Universal Resort Orlando is a complex of rides, attractions and theme areas divided into two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventures. Universal also owns and operates Wet ’n’ Wild, the area’s original water park. The rides and shows at Universal are themed to popular movies and television shows including Shrek 4-D, The Simpsons, Revenge of the Mummy and Men in Black. The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster is 167 feet high and goes 65 m.p.h. Islands of Adventure continues the movie theme with Jurassic Park River Adventure, The Cat In The Hat, Spiderman and two coasters: The Incredible Hulk and Dragon Challenge (formerly Dueling Dragons, renamed to make it part of the newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter). The Dragon coaster is the only inverted dueling coaster in the world. Cars run simultaneously on two separate tracks, and riders on the two trains come within 18 inches of each other three times during the ride at a combined speed of over 100 mph. The Incredible Hulk features a launch lift, which propels riders from zero to 40 mph in two seconds producing 1.42gs. There are shows and Universal City Walk, an area of shops and restaurants that includes a Hard Rock Café, Emeril’s, the Latin Quarter, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, NBA City and the NASCAR Sports Grille.
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