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Islands of Adventure
As the name suggests, Islands of Adventure is a little more white knuckle than say the Disney Parks and probably aimed at the teenage bracket and above, although there is plenty of entertainment for the younger child.
You would gain entrance to Island of Adventure by heading down Universal Boulevard as if you were going to Universal Studios, but instead of heading right, take a left turn.
Islands of Adventure or IOA as it’s probably better known as, is made up of five Islands all with their own unique names and themed rides. Seuss Landings based of the Cat in the Hat books is probably more suited for the younger end, where as the Lost Continent hosts The Dueling Dragons Ride, a head to head roller coaster of breathtaking speed. The third Island is Jurassic Park which doesn’t really need any introduction or explaining what type of rides you will find but watch out for the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Next you will find Toon Lagoon. Again probably suited for all ages but don’t be surprised if you get a bit of a soaking. Toon Lagoon has as the name suggests some very entertaining water rides, Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls, Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barge, both will entertain & delight but both will probably wet you through.
Finally Marvel Super Hero Ride which boasts the hugely impressive Hulk Ride, the first roller coaster you will see when entering the park and towering high into the sky.
I have highlighted just a small section of rides although they are probably the most popular rides within the park, but there is much more to explore, many side areas where you will find food outlets, daily shows to enjoy along with many shops to purchase those memorable items to take home with you.
You can book Character Breakfasts with some of the many characters on show, plus get their autographs. We managed to find the Cat in the Hat and have a picture taken as well as getting him to sign our book.
IOA is probably our favorite theme park at the moment and can’t wait to return this year. Like all the parks in Orlando, just one visit is not enough. As you return again and again, there is always something else that gets your attention and makes each visit unique.
As our children are teenagers, when buying our park tickets IOA tends to be the first park on the list, we do still love the Disney parks and always head back there but when going to Orlando, you book the Flights etc, let the kids pick the parks.
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