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I ask this of the regular park goers or fans of Islands of Adventure:
Are there any hidden gems located within the park (or the surrounding area) that a first time visitor might overlook? In general, could you offer any kinds of tips about the park such as traffic flows, eateries, etc.?
Thanks for any info you can offer.
The extremely large tree at the beginning of Jurassic Park River Adventure is real, and cost the park a lot of money (Tens of Millions? One Hundred Million?) to buy it and then transport it by helicopter to the site. It's a very old tree, and it is still alive.
The dinosaur that "knocks the boat off course" is a totally made up breed that never existed, as opposed to all of the other animatronics on the ride that were based on dinosaurs that have been proven to exist.
The music of IOA blends (volume wise) perfectly from one island to the next. You will never hear Superhero music when you are standing in Port of Entery. A Chiming sound effect is used on the bridge between JP and LC to cover up or distract ones ear from hearing both islands sountracks at the same time.
Sometimes you will notice the instruments change from one section to another, but they are playing the same song at the same time...another words, the music is being remixed by were you are standing or walking. (I don't think that this is from island to island, just from place to place within each island.)
Suess Landing's music was created by recreating instruments that were found in the artwork of the Dr. Suess books.
I've been told by Maintenance workers that the water splash at the bottom of the drop on JPRA is not from the boat itself, but from water jets under the water. I have a hard time believing that one though.
The trees in SL were all bent from hurricane winds in their previous location before being transplanted to the park. SL is supposed to have no straight lines anywhere in sight, although I have found a few.
Most of every facade you see in the park is made of a strong styrofoam, which was carved into the desired shape and then painted over. a lot of the sidewalks are styrofoam also, thus heavy work vehicles are not allowed to drive on top of them.
Marvel Super Hero Island has some very interesting and expensive automobile paint on some of the buildings that change colors depending on where the sun is shining on them.
The lake under Dueling Dragons is shaped like a dragon, or was this lake drained lately?
There is a lot more that I can't seem to remember. I think knowing little things like this helps one to appreciate the park just a little more.
I especially like the hidden phone number in the Spiderman ride!
This site has a ton of other cool stuff on it as well.
The Confisco Grill in Port of Entry is very good restaurant for an amusement park (this is the sports bar of the park)!
The Enchanted Oak Tavern in The Lost Continent serves the absolute toughest and crappiest ribs I have ever had!
Also in Lost Continent is Mythos Restaurant…I’ve not tried it personally, but my mother-in-law swears by it! Seemed a little too fancy for me in an amusement park setting!
The spray guns over the bridge for Dudley Do Right are among the greatest soaking guns ever created.
DO NOT wait for the Pteranodon Flyers no matter what kind of coaster-whore you may be….
P.S. That fountain is amazing…I’m not sure if this is still the case…but for the longest time the online map for Universal has the Fountain highlighted as a major attraction along with Hulk et al… I used to laugh at this! No I find myself enjoying that little addictive fountain more than anything in the park!
And if you love fine dining, go for a 90 minute lunch in Mythos. The quality, creativity and presentation of the food is top-notch. The executive chef will walk the restaurant if the kitchen is not too busy. The desserts are beautiful (yes, I took pictures) as well as delicious. However, if fancy food isn't your thing, skip it. I heard first-hand from a family that hated it -- "Junior ordered a hamburger and it came with weird stuff on it. He wouldn't eat it." But if I were to judge by appearances alone, this family would probably take their pickup truck off the cinder blocks once per month so that they could treat themselves to culinary wonders like Roy Rogers, Big Boy, or IHOP. *** Edited 2/17/2006 3:12:54 PM UTC by greatwhitenorth***
...and yes, I have gotten SOAKED by the fountain....intentionally *taunting* the fountain will do that for you...good times! :)
Oh! That's another not-so-secret of IOA! Go ahead and resign yourself to getting wet, I never feel like I've had a full day at Islands unless my feet are fully squishy afterwards.
What kind of cuisine is served at Mythos?
According to the IOA web site:
Food: Overlooking the inland sea, Mythos features fresh, contemporary cuisine, a full bar including wine selection, as well as family favorites like fresh salads, pizzas, and burgers.
Type: Casual, Full Service
Reservations: Accepted. Call Islands of Adventure Reservations at (407)224-4012
Serving: Lunch and Dinner daily
IMO: I would describe some of their dishes as Asian-fusion rather than contemporary. The whole dining experience is comparable to lunch at a Wolfgang Puck or Emeril's, except with patrons dressed for a theme park.
There are little dinosaur heads on the beer taps at the little jurrasic park shanty bar.
My tip is to really take your time, its taken us quite a few days there to see everything and really take it all in. Just walk through it, enjoy it. Don't rush.
I *still* have a hard time believing they built this park for ME, LOL... :)
I never really understood how people seem to finish the park so quick, unless the place is completely empty!
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