Headed to Universal over break?

Check out these movie tie-ins with the parks


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Bruno, outside the Universal globe in Orlando.

Universal Studios and Island of Adventures are two themed parks that have many simulators and rollercoasters that bring you the experience of a movie or a show, in a way having the experience by itself is really fun but experiencing it understanding where you are and why things are happening make it even more fun. So here I bring a list of movies you should watch before going to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventures.

This list specifically will be divided in two sections: the first section is going to be about the movies to watch if you are going to Islands of Adventure, and the second section I will be focusing on the movies to watch before going to Universal Studios.

Islands of Adventure

The Incredible Hulk
IMDb: 6.6/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 67%/100%

Scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) desperately seeks a cure for the gamma radiation that contaminated his cells and turned him into The Hulk. Cut off from his true love Betty Ross (Liv Tyler) and forced to hide from his nemesis, Gen. Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt), Banner soon comes face-to-face with a new threat: a supremely powerful enemy known as The Abomination (Tim Roth).

The Incredible Hulk is present in Universal as a roller-coaster; it is really a fun ride where you will for sure want to go again and again.

The Spider-man movies

Based on Marvel Comics’ superhero character, this is a story of Peter Parker who is a nerdy high-schooler. He was orphaned as a child, bullied by jocks, and can’t confess his crush for his stunning neighborhood girl Mary Jane Watson. To say his life is “miserable” is an understatement. But one day while on an excursion to a laboratory a runaway radioactive spider bites him… and his life changes in a way no one could have imagined.

You will see Spider-man as a simulator in the park and man I can tell you that is the closest you will ever get to an superhero adventure in your life, the simulator makes you feel everything, from water to fire, it is a really good way to have nonstop fun.

King Kong movies

Peter Jackson’s expansive remake of the 1933 classic follows director Carl Denham (Jack Black) and his crew on a journey from New York City to the ominous Skull Island to film a new movie. Accompanying him are playwright Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) and actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), who is whisked away by the monstrous ape, Kong, after they reach the island. The crew encounters dinosaurs and other creatures as they race to rescue Ann, while the actress forms a bond with her simian captor.

The classic huge gorilla is represented on the parks as a simulator, where you are visiting a huge temple that is made into a cavern, so it is good to always know Kong and references because if you are a fan of Kong fan you will have fun.

Jurassic Park and Jurassic World

In Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

Jurassic Park has a huge land in the park; it really occupies a long space in the park and will for sure give you a mix of emotion for seeing Dinosaurs for the first time, and the rides will for sure make your stomach drop and even make you amazed by how much quality there is in this part of the park.

Harry Potter Movies

Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths.

Harry Potter fans have the dream to go to Hogwarts and experience the magic we see both on the movies and imagined on the books, that is exactly what Universal made possible, you can see the references for Harry Potter at both parks but Hogwarts will be found at Island of Adventure, on the other park you will find Diagon Alley and Knockturn Alley where both will make you feel like you become a wizard.

Dr. Seuss movies

Dr. Seuss has a very unique style so if you watch The Grinch or even any of the movies to understand his style you will love to be at Dr. Seuss landing and see how much of a great experience you will have.

Universal Studios

Despicable Me
IMDb: 7.7/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 96%/100%

Supervillain Gru, a man who delights in all things wicked, hatches a plan to steal the moon. Surrounded by an army of little yellow minions and his impenetrable arsenal of weapons and war machines, Gru prepares to vanquish all who stand in his way. However, nothing in his calculations and groundwork has prepared him for his greatest challenge: three adorable orphan girls who want to make him their dad.

You will be able to fill inside the Gru lab’s and house at universal simulator that takes you inside the house of a huge villain that once stolen the moon, well give a shot to the movies and yhe ride will be even better.

Transformers movies

The fate of humanity is at stake when two races of robots, the good Autobots and the villainous Decepticons, bring their war to Earth. The robots have the ability to change into different mechanical objects as they seek the key to ultimate power. Only a human youth, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) can save the world from total destruction.

Autobots and Deceptcons fighting I thing is one of the most thrilling things you can see with you bare eyes if you get excited on the movies, imagine becoming an autobot and fight on the side of the gigantic bumblebee or even optimus prime, this ride will give you the chance of experiencing this whole experience.

Mummy movies

The Mummy is a rousing, suspenseful and horrifying epic about an expedition of treasure-seeking explorers in the Sahara Desert in 1925. Stumbling upon an ancient tomb, the hunters unwittingly set loose a 3,000-year-old legacy of terror, which is embodied in the vengeful reincarnation of an Egyptian priest who had been sentenced to an eternity as one of the living dead.
The movies of mummy are a horror and comedy at the same time but this rollercoaster will take you to a studio tour that won’t end up the way you expect, with many turns, fire, and other thrilling high speed parts mummy for sure you make you excited and wanting to rewatch the movies.

Fast & Furious movies

Dominic Toretto is forced to come out of hiding when a loved one is brutally murdered. Heading to LA to track down the culprit, he crosses paths with Brian O’Connor, the FBI agent whose undercover infiltration of Toretto’s gang led to the motorized miscreant’s exile across the border. The two men temporarily put their differences aside as they investigate the killing.

Fast & Furious is about cars, stealing, running from cops, partying; imagine being able to be part of one of their experiences! Well that is exactly what Fast & Furious does, makes you become part of the family and to speed with toretto, and many other characters from the movies.

Men in Black movies

They are the best-kept secret in the Universe. Working for a highly funded yet unofficial government agency, Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) are the Men in Black, providers of immigration services and regulators of all things alien on Earth. While investigating a series of unregistered close encounters, the MIB agents uncover the deadly plot of an intergalactic terrorist who is on a mission to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies currently in residence in New York City.

Fighting Aliens is something that you need to train to become a Men in Black so in this ride you will have the chance of training to kill some aliens, you and your friends are going to experience a laser shooting experience that is unforgetable, having the chance to kill some aliens and having fun with friends and family for sure will make you happy.

The Simpsons Movie or Tv-show

Animated primetime series that follows the exploits of a hapless and semi-dysfunctional nuclear family named the Simpsons, who live in the fictional town of Springfield, whose various inhabitants add to the comedy, angst, satire, and parody of this series. The Simpsons are a dysfunctional family living in Springfield.

Springfield is real, and when I say this I am not joking, in universal you have the chance go to moe’s, buy things at the kwik-e-mart, meet the simpsons characters and even drink a cold duff beer at the duff bar.

IMDb: 7.7/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 96%/100%

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

A classic movie that makes you cry and ever wondered what would be like to ride the bicycle and even meet the E.T. family and friends well now you can, you just need to go for the ride and you will have a thon of fun in this ride.

Jason Bourne Series

It’s been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.

The Jason Bourne series is a very thrilling series with actions scenes, fighting scenes and much more thing that will make you heart race now imagine watching all of that live in front of you, that is exactly what you get to experience in the Jason Bourne show, a very realistic live show with all the action needed to make you impressed with all that action.

The Blues Brothers
IMDb: 7.7/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 96%/100%

After his release from prison, Jake (John Belushi) reunites with his brother, Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) — collectively known as the “Blues Brothers.” Jake’s first task is to save the orphanage the brothers grew up in from closing, by raising $5,000 to pay back taxes. The two are convinced they can earn the money by getting their old band back together. However, after playing several gigs and making a few enemies, including the police, the brothers face daunting odds to deliver the money on time.

The Blues Brothers is a small live concert at the streets of old Chicago, you will be able to see their car, and with the same personality of both characters singing, an awesome experience for the movie fans.