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Helpful Guide About Universal Studio Florida Production Central

The first part of this land, known as the central part, served various guests at the beginning of the opening. Named known as the Guest Services section.  sound stages of Production Central proper, meanwhile, introduced visitors to working-film-studio theming of the entire park, featuring such attractions as Alfred Hitchcock:  Art of Making Movies, MCA Recording Studio, and “Murder, She Wrote” Mystery Theater; a spot that is now Music Plaza Stage used to be a large outdoor area called  Boneyard, where authentic movie props from Jaws, Back to Future, Jurassic Park,  Flintstones, and, even, Gone with Wind were displayed for guests’ viewing pleasure, and what is currently Despicable Me Minion Mayhem was originally  Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera, whose cut-out characters and comic-style speech bubbles have since been moved to Toon Lagoon over at Islands of Adventure.

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For many years,  Nickelodeon Studios building was the main feature of Production Central, with a giant “slime geyser” fountain out front and full production studios inside; here, Universal guests could watch live tapings of Nick programs, including Double Dare, Clarissa Explains It All, and Legends of Hidden Temple. When Nickelodeon moved its productions to New York and California, Soundstage 18 was repurposed for Blue Man Group and officially “rezoned” outside the park, becoming part of CityWalk, so that guests could access show without theme-park admission.

Production Central Location

Production Central sits at front of World StudioFlorida and is the first land guests see upon entering the park and passing through  Front Lot. It’s a shame, therefore, that this is one of most meh main streets of any theme park, with bland beige buildings broken up only by incongruously colossal coaster tracks. Its underwhelming aesthetics doesn’t seem to hurt the area’s attractiveness to guests since Production Central holds three of the park’s most popular attractions outside of Diagon Alley.

Universal Studio Florida Entrance

In addition to rides, show, and counter-service restaurant, Production Center is home to Music Plaza Stage, a Hollywood Bowl-inspired amphitheater with an astroturf viewing lawn (where you’ll often find unconscious tourists sprawled on sunny days) that are used during Mardi Gras concerts and similar special events. There is also access (when applicable) from here to soundstages used for television production and Halloween haunted houses.

Production Central Attractions

Production Central is where your adventure starts as you enter World StudioFlorida.  The first thing you might notice is this area of the park is not dressed up like other sections and that is because this area shows the working side of studios. Attractions like Shrek 4-D and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem are in decorated soundstages, but for the most part, this part of the park represents what a working studio should look like. Two of the most popular attractions at World StudioFlorida have a home in Production Central – TRANSFORMERS:  Ride – 3D and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. While shopping opportunities are plentiful, dining options are lackluster.

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Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Help Gru with his experiments, rescue Margo, Edith, and Agnes, and party like a Minion on this motion-simulator show/ride hybrid.

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride At Universal Studio Orlando

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Visible (and audible!) throughout Production Central, riders can rock out to their song of choice on this steel coaster that features a 167-foot vertical lift, a non-inverting loop, speeds of up to 65 mph, and on-board video of each rider, which can, of course, be purchased at the exit.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit At Universal Orlando

Shrek 4D

Watch Shrek, Donkey, Fiona, and all your fairytale friends battle ghosts of Farquaad in this 3D movie with special effects – though it is hilarious multimedia pre-show that steals the spotlight.

Shrek 4D At Universal Orlando

Transformers:  Ride0–3D

All Spark must be protected at all costs, so join a battle between Auto bots and Decepticons in a 3D motion-simulator ride that features 16 different Transformers.  Ride 3D (or simply Transformers: Ride) is a 3D dark ride located at World StudioSingapore, World StudioHollywood, World StudioFlorida and upcoming to World StudioBeijing.  ride, based on the Transformers film franchise, was designed by Universal Creative, Oceaneering International, and Industrial Light & Magic. Each installation is reported to have cost US$100 million. World StudioSingapore was first to open a ride.

Transformers:  Ride–3D At Universal Studio Florida

Universal Music Plaza

In the shadow of Rip Ride Rockit, Music Plaza Stage is used for special events and shows, including concerts during Universal’s Mardi Gras celebrations.

Universal Music Plaza At Universal Orlando

Universal Music Plaza Stage is an outdoor amphitheater located in Orlando, Florida.  venue-based within World StudioFlorida, in the Production Central section of the park.  music venue opened in February 2009, replacing former attraction,  Boneyard. It hosts 15-20 concerts per season.  the amphitheater can hold 8,000 spectators.

Shrek meet and greet

Just around the corner from Shrek 4D, Shrek and Donkey have their meet-and-greet location outside Shrek’s swampy home, with Princess Fiona making an occasional appearance, too.

Shrek 4D At Universal Orlando Resort

In this section, you can take pictures with different characters of animation that are dolls. It’s fun and exciting to take a picture with Shrek and his donkey and cuddle him up close.

