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Islands of Adventure

Watch a video of the Incredible Hulk roller coaster ride at Islands Adventure.

Getting there from Miami

Islands of Adventure is located approximately 286 miles north of Miami Beach, FL. If you need transportation from Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach, Miami Beach 411 can arrange a 1-Day Tour or Multi-Day trip.

About the park

Islands of Adventure opened in May 1990 as Universal's first park after the original Universal Studios in Hollywood, California. The Resort consists of their sister park, Universal Studios Florida, a nighttime entertainment complex called CityWalk and three Loews hotels.

The least crowded time to visit is from Labor Day to Thanksgiving and from the week after President's Day (mid-February) to the start of Spring Break (mid-March).

This Park offers a ride reservation system called Universal Express. It is similar to Disney's FastPass, except Universal allows you to get a book of Express passes at the front gate, instead of collecting them in the park one at a time. However, you are only allowed to schedule one Express Pass at a time. You can get another Pass after you have used your existing one or after your magic hour is up.

Guests staying at one of the Universal Resorts get front-of-the-line access to Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida.

NOTE: You can buy a Universal Express Plus pass for $20, which is nearly as good as the front-of-the-line access for guests staying at a Universal resort. This means: no pre-determined ride times, and no need to pick up additional passes for each attraction. With both, you enter a special line for popular attractions.

Islands of Adventure Tickets: Adult: $88; Child (3 - 9) $82
Hours: Depending on the time of year, Islands of Adventure park hours can range between 8am and 1am. Call Guest Services at (800) 447-0665 for park hours and showtimes during your visit.
Parking: Cars, vans and motorcycles: $15; RVs and trailers: $20
Address: 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819


Insider tips
  • Sunscreen and walking shoes are a must.
  • Be sure to check the weather before you go to the park
  • You must pass through a security checkpoint before entering.
  • ATM's are located outside the Main Gate next to Guest Services.
  • Measure your child's height so you know which rides they can enjoy.
  • Use Express Passes strategically.
  • Ride the most popular attractions early in the day.
  • If you don't want to pay theme park prices for food, pack a cooler and leave it in you car, you can always leave the park and come back if you get your hand stamped.

Park layout

As you enter the Islands of Adventure be sure to take a park map. This will let you know the location of the attractions, park hours and what times certain attractions/shows are presented. Throughout the park, there are a number of signboards that announce the waiting times for the most popular rides.

The Park is divided into five “Islands” centered around a man-made lake. The islands are: Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Marvel Super Hero Island and Seuss Landing.

Marvel Super Hero Island

Incredible Hulk Coaster - This is one of the Park's main attractions. It begins as Hulk's Gamma Ray Accelerator launches you through the top of its 150-foot tunnel. The ride also has a 105-foot drop and two underground tunnels. The launcher provides 45,000 pounds of thrust. If the same thrust were used on a bowling ball, it would reach the Pacific Ocean. The roller coaster lasts 2 minutes 15 seconds. You must be 52 inches tall to ride. Universal Express is accepted.

Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - This is the most popular ride in the entire park, and should be the first ride you visit. On this dark ride, you are taken on an adventure with Spider-Man as he tries to save the city. Riders don 3-D Spider-Vision glasses as they travel through the streets of New York in search of of Dr. Octopus and the Sinister Syndicate.
You must be 40 inches tall to ride. Universal Express is accepted.

Doctor Doom’s Fearfall - These Doom Towers propel riders 150' into the air and then drops them straight down. The initial launch at the beginning of the ride uses more thrust than a 747 jet engine and accelerates faster than the space shuttle. You must be 52 inches tall to ride. Universal Express is accepted.

Storm Force Accelatron - Located in a secluded area of the Park behind Cafe 4, this fun attraction is similar to the Mad Teacups ride at Magic Kingdom, but with an X-Men theme. Universal Express is accepted.

Toon Lagoon

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls – This 5-minute flume ride propels riders in logs through the cartoon world of Dudley Do-Right. The finale is a 75 foot plunge down a 51 degree angle. The logs seat five people. You must be 44 inches tall to ride. Universal Express is accepted.

Me Ship, The Olive – Popeye’s boat, The Olive, is a three-story play area for the young kids. The ship includes slides, a working piano, water cannons and a ball pit named Swee’ Pea’s Playpen.

Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges – This 6-minute water ride is set in the town of Sweet Haven. Guests sit in 12-passenger rafts that float down some pretty rough rapids. Prepare to get soaked; this is the wettest ride in the park. Universal Express is accepted.

Jurassic Park

Totalling more than 21 acres in size, Jurassic Park is the largest of the five islands at Islands of Adventure.

Discovery Center
– This two level structure is similar to the one in the movie. It includes interactive exhibits, dinosaur skeletal remains, a shop, restaurant and a dinosaur trivia game named You Bet Jurassic. The most popular attraction is the The Nursery, which, if timed right, you can see the birth of an baby raptor.

River Adventure – On this 6-minute water ride you float past dinosaurs that roamed earth millions of years ago. The attraction covers six acres of land. The tour takes a wrong turn when one of the dinosaurs bumps the boat off course into the Raptor Containment Area. The only way to safety is by racing down an 85-foot drop, creating a very wet ending. The drop is the longest water descent ever built. The driest seats are in the very back. Universal Express is accepted.

Camp Jurassic – Set deep in the jungle of Jurassic Park, this prehistoric playground is aimed at slightly older kids. There are a number of places to explore here such as caves, mines, rope ladders and slides.

Pteranodon Flyers - Fly over Camp Jurassic on this mild roller coaster designed for younger kids. The seats can swing from side to side when the direction of the coaster changes. The ride is for children 36 to 56 inches tall. Guests over 56 inches tall must be accompanied by a child meeting these height requirements.

The Lost Continent

Poseidon's Fury – On this 15-minute tout you explore the remains of Poseidon's temple. Although this is a walk-through attraction, it's just as exciting as any ride. One of the most popular effects is the water vortex tunnel, a cylindrical room in which water rapidly swirls around you. In the final scene, you watch a furious battle between the Poseidon and the Darkennon. Universal Express is accepted.

The Eight Voyage Of Sinbad – This live-action stunt show takes place on an elaborate set decorated with a wrecked pirate ship. The show pits Sindbad, his friend Shish Kebob and Princess Amora against the wicked sorceress Miseria and her clan of evildoers. If you want to be part of the show, sit in the front row, to the left of the boat, on the small bench. If you are video taping or taking pictures, Shish Kabob will take your camera and take a picture or video of the crowd and himself. Universal Express is accepted.

Dueling Dragons
It's been said this attraction has one of best theme lines of any ride in the world. The majority of the line takes place inside a ruined castle that has been overtaken by two dueling dragons. When the end of the line is reached, you must choose to ride either the Fire Dragon or the Ice Dragon. The ride itself takes place outside, twisting, turning, looping, and dropping at very high speeds. There are three times that you come within 12 inches of the other dragon.You must be 54 inches tall to ride. Universal Express is accepted.

NOTE: In front of Dueling Dragons, is a large red and blue circle. In the center of that circle is a bronze plate. If you stand on the plate and face the tracks you can see all 3 near misses perfectly.

Flying Unicorn - On this gentle moving roller coaster, your train is led by a magical unicorn, as you soar through a number of mild drops and turns.

Seuss Landing

If I Ran The Zoo - Based on the Dr. Seuss book by the same name, this interactive play area has 19 different attractions to experience. Throughout the area there are some extraordinary animals who require interaction on the part of the guest to be seen. There is also an area where you can get trapped under an umbrella of falling water.

The Cat In The Hat -
Based on Dr. Seuss' most famous story, this ride takes you on a whirlwind tour of the book. As you ride a six-seater couch, the story unfolds before you, complete with animatronic figures, laser lights and computer graphics. The couch twists and turns throughout the 3-minute ride. If you don't want the couch to spin, you can ask the attendant to turn it off.Universal Express is accepted.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish - This attraction is similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Magic Kingdom but with a fun twist. The object is to not get squirted with water by fish that are positioned around the ride by moving the ride vehicle fish up and down. The instructions for dodging the water are sung in the ride’s soundtrack. Pay attention and do what the song says and you won't get wet.
Universal Express is accepted.

