Results 1-10of 84 Reviews
Durham, United Kingdom
August 19, 2006
Plus PointsVast and imaginative expanse of various worlds and islands, each with its own theme, like Jurassic Park, Ancient Egypt, etc., that are generally impressive and pleasing to the eye. Rides may well be the best in the world, capable of shooting you in every direction at once and persuading your insides to pop outside your body. Nice enough park to walk around. Plenty of toilets.
Minus PointsWe visited first week in May, so this was by no means "peak" for visitor numbers; however, by the time we'd finished with Universal Studios (about 2pm) and wandered across to see what the other half of our ticket had to offer, we found that the shortest queue was 45 minutes. Consequently, Bilge Rat was the only ride we used. It was OK. We got wet, it lasted 2 or 3 minutes, and then that was that. The whole balance of the place is wrong and bordering on a complete rip-off. Rides are great, but frankly they do not occupy a huge floor space--there aren't that many of them, so queues are always going to be long. God only knows what things are like in August. Commercial booths, on the other hand, do occupy a large area of floor space, meaning that even though you've parted with $75 just to get in, the number-one priority of the owners is to secure more once you're inside. Frankly, I can't see how anyone can possibly get their money's worth out of this place--there simply are not enough hours in the day, even if you can bear each of the long queues, to get round all the rides.
Hated it. Commercialism at its worst. People need a better deal--either drop the entry fee or give them more! Contact me for details of an organised peasant revolt.
For a more positive spin on things, here's the website. Don't believe a word of it.
From journal Disney-Less Orlando
Brooklyn, New York
October 17, 2009
From journal Islands of Adventure: Marvel Superhero Island
San Luis Obispo, California
September 8, 2005
Marvel Super Hero Island was the first area I explored. This area is chockfull of thrill rides, including HULK (a coaster with lots of loops and tall drops), the Spiderman ride (a 3-D ride through the streets with Spiderman—lots of thrills and adventures on this one, my personal favorite), and Dr. Doom's Fearfall, a freefall ride. This area was well themed, but aside from Spiderman, the ride theme was a stretch.
Toon Lagoon is the next area you will hit as you walk around the lake at the center of the park. It is very well themed and focuses on classic cartoons like Popeye. The rides here are all water rides, so prepare to get soaked if you want to enjoy this area.
The Jurassic Park area is well themed, but features only two activities, the Jurassic Park flume ride and the Camp Jurassic play area for kids.
The Lost Continent area was a disappointment to me. It seemed like too much space and walking considering how few attractions there were. Dueling Dragons is a fun racing coaster, and there is also a Sinbad show (was closed) and a Unicorn coaster for kids.
As I've said before, Seuss Landing was my favorite area in the park, delightfully well themed and a true pleasure to walk through. There is a zoo play area for kids, an adorable Cat in the Hat ride, a Seuss-themed carousel, and a One Fish, Two Fish ride. They also appeared to be working on a new ride in this area, but there weren't signs or anything, so I can't be sure.
Although it wasn't my cup of tea, this park is a great park to take your kids to, since there are oodles of play areas and lots of cute rides. Be prepared to get wet, as many of the rides are water rides.
Universal utilizes their own express pass system, so be sure to get express passes early to avoid the lines. If you are staying in a Universal hotel, you get to go in the "express lane" for every ride without worrying about passes, and you can also purchase an "unlimited express pass" where you get to go in every express line. I don't really think this is necessary, but in certain circumstances it’s worth considering.
From journal Theme Park Trek in Orlando
October 28, 2009
From journal Islands of Adventure: Toon Lagoon
October 16, 2009
by Brad S.
New Glarus, Wisconsin
May 1, 2002
From journal Florida Break--A-Way
August 20, 2001
Nickelodeon studios was fun for our 10 year old. We participated in a mock airing of Family Double Dare. Terminator 2 3D is a great show featuring live actors, film and pyrotechnics.
The Gory, Gruesome & Grotesque Horror Show features a movie make-up artist detailing how some of the transformations are made with make-up. It's funny and entertaining with some audience participation. Definitely worth seeing.
The Earthquake ride is always fun. I lived near San Francisco and have felt several large quakes, including the Loma Prieta, and this ride feels very realistic! The BART train crashing and the fire and water rushing in is exciting. You are warned before getting on the Jaws ride that you WILL get wet. With the weather being cold we were a little reluctant, but it's one of those rides you just HAVE to go on. We managed to stay mostly dry. It's predictable, but fun.
We really wanted to go on the Men in Black ride, but the line was too long. It was estimated at 2 hours and we just didn't think anything was worth THAT. We talked to a few people who did wait and they said it wasn't worth it. It sounds much like the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney's Magic Kingdom.
We did spend time at the store at the exit of that ride and really enjoyed playing with the toys! I know we went on Kongfrontation, but it must not have been too memorable as none of us can remember much about it. The Citywalk is a fun place to wander around in. There are all kinds of restaurants, including a Hard Rock Cafe. Lots of places for Kodak Picture Moments, too.
From journal Orlando Themepark Fun
New York, New York
November 6, 2013
Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
October 19, 2012
From journal Universal's Islands Of Adventure