There’s nothing like taking your family on a well-deserved vacation to Universal Studios. From the delightful Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the awe-inspiring Superhero Island, there’s something for everyone at the world-renowned theme park. But hidden between the rides and attractions are a number of secrets that no one ever knew about… until now.
These gems have been hiding in plain sight around the park for ages. And when you see them for yourself, you’re going to want to get on the next flight to Orlando!
1. You can choose from over 60 different songs on the Hollywood Rip, Ride, and Rockit roller coaster.
Just buckle in and hold down the ride’s logo for 10 seconds. Then enter a three digit code based on the songs available on this list. (We recommend “Painkiller” by Judas Priest.)
2. There are Jaws Easter eggs hidden throughout Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Look for a record shop window where you can find a record entitled “Here’s to Swimmin’ with Bow Legged Women.” Find telescopes made out of “Jaws” boats in the Wiseacre’s gift shop. And in the window of the apothecary shop, you’ll see a set of jaws from a shark.
3. Also in Diagon Alley, if you dial 62442 (MAGIC) in the phone booth, you’ll be connected directly to the Ministry of Magic.
4. You can name a baby dinosaur if you visit the Jurassic Park Discovery Center after you ride the Jurassic Park River Adventure.
From the ground floor, you can see what looks like a backstage view of Jurassic Park, along with some eggs in a cage. If you’re lucky enough to be present when a baby dinosaur hatches, they’ll let you name the newborn. You’ll even get an official birth certificate!
5. Also keep an eye out for the can of shaving cream that Dennis Nedry, played by actor Wayne Knight, infamously used to smuggle dino DNA out of the facility in the first Jurassic Park film.
6. You can cast spells around Diagon Alley if you buy an interactive wand from Ollivander’s.
Move your wand in the right way and shout “Metelojinx!” Water will pour down from the umbrella in the above image.
7. Comic book artist Adam Kubert illustrated all of the artwork throughout Superhero Island, but he wasn’t allowed to sign his name… so he sneakily hid his name in different places within the art.
8. Ask one of the goblins working at the money exchange at Gringott’s any question you want, and you’ll always get a response. However, he’ll answer some questions better than others.
Don’t forget to ask him about the dragon!
9. If you take the path to the Blue Man Group venue, you’ll see a second entrance into Universal Studios that rarely has lines, getting you close to some of the best rides. Once you’re outside of the building, you can have your ticket scanned at a single entry spot.
10. Look closely while shooting aliens on the Men in Black: Aliens Attack ride, and you’ll see Steven Spielberg wearing a Jurassic Park hat and reading a newspaper.
Warning: don’t let your guard down, because he’s hiding a terrible secret!
11. If it’s a slow day on the MIB ride, you might be able to snag a tour of the ground floor of the immigration room. You just have to ask a park team member!
12. Look to the front-left of the room while on the Revenge of the Mummy ride, and you might catch a glimpse of a little golden statue of King Kong beating his chest.
13. Back at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there’s a secret menu item at The Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub. Skip Harry’s favorite drinks like Pumpkin Juice and Butterbeer in favor of the carbonated Pumpkin Fizz!
14. For a truly magical time, try Fire Whiskey! In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it gives anyone who drinks it an overwhelming sense of courage.
Find it at Hog’s Head Pub or The Leaky Cauldron.
15. Hardcore fans of The Simpsons will tell you that every style of Duff Beer is just a repackaged version of the same beer. That may be true in Springfield, but not in Universal Studios.
The standard Duff Beer is an American amber lager, Duff Dry is a dark ale, and Duff Lite is a traditional pilsner.
16. If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a test screening for a TV show in the works, you might be lucky enough to be seen by the recruiters regularly scouting the park. If they like how you answer their questions, you’ll be taken to the Preview Center.
Your responses to the shows may help determine which shows actually make it to television. The best part? You get paid for participating!
Even if you don’t plan on visiting Universal Studios, you have to admit that these secrets are super cool. Who knows what else they’re hiding there!?
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