Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure are the 2 theme parks situated near International Drive in Orlando – both have thrill seeker rides which are as popular as the Disney parks
Each park has its own identity. Universal Studios is based on the film industry with its characters, areas and attractions. The park consists of eight themed areas – Hollywood, Production Central, New York, San Francisco, World Expo, Springfield, and Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and the most recent addition Diagon Alley/London
One of my particular favourites is Revenge of the Mummy based on the film of the same name.
Rip Ride Rocket is also very popular but is not for the faint hearted – it reaches speeds of 65 mph and features a record breaking loop. It’s an exhilarating ride for those who are brave enough.
Islands of Adventure
This park consists of seven distinct “islands” which are themed to various forms of adventures.
Marvel Super Hero Island where the characters are based on Marvel Comics Superheroes’ where the superheroes’ come out and mingle with guests and do shows
Then there is Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing.
There are many fantastic rides with Spiderman being one of the most popular – it really is an amazing experience and as long as you are not of the nervous disposition it is a must do ride.
But the biggest draw to both parks in recent times is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter which opened in June 2010 and has just been added to this year and now lets guests travel between the 2 parks.
To be able to travel between the 2 parks you need a Park-to-Park ticket, you can then pass through Platform 9 ¾™ and board the Hogwarts™ Express* from King’s Cross Station in London.
Lastly a quick mention of City Walk which is the dining and shopping area, there are also nightclubs, an AMC Movie Theater, and the popular Blue Man Group show.