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Overview Of Islands of Adventure
Twinned with Universal Studios, the Island of Adventures is my favourite Orlando theme park. The recent addition of the Harry Potter Wizarding World has cemented its' popularity in my child-like mind.
In the world before Harry, the Islands had more than enough to keep me occupied and entertained for hours on end. As you enter, you are regaled by the Incredible Hulk roller coaster which rockets upwards from zero to forty miles per hour in two seconds, through a dark tunnel and into the blue sky at the start of a high speed twirling and spinning ride. Once you get your breath back, it' s on to Doctor Doom' s Fearfall, rows of seats that take you one hundred and fifty feet into the air before dropping like a stone towards the ground below.
With shaking legs, the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman gives you the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a 3D fun and fear thrill ride. It is very clever, entertaining and the last few seconds are worth any wait you may have had to endure.
Water rides include the forty four inch height minimum Dudley Do-Right' s Ripshaw Falls, a fun filled ride culminating in an incredibly steep plummet into the waters of Ripsaw Falls, the Jurassic Park River Adventure where you travel through the jungle next to dinosaurs before the trip goes wrong and the only means of escape is over an eighty five foot plunge into total darkness. This ride has a height restriction of forty two inches.
The same height restriction applies to Popeye and Bluto' s Bilge-Rat Barges which splash their way through waterways being attacked by other park guests with water cannons. You will get wet on this ride and plastic ponchos on sale at the entrance are an option to give consideration to.
One ride that I have not been fortunate enough to use is the Pternodon Flyers, a two seater flying prehistoric bird that glides overhead allowing you a birds-eye-view of Jurassic Park. This ride is designed for children under three feet in height and an adult must be accompanied by one of these specified children. I' ve stamped my foot and thrown a tantrum but the powers-that-be still wont let me ride it.
The Storm Force Accelatron is a family ride that twirls and spins you around at speeds you can determine and once again, has a height control on it, this time a minimum of four feet.
If you have had enough of the rides and need a sit down and a bit of relaxation, there are a few live shows that fit the bill. Situated in The Lost Continent is the Eighth Voyage of Sinbad shown three times daily in an open-air amphitheater. This is a fast live action stunt show and good family entertainment. Another show is Poseidon' s Fury, a special effects program using lasers, flame and water effects. Again, this show is for all the family to enjoy.
Toon Lagoon and the Seuss Landing play area are totally kiddie orientated and will mesmerise and entertain the little ones for hours.
The Island Of Adventures certainly lives up to its' name and is worth the short trip to Universal.
Author: Sarah Elder (Villa link: click here)
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