and Hollywood.
One of the classic thrills at Universal Studios Hollywood was the King Kong Adventure. Unfortunately a fire in 2008 severely damaged this attraction. But it was rebuilt and based on the 2005 film adaptation and with the help of filmmaker Peter Jackson it became the world's largest, most intense 3D experience. King Kong 360 3D features two curved screens that are 187 feet wide and 40 feet tall -- that's larger than 16 traditional movie screens! It's a multi-sensory thrill that is sure to be the highlight of your trip to Universal Studios Hollywood.
At Universal Studio's Orlando Islands of Adventure Park not only do you have the opportunity to experience thrills of the silver screen but also the pages of the most beloved book series of this generation in "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter." Experience the sights, sounds and food native to the Harry Potter world. Dine at the Three Broomsticks for some fish and chips and a cold Butterbeer, head to Honeydukes for some Chocolate Frogs and find the wand for you at Ollivander's Wand Shop. The highlight of the entire Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride. Experience the thrills Harry Potter and his friends experienced at Hogwarts when you strap in and enjoy what Themeparkinsider.com named the Best New Attraction of 2010.
Whether you get your Universal Studios fun in California or Florida be sure to stay at a Best Western hotel. There are Best Western hotels located just a few miles from either Universal Studios locations.
Learn more at Best Western California and Best Western Orlando.
Have you been to either Universal Studios locations? Have you experienced the wrath of King Kong? Or found the wand made for you at Ollivander's? Are there other rides you'd like to highlight? We'd love to hear about it!