Matt's Ride Ratings for Universal Studios Orlando

Check out how my these ratings are arranged and figured on the Disney-MGM Studios page found here.

Twister:  Ride It Out

This is a great show with a 5 story tornado as it's central actor.  Even the flying plastic cow is more expressive than Bill Paxton in the pre-show video though...

Type of Ride:  Walkthrough show.

Fun for: people who aren't afraid of storms, fire, or flying cows.

Fear Factor:  7.  It's a tornado that's basically in your lap.

It's worth waiting: 60 mins

Matt's Rating:  8.5


This is one of the original rides at the park.  You'd better pray you get a good pilot.  Ours sucked.  Not only was she a bad driver, we couldn't understand a word she said.  All we really caught was that she was scared and we were in terrible danger if we were dressed like bananas.

Type of Ride:  Dark Ride

Fun for: Ages 5+

Fear Factor:  6.  You're elevated and being stalked by an escaped giant monkey.  It's the kind of thing nightmares were based on.

It's worth waiting: 30 mins

Matt's Rating:  6

Alfred Hitchcock:  The Art of Making Movies

Learn all about giving people the willies without being too graphic.  Learn all about how people in movies don't REALLY fall off of the Statue of Liberty.

Type of Ride:  Show.

Fun for: People who have seen a Hitchcock film and think it's scary.

Fear Factor:  4.

It's worth waiting: Go see it once.

Matt's Rating:  6

T2 3-D

It blew my mind.  It blew everyone's mind.  We went 4 times and every time it got a huge round of applause at the end.  This is the coolest thing in the park.  It owns you.  Do it over and over and over and over...

Type of Ride:  3-D movie with live action

Fun for: ages 8+.  Younger kids around us were scared because they couldn't tell what was real or what was movie.

Fear Factor:  5.

It's worth waiting: 120 mins

Matt's Rating:  14

Back to the Future:  The Ride

Chase Biff through time!  Dodge falling rocks and a dinosaur!  Get whiplash!  (It's a little bumpy)

Type of Ride:  Hydraulic motion simulator.

Fun for: People who have rubbery necks.  People who do really bad Doc Brown impressions.  

Fear Factor:  5.  That's not from the ride.  That's from the hospital stay afterward.

It's worth waiting: 20 mins.

Matt's Rating:  5

Men in Black Alien Attack

This is Universal's Buzz Lightyear ride.  And it's MUCH MUCH better.  You get to shoot other cars too.  Don't forget to press the red button when you're told to! 

Type of Ride:  Dark ride with targets

Fun for:  People who are comfortable shooting poor defenseless aliens who will nuke your sorry butt if you don't shoot them first.

Fear Factor:  5

It's worth waiting: 60 minutes

Matt's Rating:  8.  I'd've given it an 8.5, but Wes whupped my butt on this one by over 100,000 points.

Earthquake:  The Big One

All the thrills of being in an 8.3 earthquake while being trapped underground.  With a lot more fire than would probably happen.

Type of Ride:  Walkthrough show with dark ride.

Fun for: ages 6+

Fear Factor:  7.  I hope you're not claustrophobic

It's worth waiting: 60 minutes

Matt's Rating:  7.5


I love this movie.  I love this ride.  If you want a nice tan, sit near the front of the boat.  The flames will make you a toasty golden brown.  Oh, and don't fall in the water.  There's a big shark out there.

Type of Ride:  Boat ride

Fun for: Ages 7+

Fear Factor:  7.  It's worse than an escaped giant monkey on the rampage!

It's worth waiting: 90 minutes.

Matt's Rating:  9

Overall Park Rating

Universal Studios Orlando

This is a great park for grown-ups who love movies!  There isn't much along the way of rides, but there's lots to do in the time you're there!

Fun for: Ages 5+

Fear Factor:  4.

Matt's Rating:  9

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