Universal’s Islands of Adventure is one of the top theme park attractions in Florida. The park’s theme is a journey of exploration into fun and adventure. You depart from the Port of Entry to visit five islands, each with its own unique theme. There is also a sixth Harry Potter themed, island that recently opened. In 2007, with 5.3 million visitors, Islands of Adventure was the #9 visited park in the United States and #15 worldwide.
[php snippet=1]The Port of Entry is the main entrance to Islands of Adventure. You will find shopping, services (including guest relations) as well as an attraction information board near the shore. Main points of interest are the Conifisco Grille restaurant and the Islands of Adventure Trading Company which is the main park gift shop.
Marvel Super Hero Island based on characters from Marvel Comics consists mostly of rides that will get your blood pumping. You can take a spin on the Incredible Hulk Coaster, ride the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3-D simulator, or even Doctor Dooms Fearfall which has a double free fall drop
Toon Lagoon is geared towards children as well as adults, with its theme based on the characters of King Features Syndicate and Jay Ward. The island’s focus is water based rides and has 3 counter-service restaurants including Blondies, home of the famous Dagwood. Some of its rides include Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls which is a traditional log flume, Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, a churning river rapids ride, and Me Ship, The Olive which lets the kids explore Popeye’s ship’s 3 levels of interactive fun.
The Jurassic Park Island is themed after the Jurassic Park movie franchise. It has a mix of thrilling rides and discovery-based exhibits. The Discovery Center is a replicated version of the Visitor Center from the movie. It offers everyone a chance to learn about dinosaurs, watch raptor eggs hatch and even play games. Camp Jurassic lets the kids explore amber mines and climb dinosaur nets. If you’re looking for a little more excitement there is the River Adventure, which takes you on a ride to see dinosaurs but also includes a terrifying 85-foot plunge to escape a hungry T-Rex. There is also the Pteranodon Flyers, which is a hanging coaster that lets you soar through the air over Camp Jurassic swinging from side to side as you change directions.
The Lost Continent is themed around ancient myths and legends and is divided into three smaller sections covering ancient Arabia, mythological Greece and medieval Europe (which is soon to become a part of the new Harry Potter island). This island is also the home to Mythos, winner of best theme park restaurant multiple times from Theme Park Insider. The Dueling Dragons is the only pair dueling of inverted roller coasters in the world; you can choose either Fire which reaches a top speed of 70 mph or Ice which tops out at 65 mph. The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad is a spectacular show featuring stunts and breathtaking feats. There is also Poseidon’s Fury, which is an indoor special-effects show where you’ll find yourself trapped far beneath the sea as huge fireballs, lasers and explosions of water erupt all around you.
Seuss Landing is where all of Dr. Seuss’ children’s tales come to life. While it is geared towards small children, any Dr. Seuss fan would definitely enjoy a visit. The island has several Seuss-themed attractions as well as the Green Eggs and Ham Café and the Circus McGurkus restaurant if you want a bite to eat. Just like in the books, there is not a single straight line anywhere is Seuss Landing, including the palm trees that were curved by Hurricane Andrew and installed in this area. The High in the Sky Seuss Trolly Train Ride takes you on a tour above and around Seuss Landing. There is also The Cat in the Hat which lets you ride your couch through the pages of the famous children’s book and meet the mischievous cat.
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