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Universal's Islands Of Adventure

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An October 2012 trip to Orlando by dkm1981

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Quote: Universal Islands of Adventure is one of two theme parks in the Universal area of Orlando in Florida and it is the better of the two in my opinion, with six different worlds to keep you entertained . . .

Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Attraction | "Other Areas of the Park"

Universal's Islands of Adventure Photo, Orlando, Florida
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===Toon Lagoon===This is the second of the worlds if you walk round the park in a clockwise position and features characters mainly from Popeye. It is very brightly coloured although it is quite small and there are only three rides between the shops and themed street decorations. The first ride, Me Ship, The Olive is one that will appeal to younger visitors, although it is not so much a ride as a huge boat construction that you can wander round and play interactive games like shooting water canons and the like. The second ride is Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges and involves getting wet. Very wet in fact. To be honest I thought it was pretty lame and it just seemed to involve going roun...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2012

Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure

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Attraction | "Jurassic Park"

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This was one of my favourite areas of the park because I love the Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride. It is (another) log flume that starts off a bit like the film where you are taking a gentile ride through Jurassic Park and learning about the dinosaurs that live there. But, part way through your boat goes off course and you end up in the carnivore enclosure where the raptors and T-Rex are playing havoc. The only way out is down a particularly high water shoot of course. It’s great and because the boats that go round it seat about 25 people each, the queues for it are never that big. The animatronics throughout the ride are very impressive too. If you want to see what the ride is like bef...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2012

Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Attraction | "Marvel Superhero Island"

Universal's Islands of Adventure Photo, Orlando, Florida
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When you enter the park, if you walk in a clockwise direction, this is the first area you come to. The first thing I noticed about this island is that it is loud, which sort of goes with the theme of superhero and everything seemed supersized as well. I’m not a big superhero fan but I recognised enough of the characters to appreciate the theme. There are characters wandering around area during the day who are happy to pose for photographs and sign autograph books, which seemed to delight guests both young and old (to be honest I think most of the older guests were looking to pose with Storm rather than any of the male characters!). The attractions in this area were good, although they are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2012

Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Photo, Orlando, Florida
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I am a massive Harry Potter fan and this area was without a doubt my favourite of all the places we visited in the whole of Orlando. My husband is not a fan, but he still loved it and appreciated the amazing attention to detail that made the place so good. The area is based on Hogwarts school and the nearby magical village of Hogsmeade. You can do everything that you would expect to do in the places including getting a picture of the Hogwarts Express train, have a pint of Butterbeer (which was very nice even though we couldn’t quite work out what it was) in The Three Broomsticks (a pub that sells typical English food) and watch a sing song by a group of Hogwarts pupils. Walking through the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2012

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida
(954) 558-1784

Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Attraction | "General Information"

Universal's Islands of Adventure Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Universal Islands of Adventure is one of two theme parks in the Universal area of Orlando in Florida and it is the better of the two in my opinion. My husband and I have just come back from a week’s holiday in the theme park capital of the world and we had a fabulous time in Islands of Adventure which is the home, amongst other things, of the brand new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There are six different ‘islands’ in the theme park and they are all completely different, which makes exploring them a whole lot of fun . . . There umpteen places where you can get something to eat throughout the park and it caters for all kinds of things from snacks and quick bites to full blown meals. I di...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 19, 2012

Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida