Islands of Adventure has many top notch attractions and taking and approach of quality over quantity.
Adventures of Spiderman is recognized as one of the best dark ride/simulator attractions with as easy to follow story with lots going on in the background promoting rerides. Incredible Hulk, a unique launch coaster is the only major coaster at this time and a position that needs to change.
Forbidden Journey utilizes Kuka arm technology to provide the first ride of it's kind. The story might be jumbled to the Harry Potter fan or confusing to the non-fan but still a unique ride experience.
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls and Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges are guaranteed to get you drenched. At least sitting near the rear on Jurassic Park River Adventure provides a manageable amount of moisture.
Cat is the Hat is a spinning dark ride through this famous children's book.
Many locations in the park serve traditional fare. However, in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter you can not buy Coca Cola products, but you can buy authentic Butterbeer (which is non-alcoholic) in regular or frozen form. Three Broomsticks, serving traditonal English fare recently opened up in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Mythos is still an above average theme park restaurant but a shell of its former greatnesss. Confisco Grille in the Port of Entry also has some unique foods options.
Islands of Adventure is open year round.
Established Seasonal events
Holiday season brings lighting and character overlays in the form of Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Grinchmas. Grinchmas, which includes the transformation of Seuss Landing and includes a live version of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" is held every December.
Access & Location
From Orlando International Airport:
1) Take SR-528 West 11 miles to I-4 East
2) Take I-4 East 2 miles to exit 75A
3) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels
From I-4 Eastbound (Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee):
1) Take I-4 East to exit 75A
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels
From I-4 Westbound (Downtown Orlando):
1) Take I-4 West to exit 74B
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels
If you stay onsite at Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort your room key serves as an unlimited Express Pass throughout the length of your stay.
Many major hotel chains are located near the park. Universal Hotel Partners can be found here http://www.universalorlando.com/Florida_Vacation_Packages/nf/partnerhotels.aspx Some Universal Partner Hotels may offers discounts at the parks.
Virtual Queue Options
Express Pass Plus can be purchased and allow one-time Front of Line Access for all rides except Forbidden Journey and Pteradon Flyers. Prices for the Express Pass Plus vary throughout the year, based on expected traffic.
Incredible Hulk, Dr Doom's Freefall, Forbidden Journey and Adventures of Spiderman all offer single rider lines but be respectful of the park and other guests by not entering the single rider line expecting to sit with others in you group. Some single rider lines may be hard to find so ask a park employee near the main entrance if unsure.
The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad is a stunt show and the park's main offering in this area. Harry Potter entertainers are present in that area of the park. In Seuss Landing, a narrator and customed characters bring Dr. Seuss' stories to life.
Islands of Adventure is a highly themed park of individual "islands," which focus on superheroes, cartoon characters, dinosaurs, Harry Potter, and the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss.
This park has unique coasters, including two world-class B&Ms; three highly themed water rides; and many other attractions with a level of detail usually reserved for Disney parks. Height requirements are the norm so small children will be very limited in what they can enjoy. Most attractions are outdoors, and during Floridas frequent thunder showers they will close temporarily. Food locations are plentiful, full-service restaurant Mythos was once considered one of the best restaurants in any theme park in the world, but is still very good.
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Universal Studios and Islands of adventure do a fantastic job at thinking of every single little piece of theming in the park! Everywhere you go you are immersed in an adventurous land of movie thrills. I am not a fan of Harry Potter, Marvel, or Simpsons (I just never got into them) but the fact that they play off of these themes and use them for phenomenal dark rides and attractions is awesome! I will say that the Hulk is the best coaster there followed by Mummy. Dragon Challenge makes me sad as I rode it when it dueled and Rip Rocket was just rough and a 4/10... The park is corporate but they use the corporate theme for extreme thrills which makes it a lot better. Honestly though theming here is better than Disney!
The atmosphere here is fantastic. You leave behind the world as you know it and enter into a brand new universe. It is awesome. Harry potter is by far the best part, but hulk and Jurassic park are also a whole lot a fun. If you have to choose between here if Disney, I'd by far say go here! You're guaranteed to have an amazing time!
My family and I visited on Christmas break and the park was awesome. All the rides were amazing and the theming was unbelievable. The food was also very good, especially the restaurant in the Harry Potter section. But the park was packed. It took 3 hours just to get in the Harry Potter section and then a good hour wait for every ride in the section.
Universal really hit a home run in 1999 with the addition to Universal Studios Florida with CityWalk, 3 hotels and Islands of Adventure, making it Universal Orlando Resort. The shining star of this expansion was Islands of Adventure, a state of the art, themed to no end, thrilling park where guests explored 6 amazingly themed islands with some of the best rides such as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Jurassic Park River Adventure.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion made the park and has never been more alive. This new island, along with all of the others are amazing to explore and take in some of the best theming in the world while adventures await you at every corner. The best theme park!
If you thought it was impossible to have a well-themed park with large thrill rides outside of Europe, think again! Dragons and Hulk are two of B&M's best, and theming is never left untouched. Spiderman may be the best simulator/dark rides around; it still makes Star Tours look like a backyard production! The park does have a great kiddie area, but limited options for kids are available outside of it. Don't pass IOA up!
Islands of Adventure is a really great park. It's not too huge, so doesn't require too much walking, but at the same time is packed with attractions to fill your day. While opinion on IOA fans has been split on the Potter expansion, I personally think it has improved the park while adding a great dark ride attraction. Aside from the park's obvious draw with its coaster collection, the park's water rides are something that shouldn't be missed (although be prepared to get very wet). The parks food offerings have somewhat declined over the years, but I don't think that has really harmed the park experience, as it's really easy to take a break for lunch at CityWalk.
This park is amazing. The hulk is up there in my top 10 list. The best log flume I have ever rode on is Dudley Do's ripsaw falls. The Jurassic Park ride is great, and so is dueling dragons. The new Harry Potter Themed section is just so incredible. The way that the indoor robotic coaster moves along the track and manuevers through the animatronics is just so incredible.
My review is of the park before the Harry Potter expansion (for better or worse). Island of Adventure at one point was one of if not the best parks in the World. it had everything you could want in a park. Great Coasters? Hulk and Dueling Dragons. Great Water Rides? Duddley Do Right and the Popeye Raft rides are among the best of their type in the world. Dark Rides? Spiderman, these best there is. Kids area? Camp Jurassic and the Dr. Suess section are incredible. Food? Mythos is one of the best park restaurants in the world. Islands of Adventure was the complete package of immersive themeing and incredible attractions. It has slid over the years, but at one point in the recent past it was the best there was.
With Harry taking over the park you will find many of the attractions with shorter lines. While most of the focus has been on Harry, the park let maintenance slip on a few areas of the park, however they seem to be getting their ship back in order. Hulk has gotten rough over the years which is a shame for such a good ride.
The park is colorful, well themed, and the staff are nice. If you've not been, its worth checking out. Stay at the resort and you'll get in early.
Although I think IOA has slipped a bit since my first visit back in 2000, this is still an excellent park with the best dark ride anywhere (Spider-man). Theming is excellent overall, even though I think Toon Lagoon isn't particularly attractive; the water rides will soak you to the skin; and the food choices are better than average. It is a bit sad to see the gradual diminishment of the Lost Continent section, although the new Harry Potter-themed is quite well done (and the retheming of the old Dueling Dragons coaster is a bit of a bummer--but I do like that Butterbeer). This still is still the best-themed park Universal has ever built.
Islands of Adventure takes traditional thrill rides but immerses them in Disney class theming. Spiderman is a great ride that uses many effects to supplement the high technology vehicles, and is probably the best non-coaster ride anywhere. Hulk and the Dragons are both great B&M coasters, each with a story as well. Jurassic Park feels very nice as well, and the Dr. Suess Island is wonderfully whimsical. Dr. Doom's propaganda queue videos are arguably better than the ride. Operations are fairly good. The park is set up very nice, with lots of attention to detail and beautiful scenery. Counter service food is pretty standard. If you need someplace a bit more exciting than Disney, this is it!
IOA is one of the best themed parks anywhere, and has a great selection of coasters, dark rides, and water rides. However, with the addition of WWOHP, crowds in this low-capacity park have gotten to be insane, especially around holidays. At Christmas, lines were 2.5 hours just to enter the WWOHP area, which stopped me from experiencing three of the top attractions. Now I realize that this isn't the parks fault, but because of IOA's small size, you feel like you could get lost or trampled. But there is plenty to love about IOA. Hulk is an amazing B&M, Dudley Do-Right is one of the best flumes around, and Spiderman is great, even if overrated. A must-visit for anyone in the Orlando area, just make sure you go on a weekday in the down season.
Islands of Adventure has been my favorite theme park ever since I first visited, and it remains my favorite to date. The rides are so technologically advanced and so well-themed that the experience is amazing. A must visit!!!
Though the park has lost some luster over the years they really do have a great collection of attractions. All of the rides are world class examples. For smaller children, there is virtually nothing for them in this park.
Small park that packs a big punch with three amazing roller coasters and two world-class dark rides.
Some of the best and wettest water rides as well!
Very little for small children to do here.
Lines for the Harry Potter Island, shops, and attractions can be prohibitively long.
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