Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Of the four Walt Disney Studios parks we visited, Animal Kingdom was my favourite. I was kind of surprised by that because last time I visited (albeit nearly ten years ago) I thought it was pretty lame and didn't have much there. In the time since my last visit, they have obviously done a lot of work and expanded it and it has paid off ... because it now makes for a great day out. As is always the case with these huge theme parks, it is split into a number of different areas . . .
===Oasis and Discovery Island===
As you enter the park, the first place you come to is Oasis which is basically the habitats of various animals. The area is laid out kind of like a rainforest; in fact there is a Rainforest Café here if you are already hungry! The paths are all really wide and well paved and the enclosures are almost like little gardens where you can spot things like giant anteaters and exotic boars as well as parrots that chatter away. I enjoyed walking through and thought that it made for quite a unique way of entering a theme park.
Discovery Island is actually an island surrounded by the man-made Discovery River. It is the area from which all the other zones pan out so is a great meeting point and the place to come if you are lost and want to find your way. The main feature of the island is the massive (artificial) tree of life, which comes complete with huge roots and is quite impressive.
There are two are attractions here. First there are the Discovery Island Trails, which are in and around the roots of the tree of life. The roots make caves and areas that are filled with animals like giant tortoises and cotton top tamarinds. The second attraction is It's Tough To Be A Bug, which is a 3D show housed right in the middle of the roots of the tree. I can't recommend this show enough, even if you aren't a fan of the film because it is excellent and a lot of fun. The auditorium fits an awful lot of people in, so even if the park is extremely busy, you won't be faced with unbearable waits. I'll not spoil the fun in case you are going to see it but it isn't just a 3D film, it is so much more and well worth a visit.
There are a number of themed food stalls in this zone where you can snack foods like pizza (from Pizzafari) and corn dogs (from the Beastly Kiosk), but not really anywhere for a proper sit down meal unless you head back to the Rainforest Café.
===Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa and Rafiki's Planet Watch===
These three areas are much more about learning about and seeing animals than any kind of rides per say, but that's not to say you can't have a lot of fun here all the same.
At Camp Minnie-Mickey, you enjoy the Festival of the Lion King show, which kids will absolutely love because it features all of the main characters. It is full of singing and dancing and includes lots of popular songs from the film. It lasts about half an hour I would say so is good for a nice sit down to recharge the batteries and even have something to eat. You can also meet mickey and Minnie themselves outside, although expect queues even at quiet times. There are plenty of places nearby to pick up an autograph book as well!
The Africa zone features more places to see wild animals and is worth a visit if this is your thing. We didn't actually go on either of the trails because it was raining by the time we got to this point and we thought the animals might be hiding away. There are two options here; the first is a walking trail and the second involves getting on an open air safari vehicle. On the walking trail you can expect to see plenty of exotic fish and birds as well as a troupe of gorillas. There is also a hippo viewing area. On the safari trail you'll see the big hitters like elephants, lions and giraffes all roaming freely. There are a couple of actual restaurants in this area both of which are all you can eat buffets and one of which is hosted by Donald Duck and his pals.
You can get an express train between Africa and Rafiki's Planet Watch. The trains leave every five to seven minutes and it is worth doing this because the area is tucked away right at the back of the park. Here you'll find Conservation Station which is a neat little place filled with hands on interactive activities that teach whilst you play. It is a fun way of learning about the natural habitats of the animals and how they are cared for. There is also another walking trail where you can see tamarins in their play area. Finally in this area there is a petting yard which includes a rather random selection of rare but domesticated animals from around the world that you can play with.
This was probably my favourite area of the park because it combined the animal trails with a number of quite fun rides. When we first got there, we wandered around the Maharajah Trail which was worth going to because you can see the park's resident tigers in their huge enclosure. There are glass covered viewing areas so when the tigers walk past you are really close. There is also an aviary that you can walk through and see the birds flying freely. You can also see the surprisingly ugly Komodo Dragons and there is a fruit bat cave that is full of huge bats - I had no idea they got this big to be honest! Don't worry though they are surrounded by thin nets so they can't get you!
