Reader poll: What is the best and worst land at Universal Orlando Resort?

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The theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort.

With all the recent changes hitting the various Universal parks all around the world – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter coming to both Universal Studios Hollywood and Japan, the rumored impending demise of Far Far Away at Universal Studios Singapore – it made us wonder: just what is the best and worst land here at Universal Orlando Resort, which has, arguably, the best lineup of theme park areas?

So we’re asking you, our dear readers: what is your favorite land at either Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure? Which one contains the best theming or boasts your favorite rides and restaurants? Which would you pick if you could only visit one on your next vacation?

 

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And, conversely, which is your least favorite? Which one do you always pass by on your hurry to all the really good stuff? Which would you strike off of the Universal map forever and ever?

UPDATE: We are very sorry, but in our haste to create this post, we forgot Toon Lagoon in the list below. For those of you who really dislike that area, we’ll find a way for you to voice it in a future poll. Our apologies!

 

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You can take a tour of the parks right now: Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

 

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Brandon
Brandon
March 10, 2014 4:38 pm

:  No “Toon Lagoon” on the Worst list? LOL. Don’t get me wrong, detail and interaction is amazing. I’m just not much of a water ride enthusiast so this land always gets the least amount of attention. On the contrary, it does offer a mini water park to guests of Universal Orlando (not considering Wet-n-Wild, of course) so it has it’s perks and value.

Ren
Ren
March 10, 2014 6:36 pm

Toon Lagoon needs to be on the worst list, apart from the water rides.

FLThemeParkGuy
FLThemeParkGuy
March 10, 2014 7:58 pm

At IOA – Toon Lagoon is the worst. Why isn’t this an option? The theme is out of date, if you don’t want to get soaking wet there’s nothing to do, plus that huge unused theater,  and the food options are bad (except Blondie’s which has good sandwiches). I don’t know the characters very well at all and neither do my kids. And my kids need a change of clothes or a $5 “people dryer”. Plus there’s that abandoned show theater that hasn’t been used in years. I always seems to be passing through Toon Lagoon, never stopping. Also, lumping World Expo and… Read more »

FLThemeParkGuy
FLThemeParkGuy
March 10, 2014 8:27 pm
Reply to  FLThemeParkGuy

As far as my favorite land, I can’t decide!! My favorite place to eat, shop, ride and relax are all in different spots. Hogsmeade is most detailed but too crowded to actually enjoy on a regular basis. I love the plants at Jurassic but River adventure isn’t as good at The Hulk! Spiderman is great too. I love Mummy and Finnegan’s but having a beer at Duff Gardens is also a fave of mine. Too many good choices. Great problem to have.

OrlandoInformer
OrlandoInformer
March 10, 2014 8:15 pm

@Brandon @Ren @FLThemeParkGuy We’re sorry about skipping Toon Lagoon, and I’ve added a note in the original post above.
@FLThemeParkGuyAs far as World Expo and Springfield, Universal still considers them one land (just called World Expo), at least they do on their in-park guidemap – I used the description “World Expo / Springfield” simply to clarify that the Simpsons area is part of World Expo. Nevertheless, I do agree that the two sections of the one area are quite opposites.

FLThemeParkGuy
FLThemeParkGuy
March 10, 2014 8:24 pm

Thanks Dan! Sorry my post was all negatives, I’ll add some positives. But actually the latest map I got separates them: “World Expo” and “Krustyland/Springfield” Which struck me as odd, because I didn’t realize Krustyland was a distinction they wanted. And that they mentioned Krustyland before Springfield (alphabetical order?)

Allen Waiserman
Allen Waiserman
March 10, 2014 4:27 pm

Wizarding World of Harry Potter….
Hahaha nahh, can you imagine?
Kidz Zone is the worst. Besides ET, which is one of the best rides, the entire land is full of outdated preschooler IPs that have no business taking up that much space. Also, there shouldn’t even BE a Kidz Zone, there should be a family friendly land, like Fantasyland, where the rides are for the whole family, not just preschoolers….

Lindsay Farman Martin
Lindsay Farman Martin
March 10, 2014 4:31 pm

Simpsons is the worst. Love all the rest but Harry Potter has to come first.

