Universal Orlando Resort Map and Brochure (2024 – 2001)

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2011

Location: Orlando, Florida

Years Active: 1990 – Active

Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando or simply Universal, formerly Universal Studios Escape, is an American theme park and entertainment resort complex based in Orlando, Florida. The resort is operated by Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Comcast’s NBCUniversal.

This page is an archive of Universal Orlando maps and brochures dating back to 2001. I’m happy to say that we are the only place in the world that documents the changes in the official Universal Orlando map changes from year to year. But first, let’s look at some Universal Orlando history and fun facts…

Universal Orlando History

Universal Orlando is the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando, after nearby Walt Disney World Resort. Universal Orlando covers 541 acres of land.

Universal Orlando consists of two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure), an on-site waterpark (Volcano Bay), an on-site entertainment district (Universal CityWalk).

Eight on-site Loews Hotels:

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
  • Hard Rock Hotel
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • Cabana Bay Beach Resort
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
  • Universal’s Aventura Hotel
  • Endless Summer Dockside Inn
  • Suites and Surfside Inn and Suites

It will soon add a new theme park (Epic Universe) with an accompanying hotel.

All of the hotel resorts offer Early Park Admission into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Additionally, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort offer free unlimited Universal Express Pass for use at participating Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure attractions. Similar products are valid at Volcano Bay, Halloween Horror Nights, and Rock the Universe.

Universal Orlando is one of the most visited resorts in the world, with an annual attendance of 21 million in 2017. Universal Orlando is the flagship resort of Universal Parks & Resorts, largely due to the competitive nature between the resort and Walt Disney World, which is only 15 miles away.

Is Universal Orlando Resort the same as Universal Studios?

Universal Orlando Resort is not the same as Universal Studios, although Universal Studios is a significant component of the resort. Universal Orlando Resort is a comprehensive entertainment complex located in Orlando, Florida, encompassing multiple theme parks, hotels, dining, and entertainment options. Universal Studios is one of the theme parks within the Universal Orlando Resort, known for its immersive film and television-themed attractions. In addition to Universal Studios, the resort also includes Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay (a water park), and various hotels and resorts.

How many Universal resorts are there in Orlando?

There are three Universal resorts in Orlando, Florida. These include Universal Orlando Resort, which is the primary and most extensive complex featuring multiple theme parks, hotels, and entertainment options. Additionally, there are two water parks in Orlando: Universal’s Volcano Bay and the original Wet ‘n Wild, which was acquired by Universal and rebranded as Volcano Bay. Each of these resorts offers a unique experience for visitors, ranging from theme park thrills to water-based attractions.

Why is Universal Orlando Resort famous?

Universal Orlando Resort is famous for its immersive and thrilling entertainment experiences. It has gained international recognition for its innovative and immersive theme park attractions based on popular movies and franchises, such as Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, and The Simpsons. The resort’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in particular, has drawn immense acclaim for its attention to detail and faithful recreation of J.K. Rowling’s magical universe. With a diverse range of attractions, shows, dining, and accommodations, Universal Orlando Resort is renowned for offering guests a complete and unforgettable entertainment experience in the heart of Florida.

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2024


Here is a detailed comparison of the two Universal Orlando Resort maps highlighting the changes made between 2023 and 2024:

Universal Studios Florida:

  • New additions:
    • Sing It!, a singing competition experience located in New York.
    • Curious George Goes to Town, a play area for young children in Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone.
  • Changes:
    • The Horror Make-Up Show has moved from Production Central to a new location near the French Quarter Courtyard.
    • The Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl ride in Springfield has been removed.
    • The Fast Food Boulevard area in Springfield has been expanded to include more restaurants.
    • Ollivanders Wand Shop in Diagon Alley has been relocated to a larger space near the Hogwarts Express station.

Islands of Adventure:

  • Changes:
    • The Hogsmeade station on the Hogwarts Express has been updated.
    • The Cinematic Celebration store in Seuss Landing has been replaced with the Cat in the Hat Shop.

Volcano Bay:

  • New additions:
    • Te Waka Wai, a family raft ride.

CityWalk:

  • New additions:
    • The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, a restaurant with a large selection of sweet and savory treats.
    • Hello Kitty Shop, a store selling Hello Kitty merchandise.
  • Changes:
    • The Studio Stars restaurant has been replaced with The NBC Sports Grill & Brew.

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2024 PDF

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2023


Explore the variations between the Universal Orlando Resort maps of 2023 and 2022, and observe the changes and additions within a single year.

Overall:

  • The 2023 map boasts a refreshed design and layout compared to the 2022 version.
  • Several new rides are present in the 2023 map: Minion Mayhem in the Despicable Me area, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade area, and the Jurassic World VelociCoaster in the Jurassic Park area. These were absent in 2022.