There are two rides in this part and both of them are quite good and worth going on. The Kali River Rapids have a minimum 38 inch height restriction and basically involve you going 'white water rafting in the Chakranadi River'. You will get absolutely soaked though it is fun - we actually had ponchos which came in very handed because they stopped us getting as soaked as the other people in our eight man raft.
The second ride Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, which is a roller coaster housed in a splendid reconstruction of Mount Everest. It is a lot of fun - not a mega thrill-seekers ride because there are no loops or anything like that, but it goes backwards and forwards and very quickly, plus there are a couple of big dips. If you dare to open your eyes at the top of 'Everest', you'll get really good views not only of Animal Kingdom - but of the other Disney parks in the distance, so you can spot Cinderella's Castle and the Epcot ball in the distance. There is a height requirement of 44 inches, but I'd say that younger kids would probably like this one if they have a dare devil streak in them.
There are a few themed dining options in this zone and they suit most budgets. You can get a snack from the various stalls or you can sit down and enjoy Pan Asian food in either the Yak and Yeti Restaurant or, slightly cheaper, Yak and Yeti Café. WE didn't have time to stop for a sit down meal, but if we'd had the time, we'd have probably stopped here because it looked pretty good and smelled lovely.
This is the final zone you get to if you walk in a clockwise direction around the park and is dedicated, as you can imagine, to all things dinosaur related. The whole area has a bit of a carnival fair feel to it, which I thought was bit strange considering the theme, but it did mean it felt quite fun.
This zone is suitable for children because there are lots of things that they will have fun exploring, such as The Boneyard, which is a maze type thing that they can run around and explore. There is also a Finding Nemo show, which is a musical show that combines puppetry and live action. It is only on a certain times during the day, so it is worth having a look at the timetable you get with your ticket to plan your visit. Finally for youngsters, there are the Fossil Fun Games, which are carnival type games like hook a duck where you can win Disney themed soft toys - these cost about $3 each though so not good if you are on a budget.
For thrill seekers, there are a couple of rides, although they aren't massively exciting - more like the tame Disney version of thrill seeking! First of all, there is the Primeval Whirl, which is a spinning roller coaster that has a minimum height restriction of 48 inches. To be honest, I didn't like this one - it made me feel a bit queasy spinning around and going up and down at the same time - plus it felt like I was going to get whiplash at one point! The other ride is DINOSAUR, which is quite good if a little cheesy. There is a minimum height requirement of 40 inches and it is very loud and dark in places so it is probably a little too frightening for younger visitors. The ride is a sort of simulator thing, but the car you are in moves around a track. It is very hard to explain, but it is quite fun - but like I said before, a little cheesy and tame.
There are again a few themed restaurants in this area where you can grab huge portions of basic food like burgers, hot dogs, fries and turkey legs from places like 'Restaurantosaurus' and 'Dino-Diner'! Very clever indeed.
The last thing I will say about this place is that you should look out for the meet and greet area tucked away at the side of one of the shops, because this is where you can meet Winnie the Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore. They are here all day (although they take ten minute breaks now and then) and there is often a queue to see them, but they seemed to spend a good while with each child, so it is worth the wait if your kids are fans.
The park is open at different times depending on the season, but it tends to be around the 9am to 7pm mark. Some rides open later than others, but you get a schedule with your entry ticket that tells you if there are any rides that open later, close early or not open at all and these are updated daily. It is worth picking up a map as well because between the two things, you'll have all the information you need to plan your day properly, including show times and characters meet and greets.
It is hard to pinpoint how much a ticket for the park is, but we paid £100 per person for a day ticket that allowed us unlimited access to all four of the Walt Disney World parks (Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot). It isn't cheap, but you do get a lot for your money. We found that a day was enough for us to have a look round all the parks and go on the rides that we wanted to, but we went in October when it was relatively quiet and there were lots of things that we weren't bothered about spending a lot of time on. The daily price for entry goes down the more days you visit and if you buy a two week pass, it can be as little as £15 per day for an adult, with slight reductions for children. It generally is much cheaper to buy a ticket for your stay in advance from one of the many hundreds of ticket vendors on the internet.
