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Getting to Know Universal – Free Attraction Tours

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Curious about how your favorite Universal Orlando attractions work? Want to see the backstage areas not available to most guests? Need to know where all the easter eggs are located? The free attraction tours at Universal Orlando are a fun diversion for seasoned fans of the parks. In this article, we will cover what to expect from a tour, how to request one, and which attractions feature tours.

What Are Attraction Tours?

Universal Orlando offers several free, unpublicized tours of popular attractions. Tours last approximately 15-30 minutes and include behind-the-scenes information that explains the attraction’s stories and how the rides work. Many tours include visits to areas guests normally cannot access such as control booths, the Immigration Floor at MiB Alien Attack, or under the Revenge of the Mummy track.

Men in Black Alien Attack. Immigration Room. Len Testa.

Tours are available when staffing permits at the discretion of the Team Members. To request a tour ask the greeter Team Member located at the attraction entrance if tours are available. If the attraction tour is not available come back before park closing or the next morning.

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Revenge of the Mummy

Team Members will guide guests through the attraction queue, explaining the attraction’s oddly complex storyline, and finally get a tour of the track switch section of the ride where you can watch the “Cup Of Coffee” video play out every 30 seconds.

Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon

View prior Tonight Show hosts artifacts followed by a tour of the lounge areas. Guests then get a behind-the-scenes tour of the show control booth before ending on the VIP balcony.

Fast & Furious: Supercharge

Guided tour of the garage showing off the various cars and trucks in the queue’s garage.

Hogwarts Express Tour

Discover the Harry Poter easter eggs and how this “train” actually works.

Gringotts Bank Tour

Learn about the complex attraction’s storyline and where the story slots into the Deathly Hollows movies. Plus learn about some cool technical facts.

Men in Black: Alien Attack

The MiB Immigration tour brings guests down to the immigration office room featured in the attraction queue. Take photos with the aliens, sign the log books, and sit in those incredibly uncomfortable white chairs.

(photo by Alicia Stella)

E.T. Tour

Explore the forest inside the attraction’s queue with the opportunity to watch the full Botanicus preshow.

Transformers Tour

Walk through the queue as the Team Members attempt to explain the attraction’s storyline. Plus you’ll hear about the attraction’s cool technology like the dual elevator lifts.

Islands of Adventure

Hogwarts Castle. Portraits.(photo by Brandon Glover)

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Tour

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Castle Tour is a self-guided tour through the Universal Express queue. Guests walk through Dumbledor’s office, the portrait gallery, and the Gryffindor Common Room. The best option to see the inside of Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry for families with young kids or those with motion sickness.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster Tour

Queue walk-through that highlights the easter eggs and technology behind VelociCoaster.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong Tour

Skull Island: Reign of Kong’s Temple Tour takes guests through the attraction’s queue, explaining the technology found within the attraction and explaining the ride’s plot. No backstage areas are visited in this tour but you will be able to linger in areas you will normally not for the queue.

Doctor Doom Tour

Don’t let the drop tower scare you away from seeing one of the funniest queue videos ever made.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster

The only way to take photos and videos of the Incredible Hulk Coaster is through the Gamma Tour. Team Members will point out various aspects of the attraction’s storyline, queue easter eggs, and other attraction information.

View from 30 Rock.

TouringPlans Touring Tips

  • Tours are offered at the discretion of Team Members – tours are most often granted in the morning when attractions are fully staffed but guests have not arrived.
  • The free tours do not include riding the attraction. Universal’s VIP Tours take you behind the scenes and skip the lines.
  • Be cool man, Team Members are more likely to work with you to provide a tour if you work with them.

(This article was updated on February 17, 2024, with new tours added to both parks and removed the Hard Rock tour.)

Have you done any Universal Orlando free tours? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Joseph Matt

Joe covers theme parks through the lens of his quality engineering day job. He has over five years of writing experience at Touring Plans and has gone on dozens of trips to Orlando over his life. When not at amusement parks you can find Joe at breweries, enjoying live theater, playing video games, and cooking.

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  • Do you have to pay for park admission for your backstage tours? If not, will you please send me information on your group backstage tours, group pricing, days of tours, hours of tours and how long the tours last? Thank you

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