Universal Studios opened in 1990, and is marketed as the theme park that lets visitors “Ride the Movies.” The theming in Universal Studio’s is targeted at making guests feel they are in a movie set with rides inspired by popular films. The park consists of six themed areas – Hollywood, Production Central, New York, San Francisco / Amity, World Expo and KidZone.
The latest ride to open at Universal is “The Simpsons Ride” which is a 3D interactive ride on the site of the old “Back to the Future” attraction.
Islands of Adventure opened in 1999. The park is a much more traditional theme park and is composed of six distinct “islands”. Visitors start off in the Port of Entry and make their way through the various islands – Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing. A new island themed to the popular Harry Potter film and book series was announced in May 2007, with a scheduled opening in late 2009.