The park operates a Fast Pass system, which is a free system where you can go to the most popular rides and pick up a ticket with a time slot on for when you should return to the ride and go to the front of the queue. It is a good idea especially in summer when the park gets very busy, but bear in mind that time slot you get can even be a few hours later so it may mess up your planning!
There are lots of hand sanitiser machines around the park, especially where the animals are, so it is easy to keep clean.
Parking for the park is $14 per day and this allows you access to any of the parks' car parks during the day, you just have to show your receipt as you enter. The car parks are all names after animals that you find in the Animal Kingdom, so it is easy to remember where you are parked. It only takes about ten minutes to walk to the park entrance from the car park, but there is a little train that travels between the two regularly throughout the day and is free to use if you can't manage the walk.
They have a complimentary package delivery service where you can buy anything from any of the shops throughout the park and then pick them up at the collection point by the entrance. You have to leave it at least three hours but it is quite handy if you see something in a certain place and you don't want to have to carry it around with you all day.
If there is anything else you need to know, you can visit www.disneyworld.disney.go.com
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Universal Studios (Florida)
There are two parks in the Universal, Orlando resort; Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. To be honest I much preferred Islands of Adventure because it seemed to appeal more to my tastes, but that is not to say that there isn't a lot to like about the Universal Studios park, what with such big names as The Simpsons, Shrek and Men ... in Black to keep you entertained. The rides seem to be much more about special effects and demonstrating what can be done in the world of movies as well. There are five areas to the park, each with a unique theme, which makes it much easier to walk around.
Once you have walked through the rather grand gates of Universal Studios, you immediately arrive at Production Central. I thought the name meant that this area would be where all the special effects type rides would be, but it is not the case. I think there are actually studios here just behind the rides, which may be the reason for the name, but these aren't publically accessible.
There are three rides in this area of the park. The first is the brand new Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem ride. Not so much a ride as a 3-D experience. I had never heard of Despicable Me before visiting this ride, but from what I can gather it is a children's film complete with lovable characters and fun storylines. It doesn't matter if you haven't seen the film - it won't spoil your enjoyment of the ride. I loved it and thought it was very clever and a lot of fun. The only thing I will say is that you should try and get a seat in the centre of the auditorium because we found that the 3-D aspect worked at its best from a direct angle. The second ride is another 3-D adventure, well actually 4-D, Shrek. The ride starts off from where the first film finished, but again you don't need to have seen the film to enjoy the ride. We were a bit disappointed in this one because the 4-D aspect means that your seats move to increase the interaction with the film, but we found that the seats made such a noise that it took away from the film. These two rides are both suitable for children and I think that they'll enjoy both of them, although Despicable Me is only for people over 40 inches tall.
The last ride in this area is the Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket, which is a full on white knuckle roller coaster. I am much too much of a wimp to go on such a ridiculous ride as this, but my husband went on it and couldn't decide what was worse - the vertical climb up to the first big drop, the sheer length and number of turns and loops, or the fact that you don't have over the should straps! I personally loved the fact that you are recorded during the ride and you can watch the video back afterwards, it certainly made for hilarious viewing for me! You can buy the video if you want. There are also free to use lockers at the ride entrance to store loose items. If you a single rider - definitely mention it as you join the queue because quite often you are able to skip to the front.
There are a couple of restaurants and bars in this area, but none really of note - they are more places that you can grab a quick snack. This is also the area where the parade starts and finishes and that you can meet your favourite characters throughout the day, including the Simpsons and Shrek.
As you leave Production Central you go straight into New York, which is actually visually quite impressive. It does indeed look like the set from a movie though, complete with the sky scrapers and the narrow streets - you can even stop for a quick break on the benches of Central park. In fact we enjoyed wandering around the area as much as anything else.
