My family and I recently visited Islands of Adventure (IOA) at Universal Orlando Resort and had an enjoyable afternoon. Clearly it was the beginning of the Spring Break crowds in Central Florida as we experienced a longer than usual wait in the line at guest relations to obtain our son’s Attraction Assistance Pass.
Because my son always has a routine when visiting Orlando’s theme parks, we go to Seuss Landing first when we arrive at IOA. It was a busy day and the Cat in the Hat ride had a posted wait time for the standby line of 45 minutes and 40 minutes for the Trolley Train ride in Seuss Landing. We rode through the story at the Cat in the Hat ride then attended the fantastic Oh the Stories You’ll Hear show. Our son was thrilled when the storyteller walked up to him before the show and sincerely expressed how delighted she was to see him again. Team Members regularly create great memories for us and help enhance our visits to the parks with their kind actions. After the show, our son posed for photos with some of the characters. The Oh the Stories You’ll Hear show runs several times a day and can be found nestled between the Cat in the Hat ride and the One Fish, Two Fish attraction. I highly recommend you see this show at least once during your visit. It’s usually not too crowded at these shows and the meet and greet with the Dr. Seuss characters is not to be missed.
In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade, 25 minutes for Dragon Challenge was the posted wait time, Hogwarts Express was 30 minutes and 60 minutes for Forbidden Journey. It was very crowded in this section of the park. As someone who does not like being in heavy crowds, I didn’t stay very long in the awesome Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
In Jurassic Park, the posted wait time was 45 minutes for Jurassic Park River Adventure. My husband and son got wet after plunging down the steep hill into the water at the end of the ride, which is always a thrill.
I was truly amazed at the progress that has been made on the new Kong attraction located between the Thunder Falls Terrace in Jurassic Park and the entrance to Toon Lagoon since my last visit. This new addition to IOA is gigantic! The construction walls are now themed with rock and skulls painted on them—a likely reference to Skull Island. The facing on the Kong buildings is currently being covered with a rock finish and you can see peaks in the background that I assume will be towering mountains when finished.
The water rides in Toon Lagoon were busy on this hot March afternoon with a posted wait time of 45 minutes for Bilge Rat Barges and 80 minutes for Rip Saw Falls. My son and husband enjoyed both rides and were absolutely soaked from head to toe. Tip: you may want to ride these attractions near the end of your day at IOA or bring a change of clothes because you will get drenched!
In Super Hero Island, Spider-Man was 35 minutes and the Incredible Hulk Coaster had a posted wait time of 30 minutes.
We left the parks somewhat drained from the summer-like temperatures but have fond memories of the adventurous and fun day we had that day.
When is your next visit to IOA? I hope your family gets to enjoy Islands of Adventure soon!
Maureen is married and has a son with autism. She and her family visit an Orlando Theme Park nearly every weekend. Maureen created AutismAtTheParks to help vacationers who have a family member with a developmental disability to better navigate and enjoy the theme parks. She is also a contributor to the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Periscope.
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