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Islands of Adventure / Orlando City Walk Trip Report (November 19-20)

Jeremy12Lopez

Newcomer
Feb 6, 2013
66
In this trip report I will be covering Universal's Islands of Adventure. If you guys have any questions I will be glad to answer them here on the forums, Thanks and Enjoy! 

 

Panorama of the IOA Lagoon



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A look at the outside of Mythos 


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The Menu (Short but sufficient) Great Food! 



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One of my personal favorites 



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The facade is incredible (for theme park standards)



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Stage to the 7th Voyage of Sinbad, not terrible worth a watch 



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Hogwarts Express Station Construction



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I smell Grinchmas!



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And on to the Wizzarding World



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US Postal service held a press event for special edition stamps featuring Harry Potter. How appropriate to hold the event in Hogsmeade



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In my opinion one of the most elaborately designed themes in any park. I am always impressed by the initial walk though of Hogsmeade. It's an immersive  and spectacular set of facades and scenery. You can walk through 100 times and still find something new.  



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This will be removed in favor of a pathway that leads to the real station!



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The Press Event



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Forbidden Journey Queue 



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Hippogriff Coaster



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This stuff is Great!



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Wait Gringotts is supposed to be next door...



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Its always worth a visit to the discovery center



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Even saw a dinosaur hatch!



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The old Triceratops Encounter ride sign, clever disguise but you can't fool me!



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Behind this building is the purposed spot of the rumored new attraction (Jurrasic Park/ King Kong)

 



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No construction yet but there were survey markers as well as construction portables!



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Tried to get some good shots



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Super heroes got some new rides, replaced the old Quads



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That wraps up Islands of Adventure, keep reading for my short update on City Walk, Thanks Again!

 

If you have any questions just post them below.

 

 

 


This is my last and shortest update to Universal's City Walk in Orlando



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This building holds many fond memories, as it's the old home to Nickelodeon Studios


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The old Nickelodeon Studios consisted of two sound stages and a central building that was used for production purposes as well as the stusdio tour.


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Last bit of history


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Slime still covers the floor in the bathrooms!


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Thanks for checking out my updates! 
 

Jon Fu

Editor-in-Chief Emeritus
Staff member
Jul 26, 2010
2,840
California
Nice photos!


I'm still always dumbfounded that Islands of Adventure was created by the same company that's behind Universal Studios...in 1999 no less! It's almost like stepping in a completely different world.


Either way, I'm guessing that was their point. It's a very thoughtfully done park, and I can't wait to see them expand it.
 

Jeremy12Lopez

Newcomer
Feb 6, 2013
66
Thanks guys I appreciate the support, we have a great community here so let's all keep contributing!

Nice photos!

I'm still always dumbfounded that Islands of Adventure was created by the same company that's behind Universal Studios...in 1999 no less! It's almost like stepping in a completely different world.

Either way, I'm guessing that was their point. It's a very thoughtfully done park, and I can't wait to see them expand it.
With the exception of potter much of most of IOA has been completely untouched since 99, universal on the other hand is nearly unrecognizable from its early 90's counterpart
 

Chris

Veteran Member
Jun 23, 2009
2,746
Southern California
Great pics.  I sure hope they relocate the Hogwarts Express Engine to Hollywood.  No need to keep it in Orlando anymore.  It would make a great photo op in Hollywood while the land is being built.  
 

Jeremy12Lopez

Newcomer
Feb 6, 2013
66
From what I've heard that area where the train is will open up and become a new path to the station so I would imagine universal will reuse the mock train for Hollywood.

Great pics. I sure hope they relocate the Hogwarts Express Engine to Hollywood. No need to keep it in Orlando anymore. It would make a great photo op in Hollywood while the land is being built.
From what I've heard that area where the train is will open up and become a new path to the station so I would imagine universal will reuse the mock train for Hollywood.