Universal’s Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios in Orlando
Universal’s Islands of Adventure is one of two theme parks that make up Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. We really enjoyed our time here as this theme park had a bit of everything to suit all ages – roller coasters, water rides, 3-D adventures and plenty of attractions for the younger kids.
The park is not too big and is very easy to get around. Our two boys aged 9 and 11 tried every ride (apart from Doctor Dooms Fearfall which was closed) and absolutely loved them all! Our highlights of Universal’s Islands of Adventure were;
Marvel Super Hero Island
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster – This high-speed coaster is a must do for thrill seekers.
You can watch our YouTube video of The Incredible Hulk Coaster and surrounds here.
- Storm Force Accelatron – the kids loved this spinning ride.
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man – a 3-D adventure ride.
- Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls – be prepared to get soaking wet on this water flume ride.
- Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges – a water rapids ride where you will get soaked again!
- Me Ship, The Olive – an interactive play area for kids.
We also loved walking around the Comic Strip Cafe area and reading all the comical signs.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
This blockbuster attraction recently opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in July 2016 and is quite an experience. Guests are boarded onto a bus and taken on a 1930’s expedition where you will come face to face with King Kong. The queues for this ride can be very long, even with the Universal Express Passes so try to visit as early in the day as possible.
- Jurassic Park River Adventure – escape from the raptors on this river raft ride.
- Pteranodon Flyers – the kids love this ride as they soar through the air above the Camp Jurassic playground area.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
On this half of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter you will find the village of Hogsmeade as well as the famous Hogwarts Castle. With so much to see and do in this area we have posted a seperate blog about what to expect here – you can read our Wizarding World of Harry Potter blog here.
Be sure to visit early in the day to avoid the afternoon crowds, especially as the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride has no Express Pass option and the queues can get very long.
If you have park-to-park tickets you can also ride the Hogwarts Express over to the other half of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter located at Universal Studio’s Florida.
The Lost Continent
- Poseidon’s Fury – take this special effects tour with your archeologist guide around the Temple of Poseidon.
- The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad Stunt Show – a live action stunt show featuring a bit of action comedy and romance.
Young kids will really love this area of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, with plenty of suitable rides and there are always special characters hanging around to have their photos taken with.
- High in the Sky Trolley Train Ride – get a bird’s eye view of Suess Landing from up above.
- Caro-Seuss-el – ride the Suess characters on this colourful carousel.
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – ride high and spin through the squirting fountain obstacles. Be sure to pay attention to the words to avoid getting wet!
- The Cat In The Hat – ride your couch through the famous story of The Cat In The Hat.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure is definitely worth going to visit when exploring Orlando with kids. In our opinion it’s best to buy park-to-park passes so you can take full advantage of the awesome Wizarding World of Harry Potter and ride the Hogwarts Express to Universal Studios Florida.
We also recommend staying at an On-Site Universal Resort Hotel to get free Express Passes for each guest a well as a one hour early entry to one of the Universal Parks for each day of your stay. We chose to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando – read review here.
For more information on Universal’s Islands of Adventure go to www.universalorlando.com