Most people think about Harry Potter when it comes to Universal Studios located in Orlando, Florida, but for animation enthusiast like us, we care more about the cartoon rides and gift shops.


Just updated in the summer of 2013, a small Springfield has come to life within the park. Here you will get to eat at the Krusty Burger, shop at the Kwik-E-Mart, and have drinks at Moe’s Tavern and at Duff Beer Garden. At the town center you can see a statue of Jebediah Springfield, the town’s founder. Springfield has two main rides, “The Simpsons Ride” and “Kang & Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl”.



Many people don’t know about the area called, “Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone” featuring “Woody Woodpeckers Nuthouse Coaster”. This area has many cartoon themed goodies. It contains a huge SpongeBob store, “SpongeBob Storepants”, as well as a blast from the Don Bluth past, “Fievel’s Playland”, where everything is giant and you feel like a Mousekewitz! This section of the park also has Barney and Curious George themed play areas.



Universal Studios Orlando doesn’t stop with the cartoon rides, they have “The World’s Largest Betty Boop store, filled with everything a Betty Boop fan would ever want.

Then there is the park right next door, “Islands of Adventure” which features many Marvel superhero rides and shops. Rides such as the Hulk ride, “The Incredible Hulk Coaster”, Storm ride, “Storm Force Accelatron” Spiderman ride “Doctor Doom’s Fearfall” and “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man”. All included in the “Marvel Super Hero Island” filled with many shops that have comics, shirts, food, and souvenirs.

When you make your way toward the back of Islands of Adventure you will find an area for classic comics and cartoons such as a Heathcliff shop, “Comic Strip Café”, and another Betty Boop shop called “Boop Oop A Doop”. Popeye makes an appearance with a drenching water ride called, “Bilge-Rat Barges”. Next to this ride you have, “The Olive” ship, where you can squirt the guests who are on the “Bilge-Rat Barges” ride. There is even a Wimpy’s burger shop.


Right before you enter Jurassic Park, you will find, “Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls”, another ride where you exit soaked to the bone; this ride is a personal favorite. Last but not least, on the east side of Islands of Adventure is “Seuss Landing”, an area dedicated to Dr. Seuss books and cartoons. Filled with rides and themed shops featuring The Lorax, The Cat in the Hat, and The Grinch characters, it is an area appreciated by park-goers of all ages.


After getting an annual pass and experiencing all these rides and shops, you can imagine my wallet has gotten lighter, but it is worth it to an animation and cartoon fan.

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website flashcartoons.org. The cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the TraditionalAnimation.com website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. TraditionalAnimation.com has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. After ten years of learning from Don Bluth and working together on the Dragon’s Lair pitch, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.

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