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  • Laura L.
    "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was my favorite part!"(20 Tips)
    Benjamin C.
    "express pass to beat the queues!"(29 Tips)
    Christy R.
    "Single rider for Hulk"(14 Tips)
    Elena T.
    "Spiderman and Harry Potter rides are the best attractions ever!"(10 Tips)
661 Tips and reviews
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  • Travisimo!
    Travisimo!July 5, 2015
    Very nice theme park! Mainly roller coasters and water rides, but the theming and atmosphere are awesome! And of course, there's Hogwarts and the Forbidden Journey ride for Potter fans!
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • Aris G.
    Aris GalatisSeptember 21, 2014
    If you are into roller coasters and rides then this is your park. Incredible hulk ride great but short. Spiderman 3D ride is AMAZING! Lots of food and drinking options. Must visit!
  • Andres S.
    Andres SanchezJune 4, 2013
    The experience is Awesome!! It is always better to get tickets online and always go for the Express Ticket! Is pricy but worth the money!!!
  • Prithvi
    PrithviNovember 21, 2012
    The lockers at the water rides are charged. The Hulk Roller coaster, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Dragon coaster are a must visit. Grab some souvenirs. Maybe butter beer?
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerJune 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    When you enter the park, be sure to grab a in-park guide map right away. It includes all the attractions, dining venues, show times, and characters meet and greets.
  • Courtney A.
    Courtney AdamsJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Frozen butter beer is best. Don't get too many. Two people can share 1. One for each is too filling. Hulk and both dueling dragons are amazing. The red one is a bit more intense. Over all its amazing!
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalAugust 29, 2015
    All of the Harry Potter rides are amazing, the forbidden adventure is a must! Spider-Man and the hulk were great fun too! Dr Seuss is great for kids. Express pass is a must.
  • Dirk T.
    Dirk ThompsonMarch 15, 2013
    There is a back door to the wand store—went in by accident, and promptly found ourselves in the store that others were waiting in line 45 minutes just to go in the store (and spend $32 on a wand).
    Upvoted Aug 12
  • Gizem E.
    Gizem ErgünNovember 13, 2014
    Can't be explained how much you have fun here. A MUST GO for anybody especially for those who feel themselves as a child. It s a little bit expensive and exhausting but it definitely worths!
  • Laura L.
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was my favorite part! The ride in the castle was great! If you get to the park early, you won't have to wait to ride the Hogwarts Express 😍
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BlackburnJuly 29, 2013
    Make sure to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at least once. The queues are quite fun, just remember lots of water since it gets really hot! Also wait until evening to go on The Hulk!!
  • Lindsay G.
    Lindsay GeigerMay 5, 2012
    Hulk roller coaster is definitely one of the best that I've been on. Also, Harry Potter world is fantastic, grab a delicious butterbeer or two from there! & the wait for the castle ride is worth it.
  • Fire F.
    Fire FlyJune 23, 2015
    This is one of the best amusement parks I've ever been to in my entire life! It was way better than Disney World, as it was more for older kids as opposed to younger kids.
  • Courtney A.
    Courtney AdamsJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The food in Harry potter is good. Make sure to share. The food in Jurassic Park isn't so good. Toon Lagoon is very good for eats. Blondies or Comic Strip Cafe is fabulous.
  • Helen R.
    Helen RehmMay 10, 2012
    the Spiderman ride rocks! and for little ones, the One Fish, Two Fish ride is silly fun. The Bluto ride gets you SOAKED--Be sure you have $5 cash for the people dryer! so much fun!
  • Robin R.
    Robin RobertsDecember 18, 2014
    Drinks are cheaper in bars and eat in facilities than from carts. Stay on property and enjoy skipping lines. Call me for great insider secrets to making lines even shorter
  • Eric S.
    Eric StankovitzAugust 24, 2014
    If you visit Orlando, you have to make sure you visit Islands of Adventure. With Harry Potter, Marvel, Jurassic Park, Dr. Seuss, and more, its a must see for your next vacation...
  • Yuri B.
    Yuri BelloJanuary 12, 2013
    My favorite park in Orlando. Hulk is a must but don't forget about the Wizarding World Harry Potter since it gets really crowded there. I suggest beginning your day there.
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PopaMarch 16, 2013
    Ducks are comfortable walking around people, but if they have babies with them DO NOT PICK THEM UP. The moms will disown the babies. Do not feed them either. Observe the cuties and be respectful!
  • DRIVEN 1.
    DRIVEN 1May 11, 2012
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is such an immersive experience, that you'll swear you've stepped out of the station and straight into the movie. Butter beer is tasty, but try the pumpkin juice!
  • Audrey H.
    Audrey HoffmanDecember 1, 2013
    Harry potter world is beautiful, the main ride is amazing and the other 2 roller coasters are also very fast and fun, don't leave without at least walking through it
  • Megan S.
    Megan SantosDecember 17, 2012
    Find out which park closes later before you go and go to that park last. Also, find out the times of the shows/parades and try to get those out of the way first. Do rides later in the day, less wait.
  • JoeStead Orlando B.
    If visiting Harry potter and lines are long, you can take the less scenic route by going single riders, ride time was 80 minutes for regular line and straight on without taking the tour of the castle
  • Tine D.
