Well over the last few weeks I have posted pictures and anecdotes from my first WDW vacation. What I never got around to doing was posting for my trip to Islands of Adventure on that same trip. SO here we go! BTW do not use these pictures without my permission, please.
MY mother and I went to IOA on Wednesday, right in the middle of our WDW vacation. We rode a Mears shuttle from WDW with a family of 3 and got there at about 8:20 or so. IOA was to open at 9am so we wandered down the citywalk to the gate. Well at 8:30 they let us all in. ONly SPider-man and Cat in the HAt were open, but there was no one there, so it was a great opportunity.
WE headed straight to Marvel SUperhero Island.
I was really impressed with the large comic character cut-outs, especially scine they were done by comicbook great Adam Kubert. The Island is very colorful and the comicbook geek has lots of details to check out, like the windows that were supposed to be the offices to characters like Matt Murdock (Daredevil) and Donald Blake (Thor).
We headed to the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. I was blown away by it. THe way they synchonize the 3-D with the car movements is incredible.
Peter Parker's Office in the queue.
We took 2 quick rides on the attraction. There was no line. IMHO this is one of, if not the, best dark ride. It's certainly my favorite. Some rides just have some pictures of characters and they consider it themed. This was a Spider-Man ride.
Since the rest of MArvel SUperhero island was closed until 9am we went over to Suess LAnding.
Seuss Landing is quite stunning. There is not a single straight line in the place. They even went out and got trees that had been bent by hurricanes to decorate the area. IT was very bright and colorful.
The Green Eggs and Ham diner.
The Cat in the HAt was open so we headed towards it.
Did I mention how immersive and colorful the themeing is?
The ride while not as cool or groundbreaking as Spider-Man it is a nice calm dark ride that everyone could enjoy.
By then the rest of the park was opening so we headed back to Marvel Superhero Island for the Incredible Hulk Coaster.
Well my mother and I had never been on a large coaster. We had never even done Space Mountain, BTMR, or the Matterhorn. There was little line so we did not have enough time to chicken out. Before we knew it we were strapped in and heading up the liift hill. All of a sudden the coaster accelerates and shoots us out of the tube in the pic above and we invert. I was swearing like crazy! The surprise of that moment was awesome. When we got off the ride I was a little unsteady, but I told my mother that we needed to do that again right now! We headed around the attraction and into the queue and were on again within 5 minutes. My mom was quite the trooper, especially since she had drunk her way around World Showcase at Epcot the night before. We had a blast.
We headed over to Dr. Doom's Fearfall next. Its just like Maliboomer at DCA, but good. Its higher up amd there is no faceshield. Also the queue was great since you enter the Latverian Embassy and there are Doombots all around.
Next we headed to Toon Lagoon. This island is themed to comic strip characters liek Heathcliff and cartoon cahractrers like Popeye and Rocky and Bullwinkle. Its my least favorite island. Its not as well themed as the rest and there is only 2 rides. We decided to skip Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges after we got completely soaked on Kali River Rapids earlier in the week. However, we did ride Dudley Do-Right's RipSaw Falls.
The outside is very nicely themed to the Jay Ward cartoon. There are some animatronics on the ride as well, but not as nice as those on Splash Mountain. However, the falls themselves are more thrilling than those on its Disney cousin. I give Splash Mountain the edge, but I do really like DDRF.