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30+ movies to watch before going to Universal
At the time of publishing this post, Universal is closed. However, many of us are planning future trips to Universal. What better way to get in the mood for your vacation than watching some of the movies that the rides are based on?
Here are 15+ movies to watch before going to Universal, but there are plenty more. This list should give you hours of entertainment to help you get excited about your Universal vacation.
All movies are linked on Amazon, and some are even included in Amazon Prime. Make sure to sign up for a free trial if you’re not yet a Prime member. Many of the movies can also be found on Netflix or Hulu.
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Islands of Adventure:
I decided to group the movies to watch before going to Universal by the park. That way, if you’re only visiting one park, you’ll know which ride belongs to which park. Let’s get started with Islands of Adventure.
Start with the classic Jurassic Park and watch through the latest Jurassic World movie. It will make you even more excited to meet Blue. Did I mention the Jurassic Park coaster is coming in in 2021?
Skull Island: Reign of Kong is one of the most popular rides at Universal Orlando. This (mostly) family-friendly ride features the largest animatronic in Orlando.
Harry Potter Movies
As a Wizarding World fan, I couldn’t create this list without mentioning the Harry Potter movies. Although it’s not confirmed, it’s also rumored that there could be a Fantastic Beasts “world” at Epic Universe.
Either way, the seven original movies, and two Fantastic Beasts movies will make you very excited to see the Wizarding World for yourself. Don’t forget to check out seven things to buy before visiting the Wizarding World while you’re at it.
While there isn’t a Trolls ride or attraction, there is a fun meet and greet with Poppy and Branch.
Poppy and Branch are one of the most adorable meet-and-greets at Universal! Don’t miss this one.
Next, we’ll head over to some of the movie-based rides at Universal Studios.
The Simpsons Movie
My kids love the Simpsons ride and always ride it multiple times. Make sure to check out The Simpsons movie, or series, before you go. Springfield is a large theme-park area with multiple rides, so it’s worth watching the movie or show before you check it out.
Men in Black
If you’re a competitive family, you’ll want to compare scores on Men in Black. First, watch MIB and MIB II so that you have a little bit of backstory. Next, watch this fantastic video by Rix Flix, telling you how to get the best score.
If you have any Minions fans in your house, they are going to love Despicable Me, Minion Mayhem. Minion Mayhem is not only a fun “ride” (it’s more of an attraction) but also a fun meet and greet at the end. Watch Despicable Me 1, 2, and 3, or the Minions and Minions: Rise of Gru.
Fast and Furious
The Fast and the Furious ride is arguably the worst ride at Universal, but hey, maybe you’ll enjoy it? I lost count at how many movies there are, but feel free to watch them. 😂
While this ride isn’t very thrilling, it is a classic! My kids had no idea what was going on when they rode it, so I suggest watching E.T. before your vacation.
While there is no Madagascar ride or attrition, there is an entertaining meet and greet with the penguins! There are plenty of Madagascar movies to watch before you meet the penguins.
The Jaws ride was taken away to create London and Diagon Alley, but there are still plenty of areas paying homage to this former ride.
30+ movies to watch before going to Universal
There you have it! More than 30 movies to watch before going to Universal. I know there are more, but it’s hard to list everything when the theme parks are based on films! If you have any other movies to add, feel free to share them in the comments.
If you’re still in the planning stages of your vacation, I’d love to help make your dream vacation a reality! Feel free to contact me for a quote; I’d love to help you plan your vacation from start to finish.
If you plan to DIY your vacation, I understand that too! I highly recommend buying your tickets through Undercover Tourist if you choose not to use a Travel Agent! There are a lot of really scammy sites out there, so make sure you’re booking through an approved partner (like Undercover Tourist,) or an approved Travel Agent!
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