Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure
Travis, my brother & I hit up Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure park on Wednesday last week. We don’t think it was worth the $90 some dollars, but we still had fun. There is actually two parks at Universal. Islands of Adventures has Harry Potter world, Dr. Seuss Landing, Marvel Super Hero world & The Lost Continent. (I think I’m missing a world in there, but I can’t remember what it is) And then there is the regular Universal Studios park which has behind the scenes movie tours, sets, and rides. I’d recommend going to that park, since you get more out of it.
Every time we go somewhere like Disney or Universal, my Dad gets these awesome touring schedules (no idea where) which tell you when to go on each ride, so your wait times are less and you can get more done in a day. As long as you follow them, they work wonders. They work so well, that at Universal Islands of Adventure we were done with all of the rides by 3:30 in the afternoon, so we could do whatever we wanted after that. And the longest we waited in line was 10 minutes, even for the Harry Potter ride. (Which was awesome, by the way.)
I’m not a fan of Harry Potter. I haven’t seen more than a half hour of each of the movies, and I’ve never picked up the books, but Travis is a fan. This is the only reason we went to Islands of Adventure, to see Harry Potter world. After being there, it makes me want to read the books and watch the movies, because it was awesome. The picture below looks like the buildings are just a backdrop, but they are real buildings.
They should have just made a Harry Potter theme park, since it makes everything else in Islands of Adventure look not as cool. Everything was just way over the top and awesome.
The Lost Continent looked pretty neat as well, but I thought the main attraction there, Poseidon’s Fury, was boring. They shoved so many of us into one room that I couldn’t even see what was going on.
Some things that are worth seeing there are: Harry Potter World, Hulk Coaster, Spider-man 3D, Sindbad Live Show & All of the water rides. Before we left I grabbed a Christmas Ornament (I’ve been collecting these for places we go… for now, my collections always change) and then I grabbed a Minnion from Despicable Me for one of my cousins since they didn’t come to Universal.
Since we were done with all of the rides by 3:30, we left the park around 4 and went back to the house to drink, relax & watch movies. These next two photos I should have thrown into Monday’s post, but I’m going to just put them in here. I never realized in Florida that they would have so many gecko’s running around. These things were everywhere! There was always at least ten of them hanging out by the pool at any given time.
And one of my favorite things that I got to see while in Florida, was the hot air balloons in the morning. I’ve always wanted to go up in one, but they are around $200 a person to do so. I was probably just as happy to see them floating around.
Tomorrow, I’ll wrap these vacation posts up with a little about Daytona Beach & Disney’s Hollywood Studios.