There are two rides here though; Twister . . .Ride It Out and Revenge of the Mummy. The Twister Ride is a special effects show type ride which is quite good, although there is an awful lot of build-up that isn't quite rewarded with the mega ending you are anticipating. It is good though and worth a visit. There are no height restrictions on the ride, although it is very loud and may be frightening for younger visitors. The mummy ride is an indoor roller coaster which takes places mostly in the dark. My wimpishness doesn't extend to rides that I can't see so I happily went on this one (I know it doesn't make sense, but there you go). It is quite thrilling although there are no loops in it, but there are things that you don't expect, which adds to the thrill. If you can, get a seat at the front of the carriage as it is slightly more adrenaline pumping and much more fun. The ride is only suitable for those over 48 inches in height and you'll have to put loose articles in one of the lockers before riding.
There are a couple of shows that round off the available entertainment in New York. The first is the Blues Brothers Show, which is mildly entertaining and takes place on one of the street corners in the area. It is usually quite popular and you can stay for as long or as little as you like. The other one is the Delancey Street Preview Centre. This is a bit hit and miss because it is a place where you can go and watch a show under network consideration and rate it. There were none playing whilst we were there, but you have to qualify to be able to take part though.
Like New York, this area is as much about the theme as anything else and it is pretty good. I have been to San Francisco and all the local things are there - Fisherman's Wharf, Ghiradelli's Chocolate shop, a street car track. There are none of the big sites like Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge, but the things that are there make it seem more genuine in an odd way. There is a 'harbour' which sits on the Universal lakeside and is a great place from which to watch the nightly firework show. There is also a giant shark hanging overhead which you obviously have to stick your head in the mouth of and have a picture taken!
There is only one ride here and it is Disaster, which is billed as 'A Major Motion Picture Ride . . . Starring YOU!'. It is quite good, although there is a lot of preamble. This is made bearable by the amusing man who presents it. It is suitable for everybody and you may be chosen to take a starring roll or (if you do what I did and hide behind a really tall man) you can just be one of the extras. The end product is quite amusing and the whole thing probably lasts about 25 minutes.
The other thing to do here is watch Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue, which is a rock and roll monster show. Cue lots of cheesy jokes, popular songs and even a few fireworks. It is actually pretty good, and a perfect way to have a nice sit down without missing out on anything. Shows are at regular intervals throughout the day and last about 30 minutes each.
This area is also sort of half way around the park so it is a great place to stop for lunch. The designers have obviously also considered this as there are plenty of places to get something to eat. There is a huge pizza restaurant that does pizza by the (rather large) slice for a few dollars and there are various sweet shops and food stands selling everything from sodas to giant turkey legs (which seemed to be very popular).
There are only two rides in this part of the park, but they are two of the most popular I would say in the form of The Simpson Ride and Men in Black Alien Attack. You can expect a queue for both, but there is plenty to look at in the queuing system so it isn't too painful. In the queue for The Simpsons Ride, they actually play episode of the show, which makes the time go remarkably quickly!
The Simpsons ide is a kind of simulator where you are in a roller coaster carriage and you swoop and soar over Krustyland. It is very good and quite clever. It also feels a bit different from your usual run of the mill simulator which is good. If you are small, sit on the front row though so your view isn't obscured.
The second ride here is the Men In Black one which is fully interactive because you even get a gun to zap baddies and you compete against other players in your cart. It is worth paying attention as you walk around the queuing area as there are instructions on what to do once you are onboard and there are even special hints and tips for what to do to get bonus points. It is fun although they seemed to be having problems when we visited and the ride actually broke down whilst we were in it. Not a problem and these things happen, but it did annoy me (and it was very out of character for the Universal folks in general) that they didn't apologise or give an explanation, instead just leaving us there until it was fixed.
TheWorld Expo area has a sort of carnival feel to it, especially near The Simpsons Ride, where there are lots of little games to play (for a price of course), such as whack-a-mole, catch a duck and throwing a ball through a hoop. The games aren't too expensive (around $3 a go each) and there are lots of Simpsons themed prizes to win, although you might want to avoid it if you have already blown the budget!
===Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone===
There are lots of rides throughout Universal Studios that are suitable for kids and that they will love, but this area, as you would expect is entirely geared towards younger visitors. There are things that will appeal to all ages of children and the characters featured here include Woody himself, Curious George, ET and Barney.
As seems to be the theme in this park, there are a couple shows you can watch, the first one features animal actors although we didn't watch it because there were only four show times on the days that we were there and none of them suited our timetable. I imagine that there are more shows in the busier summer months. There is also a Barney show but since it is advertised as a sing along, clap along walk in the park we decided that we were probably a little too old for it.
We did have a go on Woody's Nuthouse Coaster, mainly because there was no queue. It has only a 36 inch height restriction, which tells you just how tame it is. Young daredevils will love it though and there are puzzles and things to complete in the queue which is quite good.
We also went on the ET ride which basically involves you sitting on a flying bike and helping ET get home. Again it is a fairly tame ride with 34 inch height restriction, but it is very pleasant and you wait in line in the forest which is pretty funky.
Finally in this zone there are a couple of themed play areas featuring Curious George and a character called Fievel, who is a mouse that I have never heard of! The whole zone has been planned for children very thoughtfully and it is lovely and bright and very engaging.
To complete the theme, there are plenty of places to get brightly coloured sweets and drinks or a souvenir featuring your little ones' favourite characters.
Lots of the rides in this park are wheelchair accessible and many of the show type rides have assistive listening or sign language interpreted shows, so that everyone can enjoy them. Just pick up one of the maps as you enter the park because they have details on them of which rides offer extra assistance and you just speak to the ride operator at the entrance.
It is also always worth mentioning if you are a single rider at the queue entrance because you tend to be able to jump to the front of the queue if you are.
It is worth picking up one of the maps anyway because it is much the best way of planning your day so that you get the most out of it. They are really handy to have and give all the information you need about the rides themselves (height restrictions, locker availability, opening times) and the other things in the park (food/drink, toilets, cash machines etc).
The park is predominantly non-smoking, however there are designated smoking areas throughout the park. There are seven of these areas in total and they all have plenty of ash trays and seating and are well sign posted. It's a great idea and I strongly recommend you stick to them because you will be told off otherwise.
The parks are exceptionally clean. I was amazed at how so to be honest, because you'd think with that many people, there'd be some rubbish somewhere, but no. There are always bins everywhere and you often see part of what must be an army of cleaners picking up bits of rubbish here and there. It makes it such a lovely place to wander around.
There are plenty of places to get something to eat and it caters for all kinds of things from snacks and quick bites to full blown meals. I didn't think the prices were that bad to be honest - certainly much less than I thought they were going to be. You are free to bring in your own food though if your budget doesn't extend to theme park prices, although expect to have your bag checked when you enter the park and to have to wait in line to do so.
In terms of ticket prices for getting in to the parks, it is an absolute minefield depending on what you want. You can get tickets for just Universal Studios, which are about £50 for one day, although the daily price does go down the more days that you book. The best value if you are staying for a week or more is to get a pass that allows you unlimited entries into a number of parks. This is particularly good because I don't think you need more than one day to see everything in Universal Studios to be honest, so you'd be better combining your ticket with something else. We paid about £150 each for a fortnight long ticket that got us into Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios and Wet n' Wild water park. There are also untold numbers of places you can get tickets from but I would add that it tends to be cheaper if you buy them in advance.
For any more information, the Universal website is excellent; www.universalorlando.co.uk
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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter (Florida)
I have reservations about the fact that our English Jewel that is the Harry Potter series, a multi-million pound best-selling series of novels and movies, has a resort in Florida. Boris Johnson has expressed his disdain for the fact and complete bafflement at why it was not placed in London. Of course, Warner Brothers own the ... rights to the movies, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is located in the Universal Studios resort, Orlando. Seeing as the resort is a tribute to the movies and the creators are based in the US I can understand the thinking. Florida is the destination of all places magical, Walt Disney's Magical Kingdom just a few miles south from Orlando in Kissimee and Spook Hill known for the ghostly road where you park your car at the bottom of the hill, release the handbrake and the car begins to slowly roll....uphill! Creepy.
