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Islands of Adventure Features and Articles

Theme Park Tourist's range of in-depth articles covering rides, attractions and restaurants at Islands of Adventure are listed below. As well as previews and reviews of new rides, look out for "Top 10" lists and tips for saving time and money on your next visit.

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Monday, December 16, 2019 03:50

THEME PARK TOURIST'S IN-DEPTH COLLECTION LIBRARY: For years, Theme Park Tourist has been building collections of in-depth entries on some of the world's most well-known rides and attractions. Here, our full (and ever-expanding) collections of detailed explorations are yours to read: Lost Legends, Disaster Files, Modern Marvels, and Possibilitylands.

Captain Phasma and her Stormtrooper Batallion at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Saturday, February 03, 2018 04:18

Geek culture has changed the landscape of Walt Disney World forever. How exactly did this shift happen?

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 04:19

Increasingly, Universal’s formula is feeling a little stale... And we've got some suggestions. We’re determined to offer up four kinds of rides that we think are absolutely essential to Universal’s growth… ride genres Disney has, in many cases, mastered; attractions that elevate the experience to a new level. In so many places, Universal is so close. But growth comes from stepping into the unknown…

Dragon above Diagon Alley
Monday, September 25, 2017 05:08

There is no question that sends Florida theme park fans into a passionate debate faster than, “Which is better-- Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort?”

Saturday, July 29, 2017 06:14

While you may think it might be a little awkward for Disney and Universal to essentially share custody of Marvel characters, this situation actually benefits both parties.

Characters in Flight Balloon
Sunday, June 25, 2017 08:01

It’s that dreaded time of year again: the blackout months.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 06:50

MODERN MARVELS: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: It's not every day that a new attraction stuns the industry and reshapes themed entertainment design. But that's exactly what happened when "the world's most technologically advanced theme park" opened with a revolutionary ride. We'll recount the almost-unbelievable tale from Spidey's earliest concepts to the industry-wide impact of its amazing blend of projection, physical sets, music, special effects, and fun.

Sunday, May 07, 2017 05:30

LOST LEGENDS: The Lost Continent: Enchanted unicorns, sorcery and spells, magical wizards, and a legendary village terrorized by dragons... Would you believe that Universal's most astounding original land was designed by Disney? From "once upon a time" to "happily ever after," today we trace the in-depth, full story of how a wild, imaginative land designed to bring imagined creatures to Animal Kingdom literally became the starring land at Universal's Islands of Adventure before falling to ruin... and Rowling.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 04:35

Disney wasn’t formerly in the business of imitating competitors.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 14:18

The best theme parks are balanced places, where rides, shows, restaurants, stories, walkthroughs, dark rides, and thrills coexist. But when it comes to your favorite can't-miss, must-see theme park experiences, chances are that rides make up the bulk of the list. How many rides does your favorite Disney or Universal park really have, though? Which resorts have the most sheer rides? The numbers may surprise you...

Sunday, March 05, 2017 02:22

LOST LEGENDS: Kongfrontation: Derailed trains, falling sparks, downed electrical wires, crashing helicopters, and dangling six stories over churning waters... You'll wish that was all you were facing as all hell breaks loose aboard this chaotic creature encounter that scarred a generation of millennials and shaped Universal Studios Florida forever. Come face-to-face with Kong himself as we explore the classic Kongfrontation in-depth and explore why people just don't love its follow up, Reign of Kong.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 01:12

What follows is a list of the top 10 attractions at Universal Orlando Resort as voted by all of you. I’ll also offer my feelings on what you got right and what you got very (very very) wrong.


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