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8 Big Changes to Islands of Adventure’s Lost Continent We’d Love To See at Universal Orlando

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Ever since the Wizarding World carved away have of the Lost Continent at Islands of Adventure (IOA) in Orlando, that corner of the park hasn’t seen too much love.   With one walk through attraction, talking fountain, restaurant, show and a few shops there’s not too much interest anymore.

The recent closure of Dragon Challenge (aka Dueling Dragons) had me wondering, what could improve this area of IOA?  The result of this blue sky session: 8 ideas for enhancing or replacing the Lost Continent.

1. Da Vinci themed attraction or attraction

There’s already a Leonardo Da Vinci inspired presence in the area. Mythical Metals’ coin minters operate a hand cranked drop hammer coin forge that was inspired by a Da Vinci invention.  Adding a show or attraction centering on the artist/inventor’s creations could breathe some new life into Lost Continent.

2. Dining experience

Mythos is amazing. The award winning restaurant offers some of the finest dining in the park.  Outside of a pair of smaller walk-up locations, Lost Continent does not have a lot of choices for food fun.  A character (Sinbad, Da Vinci, Greek Gods) might make a nice addition and draw guests into the area.

3. Expand Harry Potter

Let the Wizarding world work its magic over the rest of the island.  Adding the forbidden forest or Malfoy Manor might make more guests find their way (either via Floo Network, Apperation, broom or mundane muggle walking).

4. Intellectual Property based show or attraction

There are a number of television shows that would fit nicely into the Lost Continent – give Sinbad a make-over.  “Game of Thrones,” “Vikings” or just about any medieval/renaissance themed program would work.  A brand new branded attraction is a great draw for today’s guests. Just, maybe, skip the virtual/screen thing, please.

5. Meet and Greet Characters

When Islands of Adventure first opened it would not be uncommon to bump into Merlin as he wandered about the Lost Continent.  Dragons and unicorns were also once spotted around the area.  Bring these characters back to interact with guests and entice them into the island.

6. Mythical Creature “Zoo”

A great way to showcase the advances in animatronic achievements might be to add a walk (or ride) through menagerie of various mythological monsters and creatures.  Imagine bumping into a Minotaur or mermaid or even a Greek God or two.

7. Renaissance Faire

Much of the area already has a faire like atmosphere; why not turn the island into a permanent Ren Faire?  Include jousts, shows and Renaissance inspired treats.

8. Themed land (horror, steampunk, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek)

Drop the whole “Lost” logo and run with an entirely new theme.  This can be based on an existing intellectual property like “Shrek” or “How to Train Your Dragon.” Horror (Dark Universe?) or even Steampunk (easily integrated into existing décor) could also work.

Eight exciting enhancements are but a handful of ideas that could breathe new life into the Islands of Adventure area known as the Lost Continent.  Shows like the “Eighth Voyage of Sinbad” and the “Poseidon’s Fury” attraction could benefit from a face lift such as those suggested above.

What you like to see appear at (or change) the Lost Continent at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure?  Share your dreams in the comments below.

Images: Michael Gavin, YouTube, public domain

3 Comments

  1. alicia

    My husband and I have had this exact conversation after our last visit to universal a few years back. Compared to Harry Potter, the rest of the park feels dated and boring.
    We think they should turn it into a world of Warcraft or dungeons and dragons section. The Poisedon walk through already feels like a dungeon crawl or raid instance, so all they have to do is and an interactive element where quests get assigned a character class like warlock or warrior and you fight your way to the boss which is the large room at the end.
    This would make the walk through ride repeatable because a vistor would want to play all the classes. IRL VIDEO GAME!

  2. Anonymous

    Personally, there’s one of the suggestions I dislike is the Game of Thrones attraction ideas because I do learn the fact it is one of the most controversial TV shows ever due to a lot of highly inappropriate moments throughout, like South Park (through I know that GOT is not a comedy and not a cartoon). And I highly doubt/don’t think that the show will have its fit for the family-friendly theme park in the future, will it?

  3. David C

    There is already a touch of Steampunk in universal studios (the chocolate emporium) more of that would be quite nice

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