Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal's Islands of Adventure, opened in May 1999 as an expansion to the Universal Orlando Resort and City Walk areas. The park, part of the Universal Orlando Resort, is composed of six distinct "islands", each having its own theme
Port of Entry
Confisco Grille The Port of Entry is primarily a shopping center, and has the feel of an Arabian bazaar. Its main feature is the Confisco Grille restaurant, where you'll find an assortment of tasty dishes from all over the world including Grilled Sandwiches and Burgers, Soup, Salads, Pasta, Fajitas, and a Full Bar.
- Hours: Lunch and Dinner daily
- Service Type: Full Service
Croissant Moon Bakery There is also a coffee shop, Croissant Moon Bakery, Enjoy savory Sandwiches, Paninis, Freshly Baked Cakes & Pastries, and Cheesecakes.
- Hours: Lunch and Dinner daily
- Service Type: Quick Service
You will also find Cinnabon and Artic Express
Marvel Super Hero Island
Located next to the Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island has rides in the theme of Marvel comic books. Its four main rides are:
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster, it is a launched roller coaster. It is named after the popular comic book super hero character, the Hulk. It was voted the #1 roller coaster by Discovery Channel viewers in 1999, the roller coaster is one of a kind in the fact that it features a launch lift hill as opposed to conventional chain lifts. This means the train accelerates to 40 mph in a short time (approximately two seconds) before speeding through several inversions. The coaster is one of the top rated coasters in the US.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, a simulator ride set in New York and is one of the most technologically advanced theme park rides in the world, it was built for the park's opening in 1999. The ride combines motion simulation with 3-D effects to give the rider the experience of traveling through a city. The riders take a Daily Bugle vehicle known as the "Scoop" and soon learns that the evil Sinister Syndicate has captured the Statue of Liberty with an anti-gravity gun. This evil group is made up of many famous Spider-Man villains, including Doctor Octopus, Scream, Electro, Hydro-Man, and the Hobgoblin. Spider-Man pops up many times to warn riders of dangers. The ride moves into the streets of New York to cover the story before being kidnapped by the villains and their anti-gravity gun. After seeming to raise up in the air because of anti-gravity, Hobgoblin then takes over and drags the vehicle further into the air, where an aerial battle between Spider-Man and his foes is visible.
During the five minute ride, passengers experience the effects of a flamethrower, water spraying on the vehicle, many shakes and spins, falling off a 100-story skyscraper into Spider-Man's web, and other simulated action.
- Doctor Doom's Fearfall, a vertically launched ride (similar to Power Tower at Cedar Point in Ohio).
- Storm Force Accelatron, which is a faster version of the traditional Teacup ride.
Toon Lagoon is geared toward both kids and adults. The area includes:
- Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, a traditional log flume advertised to have the steepest drop of any log flume in America (70° pitch)
- Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges , a river rapids ride.
- It also has a kids' playground,Me Ship, the Olive. This is the area that you will get wet!!
The Discovery Center at Jurassic Park. Set in the time of the Jurassic Park movie, the focal point of the area is the Jurassic Park River Adventure. The ride is meant to evoke the island environment featured in the Michael Crichton novel and Spielberg film. The concept is that Jurassic Park opened as planned; the river adventure is an actual attraction in the park itself. It begins as a jungle river cruise past huge dinosaurs. After encountering an Ultrasaurus, a pair of Stegosaurus, and Psittacosaurus, the raft begins heading toward a part of the park known as Hadrosaur Cove. The raft passes by a replica of the Raptor Pen from the film, and riders hear snarling Velociraptors coming form the undergrowth, while branches move to simulate the creatures attempting to escape. Around the corner, riders see one boat that appears to have been attacked. Two Compsognathus are seen eating a bloody shirt. The boat heads towards the pump station where riders see a Velociraptor run into a dark corner. Velociraptors jump out at the guests. Riders head up a hill. Silence is only heard. Several Dilophsaurus spits venom (water) at the guests. As the Raft follows a 180 degree turn, a Tyrannosaurus's head appears ominously in front of the riders to distract them from the 85 foot plunge below. The ride exits into a Jurassic Park-themed gift shop, where guests may purchase souvenir photographs of themselves in the ride during the drop.
Also in Jurassic Park is:
- Camp Jurassic, a children's play area;
- The Pteranodon Flyers (a suspended two seater coaster-type attraction)
- Triceratops Discovery Trail (formerly Triceratops Encounter) was a seasonal walkthrough attraction where guests can get up close and interact with a full-scale animated replica of a Triceratops, while a "veterinary technician" performs a semi-annual exam on the Trike.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
This area is currently under construction, expected to open in Summer 2016. It is based on King Kong.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
This area officially opened to the public on June 18, 2010. On May 31, 2007, Universal Orlando announced that it had secured the rights from Warner Bros. and from British author J.K. Rowling to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Islands of Adventure. The 20-acre (81,000 m2) island features attractions, shops and restaurants set inside such locations as the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village and the iconic Hogwarts Castle. Ground breaking began in 2007, with the official opening scheduled for June 18, 2010, as announced on March 25, 2010. As part of the promotion for the then-upcoming area, a behind-the-scenes documentary on production of the park section is included on the Blu-ray and DVD release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
In the Wizarding World, there are five main attractions.
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the section's signature attraction, is located inside Hogwarts Castle and takes guests through scenes inspired by the Potter books and films.
- Dragon Challenge, previously known as Dueling Dragons, is a pair of intertwined inverted roller coasters.
- Flight of the Hippogriff, previously known as Flying Unicorn, is a junior roller coaster.
- Ollivanders is an interactive shopping experience based on the Harry Potter Ollivanders wand shop.
- There is also a singing Frog Choir and a Triwizard Spirit Rally held in the town center. These events feature Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang students.
In 2012, The Jaws attraction was demolished to make way for the expansion of the Wizarding World, based on Diagon Alley/London settings from the book. The Hogwarts Express connects the two "Wizarding Worlds" in each park. The expansion officially opened on July 8, 2014.
The Lost Continent
This island is themed to ancient myths and legends, and is divided into two smaller sections. The first section is ancient Arabian marketplace called Sinbad's Bazzaar, while the second is mythological Grecian-Atlantis-style Lost City. Formerly, the Lost Continent included a medieval section Merlinwood, but much of that area was re-themed for the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Today the area contains two live-action shows. This land is also home to Mythos, which is one of two full-service restaurants in the park and was voted winner of best theme park restaurant by Theme Park Insider for six successive years between 2003 and 2008.
There are three main attractions in the Lost Continent:
- The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad is a live-action stunt show located in the ancient Arabia section.
- In front of this show is The Mystic Fountain that entertains and interacts with guests.
- Poseidon's Fury is an indoor special-effects show/presentation using some excellent effects located in the mythological Greek section.
Seuss Landing is the only themed area at Islands of Adventure specially geared towards small children and is based on the works of the author Dr. Seuss. It has several Seuss-themed rides, including:
- The Caro-Seuss-el,
- The Cat in the Hat Ride
- The High-In-The-Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
- If I Ran the Zoo, an interactive play zone for kids.
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a spinning ride with a musical riddle that will help riders escape water-spitting fish.
- One thing you won't see in this area is a straight line....anywhere!
- The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride . The trolley ride uses two separate tracks, one of which runs through the Circus McGurkus restaurant.