Islands of Adventure, the second theme park to open at the Universal Orlando Resort, may be steps away from Universal Studios, but its worlds apart in atmosphere. While Universal Studios’ mantra is to “ride the movies,” Islands of Adventure aims to thrill you with the most innovative attractions in the country, from high-speed roller coasters to children’s rides that are second to none and even Hogwarts!
Like Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure is divided into themed lands, or the so-called “islands.” These lands contain some of the best attractions in the world, but it’s important before diving into these themed lands that you check out the important park information to learn more about IOA’s ticket plans and other essential park information, along with these insider secrets.
Beginning with the Port of Entry, the different islands at IOA will offer you unique scenery and a completely different feel from the other five islands. Each is designed to transport and fully submerge you into that particular theme, and navigation is a cinch at this park, as most of the park is surrounding the central sea, and between each island, a simple walkway creates a bridge from one land to the next.
At the Port of Entry, you will find a marketplace filled with shops and eateries that are designed to recapture exotic ports of call. At Seuss Landing, a 10-acre kid’s area, you will feel as if you have jumped right into the pages of one of Dr. Seuss’s books, with attractions such as One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and The Cat in the Hat.
Hogsmeade is the newest and best land at IOA. This area will transport you right to the beloved Harry Potter franchise with butter beer, delicious food, and even the Hogwarts castle! There’s also plenty to do for kids with live performances, wand experiences, and even a thrill ride.
Steven Spielberg’s movie comes to life in the Jurassic Park area, transporting you right into a scene from the classic movie, complete with tropical foliage and the sounds of those gigantic prehistoric beasts off in the distance.
The latest area to open will be Skull Island, where you can come face to face with the king himself in an all new thrill ride. This extremely themed land will transport you to Skull Island on a voyage into the heart of the jungle.
Toon Lagoon takes your favorite comic strip characters, like Popeye and Beetle Bailey, and incorporates them into a variety of rides and shows. In addition to the more than 150 life-sized sculpted cartoon images, most of the rides and shows in this island are family-oriented and water-based, so prepare to get wet!
Finally, Marvel Super Hero Island is home to some of the park’s biggest and most popular rides, including the Incredible Hulk Coaster, as super heroes and their arch nemeses aim to entertain you in a whole new way.
To go along with the intricate theming of Islands of Adventure, many of the shopping and dining options also offer plenty of themed merchandise and food to complete the atmosphere of the park. The Green Eggs and Ham Café is one of the examples, with offerings of actual green-tinted entrees, while all of the restaurants in IOA are quite a step above the usual theme park-food offerings. And with more than 20 shops to check out, there is something for everyone to take home as a souvenir.