If you’ve been following our series, by now you’ve watched countless Universal Orlando movies and television shows. You may even be thinking, since you know Universal Studios rides and attractions so well, that it’s time to pack your backs and head on off to the parks. Well, not so fast! ‘Binge Before You Go’ Series: Universal Orlando Edition and ‘Binge Before You Go’ Series: Universal Orlando Edition – Continued were only just the beginning. Before you’re officially ready to ‘ride the movies’ and ‘see the stars’, we have one last edition for you… and it’s a good one! So, sit back, relax, and… BINGE!


  • Opened: June 20th, 2013
  • Location: Universal Studios Florida (New York City)
  • Style: 3-D Special Effects Ride

Transformers: The Ride – 3D just may be the greatest battle you’ll ever ride! You’ve been recruited to save Earth from Megatron and his villainous Decepticons. They want to rule the planet and wipe out the human race. To do this, they need the AllSpark, and they’re close to capturing it. Board your N*E*S*T* vehicle and join Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in an ultra-immersive, next-generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. You’ll fight to keep the AllSpark out of Megatron’s hands in an explosive battle between the Autobots and Decepticons. We’re counting on you. Roll out.

The Simpsons

  • Opened: May 15th, 2008
  • Location: Universal Studios Florida (World Expo/Springfield)
  • Style: Dark Ride

Are you ready to crash through Krustyland? Grab a seat with The Simpsons on a virtual reality roller coaster ride. As the journey begins, someone is sabotaging Krustyland, Krusty the Clown’s low-budget theme park. You’ll smash and blast through the park with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie in an over-the-top non-stop adventure. Don’t worry, we’ll try to get you back in one piece. And keep an eye out for cameos from countless Simpsons characters as you soar across Springfield and beyond. The Simpson’s Ride will be sure to make you say ‘Woo Hoo!’

King Kong (2005)

  • Opened: July 13th, 2016
  • Location: Universal’s Island of Adventure (Skull Island)
  • Style: 3D Trackless Dark Ride

His Rule Has Begun! Brave the dangers of a mysterious island where few dare to venture. On a treacherous journey into the dark heart of the jungle, prehistoric predators and fearsome creatures attack your vehicle from all sides. Your expedition guide fights them back with all her might. But as razor-sharp teeth and grasping talons tear into your vehicle, an ape of unimaginable size—ferocious, yet awe-inspiring—hurls himself between you and certain doom. Is he your hero or the ultimate foe? With each primal roar, each chest-pounding thud, one thundering truth becomes clear: This is his home, his kingdom. And only he reigns. Skull Island: Reign of Kong is loosely based on the 2005 remake of King Kong. But, extra brownie points if you watch the original, starring Fay Wray!


  • Opened: May 28th, 1999
  • Location: Universal’s Island of Adventure (Toon Lagoon)
  • Style: River Rapids

Spinach or not, you’ll get soaked on Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges! That blowhard Bluto has made off with Popeye’s best gal, Olive Oyl, and the only way to save her involves an 18-foot octopus and a lot of water. Hold on tight as you brave your way through raging rapids. And keep your eyes peeled for snippets of classic cartoon humour, including a super-sized cephalopod with 10-foot tentacles. You’ll laugh. You’ll scream. You’ll be really wet and squooshy.

Fantastic Four

  • Opened: May 28th, 1999
  • Location: Universal’s Island of Adventure (Marvel Superhero Island)
  • Style: Space Shot

Doctor Doom’s Fearfall is faster than the space shuttle! So, you think of yourself as a thrill-ride pro? Never fazed, never flustered? This might be your match. Here’s the situation: One of Marvel’s supreme supervillains needs to test his latest invention, a machine that sucks fear out of people. His plan? Use the fear he collects as a weapon against the Fantastic Four. How, you ask, will he get this fear out of you? By having his henchmen strap you into a seat, blast you 185 feet into the sky and then—without a second to catch your breath—hurl you back down with a face-melting force stronger than gravity itself. Not feeling so brave now, are you?

Hello Kitty

  • Opened: March 2016
  • Location: Universal Studios Florida
  • Style: Themed Store

Step through a rainbow archway into the supercute world of Hello Kitty at the Hello Kitty Store at Universal Studios Florida. This remarkable retail experience stars the global icon and her Sanrio friends in four uniquely themed areas. Browse Hello Kitty Town for merchandise from the likes of Keroppi and Badtz-Maru. The Hello Kitty Lounge is stocked with pyjama party essentials like cosy robes, slippers and plush toys. And Hello Kitty at the Movies gives a wink to some beloved blockbusters in a film-inspired setting. Now home to Hello Kitty’s rainbow-hued rooms and undeniable charm, Universal Studios Florida has even more to see and smile about.


  • Opened: July 11th, 1999
  • Location: Universal Studios Florida (Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone)
  • Style: Show

Dance and play with tee-rrific friends! Join the world’s most popular purple dino star, Barney, in his very own Super-Dee-Duper™ attraction, A Day In the Park with Barney! It’s the only place on Earth where kids can meet Barney and his friends Baby Bop and BJ in a sing-along, clap-along musical show 365 days a year. While they perform familiar favourites, leaves fall from the sky, snowflakes flutter down and the stars come out along with a few more magical surprises.

Despicable Me

  • Opened: July 2nd, 2012
  • Location: Universal Studios Florida (Production Central)
  • Style: Motion Simulator

Want to be a Minion? Join Gru, his daughters and the mischievous Minions on an unpredictable ride: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Your journey starts in Gru’s home, where you’re recruited for his latest scheme—one where you’ll become an actual Minion. But when things don’t go as planned, you’re launched into an unforgettable trip through his supervillain laboratory. Gru, Margo, Edith and Agnes race along with you through every twist and turn. The laughs keep coming after the ride with an interactive, Minion-inspired dance party. Take the floor and show off your best moves—it’s heartwarming and humorous family fun for everyone.

Betty Boop

  • Opened: 2016
  • Location: Universal’s Island of Adventure
  • Style: Themed Store

Throw on your feather boa and browse fabulous finds inspired by America’s cartoon sweetheart. You’ll be serenaded by the sassy songstress as you explore charming collectables, jewellery, toys, gifts and apparel, all of which are absolutely flapper-approved. From the shop’s sparkling chandelier to its dainty decor, you’ll be transported back in time to the bashful beauty’s glamorous dressing room. Bring your boop-oop-a-doop over to the Betty Boop Store at Universal Studios Florida for the perfect blast from the past!

Honorable Mentions

  • Opened: Various
  • Location: Various
  • Style: Various

Whether it's at a parade, a store, or just out and about on the streets, if you stick around Universal Orlando long enough, you’re likely to find a few of your favourite casts of characters, including Scooby-Doo, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Trolls, X-Men, She-Ra, The Secret Life of Pets, Dora the Explorer, and Go Diego, Go!