Universal’s Islands of Adventure is the resorts second theme park. Opening in May 1999, the park is a mixture of literary stories, superheroes, and other classic properties. Not to be left out of the magic, Islands of Adventure also has its own Wizarding World of Harry Potter area with Hogsmeade and the Hogwarts Castle.
Port of Entry
The Port of Entry is not just where you enter the park, but a beautifully themed and whimsical land in itself. The area gives nods to various fairy tales and mythical characters and features a few shops and merchandise locations.
Suess Landing is like stepping into your favorite childhood books. This odd and amusing area features attractions and restaurants themed after the long history of popular children’s books by Dr. Suess. Take a ride around the area in the High in The Sky Suess Trolley Train Ride! or grab a bite from a gigantic Green Eggs and Ham Cafe.
The Lost Continent
The Lost Continent is an impressively built land featuring theming based on ancient mythical heroes and stories. Towering statues and waterfalls make the surroundings feel almost unreal. The main attraction is the crowd-pleasing Poseidon’s Fury special effects show. Guests can also dine at the parks most popular restaurant Mythos.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
Hogsmeade is a highly detailed recreation of a wizarding village right outside the Hogwarts Castle that Harry Potter attended in the films. This snowy town features much of the same experiences as it’s sister land, Diagon Alley, like interactive wand locations and various shops. The main attractions here are the thrilling Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and the brand new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. There is a nightly light show on the castle as well that is not to be missed.
Jurassic Park is a minor recreation of the doomed theme park from the first iconic film in the now long-running series. Don’t worry though, this one has been running for years and no one has been eaten yet! Here guests can have an up-close encounter with a raptor or escape the jaws of a T-Rex with a wet ride on Jurassic Park River Adventure.
Toon Lagoon is a land filled with characters and settings from classic newspaper comic strips like Beetle Bailey and Dagwood. This area is filled to the brim with silly settings and theming. You’ll even hear the characters come to life as they comment on their predicaments. Guests can get soaked on the thrilling Ripsaw Falls and kids can enjoy a fun play area at Me Ship, The Olive.
Marvel Superhero Island
Marvel Superhero Island is where guests can live the adventures of some of the world’s greatest superheroes. The area is splashed with art straight from the comics and various characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain America make regular appearances. The headlining attractions here are the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk Coaster.
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