If you have limited time to spend in Islands of Adventure, or if you simply choose not to run yourself ragged attempting to see it all, here are my selections for the best the park has to offer:
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The current state-of-the-art in thrill ride technology, and quite simply the best ride in Orlando.
Spider-Man. The park’s former top attraction has been dethroned by Forbidden Journey, but is still a can’t-miss mix of high-tech wonders
The Roller Coasters. Those who can tolerate the cutting edge coaster experience (and you know who you are) will want to ride both The Hulk and Dragon Challenge — several times. Absolutely awesome.
Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges. A soaked-to-the-skin (but very clean) raft ride.
Here are a few more suggestions that aren’t at the very top of our list but are well worth considering:
Cat in the Hat. This kiddie ride manages to be both traditional and cutting edge.
Jurassic Park River Adventure. River boats, raptors, and a hair-raising splashdown.
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls. IOA’s take on the themed flume ride is a cut above most in this genre.
Seuss Landing and Camp Jurassic. Even if you don’t go on the kiddie rides, you should at least take a slow stroll through this these over-the-top wonderlands to marvel at the design.
Mythos. This is a restaurant, not a ride, but the eye-popping interior design makes even a cheeseburger a special experience.
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