The Best and Worst of Universal Orlando.Universal Orlando: Now which is the best ride? Which is the worst? Which show is the best? Which show is the worst? Which resteraunt is the best? Which is the worst?
From Katie WhiteI recently saw a post of the best and worst of WDW. Well now, I would like to know of what you think is the best and worst of Universal Orlando. For park, I'm just asking which is your favorite because there is only 2 parks. Now which is the best ride? Which is the worst? Which show is the best? Which show is the worst? Which resteraunt is the best? Which is the worst?
Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:13 PM
Please go farther than just best ride worst ride. Say best rollercoaster, worst ..., best water ride, worst...,, etc. (action show, live show, whichever) And if I left anything out up there, just add it in.
I will post my best and worst later on.
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Javi BadilloBest simulator: Spiderman( I havent ridden Harry Potter Yet)
Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:16 PM
Worst Simulator:Jimmy Netrun
Best Rollar Coaster: the Hulk
Worst Rollar Coaster: Woody Woodpecker
Best movie show: Sherk 4D
Worst Movie show: Posideon Furry
Best live show: tie between Terminator 3d and Horror Makeup show
Worst live show: Fear Factor Live
Best Water Ride: Popeys
Worst Water Ride: Jaws
Best Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (i havent even seen it yet but i know that it is the best)
Worst Land: Lost Continet(theming great but there are no good attractions)
From Jon LandisFollowing that format:
Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:08 PM
Best simulator: Forbidden Journey (HP, but lines are nuts!)
Worst Simulator: Jimmy Neutron
Best Roller Coaster: Dueling Dragons was cool, fast with lots of g-forces. Hulk was slow and plodding and seemed to be all about disorienting you. Didn't ride HW Rocket as the line was always long and it just didn't look overly impressive to me.
Worst Roller Coaster: If you're like my family and seek out intense roller coasters (Top Thrill, Intimidator 305 at KD, etc) nothing at Universal is really intense. They are all fun though, but I wouldn't wait too long for Hulk. Once you're finished with the take-off up the hill, you've experienced the best part of the ride.
Best movie show: Shrek 4D
Worst Movie show: None that I found, although wasn't a huge fan of the Spiderman stuff, mostly because I am completely unfamiliar with the genre
Best live show: Terminator 3D (Horror Makeup show was well done, but more of a comedy routine than a makeup show)
Worst live show: Probably Twister
Best Water Ride: Still prefer Jurassic Park
Worst Water Ride: Jaws
Best Land: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is what everyone wants to say, but I thought the overall theming was best in the Dr. Seuss area. Mostly for kids, but very nostalgic for adults too. HP was great too, but I expected bigger and more room. Felt very cramped, some of that feeling generated by the crowds, and some by a few poorly designed sections that created traffic flow bottlenecks.
Worst Land: Midway area of Universal Studios
Best Restaurant: Had to be Mythos, although I wasn't blown away by it. Its just that its so different than anything else there that it has to be the best at Universal. Everything else was same old park fare. Don't expect Epcot. If you want burgers, Mel's Diner at Universal Studios is the place to go. Burgers are huge, and there is plenty of seating indoors.
I would also make it a point to see the Beetlejuice rock show if you are familiar with the movie. A lot of people love the Mummy, but I found it to be a great themed ride through, followed by a pretty weak and short dark, indoor coaster. Its OK, but geared more to scare kids. Don't expect a real intense ride.
MIB is a nicely themed indoor shooter ride. Well done. And, the Dr. Doom Tower ride is really cool, but very short. If you don't have Express Pass, wait until the line is short, otherwise you'll find that you just waited a long time for a 30 second experience.
Be sure to check out some of the shops as they have many neat items in displays, some of which aren't for sale - just neat stuff.
From Nick Markham^ HULK! SLOW? Are you joking!
Posted August 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM
From Katie WhiteI do have to agree with Nick. How do you find Hulk as slow? No offense but the last time I checked 67 mph, which is the faster than the top speed at Dragon Challenge(55 mph), is not slow.
Posted August 3, 2010 at 6:54 PM
From Russell MeyerHulk's second half (after the MCBR) is pretty pedestrian, especially after the super-intense first half. However, I wouldn't call it plodding, just poorly paced.
Posted August 3, 2010 at 8:00 PM
From James RaoMy last trip to Universal was in 2007, so I am a bit out of date, but I'll give my two cents, if you don't mind.
