Universal's Islands of Adventure,opened in May 1999 as an expansion to the Universal Orlando Resort and CityWalk areas. The park, part of the Universal Orlando Resort, is composed of six distinct "islands", each having its own theme
The Port of Entry is the area due north of the entrance, positioned at the southernmost point of the park. It is primarily a shopping center, and has the feel of an Arabian bazaar. Its main feature is the Confisco Grille restaurant.
Marvel Super Hero Island
Located next to the Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island has rides reminiscent of Marvel comic books. Its four rides are:
The Incredible Hulk Coaster, the only launched Bolliger & Mabillard roller coaster; It is named for the popular comic book super hero character, the Hulk. Voted the #1 roller coaster by Discovery Channel viewers in 1999, the roller coaster is unique because it features a launch lift hill as opposed to conventional chain lifts. This means the train accelerates to 40 mph (18 m/s) in a short time (approximately two seconds) before speeding through several inversions. The coaster has been criticised for its relatively “boring” second half, but still remains one of the top rated coasters in the US.
The Incredible Hulk is the only launched roller coaster ever produced by Bolliger & Mabillard.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, a simulator ride set in New York;
is one of the most technologically advanced theme park rides in the world, it was built for the park's opening in 1999. The ride combines motion simulation with 3-D effects to give the rider the experience of traveling through a city.
The ride takes customers into the comic world of Spider-Man, and after boarding a Daily Bugle vehicle known as the "Scoop", the rider learns that the evil Sinister Syndicate has captured the Statue of Liberty with an anti-gravity gun. This evil group is made up of many famous Spider-Man villains, including Doctor Octopus, Scream, Electro, Hydro-Man, and the Hobgoblin. Spider-Man pops up many times to warn riders of dangers. The ride then moves into the streets of New York to cover the story before suddenly being kidnapped by the villains and their anti-gravity gun. After seeming to raise up in the air because of anti-gravity, Hobgoblin then takes over and drags the vehicle further into the air, where an aerial battle between Spider-Man and his foes is visible. Doctor Octopus manages to reverse the anti-gravity on the vehicle, causing it to plummet toward the ground. The situation looks hopeless until Spider-Man swings in to save the day. Spider-Man "wraps things up" with the villains, and tells riders "don't quit your day job". The ride ends with the anti-gravity gun holding J. Jonah Jameson in the air, and the gun has a note from Spider-Man that reads, "Dear JJJ, here's the raise you always deserved".
During the five minute ride, passengers experience the effects of a flamethrower, water spraying on the vehicle, many shakes and spins, falling off a 100-story skyscraper into Spider-Man's web, and other simulated action.
Doctor Doom's Fearfall, a vertically launched ride (similar to Power Tower at Cedar Point in Ohio).
Storm Force Accelatron, which is a faster version of the traditional Teacup ride.
Toon Lagoon is geared toward both kids and adults, and is based on the properties of both King Features Syndicate and Jay Ward comic strips. The area includes Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, a traditional log flume advertised to have the steepest drop of any log flume in America (70° pitch), and Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges, a river rapids ride. It also has a kids' playground, Me Ship, the Olive.
The Discovery Center at Jurassic ParkSet in the time of the Jurassic Park movie, the focal point of the area is the Jurassic Park River Adventure. While in line, visitors can watch a CNN-like TV network featuring Richard Attenborough as John Hammond welcoming them. The ride is meant to evoke the island environment featured in the Michael Crichton novel and Spielberg film. The concept is that Jurassic Park opened as planned; the river adventure is an actual attraction in the park itself. It begins as a jungle river cruise past huge dinosaurs. After encountering an Ultrasaurus (a dinosaur since discovered to be a chimera), a pair of Stegosaurus, and Psittacosaurus, the raft begins heading toward a part of the park known as Hadrosaur Cove. A duck-billed Parasaurolophus bumps the raft, causing it to begin drifting into the Raptor Containment Area, a section of the adventure that (according to voiceovers on the ride) had never successfully been integrated into the rest of the park. The raft passes by a replica of the Raptor Pen from the film, and riders hear snarling Velociraptors in the dense foliage while branches move to simulate the creatures attempting to escape from their confines. Turning a corner, riders see one boat that appear to be in a state of disrepair: two Compsognathus are seen eating a bloody shirt (The CP5 which has been sent by Jurassic Park Animal Control to guide the boat towards a safe area but the compys came and killed the crew). The boat heads towards the pump station where riders see a Velociraptor run into a dark corner. Velociraptors jump out at the guests. Riders heads up a hill. Silence is only heard. Several Dilophsaurus spits venom (water) at the guests. As the Raft follows a 180 degree turn, The snout of a T-Rex lumbers ahead. The Tyrannosaurus's head reappears once more in front of the riders to distract them from the 84.4 - foot plunge below. The ride exits into a Jurassic Park-themed gift shop, where guests may purchase souvenir photographs of themselves in the ride during the drop.
Also in Jurassic Park is Camp Jurassic, a children's play area; the Pteranodon Flyers (a suspended coaster-type attraction); and the Jurassic Park Discovery Centre, a replication (but not entirely duplicated) version of the Visitor Center from the film. Inside is a re-creation of the dinosaur skeletons seen in the movie centre's lobby.
The land is themed to ancient myths and legends. The land features Dueling Dragons (a pair of dueling inverted roller coaster), The ride is the only dueling inverted roller-coaster in the world. The ride is themed to two dragons, one side being Fire and the other Ice. It features a layout in which the two trains share a common lift hill, but then traverse two completely unique courses. The ride features three near misses between the two trains, two of which bring riders feet within several inches of riders on the other train. The ride was constructed by Bolliger & Mabillard of Switzerland. After walking through one of the longest and certainly most elaborately designed queues for any theme park ride, riders come to a decision in the path they follow. At this intersection, riders will turn right to ride on the Ice Dragon and left for Fire Dragon. Merlin frequently taunts riders with some of the following lines.
"Turn right for Ice and left for Fire! Now, pick the dragon you desire."
"The left burns hot, the right turns cold, whichever you choose you best be bold."
"Past this point of no return, your only choice is freeze or burn."
"Turn left for Fire, turn right for Ice! I know not which is best advice."
Also, the ride attendants use several quotes when dispatching the trains:
"I bid thee farewell."
"May the fates be with you."
"May the dragons spare you."
"Ice/Fire Dragon, you are clear for battle."
"May the best dragon win."
"Keep your hands inside the dragon."
Also here are Poseidon's Fury, and Flying Unicorn (a Vekoma junior roller coaster). This land is also home to "Mythos", nominated the best theme park restaurant several times by Theme Park Insider, however the restaurant's menu has since been reduced.
Seuss LandingSeuss Landing is only themed area at Islands of Adventure specially geared towards small children and is based on the works of the author Dr. Seuss. It has several Seuss-themed rides, including the Caro-Seuss-el, The Cat in the Hat Ride, The High-In-The-Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride, and If I Ran the Zoo, an interactive play zone for kids. It also features a One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish ride and the Green Eggs and Ham Cafe. One of the characteristic features of this area is, like in the books, there is not a single straight line anywhere.
Opened on June 22, 2006, Seuss Landing gained a brand new attraction, The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride. The attraction was to open with the park as Sylvester McMonkey McBean's Very Unusual Driving Machines, but it was pushed back due to contractual disputes and safety issues. The bankruptcy of the ride's original manufacturer postponed its opening indefinitely. In March 2006, the track began being rebuilt for a summer 2006 opening. The trolly ride uses two separate tracks, one of which runs through the circus mcgurkus restaurant. The cars end up on the opposite side to which they departed.
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