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The High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride Review Islands of Adventure

Ride entrance. Credit: ttnotes.com

The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train ride is a powered trolley ride manufactured by MACK Rides and is located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. The attraction is located in the Seuss Landing of the park and opened in 2006. It is currently the only attraction to be added on to the Seuss Landing section of the park since the park opened in 1999. I got to experience this attraction during my trip to the park and today I will be looking into the ride experience as well as giving my thoughts on it!

The attraction is located at the far end of Seuss Landing if your coming in from Port of Entry. The entrance for the attraction is closer to the bridge to the Lost Continent. As you approach the entrance, you will see the trolleys flying above you overhead and the wait time sign. You will enter where it says “Sneetches In”, a reference to the Dr. Seuss book “Sneetches and Other Stories”. Then you will enter the main queue area. Since there are no straight lines in the land, this queue has many switchbacks, but it is extremely twisty and winds around a lot. There isn’t a lot to see here other than some pictures and some props.

Part of the queue. Credit: Jason B. on Yelp
Main part of the queue. Credit: Jason B. on Yelp

You will then head up the stairs to the loading station. This is a duel loading station, as there are two separate tracks to not just increase capacity, but also to give two different ride experiences. There is a purple track and a blue track, with the purple track being on the left side of the station as you enter and the blue track being on the right. Unfortunately, when I was at the park they were only running the purple side, so I did not get to ride the blue side. The operations on this are usually very slow, which is why this thing typically sees long waits. When you get in the train, you will pull down your lap bar and you will be on your way!

Trains in loading station. Credit: Sherilyn C. on Yelp

For this review I will be describing the purple track, as that is currently the only side I have experienced. You will start by going through a small show scene before setting off and flying high over Seuss Landing. This is where you can get great views of the entire land while there is a story told by kids that is told over the speakers. After this is arguably the best part of the ride, where the train traverses an upward helix over the main lagoon, where you can get a fantastic 360 degree view of the park. You can catch great, albeit brief, views of Mythos Restaurant, Hogwarts Castle, Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, and the Incredible Hulk Coaster’s cobra roll. The train slows to take in this view, and is truly outstanding. After this, you go through a show scene with some props and then the ride heads back into the loading station. This is a very short ride, only around 3-4 minutes in length. The only difference in the blue track is that it starts by flying over Circus McGurkus Cafe, the rest is a mirror image of the purple track.

Ride flying above Seuss Landing. Credit: teammobius.com
Train going through the upward helix over the lagoon. Credit: blog.universalorlando.com
Train overhead at Circus McGurkus Cafe. Credit: parkz.com

After unloading, you will make your way down to the exit, where you will exit out a candy shop. You can purchase any sort of candy or baked treats here.

Snootches & Snootches Candy Shop at the exit of the ride. Credit: themego.com

My Thoughts: Despite it’s short length, I kind of liked this attraction! Islands of Adventure is full of intense rides, and this is a way to relax all while getting spectacular views of the park. It has a good amount of charm to it and captures the magic and cleverness of Dr. Seuss himself like most of the land does. This is exactly the type of ride Islands of Adventure needs and I think it is here to stay!

Tips: Due to it’s average capacity and slow operations, this attraction easily sees the longest waits in all of Seuss Landing. Wait times can reach 30-45 minutes on a normal day and up to 45-60+ minutes on a busy day. To avoid these waits because it’s such short ride and not worth the average wait, try to ride within the first or last 2 hours of park operation. For the best aerial views of the park and Seuss Landing, request the front row when you enter the station.

Final Thoughts: High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride has some major downsides for sure, but does enough to make up for it with the views it gives and the charm it has throughout. I would give it a ride if the wait is 25 minutes or less. If the wait is more, I would give it a hard pass and try again next time!

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