Islands of Adventure Rides


 
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The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Minimum Height to Ride: 40 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 5/5

 

This is a ride you must not miss when you visit Islands of Adventure! On this ride, you get to travel with Spider-Man to save the city. Before you board the vehicle for the ride, you get 3D glasses to wear because all of the video screens are in 3D, that means Spider-Man and villains are all in 3D too. The way the ride vehicle moves in response to the ride videos with spinning and other motions earns this ride a 5 out of 5 on our thrill scale. Don't worry though; it's still great for the kids, elementary school age and up.

Spider-Man used to be rated the number one ride in the entire world until Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey opened, that's how good this ride is. When people ask us what they have to do at Universal Orlando, this is one of the first rides I mention. It's fun, thrilling, but it's not too intense for kids, which means the whole family can ride together.

Tip: If you want to skip the line and don't mind being split up from others in your party there is a single riders line for the ride. The single riders line usually opens up when the regular line is over a 30 minute wait. Remember, by going in this line, it means you will be split up from your party.

Doctor Doom's Fearfall

Minimum Height to Ride: 52 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 5/5

This is a ride to avoid if you're afraid of heights. This ride shoots you up 150 feet in the air, which is very thrilling, but also offers an amazing view of Universal Orlando Resort and even some of Orlando. You're then forced back down faster than gravity and go up and down a couple more times. It's an open vehicle so you can feel the wind rush by and get a clear view all around you. This is a top ride for thrills and one of my favorites.

If you're afraid of heights, it's best to skip this one. But if you love thrills and want an awesome view, definitely ride Doctor Doom's Fearfall.

Tip: If you want to skip the line and don't mind being split up from others in your party there is a single riders line for the ride. The single riders line usually opens up when the regular line is over a 30 minute wait. Remember, by going in this line, it means you will be split up from your party.

Storm Force Accelatron
Minimum Height to Ride: None
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 2/5

Help the X-Men save the world on this spinning ride. For this ride, you board teacup-like pods that seat up to 5 people. Once the ride starts, the platform spins and you can spin your vehicle by turning the wheel in the center. It's somewhat similar to the teacups at Disney World, but these have more leg room, plus they can spin faster. If you enjoy spinning and making yourself dizzy, check this ride out. If you easily get sick from spinning, you might want to sit it out. But, if you can handle the teacups at Disney World, you can handle these.

Incredible Hulk Coaster
Minimum Height to Ride: 54 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 5/5

This is one of Islands of Adventure's most popular rides because of the thrills it offers for roller coaster fans. This massive roller coaster is loud and probably one of the first things you'll see when you enter the park. One of the reasons this is one of my favorite rides at Islands of Adventure is because of the take-off at the beginning. This roller coaster shoots out of the tunnel going from 0 to 40 mph in just 2 seconds. If you like roller coasters definitely go on this one!

This is the #1 roller coaster at Islands of Adventure, so you can't miss it if you're a roller coaster junkie. The launch at the beginning is intense and so awesome all at the same time. I like the front row for the views from the coaster while high above the ground, but back row give the most intense, thrilling ride. The choice is yours.

Tip: If you want to skip the line and don't mind being split up from others in your party there is a single riders line for the ride. The single riders line usually opens up when the regular line is over a 30 minute wait. Remember, by going in this line, it means you will be split up from your party.

Tip: Sit in the front row for views of Islands of Adventure, but be aware, there is an extra wait to sit in the front row. Back row is my favorite because it's a more intense ride.


Toon Lagoon

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
Minimum Height to Ride: 44 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 4/5

Plan to get soaked on this ride (commonly known as Ripsaw Falls). This is one of three rides at Islands of Adventure that will likely get you soaked! This is a very fun ride, and the most popular wet rides in the park. The real thrills on this ride come from the twists and turns and the big plunge towards the end of the ride. During the summer the lines for this ride can get very long, so it's best to avoid this line in the early afternoon if you want to avoid lines.

Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges
Minimum Height to Ride: 42 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 3.5/5

Popeye is another wet ride at Islands of Adventure that is very popular. It's basically a river rapids ride in a round vehicle that can spin in the water. How wet you get on this ride depends on where you sit and how the boat moves; sometimes you just get splashed, other times you get completely drenched. I love this ride because of how unpredictable it is and how the boat spins and bumps around. To be honest, it's my personal favorite of the 3 water rides at Islands of Adventure because I always seem to get drenched when I go on. And isn't that the point of going on water rides?

Me Ship, the Olive
Minimum Height: None
Universal Express: No (no line)
Thrills: 1/5

This isn't a ride, but more of a children's playground. It's very interactive for kids, and they can even shoot water at people riding the Popeye ride below them. Great for smaller kids who want something to do in this area of Islands of Adventure.


Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park River Adventure
Minimum Height: 42 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 3/5

Based on the famous movie, this ride takes you through the world of Jurassic Park and is the third Islands of Adventure wet ride. Most of the ride moves at a slow pace so it's not motion intense until the drop at the end. You do see lots of dinosaurs that have escaped from their cages, so it may be scary for small children, but most everyone will be okay with this ride. How wet you get on this ride depends on where you sit, middle rows tend to be the driest. I love this ride because you do feel like you're touring the world of Jurassic Park.

Jurassic Park Discovery Center
Minimum Height: None
Universal Express: No (no line)
Thrills: 1/5

This interactive center is great for the whole family as there's no minimum height, and no rides to scare the little kids. There are several interactive activities to do and learn about dinosaurs, so kids love it. Plus, it's a nice, cool escape from the heat.

Camp Jurassic
Minimum Height: None
Universal Express: No (no line)
Thrills: 1/5
Camp Jurassic is the ultimate pay area for kids. There is net climbing, slides and so much more so kids of all ages love it here, even teens. For the parents who want to relax while their kids play, there is only one entrance/exit with tons of seating areas in front of it. This way you can see exactly who enters and leaves, so your kids can't sneak past you.

Pteranodon Flyers
Height to Ride: Under 56 inches
Universal Express: No
Thrills: 2/5

This ride is actually designed with kids in mind. This ride is unique because you must have a child to ride with if you are over 56 inches tall. The line for this line can get ridiculously long and there's no Express to skip the regular line; go first thing in the morning or right before it closes. If you are afraid of heights, you might want to avoid this ride because you travel in an open vehicle in the air.


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Flight of the Hippogriff
Minimum Height: 36 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 3/5

For many kids, this is the perfect start to riding roller coasters. There are no loops, but the swerves and dips on this ride make it a lot of fun (even if you're not a kid). Kids really love this as it's the perfect dose of roller coaster thrill for them.
Adults, you'll actually probably enjoy this too; everyone I know does. It's a nice mild thrill that helps you feel like a child again. Give it a try, I bet you'll enjoy it too.

Dragon Challenge
Minimum Height: 54 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 5/5

This is Islands of Adventure's other major thrill ride and actually features 2 different coaster tracks. You should try both sides: Hungarian Horntail and Chinese Fireball (blue and red) as the coasters are different and are 2 different thrill experiences. This tends to have much lower wait times than the Hulk roller coaster too, so you won't have to wait as long for this ride usually.

Because there are 2 different coasters, you really need to ride both because they are different. The red one is a bit faster, but the blue one has more loops. Definitely ride both and decide which one is your favorite.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Minimum Height: 48 inches
Universal Express: No
Thrills: 5/5

This is without a doubt, the best ride at Islands of Adventure. Even non Harry Potter fans talk about how much they love this ride. Brand new ride technology was used for this ride, which means you've never been on anything like this before. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has now become the #1 rated ride in the world and once you ride, you'll understand why. This took my breath away as a theme park and Harry Potter fan, no other theme park ride compares to this.

There are some sudden movements and motion on this ride and there are a few cases of people becoming ill from motion sickness, but even if you don't want to ride, you should definitely walk through the line just to see the amazing detail. There's nothing like walking the halls of Hogwarts before going on the ride. Be sure to watch the oil paintings too!

Tip: If you want to skip the line and don't mind being split up from others in your party there is a single riders line for the ride. Remember, by going in this line, it means you will be split up from your party. It's not well marked, so ask one of the witches or wizards working there where it is located. But remember, you will be split up from family or friends at the ride.


Seuss Landing

The High in the Sky Trolley Train Ride
Minimum Height: 34 inches
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 1/5

This slow moving ride is great for kids as you get to take a tour of Seuss Landing up in the air, with an amazing view of Islands of Adventure. Children between 34-48 inches must ride with an adult on this ride. It's definitely a nice break from walking around the parks.

I'm a fan of this ride because it's a nice break from the hustle and bustle of theme parks, plus it really is fun to see everything up in the air at a pace you can enjoy instead of everything being a blur.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Minimum Height: None
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 1/5

This is a Dumbo like ride where you can control how high your fish goes as you fly in a circle. Be careful though, water shoots out from various spots on the base of the ride, so you might get wet. Another great ride for kids. No minimum height, but kids under 48 inches tall must ride with an adult.

Caro-Seuss-el
Minimum Height: None
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 1/5

This is your everyday carousel, but themed after the books by Dr. Seuss. Always fun for the family to enjoy a slower paced ride once in a while, and there's nothing better than a carousel. Some of the animals are stationary while others move up and down. No minimum height, but kids under 48 inches tall must ride with an adult.

The Cat in the Hat
Minimum Height: None
Universal Express: Yes
Thrills: 2/5

Follow the story of The Cat in the Hat and you swerve and spin on this wonderful kids ride. You'll spin and spin all through the story and the detail in this ride is incredible. It's such a fun ride, even adults come off laughing. People of all ages love this ride, from kids to adults. It's tons of fun and you definitely shouldn't miss it. No minimum height, but kids under 48 inches tall must ride with an adult.

Tip: There is a lot of spinning, so avoid riding this right after lunch.