All that aside. I'm here to review The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- How to Get There -
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a relatively small themed area nestled right at the back of the Universal Studios resort in Orlando, Florida. The parking is in a huge multi-storey carpark with themed levels e.g. We were parked in Jurassic Park's level. There are walking escalators that take you right over the road and straight into the resort. There are a number of bars and restraunts with a large multi-screen cinema located just outside the ticket booths and you do not need to purchase park tickets to access any of these areas. The resort is split into two parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. You can purchase tickets for one or both of the parks. To get into Harry Potter World, you need to go to Islands of Adventure.
The sneaky designers have placed the Harry Potter World right at the back of the park with (I would call hidden) entrances and exits which meant we actually missed it completely and ended up looping around the whole park. That's ok though, it's right next to Jurrasic Park World - and my 3 year old loved looking at all the dinosaurs.
- Diagon Alley-
The wonky street of Diagon Alley is picturesque with its snowy rooftops and cobbled ground. It is packed full of actors and refreshment stalls which sell the famous Butter Beer and candies. The Hogwarts Express sits at the Entrance blowing steam into the air and looking very impressive for tourists to have pictures taken with the Station Master who calls out to the crowd in his fake British accent. The buildings tower over the street and there's magical music playing which create this illusion that you really have stepped into the real Diagon Alley.
There has been a lot of attention to detail, the buildings look extremely authentic and aged. The cashiers dress like wizards, the shops are cramped and jam packed full of Harry Potter Merchandise. (And you need a small fortune to purchase any of it! More on that later on) Diagon Alley rests in the shadow of the fantastically realistic Hogwarts School of Wizardry and the overall feel is truly magical.
There is not a lot to say about the shops in Diagon Alley, Zonkos (The Joke Shop) and Honeydukes (The Candy Store) are linked inside. They are cramped and there is no space for a buggy, so they need to be left out in the buggy parks located closeby to the shops and the rides. The merchandise is costly and there is little variation to the stock. Zonkos seemed to sell two or three unique items, the rest of the *junk* nestled on the high shelves were props.
Dervish and Banges have all the touristy products, hats, scarfs, jumpers, t-shirts, whole Hogwarts uniforms and lots of odd bits here and there - all at an estronomical price! (One of the jumpers was ~$80!) These products are duplicated over and over in various locations in the park which make you think there is a lot to offer, but when I thought about it, I realised that the actual product portfolio is very small.
The Owlery is fun. A howler screams when the door opens and the high ceilings are swamped with owls. You can even send a postcard (Not unlike the novelty of sending a postcard from the Vatican, but arguably more fun) with a real Hogsmead postage stamp!
Olivanders had a queue the length of the great wall of China when I went. This is because you can have your very own experience of choosing a wand from Olivanders. You'll be given a wand and various visual effects make you feel completely drawn into the experience and when YOUR wand is in your hand, the room glows with beams of golden light and beautiful music fills the air. Worth the long wait?
Well not to worry if it queues aren't your thing, they sell the wands in all the stalls up and down the street anyway. They cost ~$30 each.
The toilets are worth a quick mention - they are fashioned to look like the toilets in Hogwarts and in the ladies toilets Moaning Myrtle screams obuse at the occupants. Delightful.
There are a few shops which are just props, though I suspect they will be developed and open for the public at a later date. It was a treat to see Emma Watson's pink dress from Prisoner of Azkaban next to Daniel Radcliffe's Dress Robes in a shop window. There were also wanted Posters up for Sirius Black.
The highlight of Diagon Alley is the Three Broomsticks. It is the only Restraunt/Bar but does not disappoint. Surprisingly large inside, the ceilings are high and crooked with various shadows of birds and animals. The lighting is dim and the tables and benches are wooden.
