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Universal Theme Parks – Experience the Magic of the Movies!

Universal Theme Parks – Experience the Magic of the Movies!

What do Harry Potter, Spiderman, Despicable Me’s Minions, and King Kong have in common?

They’re all at Universal Theme Parks!

Along with a host of other amazing characters such as The Simpsons, the Terminator, Marvel superheroes, Shrek, Jurassic Park dinosaurs, and more! Get in for a closeup of Hollywood’s moving-making history at Hollywood Studios in California, or have a fun family vacation filled with rollercoasters and water park rides at the Orlando Resort in Florida.

Universal exclusive benefits

How to Choose between Universal Studios Hollywood™ and Universal Orlando Resort™

Both parks are unique and offer their own special experiences. Here’s what makes each park stand out.


Universal Studios Hollywood™

Universal Studios Hollywood™ gets you on-the-lot where they might be filming a movie, meaning that, while there may be less rollercoasters, there’s no better way to get that Los Angeles experience. You may even run into a celebrity or two, if you’re lucky.

Some of the benefits of a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood™ are:

  • A short flight from major Alberta centers
  • The park can be explored in a day
  • It’s located on a real movie studio with cameras rolling!


Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience!

Go behind the scenes on the world-famous Studio Tour to explore real film sets where Hollywood movies are made. Plus, hold on tight for the Studio Tour’s all-new grand finale, Fast & Furious – Supercharged.

From magical spells to magical creatures, from dark villains to daring heroes, it’s all here at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, now open at Universal Studios Hollywood™.

Then, face action head-on in heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions – including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride-3D – that put you inside some of the world’s most popular TV shows and movies.

And enter the horrifying world of AMC’s “The Walking Dead ©” in an all-new attraction.


Harry Potter™ heads can enjoy a butter beer in Hog’s Head Pub and English-themed meals at the Three Broomsticks tavern. And for Simpsons fans, you can visit famous sites such as Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, Lard Lad’s Donuts, and the Duff Brewery Beer Garden.


Universal Orlando Resort™

For waterpark fun and more rollercoasters than you can shake a magic wand at, Universal Orlando Resort™ is the park for you. If you want a theme-park vacation, this is the one for you.

Some of the things that make Universal Orlando Resort™ unique are:

  • Three unique parks that will take several days to fully experience
  • No active movie lots, meaning more room for scream-inducing rollercoasters
  • An entire park devoted to water-slides, swimming, and year-round fun in the sun
  • The Harry Potter™ Diagon Alley, filled with shops and restaurants from the novels
  • Numerous hotels so you can stay on-site

Water Park Attractions

From exhilarating water slides to floating down relaxing tube rides, Orlando’s Volcano Bay helps kids and adults cool off in that beautiful Florida heat. Float as a family down Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides, frolic in The Reef’s waterfall, or just get a tan beachside.


The California and Orlando Universal parks share several rides, but unique to Universal Orlando Resort™ are The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man’s web-slinging virtual reality coaster, Hogwarts Express train ride between parks, Shrek in 4-D, and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.


Universal Orlando Resort™ features 130 separate eateries. These include Simpsons and Harry Potter themed restaurants, along with a Halloween themed restaurant with scary characters as servers, several Dr. Seuss silly eateries, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, a host of sushi, burger, and wine venues, and more!


Download our Universal Ebook


We collected our travel specialists’ best tips to enjoying Universal theme parks into a free ebook for you to download!

What’s included in the guide:

  • secrets across the park
  • what other attractions are in the area
  • where you must eat while in the parks
  • what to pack in a day-bag
  • ...and more!

Why Book a Universal Vacation with AMA

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We guarantee we’re worth it. If you’re not completely happy with our service, we’ll make it right and refund the fee.

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AMA Universal Travel Specialists

To book the Universal vacation that’s best for you, get in contact with one of our Universal AMA Travel Specialists.

Research among hundreds of promotions to find you the best Universal promotions
Recommend itinerary options that will give you the best experience depending on your travel style
Share knowledge of where to go, and other secrets so you have an unforgettable trip
Coordinate and book your flights, pre- or post-night hotels and transfers to guarantee every detail is looked after
Set up the right travel insurance package for you
Ensure you have the proper documentation to visit the U.S., and inform you of any travel advisories

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