Dana Trivino
Dana Trivino
March 10, 2014 4:33 pm

Allen hit the nail on the head. I LOVE ET because it is one of the last classic rides at Universal studios!! But seriously they need to get rid of Kidzone

Darren Bratton
Darren Bratton
March 10, 2014 4:34 pm

Marvel Super Hero…Spiderman & Hulk Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster at Universal Studios…

Joshua Uhl
Joshua Uhl
March 10, 2014 4:40 pm

anything on the universal studios side,but i hate that universal doesnt like fat ppl…im 330lbs,but anyway u get what im saying?

Megan Aamot
Megan Aamot
March 10, 2014 4:41 pm

I chose Marvel Super Hero Island for the best. While I am an avid HP fan (and the WWoHP comes in a close second), Marvel has always offered the most in activities and rides for us.
Woody Woodpecker’s Kid Zone is definitely the worst.

Chris Wierzba
Chris Wierzba
March 10, 2014 4:42 pm

Kidzone is great my 2 and 7 year Old love taking a break from the fl Sun and splashing around at curious George,Barney and American tale are def outdated but e.t. is a classic and should def stay even if it’s the only original ride left!!!

Natalie Mitchell Chapman
Natalie Mitchell Chapman
March 10, 2014 4:45 pm

Seeing how we were there 7 days and never laid eyes on kids zone (except ET) I’ve gotta say that’s the worst.
I thought Seuss landing was the best land overall. As an avid Seuss fan, I appreciated the authenticity and attention to detail.

Stewart Williamson
Stewart Williamson
March 10, 2014 4:50 pm

Harry potter is the best amazing . worst Jurassic park

Doug Jenkins
Doug Jenkins
March 10, 2014 4:51 pm

I would like to vote on your blog but I do not wish to sign up for another company to post on my page or send me emails. So my vote is best Marvel and worst is where Mythos is

Joanne James
Joanne James
March 10, 2014 4:55 pm

I hate the fact that some rides have a height limit . My 13 yr old was too tall to accompany his little brother on pterodactyl ride but I could ride and I was over a foot taller ?? What is that about people. ? Walt would never say a kid is too tall to ride

Jennine Searcy
Jennine Searcy
March 10, 2014 6:13 pm

I loved the Jurassic park land. I loved Poseidon’s fury when there was real water.

Alana Strang
Alana Strang
March 10, 2014 6:15 pm

Best is Harry Potter hogsmeade and worst woody woodpeckers kids zone and dr doom comes close behind that!

Joy Shaw
Joy Shaw
March 10, 2014 6:33 pm

Poseidons Fury is 20 minutes of my life I will never get back.

Sandra Donoghue
Sandra Donoghue
March 10, 2014 7:17 pm

like both

David Splitstone
David Splitstone
March 10, 2014 10:49 pm

Islands has always been better.

Rachel Burke
Rachel Burke
March 10, 2014 11:42 pm

Oops I voted backwards lol I meant WWOHP was the best & the lost continent was the worst lol

Heidi Fales
Heidi Fales
March 11, 2014 12:21 am

WWOHP is the best and Poseidons Fury needs to be replaced asap…45 minutes of my life I’d like to get back- I would have rather done anything else in either park!

Elise Cooper
Elise Cooper
March 11, 2014 2:03 am

Poseidons fury is the worst along with the sinbad show in the Lost Continent totally outdated now and WWOHP is awesome 🙂

Melanie Jane Davidson
Melanie Jane Davidson
March 11, 2014 10:20 am

I love it all

Pam Williams
Pam Williams
March 11, 2014 12:04 pm

The Simpsons is the WORST. It is just hideous. Best is Harry Potter!

Cindy Bolt
Cindy Bolt
March 11, 2014 12:08 pm

Everyplace is cool, but the area where Dudley Doo is always smells like pee

About Marc N. Kleinhenz

Marc N. Kleinhenz’s first dream in life was to be an astronaut. His second was an Imagineer. While neither completely worked out, he's now the editor of Orlando Informer, along with being its podcast co-host. He’s also written for 33 other sites (including Screen Rant, IGN, The Escapist, and California Informer [OI's sister site]), has had his fiction featured in several publications, and has even taught English in Japan. Imagineering school won’t be too far behind.