View Full Version : Been there, Done That, Going Back Day 8- Islands Of Adventure

06-17-2009, 05:36 AM
Thursday 21st May 2009 Islands Of Adventure

Today we planned to head back to the universal area and do IOA and possibly go back to Universal Studios. http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2202008
Had usual breakfast at the Contemporary, we’d brought the refillable mugs a few days ago and were getting our money out of them.
Cab was @9.20 the driver was really grumpy when he picked us up but when he dropped us off was really cheery. Not sure why lol.
The weather was ok, bit cloudy. The park was just full of school kids, all on their end of year trips I think. Cant say I remembered that on our last trip as we’d come the same time of year. We went in and decided to go round the park clockwise as usually we go round anti clockwise. As id mentioned in My Universal Report, last time we came (5 years ago) we didn’t really do much as Luke was a bit too short, due to their height restriction being slightly higher than Disney and the queues were just far too long-over an hour and a half. So we didn’t think we’d do much today. We didn’t bother try to see if we could get any sort of assistance card as they were always unhelpful in that area.
Matt decided to try Hulk, while Luke and I went to do Stormforce. We headed for the short queue but the staff member let us in the exit gate. Matt then came to join us, he said the queue was already over an hour. We then headed round a bit more and looked in the shop near the spider man ride (which was also an hour queue). I saw that they sold their express passes for about $25 so we decided to just buy them, it was actually an extra couple of $’s to get Universal added too. You can only use them on each ride once though. If anyone thinks that’s a lot, look at somewhere like Alton towers £4 per ride or about £40 per day.
As we’d got them Matt headed back to Hulk while Luke and I went to meet Spiderman
We then all met up and went on the spider man ride, using the express passes were turning out great already. Still had to wait about 10-15 mins for each ride as everyone could buy the express passes and obviously there were no set times to stick to them like Disney’s fast passes but to me the wait time was considerably better and the money was well spent.
We then met Wolverine and Captain America before heading to Toon Lagoon. Now I mentioned Matt didn’t like getting wet didn’t I?
Now on our last trip I was disappointed I didn’t get to do the water rides on IOA as I do love the water rides, but it just wasn’t fair to expect the others to wait for the 2hours per ride that they would have had to do last time. This time I wasn’t going to miss them!
We first went on popeye & Blutos Bilge rat barges- we’d expected to get wet, but we were pretty much soaked through. As we were wet we went on Ripsaw Falls- this ride looks fab. I knew you’d get very wet on this Matt didn’t know how wet though. I thought both these rides were just brilliant and I could spend the day doing these. Luke loved them too. We were now all soaked through, luckily we’d taken some spare tops so went to the toilets to wring our clothes out.
Thankfully it wasn’t raining though looked like it wanted to. We just survived the day in our wet trousers.
We then stopped for some lunch, just burgers again but they were pretty good and warmed us up a bit. After Lunch we’d spotted another water ride- River Adventure I’m think it’d opened since we’d last been. The drop on it looks amazing. As we’d started to dry off we skipped this. If we’d spotted it before I’m sure we’d have done it.

We then walked to the duelling dragon area and I can understand why people say this area is now just too confusing. I think when work is done on the Harry Potter area it will be great but in the meantime it’s all a bit confusing. I heard lots of people moaning about it. Matt went on the ice one and enjoyed it, I think last trip when you came off one you had the chance to go on the other but you couldn’t do that anymore.

We headed to seuss land and went on the Cat in the hat ride. Luke said it was rubbish.
Then one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.

We then looked round the shop before heading to Universal Studios………………..

06-17-2009, 05:40 AM
The day had turned warmer and we were now all pretty dry. We met Bart and Lisa before doing the Simpson ride again.

Next we did Men In Black, Jaws and twister. By the time we’d done these it was time to do lots of shopping before catching the bus back to the hotel.
I thought today was a fab day and gave me a better impression of Universal and IOA.

At the hotel we showered and changed before heading to the Contempo café. The food was quite nice there and they had a good choice..
Matt- Alfredo chicken pasta
Nicky- Flatbread with salad.

Yummy leftover cake for pudding.xx

06-17-2009, 06:17 AM
What a great day you had, the extra for express passes was certainly worth it.
Lovely photos :)

06-17-2009, 06:55 AM
Another good day :thumbsup2
Liked the photo with the shark :goodvibes

06-17-2009, 08:16 AM
What a great day Nicky. I love your piccie with Spiderman :thumbsup2

06-17-2009, 08:58 AM
i love the river adventure ride !

great pics today :thumbsup2

06-17-2009, 09:48 AM
Another great day...looks like money well spent on those passes :thumbsup2

Jets fan
06-17-2009, 12:42 PM
What brilliant photos, glad you got on the water rides.


06-17-2009, 12:49 PM
fantastic day Nicky :thumbsup2

06-18-2009, 08:38 AM
A great day. I think the express passes were definately worth it.

Great pics. :thumbsup2

06-18-2009, 08:49 AM
glad you had a fab day at IOA.

06-21-2009, 02:38 PM
Great day in IOA and USF :)

06-21-2009, 03:00 PM
A fantastic day Nicky :thumbsup2.I love your pics,especially the ones with Luke in-he has a wonderful smile and looks like he had so much fun.Spiderman was also great with our girls,and even though there was a very long que we never felt rushed+he took his time to speak to both of them :thumbsup2.x.

06-27-2009, 09:29 AM
Money well spent on the fast passes. I'm pleased you have a good impression of US/IOA. They get a bad press sometimes but they are firm favourites with our family.
Some great pics as well.

07-02-2009, 07:42 AM
So pleased you enjoyed your IOA/Universal day. I think it really makes a difference with the express passes although we tend to get there early so we can do the big rides before the queues build up.

For future reference, to re-ride on Duelling Dragons, when you exit the castle and get out onto the path, there are some steps to the right which you go up to rejoin the queue and ride again :)

If it's not that busy, there is sometimes a door inside the castle itself which you can go through to reride but it sounds as though it was too busy that day for the door to be in use.

07-05-2009, 05:26 PM
Another great day:thumbsup2