    Tine De CnodderMarch 31, 2013
    Use the single riders lines! It'll save you loads of time and sometimes you're faster than the express line. Except for the forbidden journey at HP, you need to see the inside!
  • Laur L.
    Laur Lo SkiDecember 25, 2015
    I thoroughly enjoyed Islands of Adventure, although if you're not going to do any water rides, the number of rides you can do is more limited. Harry Potter World here is awesome!
  • Jack D.
    Jack DavisJuly 30
    Lots of interesting rides, and fewer simulators as compared to it's neighbouring park. The Harry Potter and Toon Lagoon sections are the best!
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzApril 22, 2014
    Pay $109 to $139 above the ticket price for an Express Pass, or a mere $40 for one ride, or prepare to wait 60-70 min. per ride. Takes a toll after 8 hours! CF to Disney's Fast Pass for FREE.
  • Traci R.
    Traci R.June 23, 2013
    Harry Potter is a must!! Long line, but worth the wait! The water rides will have you soak and wet! So don't wear light colored shorts/pants if getting on water rides.
  • H.R. M.
    H.R. MassacrJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite place on earth! We live locally and go all the time. It's obviously crowded during June-July so expect that if you plan your trip then.
  • Zach A.
    Zach AcquafrescaNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite parks in the area. Check out the different waterfront sections in the themed areas for great views of the park.
  • Daphne F.
    Daphne FlournoyApril 2, 2014
    Don't even think about leaving the park without trying the butterbeer!!!! Plan to spend a lot of time in each area as not to miss anything!!!!
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PiazzaSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Best time to go on rides is the end of the day, especially an hour or so before closing time. The waits will be half what they were when you came in
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BrennandNovember 1, 2013
    Great day out and Harry Potter World is amazing whether you are a Potter fan or not - one tip don't eat at The three broomsticks - food poor, menu bizarre and rude staff - still a brilliant day though
  • Matthias
    MatthiasNovember 25, 2015
    I prefer this park over Universal when it comes to rides but Universal has all the original sceneries... Very cool! 😊
  • Davi P.
    Davi PorciunculaJanuary 22, 2015
    Dragon Challenge gets insanely long lines in the high season but is the best ride in the park by far. Specially the red/orange dragon
  • Selena T.
    Selena ThieleOctober 16, 2012
    Hit the Ripsaw Falls and Bilge Rat Barge early and often, then let yourself dry the rest of the day, or bring a change of clothes. There's a reason they sell dry stuff just outside the barges!
  • H.R. M.
    H.R. MassacrJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Suess Landing is a good area to let the kids have fun and the adults relax a bit. There's a park there that the kids can have fun in and the parents can relax!
  • Pedro M.
    Pedro MiróMay 7, 2014
    Even though they've got awesome rides they got A LOT to learn from Disney specially in mood building. Disney definitely got their mojo working better!
    USA TODAYAugust 12, 2013
    The Jurassic Park River Adventure ride takes you through the world of Jurassic Park, including a close encounter with a T-Rex and an 85-foot plunge. Read more
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PopaMarch 16, 2013
    visit between 7 - 11 am, leave, and come back from 6 - 9. You skip the crowds and sun and hardly have to wait in lines. Especially for harry potter!
  • Nikole F.
    Nikole FuquaMarch 21, 2015
    Worth the upgrade to get the fast pass. Also, if you pay with American Express there is a VIP lounge with free snacks and water.
  • Manaricelle R.
    Manaricelle RicetteAugust 11, 2014
    A majority of the rides are outdoors, so when it rains you have 4 or 5 rides you can enjoy.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HaggithMarch 29, 2013
    Express pass is great if you only have a day to be in the park, but the price fluctuates, so buy it early if you can. (Someone told us she bought her pass 4 months in advance for $25)
  • Heaven L.
    Heaven LozadaSeptember 16
    Been going here since I was in middle school best place to be said goodbye to a lot of rides and seen a lot of new ones come my favorite park always.
  • Soren S.
    Soren SchomburgSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Harry Potter area is very well themed! Get some butter beer. The train is a nice way to get to Universal Studios.
  • Sykes J.
    Sykes Jean-BaptisteAugust 5, 2015
    Great place. Had a blast. I'd skip the hogwarts express. It's faster to just leave the park and walk to universal studios.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CombsOctober 24, 2010
    The Hulk is one of the best coasters ever built, Spiderman is unparalleled. This is the best park in Orlando, hands down. forget a day at one of the mouseparks, this is worth the day.
  • Wesley J.
    Wesley JonesSeptember 2, 2011
    Must do: Wizarding world of harry potter especially the hogwarts ride. Hulk rollercoaster, Jurrasic park water ride, dudley do right water ride. We had a great time. Way better than Universal
  • Kathleen D.
    Kathleen DawsonAugust 4, 2013
    Definitely ride Harry Potter and Hulk...wait until the end of the to ride Spider-Man and you can ride over and over. Seuss Landing is a favorite too!
  • Edwin M.
    Edwin MarchanSeptember 1, 2013
    Buy tickets online and come to the park to wait in line to redeem tickets ???? Then crouch in the ticket stand...who designed this? The ticket master and the client need TI be at the same level.
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