Universal Studios Florida, sometimes called Universal Studios Orlando, was founded in 1982. Originally designed by the Universal Studios movie company to be an active working movie set and theme park, which would allow visitors to see how movies are made “behind the scenes.” However, in 1986, co-founder of the park, Steven Spielberg, believed that they could compete with Disney World if they designed a theme park from the ground up.
The theme park officially opened in July of 1990. Universal Studios Florida designs roller coaster rides, water rides, and animated fantasy rides mostly based on popular movies from their own library, however, they are not above using licensed characters from other studios such as Men in Black and The Simpsons.
In February 2019, leaked documents showed that Universal intended to copy one of Disney’s most profitable theme’s- Mario Kart or Super Mario World.
A family from Guatemala sued Universal in 2018 for having warning signs only posted in English after the father had a heart attack on the Skull Island Adventure ride in 2016.
Universal Studios Florida, like the one in Hollywood, is owned by NBC Universal Company. The theme park is the 8th most visited park in the US and the 16th most visited park in the world, with 7.06 million guests in 2013.