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Islands of Adventure (9)

Key information

Orlando, Florida

Opening date:
28 May, 1999

NBC Universal

Official website:
Click here

Opening information:
Open 365 days a year.
(See Calendar and Opening Hours)

Ticket details:
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Universal Orlando's second theme park is the company's first not to be based around a movie studio. Instead, it seeks to take visitors into the movies themselves, with 6 themed "islands" located around a lagoon. After passing through the Port of Entry, guests can head to Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The Wizarding World has become the focal point of Islands of Adventure, with Hogwarts Castle dominating the park's skyline.

History: Islands of Adventure opened in May 1999, as Universal looked to expand its Orlando resort into a multi-day destination. Adopting a theme of exploration and adventure, the park incorporated high-tech attractions such as the multi-million dollar dark ride The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman. The June 2010 debut of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter helped push attendance levels at the park above neighbouring Universal Studios Florida.

Top Rides and Shows:

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Your rating: None Average: 4.6 (226 votes)
4 reviews
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Your rating: None Average: 4.6 (178 votes)
1 review
Incredible Hulk Coaster
Your rating: None Average: 4.6 (159 votes)
1 review
Dragon Challenge - Chinese Fireball
Your rating: None Average: 4.4 (93 votes)
0 reviews
The Mystic Fountain
Your rating: None Average: 4.4 (10 votes)
1 review

Top Restaurants:

Your rating: None Average: 5 (2 votes)
0 reviews
Croissant Moon Bakery
Your rating: None Average: 5 (3 votes)
0 reviews
Fire Eater's Grill
Your rating: None Average: 5 (1 vote)
0 reviews
Hog's Head Pub
Your rating: None Average: 5 (4 votes)
1 review
Your rating: None Average: 5 (6 votes)
1 review

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Latest News:

Universal Orlando has filed plans to build an enormous new ride at Islands of Adventure, fueling speculation that a new attraction themed around King Kong is on its way to the park.


Universal Orlando has released two more teaser trailers for the under-construction Diagon Alley, featuring rendered footage of the Hogwarts Express, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and an enormous fire-breathing dragon.


Universal Orlando has revealed 10 new details of the soon-to-open Hogwarts Express, as well as releasing new images of the ride.


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