Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

The more I explore Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando the more I enjoy it. Having said that, it all depends on when I do my exploring.  If I'm there to take a stroll around in the morning or night I'm fine, but mid-day forget it.  This park out of the two Universal Theme Parks seems a bit crowded on the walkways.  There's a lot of meandering throughout the different themed islands. To get to one island you have to walk through one or two along the way.  The paths are narrow for a theme park, so crowds are bound to happen.
Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure
When you first enter Islands of Adventure you will notice the enchanting music being played throughout the Port of Entry.  There are a handful of shops along the way.  You will find some fun props for photo opportunities in this exotic location.  One of my favorite things to do, when I visit Islands of Adventure, is to stop at the Croissant Moon Bakery, grab a pastry and coffee sit back to listen to the music and watch the crowds wander in.


Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure


Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure


Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure
As you make your way into the park and follow the path counter-clockwise you will soon find the bright colored characters and such that tout the many Dr. Seuss books.  Seuss Landing is a haven for the little ones visiting the park; while most people will use it as a walk through to get to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure

Dr. Seuss Land at Island's of Adventure


Dr. Seuss Land at Island's of Adventure

Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure
If you don't want to walk through the main hub of Seuss Landing look for the path on your left as you approach the area this will take you around back and get you closer to the Lost Continent.  The Lost Continent is an eye-catching area with Greek Gods larger than life.  This area is beautiful at night. The popular Mythos Restaurant located here along with some shops, shows, snack stands, games, henna artists and more.
Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure
Once you weave your way through the Lost Continent you come upon The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is what most of the folks visiting Islands of Adventure are coming for.  When you turn the corner and you see the castle you are amazed.  This area of the park is fun to walk about.  You can just see yourself wandering around like Harry would have. While I find The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to be incredible it's also a nightmare most of the time.  I have been a number of times and there has always been a crowd.  There are times when there isn't much of a wait for the rides, but the crowds walking around this section are always full.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter entrance

View of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

View of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Now that you've made your way to the back of the park continue on your journey to Jurassic Park.   You'll see dinosaurs and hear bits of the soundtrack as you walk around. There are a couple of rides and some eateries.  If you are into dinosaurs you will be in heaven!
Jurasssic Park at Island's of Adventure
Once you leave Jurassic Park you will notice the noise level goes up a bit as you enter Toon Lagoon. Everyone enjoys watching Ripsaw Falls.  Like Seuss Lagoon this area is brightly colored and has a lot going on.  You'll find some characters, water rides, restaurants, and shops located in this cartoon inspired land.
Typhoon Lagoon at Island's of Adventure

Water Ride at Island's of Adventure

Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando
The colors continue to be vibrant as you make your way to Marvel Super Hero Island.  This is boy heaven; loud music, superheroes and the amazing Hulk coaster and Spiderman.  There's a lot of action going on in this land.
Spiderman ride at Island's of Adventure

The Hulk at Island's of Adventure
While my kids love the park my husband finds most of the rides very jerky and not worth the headache.  I'm somewhat in the middle.  I find Spiderman and Forbidden Journey to be amazing, but Hulk scared me half to death, and the other coasters gave me a headache.  I get the most out of the park by taking in the scenery, walking around and doing a little shopping and grabbing a bite to eat. While I prefer Universal Studios, Island of Adventure doesn't disappoint.
Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando



Entrance Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando


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