Specific changes:

  • Universal Studios Florida area: The area name changed from “UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA” to “UNIVERSAL STUDIOS PARK” in the 2023 map.
  • Despicable Me area: The area name changed from “Minion Mayhem” to “Despicable Me area Minion Mayhem” in the 2023 map.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area: The area name changed from “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade area” in the 2023 map.
  • Jurassic Park area: The area name changed from “Jurassic Park” to “Jurassic Park area” in the 2023 map.
  • Volcano Bay area: The area name changed from “Volcano Bay” to “Volcano Bay Park” in the 2023 map.
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure area: The area name changed from “UNIVERSAL’S ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE” to “UNIVERSAL’S ADVENTURE area” in the 2023 map.
  • Toon Lagoon area: The area name changed from “Toon Lagoon” to “Toon Lagoon area” in the 2023 map.
  • Marvel Super Hero Island area: The area name changed from “Marvel Super Hero Island” to “Marvel Super Hero Island area” in the 2023 map.
  • Seuss Landing area: The area name changed from “Seuss Landing” to “Seuss Landing area” in the 2023 map.
  • The Lost Continent area: The area name changed from “The Lost Continent” to “The Lost Continent area” in the 2023 map.
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong area: The area name changed from “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” to “Skull Island: Reign of Kong area” in the 2023 map.

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2023 PDF

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2022


Detailed comparison between Universal Orlando Resort park map of 2022 and 2021.

Overall Changes:

  • The biggest change between the two maps is the addition of the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride in 2022. This ride is now located in its own themed area, Minion Mayhem, which was created by relocating the former Superstar Stage 16.
  • The Hollywood Horror Make-Up Show was also replaced with The Bourne Stuntacular in 2022.
  • The Disaster! attraction was replaced with the Fast & Furious – Supercharged interactive driving experience in 2022.

Changes in Specific Parks:

  • Universal Studios Florida:
    • The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and Minion Mayhem themed area were added in 2022.
    • The Hollywood Horror Make-Up Show was replaced with The Bourne Stuntacular in 2022.
    • The Disaster! attraction was replaced with the Fast & Furious – Supercharged interactive driving experience in 2022.

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2022 PDF

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2021


Here is a detailed comparison of the two Universal Orlando maps 2021 and 2020.

Rides and Attractions:

  • New additions in the 2021 map: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Minion Mayhem (previously Despicable Me Minion Mayhem), Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Bourne Stuntacular.
  • Removed in the 2021 map: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Twister: Ride it Out, and Fast & Furious – Supercharged (previously Fast & Furious: Supercharged).
  • Name changes in the 2021 map: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem to Minion Mayhem, Fast & Furious: Supercharged to Fast & Furious – Supercharged.

Other Notable Changes:

  • The layout of the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride appears to have been slightly modified in the 2021 map.
  • The Studio Stars restaurant has been replaced by the Superstar Catering location in the 2021 map.
  • The Universal’s Aventura Hotel has been added to the 2021 map.

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2021 PDF

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2020


Here is a detailed comparison of the two Universal Orlando Resort maps of 2020 and 2019.

Rides and Attractions:

  • Universal Studios Florida:
    • The most notable change is the addition of the Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride in the Hollywood area in 2020. This replaced The Fast and the Furious: Supercharged Experience.
    • TheRevenge of the Mummy ride underwent refurbishment in 2020, potentially explaining its absence from the 2020 map.
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure:
    • The Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride opened in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2019, absent from the 2020 map.
    • The Poseidon’s Fury: Escape from the Lost City water ride closed permanently in 2020 and is not shown on the map.

Other Notable Changes:

  • The Volcano Bay water park shows no significant changes between the two maps.
  • CityWalk, the resort’s entertainment complex, seems to have some minor rearrangements of restaurants and shops, but without detailed information on each location, pinpointing specific changes is difficult.

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2020 PDF

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2019

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2013


Detailed Comparison of Universal Orlando Resort Maps (2012 vs. 2013):

Similarities:

  • Overall Layout: Both maps depict the two main theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure) flanking CityWalk, with three on-site hotels (Loews Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific) situated around the periphery.
  • Key Landmarks: Major existing landmarks like the Universal Studios entrance, Islands of Adventure entrance, and character dining locations remain consistent.

Differences:

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Absent in the 2012 map, this significant addition in 2013 encompasses Hogsmeade village, Hogwarts castle, and associated rides/attractions within Universal Studios Florida.
  • Cabana Bay Beach Resort: This entirely new hotel, absent in 2012, appears in the 2013 map on the opposite side of Universal Studios Florida from CityWalk.
  • Minor Alterations: Studio Stars restaurant changes its name to The Universal Studios Catering Company, and Macy’s store relocates to a different spot within the park.

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2012


Universal Orlando Park Map Comparison 2012 – 2011:

  • Major additions:
    • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley: This expansion brought London’s magical streets to life, featuring shops like Ollivanders Wand Shop and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, and the thrilling Escape from Gringotts roller coaster.
    • Revamped The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: Enhanced 3D graphics and special effects brought a fresh feel to this popular simulator ride.
    • Despicable Me Minion Mayhem: Guests joined Gru and his Minions on a 3D adventure in this new interactive ride.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure:

  • No major changes in 2012, but the 2010 addition of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey continued to be a popular draw.

Universal CityWalk:

  • Major addition:
    • Cowabunga Bay℠ Water Park: This new water park offered a variety of slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river for a refreshing escape.
  • Universal Orlando Resort Cinemark Theatre: Guests could enjoy first-run movies in this state-of-the-art theater complex.

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2011

Universal Orlando Resort Map 2008

Universal Orlando Citywalk Map 2008

Universal Orlando Resort Brochure 2001

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