Islands of Adventure trip report – September 2012 (WWoHP construction and more)
I recently went to Islands of Adventure and noticed a few changes since my last trip report.
The crowds at Islands of Adventure were moderate, even for a weekend. The wait times for most rides were less than 30 minutes and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey had a wait time of only 30 minutes. Also, the lines for the food and drink kiosks and the outdoor counter service restaurants were short.
Green Eggs and Ham restaurant in Seuss Landing was open. I still haven’t tried their featured dish, but hope to do that during my next visit.
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For this trip, I was eager to see the changes in the construction area next to the Lost Continent and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Pearl Factory is now open in the Treasures of Poseidon shop and its old location is closed at this time. The Mystic Fountain was busy interacting with visitors and surprising them with unsuspecting sprays of water.
I was surprised to see construction walls now extend up to the entrance of WWoHP. The fortune tellers and food stand next to the entrance are no longer located there. Even with the construction walls at the entrance to WWoHP, you still get that feeling of awe when you walk under the arch and look up the street of Hogsmeade. Each of the lines for the butterbeer cart had only 7-8 people in them.
In the Toon Lagoon area, the weather was great and all the water rides were operating. At the carnival games in the walkway between Toon Lagoon and Marvel Super Hero Island, you could win a practically life-sized Minion among other featured characters.
While entering Marvel Super Hero Island, the roar of The Incredible Hulk coaster and rock music playing help set the mood of an exciting and thrilling facet of Islands of Adventure. The line to meet Spiderman was not very long and the wait times for the attractions in this section were relatively short. Just beyond meeting Spiderman, the view across the lagoon of IOA is an impressive photo opportunity.
As I browsed the Islands Trading Company store, WWoHP character-specific robes caught my eye. They range in cost from $195-$700 each and feature Snape’s Coat, Voldemort’s Robe, Hermoine’s Yule Ball Gown and Dumbledoor’s Robe. Not in my budget but something I can dream about.
I always enjoy spending time at Islands of Adventure and no matter how many times I go I still feel excitement whenever I hear the roar of The Incredible Hulk or see the spires of Hogwarts. I am looking forward to see what the construction and changes will bring to the IOA experience in the future.
Islands of Adventure trip report – photo gallery
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