Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure Theme Park

There’s something about theme parks that bring out the kid in everyone. One can hardly help being drawn into the excitement and wonder of what lies around the next corner, which ride has the scariest drop, and where the best place to grab an ice cream is. At the Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida (part of Universal Studios), the fun begins the instant you step through the front gate and never lets up. With tons to do from little ones on up, this is one of the hottest family vacations around.

This diverse theme park is divided into 5 separate islands, each one having its own identity. What can you expect to find on these islands? Take a look:

Marvel Super Hero Island – Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a comic book world? You’ll get your answer here, where Super Hereos of all kinds spend their days fighting evil.

Suess Landing – With all the charm and whimsy of the most beloved of children’s books, this island is where it’s at for kids of all ages.

The Lost Continent – The most adventurous of the islands, you’ll find battles and wars, dragons and titans, myths and legends…and some great food when it’s time to take a break.

Jurassic Park – The largest of the 5 islands, this is where we’re tested to see if dinosaurs could have coexisted with humans.

Toon Lagoon – – Over 150 cartoon characters can be found throughout Toon Lagoon as you navigate through the panels of your favorite funnies and cartoons.

While the islands all have something for everyone, each one also has its own claim to fame – a ride or attraction worthy of top-billing.

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
A totally sensory 3-D ride that has you zipping through the streets and swinging from building to building high above the bustling city. During this heart-racing experience, you can expct to see, hear and FEEL what it’s like to be Spidey. This awesome ride can be found on the Marvel Super Hero Island.

The Cat in the Hat
Join the naughty and nonsensical Thing One and Thing Two from your favorite children’s book as your couch whisks you off for a wild ride through the story. Expect plenty of spinning and swerving, but remember to clean up before Mom gets home. The fun begins in Suess Landing.

Dueling Dragons Roller Coaster
This jaw-dropping roller coaster, which also happens to be the world’s first inverted, dueling ride, flings you through the the air at up to 55 mph at heights of 125 feet above ground. Yikes! The Fire Dragon and Ice Dragon coasters pass within inches of each other, as the coasters “fight” across the sky. The thrill takes place on The Lost Continent.

Jurassic Park River Adventure
Here’s your chance to see dinosaurs in their natural habitats as you set off on an unforgettable river raft ride. Hope you’re not scared of heights (or the dark), though, since the only way to avert a hungry T-Rex is to plunge 85 feet into complete darkness. Check this out on the Jurassic Park island.

Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
Help Popeye save his girl Olive Oyl from the nasty ‘ol Bluto by getting a good splash from the raucous whitewater rapids. A fun ride not to be missed. Located in Toon Lagoon.

And as if all this is not enough, there something else to look forward to. Opening in 2009, a “theme park within a theme park,” The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will make its debut. Phew.

Sound like this might be the place to keep your family busy? Well this was just a start; there’s plenty more awaiting you at the Islands of Adventure Theme Park.

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