Islands of adventure is the second of the two parks in the Universal Orlando resort. It was opened in 1999 after a major expansion project. The theme park in my opinion is nothing short of brilliant! To be honest its a more aimed at Adults and older children than the Disney parks but kids of all ages will enjoy it.
Islands of adventure is split into 5 "Islands" plus the port of entry, arranged around a picturesque lake. Port of Entry is the parks entrance area, it has a couple of places to eat, a shop, a place to pick up photographs and most importantly it has an attraction information board. If you go clockwise around the park the first island you come to is the Marvel Super Hero island. This area is based around characters from Marvel comic books and tv shows, such as the hulk, xmen and spiderman. Throughout the day there are loads of characters heading through the island available for meet and greets. There is a Hulk rollercoaster, which is quite intense and not suitable for small children. (This rollercoaster also featured in the film house on haunted hill). Another of the main attractions in this island is spiderman which is a 3D simulator ride - this ride is incredibly clever and one not to be missed!
The next island you come too is toon lagoon. This is based on some of the famous comic characters - such as pop eye! There is a good selection of shops and places to eat in this area and i think the theming in this area is really good! The 2 main attractions in this area are Dudley Doo Rights ripsaw falls - this is a log flume type ride based on the cartoon characters - it has quite a big drop at the end where you get pretty wet! The other is Blutos Bilge Rat barges - this is a river rapids ride which takes you through a boat wash etc. Its a very funny ride but be prepared to get soaked!
The next island is Jurassic Park - this is one of my favourite islands as its so well themed! You enter through the famous Jurrassic park gates and straight away you notice the music playing! Check out the pavement too as it has imprints of various creatures and leaves in it! The main ride in here is the Jurassic park river adventure. This is a boat ride based on the film and as you would expect lots of dinsaurs turn up to create chaos! There is quite a big drop at the end so make sure you dont have any loose hats!
The next island is the lost continent and this is split into 2 sections, one is mythological geece and the other ancient arabia. There are several shows in this area, aswell as a sit down restaurant. The main ride is a rollercoaster called Duelling dragons - its 2 identical tracks that "race" each other. One is the red "fired" dragon and the other blue "ice" dragon. Both sides are very good but only ride both if you ahve a strong stomach! made me feel a little queasy!
The final island is Suess Landing! This is another brilliantly themed island - if you've ever read the Dr Suess books you'll appreciate the green eggs and ham cafe, circus McGurkus and the characters such as the cat in the hat and thing1 and thing 2 that often make an appearance.
Interesting fact about this land is that there is not a single straight line anywhere!
Overall i prefer the other univeral park but we will always do both of the parks! There is so much to do and Islands of adventure has its own unique characteristics so its definately worth a visit!
This theme park is amazing!
The park is divided into different "worlds" Marvel, Jurassic Park, Dr Seuss' landing and The Lost Continent and Toon Lagoon...and they have left nothing out. One of my personal favorites is the Jurassic Park area. They have the 4x4s out of the movies and the huge model T-Rex coming out of the vegetation (which is also themed like Jurassic Park.) You even enter this world through the Jurassic Park gates! There is also the Welcome Centre from the movie there, or a copy of it, which houses a few shops, eateries and some interactive exhibits.
The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster is not to be missed! If you like your comic books even a little, then you will LOVE the Marvel Superhero Island, everything is themed, right down to the manhole covers. You will have to queue in the summer but the places where you will be standing are filled with fans and mostly in the shade. The path up to the rides will be themed according to the ride, for example for the 3D spiderman ride, you walk through The Bugle's offices. For anyone who doesn't know that is the newspaper in Spiderman.
There is also a Toon Lagoon section, featuring classics like Marmaduke and Popeye. There are of course themed shops, characters and amazing rides!
For smaller childern, there is also Dr Seuss' landing....or those of us who still like Dr. Seuss! Again the whole thing is brilliantly themed, with the occassional character making an appearance!
They are building a Harry Potter themed world at the minute, which I'm sure will be well worth a look! This will replace the Lost Continent section (or at least take up a large part of it) Duelling Dragons is a superb rollercoaster which you can find in the Lost Continent!
This park is a must-see if you are visiting Orlando!
We have been Three times now and always have a great time. If you are a frill seeker this is the best park in orlando for you as the rides are amazing.
The incredible hulk ride is our favourite you can't imagine how fast you set off on this. Spiderman is a great ride / simulator I get motion sickness but was fine on this. Love the duelling dragons and Jurassic park river adventure (keep your eyes open for some real scares). Be warned the water rides here are great fun but you might as well go swimming you will get very wet, fine when it is real hot but not so much at other times, we always pack a plastic poncho from the supermarket, you get people laughing at you when you get on but believe me you are the on laughing in the end.
Although we love the park I would say it is more for not the best for younger children as there are so many scary fast rides.
Islands of Adventure Theme Park in Orlando is one of the best theme parks that I have ever been to. While is was not cheap to get into the park (it was over $50 for just myself), I will say it was well worth it.
My favorite ride while I was there was the Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster. You start your journey heading up a steep hill in a tunnel and about half the way up you speed up really fast causing you to fly through the tunnel and into a corkscrew. Very fun.
I also loved the Spiderman ride. It was an indoor ride that was three D and it was amazing. I could ride it ten times in a row and not get sick of it.
We did have to wait in line for a while on some of the rides but that is to be expected with such a large well known theme park. The food in the park was wonderful and there was lots of places that one could eat at.
We always visit Islands of adventure when we go on holiday to Orlando. There is something there for the whole family, whether its a gentle ride through Dr Suess' cat in the Hat or a rip roaring adventure on duel where two roller coasters go at the same time and get extremely close to each other, you'll be sure to have a fun time at Universals Islands of Adventure.
My personal favourites are Spiderman which is a kind of simulater ride but you do actually move around back and forth in a cart. The big screen grafics make you feel like you are really jumping and swirling between skyscrapers in the city, its a bit jerky but an absolute thrill.
The other is the Hulk, which is from the movie the Incredible Hulk. Its a basic rollercoatser, but you start in side when you get on and you are shooted at full speed right from the off up out of a tunnel and before you know you are riding high on this breath taking roller coaster, if you can bare to open your eyes its worth it to take in the view of the rest of the park, because as with all coasters they are over before you know it, and you won't get a better view from any other ride at islands of adventure.
There are plenty of restaurants, but we don't usually bother as they can be expensive, you're better off having a big breakfast before you go in and then catching some tea on your way home.
We go to Orlando nearly every year and we have learnt not to go in the English holidays as the queues are hurendous it seems that the only tourists in orlando at that time are British. So if you don't want to spend most of your days queuing, its best to go when the kids are suppossed to be at school.
A lot of the time the weather is good so if you need to cool down then the jurassic park river ride is excellent for getting wet albeit a bit scary along the way too.
There are loads of restrooms around the park just pick up a map as you enter the park and stroller/pushchairs can be hired near the entrance for a small charge.
Hope you enjoy your adventure if you go there, we are never disappointed!!
This theme park is wicked. Try it first before going into universal studios. The hulk coaster, and spiderman rides are out of this world. Toon town is wicked water rides, you get very wet.
power rangers spinning ride, made me a bit sick, but i still enjoyed it. dueling dragons a bit close for me, 12inches from each other.Cat in the hat ride, maybe a bit scary for the little ones, but fun. You can eat a the green eggs and ham cafe. Then finish off athe jurassic park river ride. if this is one park, just wait to see universal studios. well worth the price. Buy a three day pass to take a tour of a lifetime.