Islands of Adventure Questions

Monday, July 15, 2002 8:07 AM
I am going to Florida on July 26 to August 3 and was wondering what would be the best day to visit IOA. Also i was wondering at what time in the day should i ride certain rides and avoid other rides.
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Monday, July 15, 2002 8:22 AM

Any day Monday through Thursday would be your best bet for less crowded conditions at the park. As for what rides to ride when........hit Spiderman first thing, then the Hulk, then do the others at your leisure. If you go on a weekday as suggested, you shouldn't find very long lines at most of the attractions.

Do the water rides in the afternoon because it gets brutally hot in the afternoons here in the Sunshine State. And make sure you keep yourself well hydrated. There's many, many stands available that sell both water and Gatorade in mass quantities. Be sure and grab a lemon ice while you're there too. They are not to be missed.

IOA is a great place! Have fun! ;)

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Monday, July 15, 2002 8:25 AM

i would actually recommend hittin DD first as it is at the back of the park and so you will able to get loads of walk on rides before everyone else gets there. everyone else will head for hulk first, so dont get caught up in a Q for that when you can just walk on to DD!

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Monday, July 15, 2002 8:35 AM

Last time I went, they only ran one side of DD in the morning - so no "dueling". With 2 sides (4 trains), that line moved pretty quick. I would hit Spiderman and Dr. Doom at park opening since their lines seemed to crawl.

Or, better yet, stay at one of Universal's hotels and get front of the line access all day...

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Monday, July 15, 2002 9:29 AM
Thanks alot for the info.
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Monday, July 15, 2002 7:32 PM

I worked in Jurrasic Park for a whole year and enjoyed IOA durring my spare time. I normally was a "guest" there one and a half days each week.

Get an Express pass for Spidy or Hulk and then run to the back of the park to enjoy JPRA, DD, and Psoidens Fury (sp?) before the crowds hit these rides. You'll have half of the park done before most others get out of the spiderman building.

The park doesn't have a whole lot of rides or attractions and if done right, it will be easy to see it all in one day.

I will agree that Mon-Thurs. are the least busy days.

IOA is unlike anything you will ever experience. Have a great time. If you have time, make sure you take a stroll around the small, uncrowded paths near the lake in each themed area. The scenery is uncomparable to anything else.

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-KoRn is the Millennium Force of ROCK-

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Monday, July 15, 2002 7:55 PM

Posideon's Fury is the most awesome non-ride attraction I have ever witnessed.

I'd have to say run to Hulk, ride Spidey, then drift on over to DD. Dueling Dragons is essentially two high capacity rides sitting right next to each other, so the line will always move swiftly.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 12:05 PM
ride everything at the back of the park first!! do dueling dragons like 5 times each.this will take half an hour. use the secret shortcut.(through the babysitting area) to get back to the ride quick. then hit whatever else. then go back to marvel superhero island aroung like 4. hulks wait goes from 40 minutes to like 10 on a normal day. earlier in the week the better. monday is best and so on.
heres a tip. make sure you ride dueling dragons alot. if you dont you'll think ice dragon is better, when really it isnt. it takes like 10 rides to notcie the pacing of a coaster. which fire dragon has ALOT better pacing. sit in the back on fire your first ride!!

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1.Fire Dragon 2.Ice Dragon 3.Raptor 4.Batman Knight Flight 5.Kraken

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 12:13 PM

One tip that will make your trip:

Stay at a Universal Loews hotel, you'll get to skip all lines for a good price!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2002 7:56 PM

Another tip no one has mentioned yet -- Single Rider Line. Don't worry about this at 9am when the park opens, but an hour or two into the day, when the lines start building up, always ask the attendant at the front about the Single Rider Line.

You'll see it on most of the thrill rides like Hulk, Dr. Doom and Spider-Man. Assuming that you are willing to be split up in your party, you will shave the wait time in half at least.

Someone else had advised to hit the water rides in the afternoon. I wouldn't, unless you grab a Universal Express pass for one. Florida summer. EVERYBODY is in the Popeye and Dudley queue at that time. My suggestion is that you take in the Marvel trio first thing in the morning, then hit the two water rides in Toon Lagoon. Sure, you'll be soaked, but then you can skip Jurassic Park and hit Dueling Dragons. Done right the lines will still be short for the Dragons.

Then, as the afternoon heat takes hold, duck into the shady areas like the Sindbad show, Poseidon's Fury, Jurassic Park's Discovery Center. Or take in the cool gems of the park like the talking fountain in front of the Sindbad show or the secluded areas on the lake (personal fave, the back seating of Enchanted Oak Tavern). Jurassic Park River Adventure is the only water ride that won't have much of a line in the peak afternoon hours (capacity runs about 2400 riders an hour).

Enjoy yourself!

Rick

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