Universal’s Islands of Adventure 101

| | |

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 at Universal's Islands of Adventure

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 classic fairy tales and mythical characters and features a few shops and merchandise locations.

Dining

Cinnabon (Quick Service)
Croissant Moon Bakery (Quick Service)
Starbucks (Quick Service)

Shopping

DeFoto’s Expedition Photography
Island Market and Export Candy Shoppe
Islands of Adventure Trading Company
Ocean Trader Market
Port Provisions

Suess Landing at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Seuss Landing

Seuss 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. Seuss. 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.

Attractions and Rides

Caro-Seuss-el
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
The Cat in the Hat
The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!
Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear!

Dining

Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous (Quick Service)
Green Eggs and Ham Cafe (Quick Service)
Moose Juice, Goose Juice (Quick Service)

The Lost Continent at Universal's Islands of Adventure

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 park’s most popular restaurant Mythos.

Attractions and Rides

Poseidon’s Fury

Dining

Doc Sugrue’s Dessert Kebab House (Quick Service)
Fire Eater’s Grill (Quick Service)
Mythos (Table Service)

Shopping

Historic Families – Heraldry
Mythical Metals
Shop of Wonders
Star Souls
Treasures of Poseidon

Universal's Islands of Adventure

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 its 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 new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. There is a nightly light show on the castle as well that is not to be missed.

Attractions and Rides

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Hogwarts Express
Flight of the Hippogriff
Frog Choir
Triwizard Spirit Rally

Dining

Three Broomsticks (Quick Service)
Hog’s Head (Quick Service)

Shopping

Ollivander’s Wand Shop
Honeyduke’s
Dervish and Banges
Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods
Owl Post

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Jurassic Park

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. This land will also be getting a new thrilling raptor-based rollercoaster any day now!

Attractions and Rides

Jurassic Park River Adventure
Pteranodon Flyers
Jurassic World VelociCoaster (Coming soon)

Dining

The Burger Digs (Quick Service)
Thunder Falls Terrace (Quick Service)

Shopping

Dinostore
Jurassic Outfitters

Toon Lagoon

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.

Attractions and Rides

Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges

Dining

Blondie’s (Quick Service)
Wimpy’s (Quick Service)
Comic Strip Cafe (Quick Service)

Shopping

Betty Boop Store
Toon Extra
Wossamotta-U

Marvel Superhero Island at Universal's Islands of Adventure

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.

Attractions and Rides

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
Storm Force Accelatron

Dining

Cafe 4 (Quick Service)
Captain America Diner (Quick Service)
Chill Ice Cream (Quick Service)

Shopping

Comic Book Shop
Marvel Alterniverse Store
Spider-Man Shop

Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Skull Island: Reign of Kong

This area only contains the Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. There are no dining or shopping options in this small land.

If you need help planning your perfect vacation, contact our friends at Key to the World Travel® for a free, no-obligation quote for your next trip. Click here.

Some Photos Courtesy Universal

0 Comments