By Don Gworek
The Universal Orlando resort is beautiful from the air, as well as the ground. Join us as we closely examine the elements of the two theme parks from above.
Starting at the top is CityWalk. Then going clockwise are the Colleseum at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster, the show building of The Mummy, the movie projection spheres in the central lake of the Studios park, and the wedge-shaped theater of T2-3D.
At right center is the show building of the E.T ride. The lower shore of the lake is lined with the facades of the New York City and San Francisco backlot buildings. Top left is the Men in Black ride show building.
At the center is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Note the twin tracks of the Dragon Challenge roller coaster.
At the top right is the Dr. Phillips High School stadium, where a Relay for Life fund-raising event is in progress. (Dr. Phillips was the founder of what became the Minute Maid brand. He owned all of the land in this area, which is known as the Dr. Phillips section of Orange County. His estate is a major charitable foundation in Orlando. Dr. Phillips will also be the namesake of Orlando’s planned new downtown performing arts center.)
The yellow arrow points to the courtyard of Hogwarts Castle. This is an area that can’t be seen by guests on the ground. This is another example of the extraordinary detail in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This section of Hogwarts could easily have been exterior walls only, but you can see it is as detailed inside the courtyard as it is outside!