Day 6: Islands of Adventure Redux

Day 6 was saw us spending the day again at the Islands of Adventure catching up on all the rides we didn’t get to experience on our first day so for me it was getting a chance to jump on all the rides on Marvel Super Hero Island and at Toon Lagoon. Due to time constraints I didn’t get a chance to get on any rides at Jurassic Park but it was all good as I got more than my thrill on with our Super Heroes and old school Toon inspired rides.

With FlexPass in hand it was off thru the park for me zooming ahead to the front of every line to get my ride on!

First stop, of course, was Marvel Super Hero Land which features 4 different rides: The Incredible Hulk Coaster (self-explanatory), Storm Force Accelerator (Tea Cup ride), Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall (Space Shot ride) and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (3D-Simulator ride). I must say, all four rides are pretty bad @SS.

First up, the Incredible Hulk Coaster.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

By far, this is the craziest coaster I’ve ever personally been on. The amount of loops and turns on this is just crazy!

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

The idea behind the ride is the amount of G forces you feel simulates the power and intensity of the Hulk himself. The waiting area as you make your way up to the ride of course is painted all green and simulates part of Bruce Banner’s lab. Of course you’re regaled to episodes of the Hulk cartoon during your long wait (or short wait if you’re like me and pony up for the FlexPass).

Check the video below for some “action footage” of the coaster in action.

The Storm Force Accelerator was up next.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

The story behind this one is Storm and the X-men are battling Magneto and the Accelerator (powered by us) is helping to augment Storm’s powers to defeat Magneto so we get to help save the day!

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Storm Accelerator

After getting my dizzy on between the Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Storm Accelerator it was off to being launched into orbit at Dr. Doom’s Fear Fall.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Dr. Doom's Fear Fall

The story behind this ride is Dr. Doom’s designed a diabolical machine to collect energy from people’s fear which will augment his powers and help him to take over the world, muah-hahahahahaha! (He explains it to you himself as you make your way through waiting area which simulates the Latverian Embassy).

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Dr. Doom's Fear Fall

I don’t know about fear but it is a nice rush as you get shot up into space and you do get a great view of Orlando as you make your way gently down back to earth.

Bonus was getting a photo op with a costumed Dr. Doom nearby (he was nowhere to be seen my first day at the park).

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Dr. Doom

The final attraction for me on Super-Hero Island was The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3D-Sim ride.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Now THIS was a cool ride. The SIM itself I’d put right up there in the coolness factor as the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.

The line through the attraction is basically a mock-up of the Daily Bugle as you make your way through printing presses and J. Jonah Jameson’s voice is piped in over the PA system harassing you to get good photos of that no-good Spider-Man in action. The SIM ride is awesome once you get on it as it’s basically a wild ride through the NYC skyline as you follow Spidey as he battles his extensive gallery of villains like Doc Ock, Hobgoblin, Electro, Scream and Hydro-Man.

Once we got out of the ride we had a chance to catch the costumed heroes all pull together for a pretty darn cool motorcycle show of sorts on the main mall through the island.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Super-Hero Rollout!

Now that’s a photo op! And then it was off to shopping at the Marvel Alterniverse Store

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Shop

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Shop

and getting some grub at the Captain America Diner.

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Captain America Diner

The diner basically serves burger fare but for me the coolest thing about it is its extensive wall and ceiling mural art of the Avengers past and present which is totally bad a$$!

Marvel Super Hero Island:  Captain America Diner

After lunch it was back out onward to Toon Lagoon.

Toon Lagoon basically has two rides and two attractions. The rides are water-based (GREAT for cooling off in the HOT Orlando sun): Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barge (a river-raft ride) and Dudley Do-Right’s Rip Saw Falls (a log ride). The attractions are Me Ship, the Olive (a kid’s playground) and Mat Hoffman’s Aggro Circus (a BMX show). My only interest was the water rides since we weren’t packing kids and I had no interest in a show.

First thing for me to take on was Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barge!

On the path to Popeye and Bluto’s was Wimpy’s burgers!

Toon Lagoon

Toon Lagoon

The story behind this ride is, of course, Popeye trying to save Olive Oyl (yet again) from that brute Bluto. The ride itself was awesome with ample opportunities to come out smoking wet! The raft’s themselves do have a covered compartment in them to hold small personal items (wallets, phones, etc) that you don’t want getting wet so that’s a cool bonus! Bluto’s voice is piped in gratuitously over the PA system harassing you the whole time.

I loved it and my hot sweaty body appreciated the experience!

After that I was off to take on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls!

Toon Lagoon:  Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

The story behind this ride, of course, is our favorite Mountie trying to save Nell from the nefarious Snidely Whiplash. The waiting area is Snidely’s evil lair where you’re regaled to classic Do-Right cartoons on monitors as you make your way to the logs.

The ride itself is awesome (and long making the wait worthwhile). Being a long ride you get to experience the evolving storyline as Snidely attempts to blow things up (especially Do-Right) to his eventual capture. The punchline after Do-Right saves Nell? She loves the Horse 🙂 The moral of the story? A Mountie always gets his man but not always the girl 🙂

Toon Lagoon:  Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

And after two wet and wild rides I was finally nicely cooled off after walking and waiting in the hot Orlando sun for the better part of a day.

All Wet

Of course that didn’t stop us from a final stop at Hogsmeade over at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a one last final cup of Butter Beer on our last day at Universal!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter:  Butterbeer!

Butter Beer

We wrapped up Day 6 with more Impact wrestling but that’s for another post 🙂

Full set of photos can be found here.

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