After a much ballyhooed opening last spring, followed by angry reviews from visitors when they discovered the theme park's major rides weren't working, Universal Studios Florida finally is getting its acts together.
Visitors now can count on being ravaged by a healthy King Kong as he stalks the streets of New York, or being deluged by a tidal wave and getting the daylights shaken out of them during an earthquake while riding the San Francisco subway.When Universal Studios debuted amid much fanfare last June 7, though there were more than a dozen operating rides and shows to greet visitors to the $650 million, 444-acre park. But three of its most advertised attractions - Earthquake, Kongfrontation and Jaws - were closed more often than open.
The park is open every day of the year. Here are the details:
- LOCATION: Orlando, Fla., near the intersection of Interstate 4 and the Florida Turnpike. The main entrance is about half a mile north of I-4 on Kirkman Road (Highway 435).
- HOURS: Open every day of the year at 9 a.m. Closing hours vary, depending on the season and events, but never before 7 p.m. (9 p.m. on weekends). For exact hours, call Guest Relations at 407-363-8000.
- ADMISSION (including tax): one-day ticket: $30.74 for ages 12 and older, $24.38 for ages 3-11; two-day ticket: $51.94 for ages 12 and up, $41.34 for ages 3-11. Parking is $3.
- VIEWING: Least crowded time is in the morning. Head for the back of the park before lines form to ride Kongfrontation and Earthquake and then work your way around to E.T. The San Francisco Wharf on the lagoon is the best place to see the Live Action Stunt Spectacular, a high-speed "Miami Vice"-type boat chase with explosions etc.