Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

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  • Thrill-Seekers MUST DO Universal Islands of Adventure!

    Aug 19, 2006 by mrkstvns is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great rides, great themes, great time!
    Cons: Express Plus pass. Nagging service issues.

    Summary: The great thing about Orlando's abundance of theme parks is that there's a park to suit just about every mood and taste. For the group with older teens and young adults, Universal's Islands of Adventure will probably end up as the hands-down favorite. ... read more

  • What an adventure!

    Oct 20, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Super rides and amazing themeing - something for everybody! A great day out!
    Cons: Honestly, not much...

    Summary: I recently returned from 2 magical weeks in Orlando, Florida. During our stay we visited many theme parks, including Universal Studios Islands Of Adventure. There are 2 Universal Studios parks in Orlando - the original Universal Studios ... read more

  • Weekend Fun

    Feb 28, 2013 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great photo areas, Mostly clean
    Cons: Crowds, People smoke anywhere

    Summary: I have been to both of the parks a lot because of the fact that I lived in theOrlandoarea. I needed something to do one day so my mom got us season passes and park hopper passes. The main thing you need to know about the Island of Adventures Park is that ... read more

  • Visit Harry Potter and Other Fantastical Folks at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

    Nov 15, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Harry Potter, Seuss Landing, Toon Lagoon, lots of exciting rides and attractions
    Cons: pricey and crowded

    Summary: A couple years ago, my aunt and uncle took a trip to Florida, and while they were there, they saw advertisements for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which would be opening the following year. My aunt told me that whenever they decided to go to ... read more

  • Universal Studios Islands of Adventure: The One with Harry Potter

    Jul 18, 2011 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Harry Potter and some other good rides
    Cons: Everyone else is there to see Harry Potter too

    Summary: Getting ThereUniversal is located at exit 74B off of i-4 in Orlando, Florida. One parking lot serves both Island of Adventure and Universal Studios Orlando. Escalators and elevators take guests from the parking garages ($15 for regular parking ... read more

  • Islands of Adventure: Come for Harry Potter, Stay for the Rest!

    Oct 10, 2010 by chelledun is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Hotels & Travel
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Awesome attractions, minimal crowds in September.
    Cons: Expensive for a one-day visit.

    Summary: Cautionary tales about 8 hour waits be darned, Mama Chelledun and I recently planned a trip to Universal Islands of Adventure with a primary goal of checking out the much hyped Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  As it turns out, September is ... read more

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and More at Universal Studios

    Aug 22, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Rides are awesome, attractions are very visually appealing.
    Cons: Long lines, prices.

    Summary: Okay all you muggles. I know you don't really want to hear about my visit with my parents in Florida, or the airline we took or our rental car. What you want to know is - How was the Harry Potter exhibit!?One of the big theme parks ... read more

  • A ranking of the 10 Best Rides/Attractions at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

    Jul 2, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of fun rides, attractions and shows, VIP Express Plus Pass, dining reservation booth.
    Cons: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was way too crowded when were there.

    Summary: The third of week of June (about two weeks ago) we were in Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The main reason we went on this trip at this time was the opening of the Harry Potter Exhibit, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, on June ... read more

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure

    Jun 22, 2010 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The castle is not just a facade, you go into it and experience the ride.
    Cons: BIG line to get into that SECTION of Islands of Adventure. Plus more long lines.

    Summary: Universal has outdone themselves on this new Harry Potter World in Islands of Adventure.  If you have seen the movies, the world and the main ride exceed expectations.  I'm still in the "Wow!" mode.  After waiting an hour and ten ... read more

  • This Island is for Me!!!

    Jul 13, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: clean, lots of fun, good food, awesome rides
    Cons: the day went too fast

    Summary: One of my all time favorite parks is Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Florida.  This park has got great rides, and is perfect for family vacations.  I am not sure how much admission is to get into the park as I did not pay for my ... read more

  • Islands of Adventure 1st timer review.

    Jun 13, 2009 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: If you`re a fan of Superheroes,dinosaurs or getting wet you can`t go wrong.
    Cons: No restaurants open before noon.

