As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a Universal Orlando Annual Pass holder. I love spending time at the parks whether it be for the day or just a few hours, but no matter how long I’m at the parks, I have a few rides I know I always have to find time to enjoy. If you’re just visiting the parks for a little vacation or staycation, these are my favorite gems at Islands of Adventure that I think you need to check out.
One of my favorite rides is a Universal classic, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.This ride is just a blast. It’s based off of the cartoons/old comics so don’t expect Tobey Maguire to be the Spider-Man you’re fighting crime with. With mainly an indoor themed line, this is a good ride to escape the rain or the Florida heat. This is a 4D ride with 3D glasses and an inevitable squirt of water in the face. While 4D isn’t my favorite thing, this is one I’ll gladly ride whenever.
Maybe 4D rides aren’t your favorite but you’re having trouble finding exciting rides without the glasses. If that’s the case, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is a great compromise.This isn’t your average 4D ride. It actually isn’t even 3D. There are no glasses needed for this ride. There are screens that make you feel like you’re in the world, but there are also live elements as well. The ride splits between screens and sets giving us some variety. Add in the most immersive queue theming in the park and you’ve got a ride worth braving the line for. With a unique seating and car system, taking the single rider line won’t result in awkwardly sitting with strangers. I will recommend going through the full line at least once if you have the time and have never been before, it really is magical.
Now I imagine most of you are expecting The Incredible Hulk to make my top three since it is the most iconic ride at Islands of Adventure. Although it is the famous Universal roller coaster that can be seen from I-4, my favorite coaster has to be Dragon Challenge.Every time I ride it, I fall more and more in love with it. Front row, back row, day or night, this is a coaster that changes every time you hop on. What’s unfortunate is that the wait is never above 15 minutes. You may read that and get excited for a quick line, but this could prove to be tragic for this thrill packed ride. If you love coasters or are trying to get into them for the first time, stop by and show this ride some love, it needs it.
If I had to rank them, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has to be my favorite ride, and the other two change depending on my mood. It was extremely hard picking those three out of all of the amazing rides so I do have an honorable mention for this park. If you don’t mind getting a bit wet, Jurassic Park River Adventure is an incredible attraction and I couldn’t write this post without giving it some praise. It starts out calm and serene but as the danger picks up, this ride is anything but relaxing. I used to be terrified of River Adventure when I was younger and now I can enjoy it while still jumping and screaming. If you don’t like the 4D rides, this will be one you’ll fall in love with.
There are some incredible rides at these parks and all deserve some recognition. I’m by no means bashing any rides, just celebrating my favorites. I’ve got some other posts about the attractions at these parks coming soon so stay tuned and let me know what your favorites are, I’d love to hear!