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20 Movies to Watch Before Your Trip to Universal Studios, FL and Islands of Adventure

Movie Night!

Over 100 years of movie magic has inspired so many attractions and characters at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure that have brought smiles, tears, and laughter to millions. Before you embark on your trip of a lifetime, grab some popcorn, your sense of adventure, your family, and start making memories!

This list is broken down into the separate parks and which movies connect with the different attractions or characters. Watch as many as you can!

Universal Studios:

  • Despicable Me Series (Minion Mayhem) - Start with the first one and fall in love with those crazy yellow guys!
  • Shrek Series (Shrek 4D) - You should be fine watching the first one only, although the other ones are pretty fun too.
  • Transformers Series (Transformers: The Ride 3D)
  • Classic Monster Movies (Classic Monsters Cafe) - Some of the best ones to watch are Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, etc. All of the characters are at this cafe!
  • The Mummy (Revenge of the Mummy) - Not only is this movie hilarious and an amazing adventure, there are so many references to the film on the ride, especially Brendan Fraser's playful sense of humor.
  • The Blues Brothers (The Blues Brothers Show) - A classic show that you can catch in Universal if you're lucky! Be sure to watch the film for some reference, especially for the kids!
  • Harry Potter Series and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) - Don't miss this one! Especially if it is your first time to Wizarding World. If you have time to read the books too, it might not be a bad idea. There are so many references and tiny details in this place it's crazy! Universal pulled out all of the stops when they did the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Men in Black Series (Men in Black Alien Attack)
  • The Simpsons Movie and Series (The Simpsons Ride) - Of course, you can't watch over 28 years worth of episodes, unless you're totally crazy. But just to be sure to get familiar with all of the characters in this series. This will make the ride so much fun.
  • Curious George (Curious George Goes to Town) - The movie is so cute! If you have little kids, don't miss this one!
  • An American Tail Series (Fievel's Playland)
  • E.T. (E.T. Adventure) - Kind of a scary movie for the little ones, but the ride is super fun! Flying through the air on a bicycle is always fun.

Islands of Adventure:

  • The Incredible Hulk (The Incredible Hulk Coaster) - Watch this especially if you don't know the origin story of the Hulk. The ride is a blast and one you definitely don't want to miss!
  • Spider-Man Series (The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man) - Watch the ones with Tobey Maguire first since these are the ones that are most referenced in the ride... Then watch the other ones because why not?
  • Captain America: The First Avenger (Captain America Diner)
  • The Avengers Series - You will see all of the characters at some point.
  • Popeye (Toon Lagoon) - Watch either the cartoon or the movie with Robin Williams.
  • Jurassic Park Series (Jurassic Park)
  • Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad Stunt Show)
  • Dr. Seuss Films (Seuss Landing) - Some of the films to watch are Horton Hears a Who, The Lorax, and The Cat in the Hat. You'll see all of the characters!


If you are visiting during a special time of year such as Halloween Horror Nights or Christmas, here are some movies you should watch before you go!

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Halloween
  • The Purge
  • Child's Play
  • Stranger Things Series
  • Poltergeist

Have fun watching and getting ready for your amazing trip! 

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