Universal's Islands Of Adventure
Park Size: 110 Acres
Recommended Visit: 1 Day
Attraction Count: 18
The new millennium saw the opening of a groundbreaking theme park on Universal’s old parking lot. Islands Of Adventure was so ahead of its time, it’s opening day attractions are still world-class leaders in the industry. Islands of Adventure is home to the original ‘Wizarding World’ which sees millions of fans annually flock to see the faithful recreation of Hogsmead and the mystical creatures within.
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You can’t mistake the roar of the Incredible Hulk which is audible all around the resort. Harry Potter And The Forbidden journey is part rollercoaster, part immersive dark ride but all groundbreaking in design. The coaster count expands this June with the opening of the much anticipated ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’.
Design triumphs in this park and blurs the lines between traditional rides incorporating thrill elements where you least expect it. Dr Doom’s dual drop towers are hard to miss but its the rides like Kong: Reign Of Skull Island that blur the traditional with new high tech seamless elements to bring a new level of thrill to the theme park arsenal.
Islands Of Adventure is undisputedly the king of water rides in Orlando. Popeye And Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges is the worlds wettest rapids ride while Dr Seuss has one of the only flumes to go below the water level. Then there is always Jurassic Park, where Dinosaurs meet one of the world’s steepest drops in a thrilling finale.
Dark & Immersive Rides
The ‘Amazing Adventures Of Spiderman’ invented this genre over 20 years ago. Now with cutting edge 4K high definition 3D visuals and upgraded sound, Spiderman is as cutting edge now as it was when it first opened. The Wizarding World has elevated a traditional dark ride and put it, thrillingly, on rails.
Seuss Landing is a whacky and colourful alternate reality. The maze is great fun no matter what age you are and the High In The Sky Trolley Ride offers some superb views over the islands. If you have pre-teen children, they will get more out of Disney World’s Various offerings than Universal.
This park is strangely bereft of shows. Toon Lagoon has a huge theatre that is only put to use in the summer months and the Mystic Fountain is a fun aside once you realise what’s going on. One of the parks opening day attractions is also its hidden gem. Poseidon’s Fury is one of the best shows around.