Islands of Adventure (IOA) is by far one of the most fun theme parks to visit when in Orlando, Fl. Like its older brother, Universal Studios, IOA features amazing rides from the movies as well as other mediums of entertainment like cartoons and comic books. Riders can have great deals of fun in one of six themed areas of the park including Marvel Super Hero Island, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, Seuss Landing, Toon Lagoon, and the most popular area of the park called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. These areas feature some of the most entertaining thrill rides of any park in the area including The Incredible Hulk rollercoaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, Poseidon’s Fury and many others including the new additions of the Harry Potter rides.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features some cool rides and a whole themed area with shops and restaurants featuring all the hottest merchandise for the movie series. Guest will find adventure rides in depicting some of the coolest Harry Potter elements including the Hippogriff and the Hogwarts Castle ride. Aside from great rides there are also an abundance of excellent shows which include the finest live action entertainment as well as 3D and 4D movie experiences. If there is one place on the planet to come and enjoy the magic of movies, comic books, and other forms of animated and live action entertainment, Universal’s Islands of Adventure is the place to be!
Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade
Embark on the journey of a generation. Experience Harry Potter in a way that you’ve never been able to, that is, in real life. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter drops you right into the center of the action and magic as you experience everything a wizard has been able to in just a single day. As you wander the streets of Hogsmeade you will get lost in all the details that the shops and restaurants have, and find yourself in awe as you enter your favorite sites from the books and movies. The Wizarding World has no limits and everything that you’ve ever wanted to do as a wizard is possible. Whether you hang out at the Three Broomsticks for some food and “Butterbeer”, find your wand at Ollivanders or start an adventure on the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction, you’ll leave wanting to come back and do more. Entering the shadows of Hogwarts is an experience in itself as you become awe-stricken by this magical castle and the characters that come to life within it. “Incredible” is the best word to describe everything you will experience here and whether you’ve been a life-long fan of Harry Potter or never gotten into it at all you are sure to have a fantastic time. The storyline comes alive and this is your one chance to be a part of it. So escape from the “muggle” world and enter the wizarding one where you will find fun, adventure, and imagination around every corner.
Marvel Super Hero Island
Be amazed as your favorite Marvel comics come to life in this land of super heroes. You’ll be able to live through the action of a Super Heroes journey and the villains that come along with it. The rides that this land has are the keys to obtaining a taste of each hero’s comic. Whether you embark on the Incredible Hulk Coaster and become one with the big green guy or take on the high flying journey of the web-shooting hero on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride where you take on the villains that he deals with and have front row tickets for the action. However, your limits don’t end there; you can also face your fears on Doctor Doom’s Fearfall which is an attraction you can see for miles around. Some other heroes and villains you’ll come in contact with along this journey include Wolverine, Captain America, Kingpin, Hobglobin, and more. Comic fans will not be disappointed here and will find their childhood come back to them as good versus evil takes flight once again. So put yourself in the action and become a super hero for a day as you experience everything that comes with becoming great.
The Lost Continent
Exploration is key in this land and you’ll have a blast exploring all that this part of Islands of Adventure has to offer. The Lost Continent has all kinds of treasures to obtain and the mystical shops such as Treasures of Poseidon, The Coin Mint, and The Pearl Factory have plenty of gifts and novelties to keep you busy. Take part in the adventures of mystery and exploration as well with some phenomenal shows including The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad Stunt Show, and Poseidon’s Fury. At these you’ll be able to take a front seat in the exciting adventures of live action and breath-taking stunts and stories. This part of the park is calmer and fascinating with a mysterious feel that gets your senses working for exploring the lengths of your imagination. Interests are peaked and the forefront of becoming a legendary hero becomes possible as you journey through the hidden lands people have searched for for centuries. So let your imagination lead the way as nothing is too far-fetched in the land that has been lost to legends over time. In fact, why not start your own legend, because you can surely do just that here.
The prehistoric era is not over, it’s just begun…And you’re able to take the time machine back right into the action of it all. The adventures you’ll encounter on this dinosaur expedition are like nothing you have experienced before. You’ll come face to face with some well known giants and be closer to a T-Rex’s mouth than you’ve ever dreamed of being. Discovering these giants is just the beginning in this jungle, Jurassic scene; you’ll play right along side the fossils that have come to life. Bring your bravery with you as you set off on the Jurassic Park River Adventure, a seemingly calm ride at first until you encounter the one dinosaur you could do without seeing in real life and take a plunge to escape the grasp of his jaws. The fascination of entering the habitats of these dinosaurs is what makes this land such a great place. You’ll be able to witness first hand what few have been able to see. This section of the park has fun for the whole family because whether you’re a thrill seeker or not you are assured a fantastic time. It has a section for the smaller ones where kids can take a ride on a Pteranodon’s back on the Pteranodon Flyers and explore the land of the dinosaur themselves. Jurassic Park is a site to see and you will without a doubt leave with stories to tell.
“One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”…”I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am”….Dr. Seuss comes to life and all of your favorite stories are brought back to you as you experience the world that Dr. Seuss’s mind created. The Cat in the Hat is just a piece of what you’ll experience here as he himself becomes a life-size figure. Some of the books you’ll be able to enter first hand include, The Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, If I ran the Zoo, Green Eggs and Ham, and Mulberry Street. This part of the park is great for families and is a great place to take kids as their imagination will come to life. The limits don’t end there though, around Christmas time when all the “Whos” down in Whoville get ready for a great season, the Grinch comes to town and takes part in the action as you can meet him yourself. Around Christmas time this land transforms into a must see attraction as the Macy’s Parade is moved to Seuss Landing and being a part of the action is as easy as one, two, three… “Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear” as you dive head first into the beloved stories of Dr. Seuss and the whimsical place that his imagination created.
Lagoon says it all in this land as water is the key ingredient to being a part of some classic cartoons and the rides they entail. Some of these water-filled adventures in this part of the park include Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls, as well as Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. When the Florida heat kicks on during the summer time then this is the place to go in the park to cool down and just take it easy as water becomes a necessity. However, if water isn’t your style but you’d still like to enjoy everything this Toon Lagoon has to offer that is definitely possible. This section also has plenty of shops and restaurants to offer where you can find fun outside of the sun. Newspaper clippings and comics are at rise here and they become life size so everything you’ve read over the years finally opens up to greet you. The “Funny” pages ties the theme of this land together and fun it will be for the whole family. So corral the group and bring them along to Toon Lagoon where you will have the time of your life.