Islands of Adventure Rides at Universal Studios Orlando. We explored all the excitement at Universal recently, see what our favorite rides were and a few things you don’t wanna miss…..
This was my first time visiting Universal Studios so I really didn’t know what to expect. I had read plenty online about the new Harry Potter experience and I knew it was a popular theme park, but I didn’t know how toddler-friendly it would be. I was excited to see what all the hype was about, but I was a little worried B might not be able to enjoy many of the attractions. Well, I’m happy to report that I was completely wrong to worry. Universal is so much fun, for all ages! Here’s a recap of our visit and a few of our favorite rides…….
Walking through the entrance you can swing a right and you’re in Seussville or make a left and you’re surrounded by superhero attractions. We decided to start with the super-hero side. As your walking through it’s impossible not to notice the Incredible Hulk coaster that loops through the air above. I can’t tell you much about this one, other than that it looks pretty awesome. I, however, am not a fan of the upside down variety of roller coasters so we were happy to play spectator to the thrill seekers as they looped around.
Marvel Super Hero Island
Spider-Man, however, looked like just the thing for my superhero-obsessed child. We made our way through Peter Parker’s office and hopped on the ride. It’s a fun one! B loved it, but I have to forewarn parents, it’s a wild ride. My child is fearless so the loud sound effects and the jolting, spinning, soaring simulator didn’t bother him. If your child doesn’t like loud and rowdy, I would skip it.
Another ride we passed by but didn’t try out was the Dr. Doom’s Fearfall. The height requirement is 52″ and it’s more for the adrenaline junkies too.
Leaving Marvels Super Hero Island behind we ventured on to the Toon Lagoon. Here you can sail away on Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges ( 42″ minimum height) or rush through Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls (44″ minimum height.)
Skull Island Reign of Cong puts you in the middle of a 1930’s expedition that gets caught up in a battle between prehistoric predators and otherworldly monsters. King Kong barrels in to save you just in the knick of time.
Moving on, we’re out of the jungle, but not out of danger. Making your way through Jurassic Park you can jump on the Pteranodon Flyers, fun for the younger crowd. Or board the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride and sail through a frightening world of hungry raptors.
Once we escaped Jurassic Park we crossed the bridge over into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Flight of the Hippograff was the perfect roller coaster for my little guy. Not too wild and he really loved the bird’s eye view of Universal, especially the castle. Speaking of, we did not get to ride the newest attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey was not open yet. But we did get to walk through the castle and that is an incredible experience of it’s own. Riders must be 48″ so it will be a little while before B will get to experience this one, but I’m hoping to try it out the next time we visit.
The Dragon Challenge ride is also on the Hogsmeade side of Harry Potter’s World. Two high-speed roller coasters twist and loop in a thrilling, intertwining chase.
Once you’re done with wizardry and you’ve wandered through the wonders of the Lost Continent you’ll find yourself in Seuss Landing. Here the little ones will LOVE all the whimsical fun and whirling twirling attractions.
Hop on the High in the Sky Seuss Trolley for a ride through Circus McGurkus and around the wacky world of Dr. Seuss. Hang on tight to one of the colorful quirky creatures spinning around the Caro-Seuss-el. Or zoom high and low on the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ride.
B loved Seuss Landing, we rode the carousel again and again!