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Universal's Islands of Adventure

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Universal Islands of Adventure Features and Updates:

  • Starting in 2014, you can now ride between both Universal Orlando theme parks via the Hogwarts Express train ride.
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened in 2014, continues to be the biggest draw of visitors into this theme park.
  • You can buy a special Park-to-Park admission ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express between both Universal Orlando theme parks.

Universal Islands of Adventure Little Known Facts:

  • If you ride the Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges attraction, you will get soaked wet from head to toe. Be mindful of this before you ride it!
  • When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened at Islands of Adventure, many people waited in excess of 8 hours in line to go into the town of Hogsmeade.
  • Unlike Disney, Universal Studios cast members are allowed to have facial hair. Take notice the next time you visit both of these major theme parks.

Universal Islands of Adventure

The second major Universal Studios theme park in the East Coast is also home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Incredible Hulk roller coaster and many more exciting rides.

Originally conceived as an extension of the Universal Studios Florida theme park, Islands of Adventure was born of the unique concept of a superhero-inspired amusement park. Soon after it opened, Universal Studios quickly realized that they could replicate the excitement of its first theme park with a different perspective on entertainment that incorporates multiple roller coasters and thrill rides.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is also known for Marvel universe character rides in the Marvel Super Hero Island. Attractions include The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Doctor Doom’s Fearfall. You can also find live meet-and-greet opportunities with other Marvel characters around the island, including Spider-Man, Wolverine and the Fantastic Four.

And of course, Universal’s Islands of Adventure is where J.K. Rowling’s Harry Poter universe comes to live. In 2010, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened to the public with all the fanfare you’d expect from a graduating class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can continue celebrating this amazing addition with your own Butterbeer during your visit, and be sure not to miss the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction or the Dragon Challenge roller coaster ride.

Universal Islands of Adventure is divided into the following sections: 

  • Port of Entry
  • Toon Lagoon
  • Marvel Super Hero Island
  • The Lost Continent
  • Seuss Landing
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Remember also that there is still so much more to enjoy at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, and the always amusing Seuss Landing. And if you like thrill rides, you should make it a point to experience The Cat in the Hat, Jurassic Park River Adventure and the Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges attractions.

If a day at Universal Islands of Adventure is in your vacation plans, be sure to check out our Orlando vacation specials and packages or call toll-free 1-844-831-4924 to ask for the latest promotions with theme park tickets!!