Meet Transformers

roller doors open at NEST headquarters to reveal larger-than-life Transformers ready for a cool photo op. Depending on the time of day, you might see Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, or Megatron.

Transformers Ride At Universal Orlando Resort

You must have seen Transformers animated or series. Ironmen who have great power and can at the same time become a modern machine. Some are positive, and some are a negative character. It is better not to approach them during the war. Because of war between them, a war of power and iron.

Dining At Production Central

Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe

With a revamped menu featuring generous barbecue platters and monster-themed drinks, this atmospheric restaurant is a good choice for meat-lovers and anyone on a Universal Dining Plan.

Classic Monsters Cafe At Universal Studio Florida

When choosing food or drinks from a storefront, try not to look around. Because it may affect your choice and choose your food in fear. When you enter this restaurant you will notice this. This restaurant is one of the most varied restaurants in the world and its sample is found less frequently in the world. Both in terms of the type of food available and decoration.

Shopping At Production Central

World StudioStore

the main shop of World StudioFlorida, Studios Store has a huge assortment of items from every property featured in parks, as well as Universal Orlando Resort-branded souvenirs.  mural on storefront evokes 1930s Art Deco style of WPA murals and depicts various aspects of film production – and, also, art and cinema aficionados will recognize icons of comedy and tragedy, a golden “Oscar,” Marlene Dietrich, Lon Chaney, and even King Kong.

Shopping At Universal Studio Florida

There are many shows in collection, and as previously mentioned, most of the characters in plays are highlights of popular animations among children. So, as expected, in this store you should look for dolls, dresses, hats and other attractive accessories associated with these characters.

Shopping In Universal Studio Florida

Perhaps the most interesting part is this store.  variety of products and their appeal to kids and animated characters can keep you in store for hours. Don’t be tired of shopping.

On Location

This baby-blue Art Deco building houses  My Universal Photos service counter, as well as various vacation sundries, such as hats, sunglasses, backpacks, and sunscreen.

Studio Sweets

Nestled in corner of World StudioStore, this candy shop and bakery is a perfect place to grab a treat on your way in or out of the park.

Universal Orlando Snacks

Studio Sweets offers packaged candies, pick-and-mix confectionery, and freshly baked items, such as themed cupcakes, fancy caramel apples, cake pops, and more. There is a minion cream cake in this place.

Studio Sweets At Universal Studio Florida

Betty Boop Store

Though she’s nearly 90-years-old, Betty Boop is hanging on to her store in Production Central. Located between Hello Kitty Store and Shrek 4D, this shop has every Betty Boop item you never knew you always wanted.

Betty Boop Store At Universal Orlando

Super Silly Stuff

number one stop for Minion lovers, Super Silly Stuff is where you’ll find tons of Minions merch and other Despicable Me-themed souvenirs. Venture to back of the store, where ride exits, to find a Minions meet and greet and dance party celebration.

Super Silly Stuff At Universal Orlando Resort

Shrek’s Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe

Attached to Shrek 4D is Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe, which has a fun fairytale-castle theme and, of course, loads of Shrek merchandise.

Shrek’s Ye Olde Souvenir Shoppe At Universal Orlando

Supply Vault

Though not evident from the name,  Supply Vault is a gift shop at exit to Transformers:  Ride–3D and features a cool mix of car stuff and robot toys.

 

It’s a Wrap

Your very last chance to spend more money as you exit the park, It’s a Wrap double as a package-pickup location for World StudioFlorida.

It’s a Wrap At Universal Studio Florida

Additional services

Guest Services

main (of two) Guest Services location can be found here in front of the park.

Restrooms

Restrooms in Production Central are located near park exit, besides Music Plaza Stage (on Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon side), and at  Studio Audience Center. Family restrooms are available at Music Plaza and Health Services/First Aid.

Universal Studio Florida Lockers

There are two locations for locker rentals at the front entrance of the park: one on the far right of the entrance, by  Studio Audience Center, and another on far left (near the exit). Small lockers, such as those next to Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, are free for the duration of your ride.

Universal Studio Florida Lockers

Dining Reservations

As you come down the main drag, keep an eye out for  Dining Reservations kiosk, where you can make reservations for any of full-service restaurants throughout the resort.

Production Central First Aid

One of two First Aid stations in the park, Production Central’s is located in blue Art Deco buildings behind the On Location shop.

Production Central First Aid

Rental Services

Strollers, wheelchairs, and ECVs are all available to rent in this section of the park, next to the locker bank on the left-hand side of the area, near  World StudioStore.

ATMs At Universal Studio Florida

An ATM can be found across from First Aid Station, close to Studio Audience Center.

ATMs At Universal Studio Florida

Lost and Found

only Lost and Found station for the park is located by  Studio Audience Center.

Reference:
The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2019

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