This post is being re-published for some edits featuring a new, longer video.
There's one hidden area that not all Island Explorers may know about. The funny part is, you walk right by (or under) it every time you enter Islands of Adventure. You could be completely oblivious to its existence, even. This area of the park is called the Navigators Club. The location? Right above Confisco Grille at the Port of Entry. Bet you didn't know you could actually go up onto that bridge, huh? This isn't really a guest area, which means if you get caught being up there, you could be told to leave.
The area itself isn't really hidden, and there are no signs saying "off limits" or "team members only". All you have to do is enter the Confisco Grille, turn right (there may be some strollers parked there), and head up the stairway. From the pictures below, you can see there is a great view and makes for a great picture spot. The indoors portion of the Club seems like it would be used for a special event or banquet. There's also a couch up there, for some reason. Past the indoor portion, there's an outdoor patio that gives a view across the lagoon, and a great view of some landmarks like the Discovery Center, Hogwart's Castle, and Mytho's.
Now remember how I mentioned that bridge? You can go out on it. It makes for a great scenic view. But, who knows, a security guard may see you up there and tell you to come down. This is a reminder that going somewhere you feel you shouldn't be could get you in trouble. I'm not trying to persuade you to go up there, just remember that there may be a risk. Here are some photos from the bridge:
We have a couple more videos from the last post that show a little more of the area: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91NxNJwBVgY
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