Posted August 3, 2010 at 8:43 PM
Best Overall Attraction:
Worst Attraction (tie):
From Formula 40People sometimes complain about the roughness of the Hulk compared to much smoother B&M coasters. I find no problem with it simply b/c I think it fits well with the overall theme of the ride. It's based on Dr. Banner's experiment turning into a disaster, thus the ride gives you that out-of-control feeling. It wouldn't have this feeling if it were super-smooth like Dragon Challenge. So I can tolerate roughness on this ride.
Posted August 3, 2010 at 8:37 PM
From Jay GlennBest Roller Coaster- Hungarian Horntail
Posted August 4, 2010 at 6:43 AM
Worst Roller Coaster- Woody Wood Pecker's
Best ride- Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey
Best Land- Wizarding World Of Harry Potter
Best Live Show- Terminator 2
Best Water Ride- Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges
Best Restaurant- Circus McGirkus Cafe
From Elizabeth GrayMy favorite ride at I o A is ICE on the dueling dragon coaster (The one on the right) Just brilliant.
Posted August 4, 2010 at 11:25 AM
Does anyone know what the name for Ice coaster is now? Thanks
From steve leeFormula, the problem with Hulk isn't that its rough - the problem is we've all ridden it when it wasn't rough and know how bad it is. Rumor has it they're going to give it some TLC soon, which hopefully will get it back to how it used to be.
Posted August 4, 2010 at 6:54 AM
From Jay FinchThe ice coaster is now called the hungarian horntail.
Posted August 4, 2010 at 10:06 AM
From Elizabeth GrayThanks Jay!
Posted August 4, 2010 at 10:18 AM
From Katie WhiteHere is my best and worst:
Posted August 4, 2010 at 10:08 AM
Best Ride Overall- Currently Men in Black, my opinion, but from what I have heard Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Best Coaster- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
Best Water Ride- Popeye's
Best Simulator- Simpsons(Still haven't rode Harry Potter)
Best 3D/4D- Spiderman
Best Live Show- Horror Makeup Show
Best Land- Harry Potter
Best Restaurant- Mythos
From Formula 40Best Attraction: Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
Posted August 4, 2010 at 10:43 AM
Worst Attraction: Storm Force Accelerator
Best Coaster: Revenge of the Mummy
Best Simulator: Simpsons Ride
Best 3d/4d show: Terminator
Best Land: Marvel Super Hero Island
Best Dark Ride: Men In Black Alien Attack
From Vini SantosBest Attraction:Revenge Of The Mummy
Posted August 10, 2010 at 7:34 PM
Worst Attraction:Twister(Needs Huge Refurb)
Best Coaster:RipRideRockit(Little Bit of Airtime)
Best Simulator:Harry Potter Forbidden Journey
Best 3D/4D Attraction:Spider Man
Best Land:Jurrasic Park
Best Dark Ride:Harry Potter Forbidden Journey
From Javi BadilloJimmy neturn isn't 3D
Posted August 10, 2010 at 8:45 PM
From Jack Maclaughlinhi
Posted March 31, 2011 at 4:42 PM
From Jack MaclaughlinBest Coaster: Hulk/ Worst Coaster: E.T. Adventure Best Water ride:Jurassic Park/ Worst water ride:Jaws Best Stimulater: Harry Potter/Worst Stimulater: Jimmy Nutreon Best 3d:Spiderman/Worst 3d:None Best live show: Disaster/Worst live show: Twister Best Restraunt:Mels Dinner/ Worst restraunt:I havent ate any where bad! Best Movie show: Shrek4D/Worst movie show:Terminater Best Land: Harry Potter/Worst Land:The lost continent The most kid friendly place was Dr.Seuss! :) I hope these tips helped!! :)
Posted March 31, 2011 at 5:03 PM
From Rob PJust as you'd expect we have polarised opinions on what is best and worst.
Posted April 1, 2011 at 4:21 AM
Not that the question isn't valid or relevant. It's just that, in the final analysis, I would imagine that the votes will probably even themselves out.
With the notable exception of Jimmy Neutron which appears to be universally ( no pun intended ) condemned.
From Tyler BellJimmy Neutron, E.T, ARE THE WORST
Posted April 1, 2011 at 5:14 AM
From Jack MaclaughlinThe ice rollar coaster is called the dueling dragons not the hungorion horntail!!!!
Posted April 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM
From Mike Gallagher
Posted April 1, 2011 at 9:29 AM
Jack, my understanding..and someone please correct me if I'm wrong..is that the ride is now called Dragon Challenge, not Dueling Dragons. Hungarian Horntail is one track, but I'm unsure if it's the former Ice. The name of the other track is escaping me right now, but I'm pretty sure it contains the word "fire."
Also, I'm not gonna get into semantics, but I personally wouldn't call E.T. a roller coaster or Jaws a water ride.
