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Universal's Islands of Adventure
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Orlando Helicopter Tour from Walt Disney World Resort Area
Ranked #2 of 442 things to do in Orlando
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Universal's Islands of Adventure features some of the most innovative rides and attractions ever made on seven spectacularly themed islands: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and Port of Entry.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We bought a 2 day pass and got third day free. The passes are good for both parks - Islands of adventure as well as Universal Studios. You really do not need three days for these parks. one day per park is more than enough. What was nice about having waaaaay too much time is that instead of just running from ride to ride to accomplish as much as possible we were able to stroll around and just take in all the details. The attention to detail and the grandeur of things is very impressive! We just loved looking around. Seriously - eye candy. Dr. Suess world - although definitely for kids - I am almost 40 and I just couldn't stop smiling. What colors! What fun!
Of course Harry Potter worl is the main attraction. DO YOURSELVES A FAVOR AND CHECK OUT THE UNIVERSAL WEBSITE BEFORE YOU GOT TO THE PARKS. THIS IS TRUE FOR DISNEY TOO. They list all the ride closings and let you know when they will reopen. We've been tp harry potter world twice now within two years ad both times the dragon challenge was closed! i thought universal would be willing do do something for us and maybe give us a free entry even for just an hour next year but they said they list all the closings and we should check it out next time.
Eating at the three broomsticks is an absolute MUST. The decor is insane! Its just crazy amazing what they built there! Pictures did not really capture the amazingness (yeah i just made up a word...sue me)
The lines in the morning to get in are insane. we were there totally off season - end of january - and we stood for about 20-30 minutes each day. disney was significantly faster to get into with almost no lines. I dont get why they are not more organized about this...
Just one more quick tip which has nothign to do with universal - if youre looking for great disney stuff and dont want to spend disney world or downtown disney prices - go to walmart. I got amazing things there and had a blast!

Thank 101seasonedtraveler
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

The Harry potter ride is amazing , we got to the park early and only had a ten minute wait. Kids loved the wand shop (34 dollars a wand) .. The hulk is a really great coaster and there is also plenty for little ones to do here.. Fab shops there is potential to spend loads here as the merchandise is just wonderful..

Thank mikeisgreat
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

When you are on a trip to Disneyworld a nice break from all the isolation of Disney is a day or two to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. For the last couple years we have been making this part of our vacation. The parks at Universal are much less crowded than Disney parks and just gives you a break from everything Mickey. This is ideal if you have older kids or no kids at all. The rides are geared for an older crowd than the Disney ideal. The parks at Universal do close a bit earlier in the off season but they are also not as large in size compared to the Disney parks but Totally a fun couple days. I would highly suggest a two day ticket to Universal so that you can enjoy both parks.

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Reviewed February 10, 2013

The park was not overly crowded but it does not compare to Disney attractions when it comes to cleanliness and pleasant service. Things are more jammed up, no open spaces, very few pretty garden areas, and very few places to get off your feet. At Disney it seems more all inclusive, At Islands of Adventure every time you turn around they want $5 to try to win a small prize, can add up very fast.
I will say the Harry Potter area has great design work on all of those areas. They equal any of the design at Disney for the buildings and background.

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

If your in Orlando, Islands of Adventure and Universal are a must do... Should only take a day, but they have something for everyone! The parks have made it their mission to have great rides, many to motion pictures. Some of these are pretty intense and way too much fun !!!!

Thank Herman02
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