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Orlando 2011 Trip Report
Nov. 22, 2011

It does, indeed. Islands of Adventure may not be my favorite theme park in the whole world, but it's near the top of the list.

The "Port of Entry" is filled with so many cool details, some of which are familiar...

...and others more mysterious and mythical.

Let's see, what should we do first?

Did you know that J.K. Rowling's published works have made her more money than any other author in the history of the printed word? No joke. And she is so not done making money.

Later in the weekend, we came back to Seuss Landing to ride Cat In The Hat (which is still the most kick-ass young-child-friendly dark ride outside of any Disney park). But that first morning, we didn't pause for anything here.

I've only eaten at Mythos once, but it was one of my favorite theme park dining experiences. And just look at that exterior. Magnificent.

Will "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" expand further into and eventually consume what remains of "The Lost Continent?" Seems pretty likely. And that is a bit of a shame. Branding mega-million-dollar attractions with hugely popular IP is good business, but The Lost Continent is the one area of this park that can't be experienced in any way anywhere else. I can't watch a movie or cartoon, or read a comic book, or play with action figures, or dress in jammies that make me feel like I'm visiting The Lost Continent. I like that.

On the other hand, the Sinbad stunt show is still supposed to be a giant pile of fail, so whatever.




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