The menu was limited. We purchased a Cottage Pie and Fish and Chips. It was a real treat to eat English Food as we had been staying in the US for a month. Yet I must admit that it tasted like something you would get from the school cafeteria. The ButterBeer though was a real pleasure to drink! It was ice cold (or can be served at room temperature if preferred) and clear with huge froth on top. When I first took a sip, it tasted very similar to cream soda, but then I tasted the warmth of butterscotch on my tongue. The froth was sugary. The Butterbeer was incredibly moorish and refreshing.
- The Rides -
There are three rides. Unfortunately I was 22 weeks pregnant at the time I visited with my family and all the rides had warnings for expectant mothers therefore I was unable to ride them and unable to give a comprehensive review of them. There is a ride which looks similar to Nemesis at Alton Towers which is called "Dragon Challenge", there are actually two tracks and depending on which dragon you decide to ride you get a different experience.
There's a small wooden roller coaster called "Flight of the Hippogriff" which my 3 year old went on with his dad. My husband remarked that the ride was faster than he expected and a little rough. My 3 year old absolutely loved it.
The third ride is within the Hogwarts Castle. This is called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. My understanding is that is it some sort of glorified version of a simulator. But the remarkable aspect of this ride is all about the queue line. The line takes you all around Hogwarts on a tour and involves some impressive holographic technology that has been patented with Warner Brothers until 2015 so you wont see anything like it in DisneyWorld!
- Prices -
It cost us about £150 for my husband and myself to take our two children (under 3s are free) to the Islands of Adventure park. Parking cost $15 for the whole day.
Drinks are extortionate at ~$3 each (bare in mind you need a lot of fluid to stay hydrated in the unforgiving Florida sun!) The food at the Three Broomsticks was about $60 for two meals and two drinks. We were able to share our food with our toddlers but we all left the restraunt feeling hungry.
The Merchandise varied in price, but one small chocolate frog cost $10 and that was the cheapest thing I saw. Let that be your guide.
- Is it worth it?-
It's a rip off. A waste of money and gives very little back for what you paid. That is if you are only going for the Harry Potter world, the rest of the Islands of Adventure park has a lot to offer and suddenly it doesn't seem so expensive. I would like to see more shops and more choice of produce, I would also like to see more rides and attractions - a show would be nice! But over all? I would go again in a heartbeat. Despite all it's flaws, it was Harry Potter. For a day, I was in that Magical World and that is absolutely priceless.
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Theme Park / Zoo International
Theme Park / Zoo International / Parc Zoologique de Fréjus, zone du Capitou, 83600 Fréjus, France, Tel: 049 811 3737
Erlebnis-Zoo Hannover / Theme Park / Zoo International / Adenauerallee 3 / D-30175 / Hannover / Tel (+49) 511 28074 163 - Somewhere in the vast sub-continent, deep in the jungle, stands an imposing palace. What is perhaps more surprising is that this palace is to be found in Hannover.
Theme Park / Zoo International / Duinrell's Amusement Park means days of splashing good fun for the whole family. Beautifully located in the splendid woods and dunes of Wassenaar, there's a wide range of attractions in store for young and old. Info:+31 (0)70 51 55 155.
Rue des palmiers / Theme Park / Zoo International / BP 171 / 4089 Port El Kantaoui / Hammam Sousse / Tunisia - After experiencing an exhilarating descent in a tire down the Crazy River who could resist the fantastic, four track, Foam Tobogan.
Theme Park / Zoo International / Oasis Park, conveniently located in Port El Kantaoui, is home to thousands of botanical species and numerous rare and exotic birds and animals.
Theme Park / Zoo International / Water fun for the whole family!
Sea World / Theme Park / Zoo International / Orlando / Florida / USA
Address: Rue de la Médina / Theme Park / Zoo International / Yasmine Hammamet / Tunisia / North Africa / Telephone: 216 72 240 111
Theme Park / Zoo International / Discovery Cove, located adjacent to SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Swimming with dolphins is the most popular attaction. Reservations: 1-877-4-DISCOVERY.
Address: Benidorm / Theme Park / Zoo International / Spain - Cool off at this large water theme park. Something for the whole family.
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