April 13, 2011

Exploring New Sights at Universal's Islands of Adventure

After experiencing Universal Studios, we walked over to Islands of Adventure which is a walking distance from Universal Studio and where we spent the rest of the day in. Also our first time at this park. One thing I immediately noticed upon entering was that this park was a lot crowded. It apparently was due to the fact that Islands of Adventure has more attraction intended for young children. The Wizarding world of Harry Potter was also in this park which was the main attraction we were looking forward to seeing. Though tired, we were set for another adventure!

After walking around the entire park we observed that there were four major attractions in the park.
  • Dr. Seuss Landing was our top favorite boasting of highly captivating visuals of the books' characters and designs. We enjoyed The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride which goes around the entire Seuss Landing. It even passes through the inside of Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous where excited guests dining below waves at you! Then, there's the Caro-Seuss-el that was too fun for my 6 year old to pass the chance to ride. 
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter was by far the most visited attraction in the park. The lack of crowd in both parks that day was seemingly due to the fact that most of them were converging in this area! And most of them were intoxicated with the sweet taste of Butter Beer's! We all did! Additional reviews on this attraction can be found here.
  • Jurassic Park which is adjacent to Harry Potter didn't have much for us but we did find Discovery Center interesting and very educational for my 6 year old who loves anything dinosaur.
  •  Betty Boop and Super Marvel Heroes which are next to each other was like a road to memory lane and a reminder of our love for comics and its' characters. 

Dining. Though the Meal Plan is limited to only 6 participating restaurant in both parks, we specifically patronized Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous which offered a variety including Pizza, spaghetti and sumptuous desserts. The Burger Digs was not as impressive. They have very basic ingredients for their burgers (only lettuce and onions) and was not even close to a real burger that we're used to. They also took forever to fulfill our order of peanut butter and jelly. The cashier who handled us were not friendly either that not even the panoramic view at the dining terrace was enough to make up for the disappointment we experienced. Going back to Cafe Stoo-pendous was truly a treat!

In Summary. We had more fun at Islands of Adventure only because my daughter found more stuffs she can do and where we can all participate in. We were personally amused with the Mystic Fountain that interacts in "real time". There were more to do at the parks that we wanted to cover but there was not enough time left in the day though checking the novelty shops were fun. Overall, the park has a certain feel and look very similar to that of Disney, yet still maintaining it's own style and concept. A great alternative for some great family fun!

Related Stories:
Under Harry Potter's Magic Spell
Navigating around Universal Studios Florida
Toy Reviews: Fun with the Zhu Zhu Puppies

**A media pass was provided by Universal Studio as part of their media marketing initiative.


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