Caro-Seuss-el -
This colorful ride is not the typical carousel. Instead of horses, characters from Dr. Seuss’ classic books rotate around Seuss Landing’s central landmark. In addition to the moving mounts, there is also a device that allows disabled people traveling in wheelchairs to experience the same rocking motion. Universal Express is accepted.

Restaurants and dining

Islands of Adventure restaurants include:

Wimpy's located in Toon Lagoon.
Thunder Falls Terrace located in Jurassic Park.
The Burger Digs located in Jurassic Park.
Pizza Predatoria located in Jurassic Park.
The Watering Hole Bar located in Jurassic Park.
Mythos Restaurant located in Lost Continent.
Enchanted Oak Tavern located in Lost Continent.
Fire-Eaters Grill located in Lost Continent.
Cafe 4 located in Marvel located in Super Hero Island
Captain America Diner located in Super Hero Island
Green Eggs and Ham Cafe located in Seuss Landing.
Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous located in Seuss Landing
Moose Juice Goose Juice located in Seuss Landing

Hotels and resorts

Stay within walking distance to both theme parks at one of three
Universal Orlando on-site hotels: Hard Rock, Royal Pacific, Portofino.

Strollers - Strollers are available for rent at the front of the park for a charge of $10/day for a single and $16 for a double.

Wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) - Rentals are available for a fee of $10 for a wheelchair and $40 for the Electronic Convenience Vehicles, with a refundable deposit of $

Islands of Adventure driving directions

Islands of Adventure
is located on the southeast side of Orlando, 10 minutes north of Walt Disney World.

From Orlando International Airport: Take
528 West (the Bee-Line Expressway*) toward Tampa and area attractions. Watch for signs to Interstate 4 East (to Orlando). From Interstate 4 East, take Exit #75A (30A) Universal Blvd. Take a left onto Universal Blvd. and follow the signs to Universal Orlando.

Traveling from the Walt Disney World Resort Exit
I-4 at Exit #75A (30A) Universal Blvd. Take a left onto Universal Blvd. and follow the signs to Universal Orlando.

From Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Florida Turnpike North: Take Exit
#259 (the second of the Orlando exits) and follow the signs to the I-4 Tampa exit. Exit I-4 at Exit #74B (29B). Take a right on Hollywood Way and follow the signs to Universal Orlando.

South on the Florida Turnpike (from the Wildwood/Ocala area): Take Exit #259 and follow the signs to the I-4 Tampa exit. Exit I-4 at Exit #74B (29B). Take a right on Hollywood Way and follow the signs to Universal Orlando.

From the Tampa: Exit
I-4 at Exit #75A (30A) Universal Blvd. Take a left onto Universal Blvd. and follow the signs to Universal Orlando.

Islands of Adventure is located at 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819. The phone number is (407) 363-8000 and the Lost & Found number is (407) 224-4244. Use our Disney World Google Map to find the exact location.

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Disney vacations

The least crowded time to visit is from Labor Day to Thanksgiving and from the week after President's Day (mid-February) to the start of Spring Break (mid-March).

A trip to Orlando would not be complete with visiting Walt Disney World. You can definitely make the most of your vacation by staying at one of the Disney World hotels. If you do, you will enjoy special benefits such as Magic Hours, discounts at six Disney World golf courses, and the special Walt Disney World quality and service.

But if you choose to stay at one of the many hotels near Disney world, you can still visit all of the Disney properties to enjoy the atmosphere, have a meal, or shop. You may be charged for parking, but you can get validated for up to one hour of parking for each $10 you spend while you're there.

Some of the more popular value priced resorts include Walt Disney's
All Star Movies, All Star Music, All Star Sports, and the Pop Century hotel.

Points of interest

Magic Kingdom: 16.25 miles / 26.15 km
Epcot: 14.95 miles / 24.10 km
Disney-MGM Studios: 14.0 miles / 22.55 km
Animal Kingdom: 16.30 miles / 26.25 km
Blizzard Beach: 15.10 miles / 24.30 km
Typhoon Lagoon: 12.10 miles / 19.50 km
Downtown Disney: 10.20 miles / 16.40 km
Orlando International Airport: 17.0 miles / 27.35 km

Contact Info:
Islands of Adventure
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 363-8000

Grand Opening: May 1990
Size: 444 acres

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