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23 Hidden Gems At Universal Parks In Orlando

Discover all the secrets on your next family vacation!

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1. Outside the Kwik-E-Mart in Springfield at Universal Studios, pick up the phone when it rings and you'll hear Simpsons characters on the other line.

2. And at Moe's Tavern, you can buy a "Flaming Moe" drink — which is basically an orange soda with dry ice.

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On an episode of The Simpsons, Homer tells Moe about a secret alcoholic drink — consisting of cough medicine and fire — deemed "Flaming Homer." Moe steals the recipe from Homer, renames the drink the "Flaming Moe," and begins selling it at his tavern.

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3. Steven Spielberg makes a cameo as a Simpsons character on the Krustyland ride (which was previously the Back to the Future ride).

4. When you're on Revenge of the Mummy, to the left in the golden room of hidden treasures, there's a mini statue of King Kong in memory of the previous ride.

5. On the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster, you can hold down the logo on the screen and access a secret playlist.

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Hold down the logo for about 5-10 seconds, and then when you take your finger off, a keypad will pop up. Enter a random 3-digit code and hit enter, and you'll be surprised by a song! FYI, 902 is "Rainbow Connection" by The Muppets and 310 is "Vogue" by Madonna.

7. The score for the new Jimmy Fallon ride was created by The Roots.

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Also, it replaced the Twister ride in case you didn't know!

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8. In one of the alleys of the New York area of Universal, you'll see a poster for The Blind Pig, which is the speakeasy in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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It's located in between TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Revenge of the Mummy.

9. At King's Cross station, you'll notice an advertisement for perfume — which is a nod to a scene in the Half-Blood Prince movie.

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17. In the Marvel section, you'll notice that artist Adam Kubert signed his name in all the giant comic book characters.

20. They recently remodeled the Hulk ride, and Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump did the score.

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Also, the arching tracks that Hulk is holding at the entrance (pictured above) is actually from the original Hulk attraction.

21. The Hulk ride was originally going to be about the Silver Surfer, but creators thought a chrome roller coaster so close to I-4 wasn't a great idea.

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22. The palm trees in Seuss Landing are actually "survivors" from Hurricane Andrew. Universal used them because they were bent and curved, providing a whimsical effect.

23. Also in Seuss Landing, Dr. Seuss himself makes a cameo — located by the police officer.

Do you know of more hidden gems? Add them in the comments below!

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