Islands of Adventure

Rex Reminisces: Dueling Dragons

Ah, the Dragons: Blizzrock (Ice) and Pyrrock (Fire). They were two of our favorite icons and rides at Islands of Adventure from our first trip there in 2001.  Having the view of the coaster in the background as Blizzrock and Pyrrock dueled at the entrance to the queue was one of the great views in themeparkdom. In addition to…

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Theme Park Emotions

On many of our RexandtheBeast trips we are pushed for time and have to hustle from park to park or attraction to attraction and find ourselves back at the airport at the end of a trip thinking, what just happened? We have had the good fortune to ride great attractions all over the country and…

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Is “Skull Island: Reign Of Kong” A New Island At IOA?

Universal Orlando’s announcement of the long rumored Kong attraction brings yet again another year of anticipation and excitement as we look forward to experiencing the thrills of Kong in the summer of 2016. Reaction on Twitter and among the top theme park informational websites has been mostly positive concerning the new attraction. But there is…

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Dr. Doom’s FearFall: A Love-Hate Relationship

Apart from the lighthouse, probably the most recognizable structure inside Universal Studio’s Islands of Adventure Theme Park are the dual towers of Dr. Doom (well, perhaps Hogwarts Castle is now the most recognizable structure).  The ride opened in 1999 and is themed around Dr. Doom’s obsessive desire to kill The Fantastic Four.  I always dread…

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Anticipation, Expectation, and the 21st Century

In 2001, Rex and I were unaware of a second, industry changing theme park located at the Orlando Universal Resort called “Islands of Adventure.” During our vacation to Orlando, Rex noticed an advertisement and suggested we check it out. Those next few hours changed our outlook on theme parks and a few years later, RexandtheBeast.com…

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Happy 15th Anniversary IOA…and Thank You

To think that we could have missed out on a legendary park because of a shopping mall. The piece of land known as “Islands of Adventure” at the Universal Orlando Resort is considered to be sacred ground to many theme park aficionados. RexandtheBeast.com has long considered IOA to be the most effective blend of thrills…

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