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Review of Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure with Kids

 

Review of Orlando with Kids

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

I would recommend a day for each park, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, especially if it is a time of the year when the parks are more crowded.  

You will find that the name Islands of Adventure absolutely fits this high adventure park.  The park is divided into six uniquely themed areas that include: Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Lost Continent and Seuss Landing.  Many of the rides in this park are geared toward older children so you must check height restrictions to see if your child will be able to get on them.  I would do this in advance and review it with your child so that they know their options. I saw many an 8 - 10 year olds in the park break into tears because they could not get on a ride. 

 

Seuss Landing

Seuss Landing is dedicated to younger children. It is home to the Cat in the Hat which is a popular attraction where you ride on a couch through the pages of the famous Dr. Seuss book.  One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish is a ride where you steer your fish through an obstacle course of fountains that squirt to the music (Under 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult).  The Caro-Seuss-el is a merry-go-round where you ride Suessian characters.  If I Ran the Zoo is an Interactive play area filled with creative and fun ways to entertain the kids.  Height requirement 36 inches and under 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult.  High in the Sky Trolley Train Ride will give you a great view of all the characters in Suess Landing.  This has a height requirement of 36 - 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult.

Toon Lagoon

This is the home of the infamous water rides and yes you will get wet.  Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls is log flume ride with a 75 foot drop that is filled with heroes and villians.  Height restriction is 44 inches. Popey and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barge is where you will brave white water rapids twisting and turning on a raft to save Olive Oyl from Bluto.  Everyone will get wet on these rides so don't be surprised if you are completely soaked when it is over.  Height requirement is at least 42 inches.  Me Ship, the Olive gives kids some great interactive play on Popeye's three story ship.

The Lost Continent

This is the area where myths and legends come to life.  The Duelling Dragons is a heart stopping roller coaster where the Fire Dragon and the Ice Dragon narrowly pass within inches of each other 125 feet in the air at high speed.  It is up to you to determine which of the two roller coasters you ride as you hear the Wizard Merlin daring you to choose your fate hot or cold, freeze or burn, fire or ice? This ride has a height requirement of 54inches.  Poseidon's Fury is a walking tour of the temple of Poseidon equipped with fire, water and lasers. The adventure begins as you walk into caves that containing ancient Greek artifacts  The Eight Voyage of Sinbad is a stunt show featuring Sinbad and his sidekick Kabob.  The show is great entertainment and a way to get out of the sun for a while.  The Flying Unicorn is a kid's roller coaster through an enchanted forest.  The height requirement for this ride is 36 - 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult.

Jurassic Park

This part of the park brings the Juarassic Park movies to life.  The Jurassic Park River Adventure is log flume type ride through Jurassic Park, which ends with a T-Rex ready to eat you and an 85 foot plunge. You will be a little wet on this ride. Try and get here early because there will be lines. The height restriction is 42 inches for this ride.  Camp Jurassic is home of the Pteranodan Flyers which is a ride that requires anyone over 56 inches to be supervised by a kid.  You get to fly on the back of a Pterandodon with a 10 foot wing span.  Also in this area you will find areas like caves, lava pits for the kids to explore.  The lower floor of Jurassic Park Discovery Center is filled with interactive experiences for the kids.

Marvel Super Hero Island

This island is home is some of the most thrilling rides in the park.   The Adventures of Spider Man which is a 3D adventure ride that has you swinging high above city streets and plummeting, in a free fall, to the ground below to avoid enemies.  Special effects include fire and water.  The technology used for this ride will have you totally immersed in the story.  This is a very popular ride so try and get to it early in the morning to avoid lines.  The height requirement is 40 inches.  The Incredible Hulk Coaster launches you from 0 to 40 mph in two seconds and sends you through twists, turns and many inversions at 110 feet above the ground.  It is a must for all of those adventure seekers in your family but the height requirement is 54 inches. Doctor's Dooms Fearfall is a thrill ride for those who enjoy being propelled 150 feet straight up in the air and then freefalling back down.  The height requirement for this one is 52 inches. 

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Park Tips

The best way to see the park is by getting there when it opens.

Wear comfortable shoes.

You should have sun block, sun glasses and even a hat. 

You are allowed to bring water bottles and snacks into the park and I would advise you to do so.  Food is expensive.

This is a very wet park so if you plan on doing the water rides you should consider a change of clothes. You WILL get wet!!

Preferred parking gets you close to the entrance especially if you are there when the park opens.

Do your homework in advance and know where in the park you want to start to try and avoid crowds and lines.  We started in Harry Potter World and it was a great decision for us.

There are a number of rides where you can not take any items on with you and your belongings must go into a locker.  Lockers are free so it is just a bit of a hassle.

If you are traveling with teens and you are not a roller coaster fan you will be waiting for them to enjoy the rides so find a shady location and be sure to have a bottle of water with you.

Lastly, if you are traveling with older children or all adults try using the "singles only line" for the rides.  We did this for the first time this trip and it cut the wait time from 40 minutes to 10 minutes.  I was worried at first that we would get separated but we were within a minute of each other at all times.  We did this on the high intensity roller rides where you really can't talk to the person next to you anyway.    The single line just fills in the ride when there are not enough for an individual group to fill it.  For instance if the ride holds 4 people and there is a group of 3 they will take one from the single line to fill the ride.  Works great so give it a try!!!