Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Universal's Islands of Adventure

While we were seeing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we were also having fun in the other areas of Islands of Adventure.
Islands of Adventure is a fantastic place for teens and tweens. The Kid enjoyed it too, but a lot of the rides were too scary for him. If my 9 and 11 year old nieces were there they would have gone on every ride, so it just depends on what you like. The Greek, we discovered on this trip, was having a hard time with motion sickness, so I'll let you know which rides made him sick or he didn't go on at all.

In The Lost Continent we saw Poseidon's Fury. It was okay. I think the boys liked it more than I did. It's a good place to get out of the hot Florida sun.

We skipped the rides at Seuss Landing, but got a feel for it as we walked through there many times. It's for the eight and younger crowd.

In Jurassic Park land The Teen, The Tween, and I dared to ride the Jurassic Park River Adventure. It's a gentle raft ride through dinosaurs with an 85 foot plunge at the end. Awesome. The Teen rode it twice.

I lost my hat on the Jurassic Park River Adventure.
This ride is also at the California Universal Studios. A great place for lunch is the Thunder Falls Terrace. They have an awesome build your own burger or grilled chicken fixings bar. You sit in a dining room that looks like the place in the movie where the T-Rex eats the Velociraptors while the movie music plays in the background.

Entering Jurassic Park

On Marvel Super Hero Island we all loved The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. It's a pretty intense 3-D ride. This ride made The Greek a little sick.

He's no Hugh Jackman, but come on!

Then Teen and I braved The Incredible Hulk Coaster. It was awesome! The Teen rode it four times. He wanted to ride it five times, but it was physically impossible.

You take off accelerating from 0-40 mph in 2 seconds with a force equal to that of a jet taking off of an air force carrier.

That's The Teen saying, "that's right, I did that."

The streets of Marvel Super Hero Island

The Greek meeting his childhood hero.

The last ride we rode on our entire trip was in Toon Lagoon. Previously The Teen enjoyed Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls. It's a very very wet and crazy flume ride. He was the only one of us brave enough to do it.

Like I was saying before, the last ride of our entire trip was Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges. It is perhaps, no it was, the best water rafting ride ever. And the longest. It kept going and going. And the wettest.

The Greek doesn't like to get wet on rides. But since it was our last one he agreed to do it. We were each equipped with rain ponchos and plastic bags for our feet.

I don't think I've ever laughed as hard as I did on this ride. The Greek was doused time after time. He was drenched from head to toe by the time we were done. The rest of us didn't get half as wet as he did.

This was before we got drenched.

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