HELLO BWEAGLE....LET ME HELP YOU OUT HERE!! I've been to Universal twice and IOA once, I will do IOA again anytime!!! I'm not saying I didn't like Universal, I just really had a blast at IOA. I was overwhelmed too the first time I hit both these parks. I had no idea my first visit to US in 98 that I missed an entire area of the park until after we left and I started looking at the map again!! I was like holy s--t!
How'd we miss that??!! <IMG WIDTH="15" HEIGHT="15" SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_redface.gif" alt="red face"> Here's what you need to decide, what do I really want to do? And what do I really like? The part of the park that I missed I actually wasn't really interested in, so I didn't feel cheated in any way. The first thing DH and I did upon arrival at US was the Terminator show!! THAT WAS RIGHT ON!! We slowly worked our way around and did the following rides, and these are in no particular order because I don't remember the layout of the park:
TWISTER...(MUCH BETTER ON THE 1ST ROW)
JAWS(SIT ON LEFT SIDE OF BOAT....DON'T ASK ME WHY, JUST TRUST ME...
TERMINATOR(DOESN'T MATTER WHERE YOU SIT, ALL VIEWS ARE GOOD VIEWS)
When I returned with my mom, sister and neices in 2000 I added:
BACK TO THE FUTURE (PLEASE....EAT BEFORE YOU DO THIS RIDE, BUT DON'T STUFF YOURSELF!!
I'm going to share those 2 with my DH when we return in May of this year. DH has never been to IOA so I'm going to dedicate a day and a half to that park just for him, here's what you need to do:
INCREDIBLE HULK COASTER (WHOPPEE!! THOUGHT MY HEART WAS GONNA STOP BEFORE I GOT ON IT!)
THE CAT IN THE HAT RIDE IN SEUSS LANDING (WHO SAYS YOU NEED KIDS TO ENJOY IT??!!)
ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH (I BELIEVE THAT'S THE CORRECT NAME, YOU'LL KNOW IT WHEN YOU SEE IT!!)
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF SPIDERMAN (IT'S 3-D....I MISSED OUT ON IT BECAUSE SISTER AND I REFUSED TO STAND IN LINE FOR 45 MINUTES CONSIDERING PARK WAS CLOSING IN 30, BUT NEICE RODE IT WITH FRIEND AND SAID IT WAS BAD!!)
DUDLEY DO-RIGHT'S RIPSAW FALLS(PLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEEASE TO THIS FIRST THING SO YOU'LL HAVE TIME TO DRY OFF BEFORE LEAVING PARK!! <IMG WIDTH="15" HEIGHT="15" SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif" alt="razz"> )
POSEIDON'S FURY ESCAPE FROM THE LOST CITY(SPECTACULAR SHOW!!! TRY TO STAY NEAR THE STORYTELLER...AND I MEAN RIGHT BEHIND HIM, DON'T ASK WHY....AGAIN....TRUST ME..
RIVER ADVENTURE(OH MY....AND THAT'S ALL I GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT! BE SURE YOU GO POTTY BEFORE DOING THIS RIDE....DON'T ASK....YOU KNOW THE DEAL..
DR. DOOM'S FEARFALL (I WASN'T EVEN GONNA ATTEMPT IT, BUT MY SISTER DID....SHE SAID THE WORST PART WAS COMING DOWN!!)
I BELIEVE I ABOUT COVERED IT ALL FOR YOU. I'M LEAVING YOU A LINK TO ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE AND YOU CAN LOOK IT OVER YOURSELF. WITHIN THAT LINK YOU CAN ALSO GET TO U.STUDIOS AND CHECK OUT MORE OF THEIR RIDES. I HOPE I MADE IT EASIER FOR YOU AND IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS JUST POST HERE AND I'LL CHECK BACK.
GOOD LUCK AND ALWAYS...
REMEMBER THE MAGIC!!!