Enjoy A Visit to Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Resort

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Hagrid's Motorboke Rollercoaster Islands of Adventure

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Orlando, Florida, is full of fun even outside Walt Disney World Resort. In fact, another nearby theme Park is full of movie magic you will want to experience. One of my favorite non-Disney Parks is Universal Studios Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios, Orlando. Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong
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Since then, this theme Park franchise has been wowing Guests with amazing rollercoasters, thrill rides, adventure rides, and movie-inspired attractions that are all together unforgettable.

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What is Universal Islands of Adventure

Just a short walk away from the original Universal Orlando Park, is Islands of Adventure. Islands of Adventure is the newer of the two Parks and opened in the summer of 1990 to bring more of our favorite movies to life. This Park is so much fun, from Jurassic Park thrills to Dr. Seuss’s antics at Suess Landing and Harry Potter magic!

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The Disney magic is hard to beat, but if you want to expand your vacation fun to include Hogwarts Castle and not just Cinderella Castle, this article is for you.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure Map

Toon Lagoon at Universal Islands of Adventure
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To browse a map of the Park, check this website. As you can imagine, wait times can climb high. Between the lines for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and a ride on Jurassic World VelociCoaster you could be in line for quite a while. Check out the Universal Islands of Adventure Express Pass to reduce wait times and pack more fun into your Park day.

Islands of Adventure theme Park is composed of Park areas that include:

Port of Entry
Marvel Super Hero Island
Skull Island: Reign of King Kong
Jurassic Park
Toon Lagoon
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- Hogsmeade
The Lost Continent
Suess Landing

You’ll Get You Roller Coaster Fix

The Incredible Hulk Coaster glowing green at sunset.
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Of course, Walt Disney World Resort does have some great rollercoasters. But all in all, I must give the coster award to Universal Studios Orlando. Specifically, Universal Studios Islands of Adventure delivers a diverse range of scream-inducing, well-themed, and smooth coasters. If you know anything about Universal Studios, chances are you’ve heard of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

VelociCoaster
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The ride car, animal scenes, and audio makes this rollercoaster as immersive as a storybook ride. Jurassic World VelociCoaster is the newest of the Islands of Adventure rollercoasters and is a Guest favorite. In fact, it was named in the top 10 best new coasters in 2021 by the USA Today Reader’s Choice Award!

Seuss Landing Will Give You the Best Character Vibes.

If you were a Disney fan that loved the color and cartoonish adorableness of Toon Town, I bet you’ll be a massive fan of Seuss Landing.

The High in the Sky Seuss Trolly Train Ride
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I grew up on Dr. Seuss’s books, so this section of the Park is exactly like walking into a storybook. I love seeing the stubborn Zax, spinning through the Cat and the Hat Storybook ride, posing for photos under the Truffula trees, and even snagging some Green Eggs and Ham-styled sweets.

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Step Into the World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World Triwizard Spirit Rally at Universal Studios
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Universal Studios Park and Islands of Adventure have gained significant popularity over the years as these theme Parks added and expanded the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests of Islands of Adventure can wander the charming village of Hogsmeade. You can relax with a butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, watch the Frog Choir perform, learn about magical creatures with the beloved Groundskeeper Hagrid, or even venture into the Forbidden Forest. If you have a two Park Pass, you can board the Hogwarts Express to Universal Studios to see Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley Orlando
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The attention to detail and the magic of this section of the Park could not get any better. Fans of the Harry Potter franchise must make time for a vacation at Universal Studios Orlando just to see the fantastic Harry Potter attractions. Lucky for you, there are so many other rides and sights to enjoy during your visit.

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You are in the right place if you have more questions about Universal Studios theme Park. Inside the Magic has all the info you need to flesh out if you are grappling with the question of choosing Universal vs. Islands of Adventure for your Park day. We also have articles to help you understand the details of Universal Islands of Adventure tickets, more about Volcano Bay Water Park, and how to make the most of your Day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure Park.

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