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When I was in Florida in July, I got the opportunity to go to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure which includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I am going to do a separate post on Harry Potter because there is so much to it, but today I want to tell you a quick overview about Islands of Adventure in general.
While I did head to Harry Potter first, let’s skip that for this post and briefly touch on the rest of the park. I got sick the second time I rode Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, so my stomach was a little “off” the rest of the day, so I mainly did some picture taking and not much riding. I was also glad I had my new Blackberry Q10 from Verizon, I was able to sit and relax and check e-mails and get online to check on a few things while I waited in line for rides. (it also came in handy at the hotel with it’s mobile hot spot when I was using my laptop!)
I really loved the theming of Islands of Adventure. They had really cute shops and restaurants. Again, it’s a big plus to stay on property because you get an express pass (kind of like a fastpass) so you have much shorter lines than everyone else. Highly recommended!
Seuss Landing was a fun kids area that brought me back to my childhood. I rode a little train ride that goes up in the air over the whole area, and the Cat in the Hat ride. All very cute, fun area for kids.
There is also a fun looking Popeye raft ride that looks similar to Kali River Rapids in Disney. I didn’t ride as I didn’t have my poncho and everyone looked soaked, but it looks fun and plan to ride next time!
I also liked the Jurassic Park area. Again, I didn’t ride, everyone was drenched, but I loved watching everyone come down the big drop at the end, soaking wet.
Yet ANOTHER water ride, this was over in Toon Lagoon.
I walked through the comic area and past Spiderman.
There was a lot of screaming and I knew it was coming form this bad boy: The Hulk.
You couldn’t pay me enough to ride this thing. No thank you.
There are several other rides and cute things, but I just wanted to give an overview and not spoil all the fun for you. I enjoyed this park a lot more than I thought I would, and would love to have ore time to do more exploring (and bring a poncho!) Be on the lookout for my Harry Potter post!
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The Hulk is my and my dad’s favorite roller coaster! SO much fun!
We went last year. I also got sick on the Harry Potter ride. The kids loved everything in Seuss Land. And my hubby and son loved the raft ride.
I wore a poncho on the river raft ride and still got wet! It was fun though!
Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's says
I love Islands of Adventure, the Hulk and Double Dragons are my two favorites! Last time we went the Spiderman ride broke down while we were on it, and it was so weird to see the set with the lights on haha
Kierston @candyfit says
Seriously, I need to spend a weekend with you!
Frank@The Fat Runner says
If you don’t like Hulk (the roller coaster, not the character) then Islands of Adventure might not be one of your Orlando favorites. I mean, it’s mostly thrill rides (which I love) so people who don’t like that sort of thing could find themselves not doing a lot there. And you were wise to not try Popeye’s ride. You finish totally drenched!
We were pass holders before kids and loved going there. My husband and i love all the thrill rides. You were wise to stay off the water rides. They get you drenched. Well, Jurassic Park isn’t that bad, but the others you look like you just came out of the shower fully clothed. I don’t think I could pick a favorite. I really love that park and the theming. Can’t wait until the kids are older so we can start going there again.
Karen :0) says
Looks like a lot of fun!! So many water rides…I wouldn’t have gone on them without a poncho, either!
Beth Barbara says
Sorry you felt sick after the HP ride-makes me nervous about going on it. I’ll tell you while the Hulk looks scary it’s over so fast you don’t even know what has happened! (Although it’s been 10 years since I’ve been so maybe I blocked it out). I do know from experience that Juraissic Park and Popye rides get riders SOAKED!
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