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Oddly enough, since opening its gates way back in 1999, the only new attraction added to Islands of Adventure has been this unique monorail. In fact, this originally was planned to have opened back during the park’s inaugural year as a totally different attraction, but safety and monetary issues forced this attraction to be placed on the backburner. After a vacant track just towering over Seuss Landing for years, a unique monorail finally replaced the original concept and well, it was worth the wait.
Featuring two twisting tracks winding above Seuss Landing, the Seuss Trolley has a rather poor capacity, leading to rather lengthy waits not being all that uncommon. Thankfully though, it was a walk-on during my visit. However, only one side was operating and the ride was suffering from numerous mechanical issues. Just prior to boarding, the attraction temporarily shut down, and after my ride the attraction shut down for almost the entire day. I don’t know if this was just having a bad day or what.
Well, the ride’s seats are very comfortable and really are more like roller coaster trains than monorail trains. However, I would soon find out why once the ride began, as this was deceivingly quick for a monorail. Instead of traveling at a level path for the entire ride like most monorails, this one featured some gradual drops where the train really picked up some considerable speed. It was definitely a nice change of pace.
Moving past the unique roller coaster like track, the attraction gives some great views of Seuss Landing and along with the rest of the park since it travels right along the park’s gigantic lake for a portion of the ride. Not only does it provide great views of the rest of the park like most monorails, but Universal also incorporated some neat indoor scenes into the attraction that may not seem like much, but in fact they are quite enjoyable and definitely enhance the uniqueness and my enjoyment of this attraction. Along with being a fun, unique attraction, it is also deceptively long despite its appearance.
I would have liked to have experienced this more than once, or at least experienced each side, but the mechanical issues limited my rides to only one. Nonetheless, I had a great time during my one ride as this easily is one of the most unique, enjoyable monorails out there thanks to the great views, indoor scenes, and roller coaster-like track. This definitely is a cool, unique attraction is definitely worth checking out while at the park.
As a Dr Suess fan I too enjoyed the ride. Only got to ride the one side that was operating on my visit. Im not sure if we went through the Big Top. I was on the side that was to your left as you got to the top of the stairs.
Glad that it is no longer the most complex piece of theming and now functional.
I was quite disapointed with one side of the track, and felt a little sad that a ride I had anticipated since I was quite young had let me down. However I then rode the other track that didnt go into the big top, and found it really enjoyable. My advice if you didnt like one ride go again until you get the other side.
An excellent additon to a park that generally lacks enough rides for small children. It is good the train is sized large enough for adults to ride as well. It would be good if they let people stay on for both sides of the track during periods when the line are short.
The Seuss ride is an excellent "addition" to the park. since we have all seen the track for years it was kind of weird to actually be able to get on the ride. Their are two connected tracks that essentially make it two rides. I prefer the track that goes through the big top, although they are both fun. You see and hear two different "stories" so make sure you try both sides. Overall a great ride in a section that I sort of skimmed over on my last visit.
WOW - this was a really awesome ride!! The ride has some neat indoor sections, and then the sweet outdoor part which we have stared at since 1999 wondering if the ride would ever open. The powered coaster system was installed this year and I think it was pretty much worth the wait. The Trolley Ride was cute and fun, and even gained some nice speed at one point. Horray for such a neat ride!
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