Universal’s Islands of Adventure® is one of the most popular and highest-rated theme parks in the Florida area, and has received international awards for its range of roller coasters and attractions. The list of family-friendly attractions at this huge park is long enough to last a few days (thankfully multi-day passes are also available where you save more for each extra day you buy).
The park is separated into 8 different zones – or ‘islands.’ These include the hugely popular The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™-Hogsmeade™, Marvel Super Hero Island®, The Lost Continent®, Port of Entry®, Toon Lagoon®, Jurassic Park®, Skull Island™, and Seuss Landing™.
- Gatorland Admission
- Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show
- Eat and Play Card – 1 Card for 4 Travelers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Crayola Experience Admission
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Blue Man Group
- Walt Disney World® Resort Magic Your Way Ticket
- Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour
- SeaWorld Florida Tickets - Choose Your Adventure
Attractions at Islands of Adventure
Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™ – Islands of Adventure’s most popular zone features a fun range of Harry Potter-themed locations such as Hogwarts™ Castle and the Forbidden Forest. Jump into JK Rowling’s world of wizardry with an adventure through the signature Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ or fly like a mythical creature on the Flight of the Hippogriff™ rollercoaster.
Marvel Super Hero Island® – Readers of the Marvel book comics will know exactly what’s in store here: Marvel themed rides, attractions and life-sized characters such as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man® 3D simulator, among many other themed attractions.
The Lost Continent® – Enter a world of ancient myths and legends, with individual attractions including Sinbad's Bazaar, the Lost City and 2 different live action shows: The Eight Voyage of Sinbad® and Poseidon’s Fury®.
Port of Entry®– This zone does what its title says… it’s literally the first point of entry at Islands of Adventure when you walk in the door. At its centre, you’ll find the towering Pharos Lighthouse, which sends a beam of light out of the night sky to attract visitors. Other than this, Port of Entry is more about the shops, restaurants, and services rather than the rides.
Toon Lagoon® – For some adrenalin-pumping action with a splash, head to this water-themed zone for a selection of rides for both kids and adults. The 3 main attractions here include Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls® (a log flume), Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges® (river rafts) and finally Me Ship, the Olive®, a Popeye’s Ship-themed playground for younger children.
Jurassic Park® – For a trip back in time – some 16 million years back in time – Jurassic Park offers a host of different rides themed around the famous dinosaur movies. Look out for the water ride here, as well as Pteranodon Flyers®, where 2 or 3-seater cars make their way around a suspended track.
Skull Island™ – This fairly small zone is themed around the modern interpretation of the classic movie monster King Kong. The star attraction is Skull Island: Reign of Kong™, a 3D journey through the domain of the giant ape.
Seuss Landing® – This fun zone is more for the younger children, with the range of rides here more on the gentle side of things compared to some of the other coasters at Islands of Adventure. The rides are themed around the works of author Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat™, Caro-Seuss-el™ and the entertaining Oh, The Stories You’ll Hear!® stage show.
Islands of Adventure: Good to Know
Part of the wider Universal Orlando® Resort megaplex, you only need to buy 1 ticket for entrance into Islands of Adventure (for about $105 per day), while the ‘park-to-park’ ticket (about $155 per day) gives you access to both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida next door.
Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando is simply a must for anybody visiting Florida for its theme parks, with enough roller coasters, rides, shows, shops and restaurants to last a good few days. Remember that you’ll need to buy a ‘park-to-park’ ticket if you want access into the other half of Orlando Florida®. To make the most of both parks, setting aside a day per park is advisable, with multi-day, all-inclusive passes starting at $98 per day (for 2 days)
Universal Orlando® Resort is open 365 days per year, opening and 9am but with closing times varying between 8.30pm and 10pm, depending on the time of year. Parking is available onsite ($17 per day) while shuttle services run to many of the park’s nearby hotels.
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Universal’s Islands of Adventure
- Location: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
- Tel: +1 407-224-4233