Islands of Adventure Theme Park: For the Thrill Seekers

Islands of Adventure is an exploration journey theme park located in Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. It began operations on May 28, 1999. It is composed of a main port with seven differently themed islands.

The Islands of Adventure is part of the expansion program of Universal Studios Florida which was converted to Universal Orlando Resort. The adventure Florida theme park opened initially with six themed islands. On June 18, 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter became its seventh island.

Port of Entry is the main entrance of the adventure park. This is where shops and restaurants are located. This also serves as Guest Relations area.

Marvel Super Hero Island has thrilling rides inspired by Marvel comic books. It features a 65 miles/hour roller coaster, which is known as Incredible Hulk Coaster. A 3-D simulator ride is the main attraction in The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. Guests go through the Larverian Embassy to experience Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, 16 guests can ride one of the S&S Power Space Shot which will launched into air at 40 miles per hour. Up to 5 guests can ride one of the twelve circular shaped cars in Storm Force Accelatron, where the spinning can be controlled by the large wheel located in the center of the cars. This is inspired by the X-men. Guests can also meet and greet Marvel superheroes at Meet Spider-Man and the Marvel Super Heroes.

Toon Lagoon is another island which is for kids and adults; it features characters from King Features Syndicate and Jay Ward. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls showcases a log flume ride combined with roller coaster tracks inspired by an old cartoon and movie – Dudley Do-Right. A river-rafting water ride is featured in Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges which is inspired by the television series, Popeye the Sailor. An interactive kid’s playground is the main attraction in Me Ship, the Olive, which is a replica of Popeye’s ship. Mat Hoffman’s Aggro Circus is a seasonal BMX and skateboard stunt show at the Toon Lagoon Theater.

Discovery-based exhibits and thrilling rides are the main attractions in Jurassic Park Island. A water ride inspired by the movie and novel Jurassic Park is the main feature in Jurassic Park River Adventure. Children can ride one of the two-seater cars in Pteranodon Flyers, a steel suspended low speed roller coaster. Children can play at Camp Jurassic. A dinosaur-theme museum, which is large and interactive, is featured in Jurassic Park Discovery Center. A walkthrough attraction where guests can with animated replicas of dinosaurs is showcased in Triceratops Discovery Trail.

Ancient myths and legends are the theme of the Lost Continent Island. A live action stunt show set in ancient Arabia is aptly called The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad. An in-door special effects show is featured in Poseidon’s Fury while the Mystic Fountain entertains guests.

Dr. Seuss’s works are the main attractions in Seuss Landing. Children can enjoy Caro-Seuss-el; The Cat in the Hat; If I Ran The Zoo; One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish; the High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride; Oh, The Stories You’ll Hear; and Dr. Seuss’s ABC.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the latest island addition in Islands of Adventure. Rides and attractions include Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which takes guests through scenes of the Harry Potter movies and books; Dragon challenge which is the first dueling inverted roller coaster ride in the whole world; a junior roller coaster called Flight of the Hippogriff; and Ollivanders which is interactive and based on Ollivanders, the Harry Potter Location.

The park opens at 9am daily with varying closing times. Tickets can be bought in advance online to take advantage of the huge deals.

Useful links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islands_of_Adventure

http://www.universalorlando.com/Amusement_Parks/Islands_of_Adventure/islands_of_adventure.aspx

Islands of Adventure Theme Park