    Summary: Hi, I`ve never been to a Theme Park before but this summer I took my 5 year old son to Orlando. He loves superheroes so our first stop was Islands of Adventure - MARVEL SUPERHERO ISLAND. We got there early 930am and were able to ... read more

  • Islands of Misadventure?

    Apr 14, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Rides definitely give the thrills.  Shows hokey, but fun.
    Cons: Meal Deal food.
    Service in general is mediocre

    Summary: So, we (the wife, two 18 year olds and two 13 year olds) just got back from IOA, and I would have to give it mixed reviews.  Of course, circumstance played a role in the "mis"adventures, but I would not call it a prime experience.  We arrived ... read more

  • Islands of Adventure with kids ages 14, 12, 8, and 5

    May 27, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some really great rides, things to do for all ages.
    Cons: Meal Deal food wasn't that good.

    Summary: We just returned from Islands of Adventure, a Universal Studios theme park. Let me start with the beginning. Parking was about $12. When you enter you enter to an area that divides the two parks, Universal Studios to one side and Islands of Adventure ... read more

  • Dinosaurs, Superheroes, Dragons, Popeye, Dr. Seuss...What more do you need?

    Apr 22, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: rides, atmosphere, variety
    Cons: expensive

    Summary: The Universal Islands of Adventure is a fantastic value that combines the best roller coasters, stunt shows, and children's entertainment and amalgamates them into a world of fantastic fun for the whole family. Next to Disneyland, it is one of the best ... read more

  • Expensive fun

    Apr 18, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Thrill rides abound. Great theming.
    Cons: Expensive, Express Pass annoys.

    Summary: I just returned from a vacation to Universal (both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, which will be reviewed separately); all in all, a good time, but it's a trip with some caveats. Cons: Universal is expensive. Very expensive. A ... read more

  • Great park unique attractions lots to do and look at

    Apr 15, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun, fun, fun. Lots to do, better for middle aged and teen aged children.
    Cons: Not as small kid friendly as the other park.

    Summary: We got the combo 7 day pass, it was worth the little bit of extra money. This park is great for old and young alike. Suess land makes u feel like a kid again and smaller children love it. My teenager son thought this park was the best out of the two. ... read more

  • Lots of coasters!

    Mar 30, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fun and perfect for older visitors too!
    Cons: Expensense for a whole family can be high

    Summary: On my trip to Florida with work we had a day to spend in the Universal park ' Islands of Adventure' - it really is one of the best parks in Florida in my opinion and I'll go through what makes this park so good. Entrance: The park entrance is ... read more

  • Islands of Adventure a great park for all different ages

    Mar 6, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Everything
    Cons: Gets expensive.

    Summary: Islands of Adventure a great park for all different ages We went to Orlando on vacation in August 2007. This was my first time visiting Island of Adventure, my husband has been there once before but that was a few years ago. We were also traveling ... read more

  • Universal Islands of Adventure: Orlando's Real Wet 'n' Wild Park

    Apr 14, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: awesome water rides, water incorporated elsewhere, effects shows, very well themed
    Cons: too extreme at times (especially the so-called children's rides), very spread out

    Summary: Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando is one of the more unusual amusement parks I've ever visited. Heavily, almost lovingly themed, it both seems geared to children and has some of the most extreme rides around. Ever the versions of ... read more

  • Islands of Adventure -- New Thrills for Jaded Thrillseekers

    Mar 26, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Immersive, colorful, scary, fascinating, real, clean, cute, dramatic, mind-blowing.
    Cons: The "new thrills" feeling unfortunately wears off after about eight times on each ride.

    Summary: Laughter in my veins, butterflies in my chest, fear of falling, fear of frying, intense fascination. Not so unusual to experience these things at Islands of Adventure, but what did surprise me is how something can still do that to me. I have adapted to ... read more

  • IOA: great if you've never been

    Mar 22, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Some of the best roller coasters in Florida.
    Cons: The park is badly outdated and needs to be refreshed.

    Summary: 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 ... read more

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