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Is there a documentary on Universal Orlando? 5 fun sources for Universal trivia


Whether Universal Orlando is practically part of your DNA or you’re a new fan, it’s always a blast to learn more about a destination that brings such joy and excitement to so many. With tons of franchises at its fingertips and a unique approach to ride concepts, it’s fascinating to learn how the resort unfolded.

In the age of Disney+, there are plenty of documentaries and other media highlighting the history, growth, and behind-the-scenes aspects of The Walt Disney Company’s global parks. However, there’s never been quite the same level of content for Universal. We know better than anyone that the demand is there, so why hasn’t this happened? While we don’t have an answer, maybe we can be optimistic about the potential of some Universal Orlando Resort material after NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, goes live later this year (NBC is Universal’s sister company, after all).

There may not be any official, full-length documentaries on Universal Orlando (yet), but we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to get your fix of park history. Enjoy some of the hidden gems the internet has to offer in terms of documentary-esque Universal content.

Universal Orlando: Behind the Scenes

Universal Orlando Resort globe
Universal Orlando Resort’s globe

This 43-minute documentary originally aired on television in 2015 to reflect on 25 years of innovation at the resort. As we are now approaching Universal Studios Florida‘s 30th anniversary, Universal Orlando: Behind the Scenes grows more interesting – we’ve seen the parks continue to evolve in technology and theming.

Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter hub

Hogsmeade and Hogwarts signs at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure
Hogsmeade and Hogwarts signs at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you may not have to look much farther than Universal’s site for some entertaining park content. The Harry Potter hub features videos spilling details on the Wizarding World‘s attractions, plus you can find a bunch of other Potter material here, as well.

The Ellen Degeneres Show

Ellen DeGeneres taping at Universal Orlando back in 2011 (check out the retro OI logo!)
Ellen DeGeneres taping at Universal Orlando back in 2011 (check out the retro OI logo!)

Yep, your favorite dancing daytime talk-show host has filmed her namesake program at Universal Orlando. The Ellen Degeneres Show shot a total of 10 spring-break specials at the CityWalk lagoon stage between 2006 and 2011. If you want some fun, slightly dated park footage, a quick YouTube search of these episodes should brighten your day.

Tour 1990’s Universal Studios Florida

Let’s tour 1990’s Universal Studios Florida

If you’re open to reading your history instead of watching it, our article exploring what Universal Studios Florida was like in its opening year of 1990 is a great start. It’s jam-packed with nostalgia for the Universal Studios of yesteryear. If you’re a Universal newbie, this is also a quick, fun way to get schooled on some of the most iconic parts of the park (and its legacy).

Universal Orlando Easter eggs

Marvel Super Hero Island
Marvel Super Hero Island at Islands of Adventure

Another fascinating read, our 10 Easter eggs hidden throughout Universal Orlando outlines some of the most interesting details added to both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. It’s a great set of trivia to have in your noggin the next time you visit the theme parks with friends or family, and it gives you a great insight on the thought put into everything.

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January 10, 2015 8:40 am

There was one. I watched it 8 or so years ago. I believe it mainly focused on IOA. I remember them saying that Suess Landing was touched up with paint every night. There was a segment that showed how the dinosaurs were made for Jurrasic Park. It showed people working in the kitchens. I’ve been searching for it on YouTube and other places but cannot find it.

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Michaela was born and raised in Ohio, the coaster capital of the Midwest. With Kings Island as her local amusement park, she gained an affinity for thrill rides at a young age before later making the leap to Orlando in 2016. Passionate about helping families ball on a budget during their theme park vacations, Michaela loves offering tips and tricks for making the most of an Orlando visit. When she’s not writing about theme parks or dreaming of next year’s Halloween Horror Nights houses, she enjoys lounging with her two adopted dogs.