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Families will love:

  • Seuss Landing
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Part of Universal Orlando Resort, Islands of Adventure is -- not for lack of a better word -- a true adventure for families, particularly those with thrill-seeking teenagers. Among the park's most popular rides are The Incredible Hulk Coaster, which features seven rip-roaring inversions at speeds of 67 miles per ... more
Part of Universal Orlando Resort, Islands of Adventure is -- not for lack of a better word -- a true adventure for families, particularly those with thrill-seeking teenagers. Among the park's most popular rides are The Incredible Hulk Coaster, which features seven rip-roaring inversions at speeds of 67 miles per hour, and Dr. Doom's Fearfall, where -- unbeknownst to most first-time riders -- the real "fear" isn't in the fall, but in the rise of the ride.

Still, Islands of Adventure manages to cater to little ones, too, in Seuss Landing, a fantastical area that feels as if were literally taken from the pages of Dr. Seuss' books. In fact, The Cat in the Hat ride does just that, carrying riders -- who sit on cozy couches -- through every page of the popular children's story. The High in the Sky Trolley Ride gives families a tour of the area and is perfect for little ones, as is the adorable Caro-seuss-el.

Easily the most popular part of Islands of Adventure, however, is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fans (and even those who don't know the stories) will enjoy sipping Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks and strolling Hogsmead, with a stop at Ollivanders to find a wand (or rather, to be chosen by a wand). They'll also want to ride The Forbidden Journey in Hogwarts Castle -- a riveting, motion-simulated ride. And as of Summer 2014, guests will be able to travel between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade via a real-life Hogwarts Express.

Islands of Adventure can easily be experienced in a day, particularly if you've snagged an Express Pass. And, because Islands of Adventure is part of Universal Orlando Resort, you can visit Universal Studios, too, with the purchase of two-for-one tickets (which offer the most value, versus single-park tickets).

For more information on Universal's Islands of Adventure and the surrounding area, download our exclusive Orlando Vacation Guide for Families.

Written by Amanda Geronikos less

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