Universal Orlando: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure

Book Review
Whether you know nothing about the Universal Orlando parks or consider yourself an aficionado, I guarantee you will learn something you didn't know before after reading this book. The authors, Seth Kubersky and Kelly Monaghan have covered every nook, cranny and crack that I thought I already knew.
For instance, did you know that The Hulk roller coaster has it's own power system? It pulls electricity from the city's supply and stores it. Otherwise lights across town would be flickering at every coaster launch. As frequent as I visit the parks, and considering my level of familiarity, I was glued to reading their witty comments and thoughts on every single part of the park.

Though I did learn a thing or two, this guide book is best suited for that first-time visitor or someone who hasn't visited the parks in a few years. In addition to the theme parks, the book also covers CityWalk and the resort hotels (Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay & Royal Pacific).

This book breaks down the parks by themed area, rides, dining, shopping and other important info. Each ride, restaurant, etc. is given a rating, a detailed description and their opinion of it. Whether or not you agree with their comments, this is part of what makes it an interesting read.

They have covered every inch of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so if you are planning a trip to Harry's digs this coming spring or summer, this would be a great book to get yourself, or your kids, ready for the trip. It's smartly written for an adult to enjoy, but yet not over-the-head or too adult for a young teen.

You can pick this one up at your local bookstore or on

Thanks to Seth for sending us a copy.

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Reader Comments (1)

What I discovered recently about Universal Studios is that they have behind-the-scenes tours. It seems obvious that every park would have some kind of tour, but I never knew what they would show you at these parks.

July 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTerence Thomas

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