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Spotlight: Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando

Orlando attraction planning is not complete until you have added Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Called “the most high-tech theme park in the world,” it is one of the best additions to Universal Studios Florida. The great thing about this thrilling theme park is it does not limit their shows and rides with themes based only on Universal films.

Islands of Adventure Spiderman Ride

With the exception of three “lands” themed around Universal, the remaining themed areas were created about characters licensed to their rival studios. These studios do not own their own theme parks. Adding attractions at Universal’s gives them the representation they need through excitement.

Islands of Adventure = 5 Theme Parks

This Orlando attraction is almost like going to five theme parks in one day. The five different themed islands allow you to live the adventure each one represents. The five popular areas at Island of Adventure at this Orlando attraction are listed below. The first three are the only ones licensed through Universal.

Port of Entry – The Pharos Lighthouse, the park’s iconic centerpiece, marks the park’s entrance. Port of Entry, the main entrance is home to Guest Relations, aptly named The Open Arms Hotel. Multiple gift shops are in this area.

The Lost Continent – Ancient myths and epic legends provide enjoyment of going back in time.

Jurassic Park – Named after Universals famous movie, this “Island” is a perfect place for science. Used as magic, it brings things back to life. Made famous for its distinctive dinosaur experiences, it is the largest of the islands at this Orlando attraction.

Marvel Super Hero Island – Watch your favorite Super Heroes battle against the world’s notorious diabolical Super Villains.

Seuss Landing – Enjoy whimsical tales played out right in front of you by your favorite Dr. Seuss characters.

Toon Lagoon – The name says it all. This hilarious cartoon island will have everyone in your family non-stop laughing.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal Orlando photoNew Attractions Added

These are just a few of the islands available to visit. Its newest attraction, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” should not be missed. It is by far the most popular attraction currently featured at Universal Orlando. Travel over the towering Hogwarts castle gateways. See the sights of the familiar passages, laboratories and corridors.

There is so much to see at this Orlando attraction. You will want to purchase a multi-day ticket. Make sure you visit Universal Islands of Adventure. Being immersed into the action through shows and rides will have you living the adventure with the characters. You haven’t lived until you are chased by a giant dinosaur. Let the adventures begin.


Rip Ride Rockit Now Re-open!

Universal Studios Orlando has re-opened its Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster after a long, sudden closure about 6 weeks ago.  There have been rumors flying around about the reason for the closure and there was even speculation that Universal might remove the ride altogether due to severe issues.

Since the re-opening on October 28th, guests are saying the trains are new, or refurbished, and the ride experience has been improved.  This is good news since this ride was considered to be too rough for some.  Universal has been very vague about the reasons behind the long closure, and when asked about the re-opening, all they said was “We are excited that Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit has re-opened after its maintenance period.”  Hmmmm, not much information there, but at least the ride is now open, and improved.  This innovative ride features cutting-edge technology and features three 1st-time maneuvers:  the Double Take, the world’s largest non-inverted loop; the Treble Clef, where guests burst through a building façade on track shaped like the music symbol; and the Jump Cut, a spiraling, negative-gravity move. Not only that, but riders get to choose their own music, and cameras capture the entire experience.  Guests can purchase the DVD and take home their own ‘music video’ of their experience.

After rockin’ on the coaster, let the music and party continue. Visit Capone’s Dinner & Show, just down the road from Central Florida’s theme parks. Be sure to catch this show while you’re in town!

Disney’s Renovation of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom Orlando

A major renovation of Fantasyland has been in the planing stages for some time now, but now Disney has begun hiring contractors for the massive renovation. Starting in early 2012 Disney plans on opening it’s new Little Mermaid attraction and Pixie Hollow a new meet and greet area for Disney’s various fairies and princeses to interact with guests.

While Universal Orlando prepares to open it’s newest theme park within a theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the coming weeks. The appeal at Universal Orlando’s expansion will be mainly aimed at boys.

Disney’s revamp of Fantasyland will be going after the girls. It should be interesting for families with boys and girls begining in 2012 with options for both girls and boys at Orlando’s two premier attractions. Start saving now or plan a trip this year to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and then plan on early 2012 to visit or revist the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort.