Pros: Some of the best roller coasters in Florida.
Cons: The park is badly outdated and needs to be refreshed.
In my previous review on Universal Orlando, I said that I used to be a HUGE fan of both parks. However, with the appearance of the parks and the outdated rides, things have seriously gone downhill.
When Islands of Adventure first opened, it was an amazing thrill park. It had some of the best roller coasters around and had one of the neatest "secrets" for a roller coaster on Hulk. However, since it's opening, only a few meager attractions have opened up instead of major thrill rides.
Marvel Island is very weak. Since my husband works in a comic book store, this is something very near and dear to our hearts. Seeing a rip off of the Disney teacups was a little strange (Storm's Surge, I think it's called) and the street performers have never been very good. Hulk the roller coaster is amazingly good, but the line area itself is very dirty and needs to be updated. Spider-Man, one of the best rides in the park, breaks down constantly. I think the most amusing part of this land is how they accidently put one of the major poles that holdes Dr. Doom's Free Fall in upside down.
Toon Lagoon has two water rides. Rip Saw Falls is an awesome flume ride, but I panicked the first time I rode it since I had no idea where the handles where. I finally found them at the END of the ride, hidden up underneath the sides of the log. They actually redid the ride a few years ago to make it "tamer". Bilge Barge Rats is great on a hot summer day as you're sure to get soaked, but the water is sort of stinky and it WILL scare you when you see the giant hole in the wall in the middle of the ride where the riders hit.
Jurassic Park....ay yi yi. It also has two rides, one being an insanely lame "flying" ride where you sit in a seat and then are suspended a couple of hundred feet above the ground. Only really good for kids. Jurassic Park the ride needs to be fixed BADLY. The dinosaurs that sit out in the Florida elements from day to day are looking worse for the wear.
I can't think of the name of the next land, but it has two roller coasters in it; a nice little kid's one called The Flying Unicorn and the awesome adult one, Dueling Dragons. Parents, please realize that the Unicorn one is REALLY only for kids. If you ride it, I promise your knees and legs will be bruised terribly. Dueling Dragons is hands down the BEST ride in the park. A little tidbit of information...did you know that they put sand into the poles that hold the ride up to keep the noise levels down? Sort of interesting.
The last land is Suess Landing. It's pretty cute in the fact that it holds true to all of the Dr. Seuss books, but what's MOST impressive is that this is the only area of the entire park that is always clean. I think that's because Dr. Seuss's widow at one time demanded that it be kept up to perfect standards. During Halloween Horror Nights a few years ago, she refused to have anything "scary" happen in Seuss Landing, so they just played the music on the carosel backwards (which was creepy in itself).
The gift shops in all areas are very overpriced. The food is sub-par. It was much, much better when it first opened.