15 Hidden Easter Eggs in Universal Orlando Resort

Red english telephone booth in Universal Studios Orlando

Julie Tremaine

Don’t be fooled by the roller coasters and parades. Behind all of the movie magic, Universal Studios Orlando is full of secret experiences, odes to old rides, and hidden enhancements to the average theme park visit. You just have to know where to look. We did some of the legwork for you and rounded up 15 Universal Easter eggs, divided by park.

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See Real-Life Banana Trees

In Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, riders have the opportunity to become those adorable, banana-loving creatures from the "Despicable Me" movies. After you walk in the entrance, look around the waiting area: those are real banana trees surrounding you as you wait to board the ride.

Buy Items From a Secret Prop Collection

The Hollywood area of Universal Studios has the highest concentration of silver screen nostalgia, like the Horror Make-Up Show, where you can see actors transform into old monsters before your eyes. In the lobby, you’ll see props from Universal horror movies. Across the street, though, is a secret Hollywood prop collection, hidden inside Williams of Hollywood. You can actually buy some of the items from retired rides and seasonal events.

Find a Hidden Playlist

The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is an intense roller coaster that plays music through speakers in your chair as you travel up 90 degrees and then hurtle down the track at 65 mph. There’s a selection of 30 songs you can choose as your personal soundtrack, but if you hit the right button at the right time, you can access a secret list of another 62 songs, offering up everything from “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd to “The Rainbow Connection” by the Muppets.

Talk to the Ministry of Magic

Phone booths aren’t such common sights these days, which is why you should probably stop at the one outside King’s Cross Station in the London area of Universal Studios. Dial 62442 (MAGIC) and you’ll be on the line with the Ministry of Magic. It’s the first clue you’re about to go somewhere magical such as Diagon Alley, the part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that’s in Universal Studios. 

Replica of 12 Grimmauld Place with the house-elf Kreacher looking through a second floor window

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Get a Glimpse of Kreacher the House-Elf

Another clue you’re in for a wizardly adventure: what’s happening in the second-floor windows at 12 Grimmauld Place in London. True Potterheads will recognize that address as the ancestral home of the Black family (as in Sirius Black and his sisters Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy), where the family’s house-elf still lives. Watch the windows closely and you’ll see Kreacher peering down at the muggles below.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Unlock a Secret Spell

Once you’ve gone through the secret entrance and found your way into Diagon Alley, there are opportunities to make magic everywhere you turn. A wizard wand will unlock spells that do everything from make cauldrons stir on their own to have fountains spray water on unsuspecting bystanders. All of those are on the map that comes with the interactive wand… or are they? Try your luck at Scribbulus Writing Implements or Mulpepper’s Apothecary and you just may unlock a secret spell.

Hunt for a Set of Shark's Teeth

There’s another secret at Mulpepper’s Apothecary. Among the jars of spleenwart and leeches is a set of shark’s teeth, in tribute to the iconic "Jaws" ride that used to be where Diagon Alley now stands.

Madam Malkin's Talking Mirror

Go shopping at Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions and you may get more than you bargained for. This clothing shop in Diagon Alley has a talking mirror that gives you its unsolicited, and not always nice, opinion on your wizard robes.

Keep an Ear Out for Moaning Myrtle

Watch out when you go into the restroom in Hogsmeade, the part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal’s Islands of Adventure Park. Moaning Myrtle is haunting the bathroom and will talk to you the whole time you’re in there.

Blast-ended skrewt and hagrid animatronic at Universal Studioss

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See a Real-Life Blast-Ended Skrewt

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure isn’t just a roller coaster. It’s a mile-long ride (the longest coaster in Florida) that has seven different launches and a totally unexpected 17-foot vertical drop straight down into the Forbidden Forest. On it, you get to see lots of creatures that make appearances in the movies, like centaurs, and one that doesn’t: the Blast-Ended Skrewt, only mentioned once in any of the books, which plays a huge (in more ways than one) role on the ride.

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Listen for a Hidden Troll

The Lost Continent is an area of Islands of Adventure where you can search for ancient gods and explore unknown lands. You might even encounter mythical creatures, like the troll who lives under the bridge just outside Mythos Restaurant. When you’re standing by the waterfall that cascades off the building, listen closely, and you may just hear him.

Talk to a Water Spirit

Another magical experience in The Lost Continent: The Mystic Fountain. Stand in front, toss in a coin, and you can talk to a water spirit who can grant you a wish...or spray you with a surprise.

Hear From Five Different Ride Narrators

The original King Kong ride in Universal Studios is gone, replaced by Revenge of the Mummy but you can still the famous ape in the park. The new King Kong ride, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, brings you to the giant’s home turf, where you’ll ride on a bus on an unforgettable tour. Depending on which bus you board, you’ll get one of five different narrators, all with different personalities and dialogue, providing a unique riding experience each time.

Watch a Baby Velociraptor Hatch

You may wish you could visit the real Jurassic Park but barring that, you can see the Jeeps featured in the films in Islands of Adventure. Vehicles from the Jurassic Park movies (and a dinosaur or two) are parked along the walkways between the Jurassic Park River Adventure and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center where you can see a baby Velociraptor hatch.

Get a Glimpse of Stan Lee

Stan Lee is famous for making cameos in the movies based on his comic book characters but you might not realize that he makes a surprise appearance in The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman ride. In fact, he makes several appearances. Stan Lee shows up four different times throughout the ride, but you’ll need to be watching very closely to spot all of them while the ride is in motion.