And don't get me started on your use of the word "Stimulator" for "Simulator." These are family parks and this is a clean forum. :)
From TH CreativeWhy so many "haters" catagorizing attractions as "Worst." All of Universal Creative's attractions rank at the top of my favorites list (Especially 'Men in Black: Alien Attack').
Posted April 1, 2011 at 9:43 AM
There are no worsts at UO. I mean it's not like its the home of "Pi-RAO-tes of the Car-RAO-bbean."
From Zach NelsonMike is right. Formerly known as Dueling Dragons, "Dragon Challenge" now features a choice between the Hungarian Horntail (ice) and the Chinese Fireball (fire).
Posted April 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM
From Sara MFor IOA
Posted April 1, 2011 at 1:52 PM
Best Ride - Forbidden Journey Worst Ride - petrydactal flyers because they wont let me on :(
Best Water Ride - Jurasic Park
Best Place to eat - Mythos Worst Place to eat - Comic Strip Cafe
Best Show - Olivanders
Best ride - Mummy Worst ride - Twister Best Show - Blues Brothers Best place to eat - Richter Burger
From Andy MilioBest: everything
Posted April 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM
lol I kid, I kid. But I couldn't say I really hate anything at Universal, it's all great
But this is coming from the Universal fanboy...
From Mike Seary(Only based upon attractions I have experienced)
Posted April 3, 2011 at 6:45 PM
From Fred KouryBest Overall Ride- Forbidden Journey
Posted April 5, 2011 at 8:58 AM
Worst Overall Ride- Storm Force Acceletron
Best Coaster- Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit(The coasters are all pretty good though)
Best Water Ride- Dudly Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
Best Simulator- Simpson's Ride
Best 3D/4D- Spiderman
Best Live Show- Blues Brothers
Best Land- Wizarding World
Best Restaurant- Lombard's(although I will say I love going to Burger Digs in Jurassic Park because I always seem to be starving when I pass the place)
Note- They need to do something with Poseidon's Fury. The building looks awesome and the theme is good I just would prefer a ride to a walk through tour that takes an hour out of my day)
From Terri PierceBest Overall Ride- Forbidden Journey
Posted April 5, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Worst Overall Ride- I haven't ridden many of the rides people would consider "Worst".
Best Coaster- Mummy (Haven't ridden Rip Ride yet)
Best Water Ride- Rip Shaw
Best Simulator- FJ
Best 3D/4D- Spiderman
Best Live Show- Horror Makeup
Best Land- How do you choose? Lost Continent used to be amazing, Suess Landing is favorite for nostalgia, Marvel/Toon Most detailed, all of Universal is just Classic!
Best Restaurant- Three Broomsticks
From Jack MaclaughlinMike,Jaws would be awater ride because u do get wet if you are on the end! ET is a coaster cause its on a track! My bad on the dragon i just wentand rode it two times im so sorry i forgot the names ! my bad again!
Posted April 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM
From Todd HoutsJack, please don't take this as contradiction, but E.T Adventure is generally not considered a roller coaster but rather a dark ride. (Peter Pan and Snow White at the Magic Kingdom would be other examples of dark rides.) One could argue that all dark rides are roller coasters, but the term is usually used to distinguish between a guided indoor ride (it doesn't have to be "dark") on a track - usually powered and very controlled, generally without free fall.
Posted April 6, 2011 at 2:13 PM
A roller coaster is generally defined by a free moving vehicle that travels along a track usually with sharp changes in elevation or direction but basically following the rules of physics.
There are some rides that straddle the line (like some kiddie powered roller coasters) but dark rides more often have many, many vehicles on the track at the same time since the ride is designed to prevent collision. You can't overload the track of a roller coaster with many, many trains because there are points (like down a hill) where the ride vehicle cannot be stopped. Instead braking systems are strategically located for safety or to dictate the number of trains that can be on the track at any given time.
You might want to Google "Dark Rides". They have just as many enthusiasts as roller coasters do. You may find yourself exploring a whole new group of rides to see the differences; rides you might have passed up if you didn't know just how unique each one really is.
From Dan SBest attractions (in a general order) The Mummy, Harry Potter and the forbidden journey, spider man, the hulk coaster,
Posted May 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM
Not so good attractions:( I am going to not state the children's zone rides here, because we all know that most of them are not very good) Disaster, Twister, the doom drop thing, and the hippogrif ride.
other rides i enjoy that should be checked out: Jurassic park, jaws, dr seuss, Terminator, MIB and the simpsons.
From kristyn barneyi swear the only ride i dont like on both sides is disater...thts it i love everything in universal
Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:25 PM
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