On our amazing trip to Universal Orlando Resort we were very lucky to be given the opportunity to take a VIP tour of Universal, something anyone can pay for. The tour gives you a guide who travels around the park with you, someone who knows Universal inside out and can direct you to the bits they think you will absolutely love and who can also let you in to a few behind the scenes secrets. After spending a total of three days on VIP tours now we have compiled our favourite 10 secrets of Universal Orlando Resort you won’t believe.
10 secrets of Universal Orlando Resort you won’t believe
Is Michael Jackson on E.T. Adventure?
Some believe Michael Jackson, someone who was very good friends with Steven Spielberg and is known to have loved the film E.T., is immortalised on the E.T. Adventure set. When you’re on the ride, before you head up over the city, just look to the left inside the police car at the passenger and see what you think. Having been on the ride a couple of times I’m convinced it’s him.
Spot Stan Lee on Spider-Man
If you take a trip on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man keep an eye out for Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man who appears as a cameo character on the ride four times. At one point he’s driving a truck, another time rushing along a street. It’s a nice nod to the man who brought us spidey.
How did the trees get so crooked in Seuss Landing?
Ever wondered how the Seuss Landing area of the park (one of my favourites) got its quirky look with crooked palm trees? They were hurricane damaged stock, bent over by the high winds and perfect for the wonky Dr Seuss world.
Listen to celebrities in the fountain
Spot the secret in the art work
Incredible Hulk was going to be chrome but too bright
Look out for Jimmy Fallon’s family on Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
One of our favourite rides is Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and when you are on it look at the audience standing on the side of the road and you will pick out Fallon’s wife and two children stood cheering.
Make your own magic at the Ministry of Magic
Revenge of the Mummy – secrets in the logo
Revenge of the Mummy took over the space of the now disbanded Kongfrontation but a couple of little nods to the former ride still exists. On the second scene there is a golden statue of King Kong but also within the logo of the Mummy, if you look carefully it actually contains the head of the gorilla. Another of the little secrets of Universal Orlando Resort waiting to be spotted.
Have you found any of our secrets of Universal Orlando Resort? Any others to tell us about?!
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We travelled to Universal Orlando Resort as guests of Virgin Holidays, Universal and Mumsnet and all opinions are our own.