Islands of Adventure
Universal's Islands of Adventure, opened in May 1999 as an expansion to the Universal Orlando Resort and CityWalk areas. The park, part of the Universal Orlando Resort, is composed of seven distinct "islands", each having its own theme
Port of Entry
The Port of Entry is the area due north of the entrance, positioned at the southernmost point of the park. It is primarily a shopping center, and has the feel of an Arabian bazaar. Its main feature is the Confisco Grille restaurant.
Marvel Super Hero Island
Located next to the Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island has rides reminiscent of Marvel comic books. Its four rides are:
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster: The only launched Bolliger & Mabillard roller coaster; It is named for the popular comic book super hero character, the Hulk. Voted the #1 roller coaster by Discovery Channel viewers in 1999, the roller coaster is unique because it features a launch lift hill as opposed to conventional chain lifts. This means the train accelerates to 40 mph (18 m/s) in a short time (approximately two seconds) before speeding through several inversions. The coaster has been criticised for its relatively “boring” second half, but still remains 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. Since then it has had a major refurbishment in 2011, icluding the film being remastered into High Definition. The ride combines motion simulation with 3-D effects to give the rider the experience of traveling through a city. The ride takes customers into the comic world of Spider-Man, and after boarding a Daily Bugle vehicle known as the "Scoop", the rider 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 then moves into the streets of New York to cover the story before suddenly being kidnapped by the villains and their anti-gravity gun.
- 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 Disney Teacup ride.
Toon Lagoon is geared toward both kids and adults, and is based on the properties of both King Features Syndicate and Jay Ward comic strips. The rides include:
- 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.
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. While in line, visitors can watch a CNN-like TV network featuring Richard Attenborough as John Hammond welcoming them. The ride is meant to evoke the island environment featured in the Michael Crichton novel and Spielberg film. Jurassic Park features five main attractions:
- River Adventure: 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 dinosaur since discovered to be a chimera), a pair of Stegosaurus, and Psittacosaurus, the raft begins heading toward a part of the park known as Hadrosaur Cove. A duck-billed Parasaurolophus bumps the raft, causing it to begin drifting into the Raptor Containment Area, a section of the adventure that (according to voiceovers on the ride) had never successfully been integrated into the rest of the park. The raft passes by a replica of the Raptor Pen from the film, and riders hear snarling Velociraptors in the dense foliage while branches move to simulate the creatures attempting to escape from their confines. Turning a corner, riders see one boat that appear to be in a state of disrepair: two Compsognathus are seen eating a bloody shirt (The CP5 which has been sent by Jurassic Park Animal Control to guide the boat towards a safe area but the compys came and killed the crew).
- The Pteranodon Flyers: (a suspended coaster-type attraction.
- Camp Jurassic: a children's play area
- The Jurassic Park Discovery Centre: a replication (but not entirely duplicated) version of the Visitor Center from the film. Inside is a re-creation of the dinosaur skeletons seen in the movie centre's lobby.
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 island features attractions, shops and restaurants set inside such locations as the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village and the iconic Hogwarts Castle.
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 Vekoma 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 will connect 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 Sinbad is The Mystic Fountain that entertains and interacts with guests.
- Poseidon's Fury: is an indoor special-effects show located in the mythological Greek section.
- This land is also home to "Mythos", nominated the best theme park restaurant several times by Theme Park Insider, however the restaurant's menu has since been reduced.
Seuss Landing is only themed area at Islands of Adventure specially geared towards small children and is based on the works of the author Dr. Seuss. t has several Seuss-themed attractions. There is also a Green Eggs and Ham Cafe and Circus McGurkus restaurant. As in the books, one of the unique characteristics of this area is that there is not a single straight line anywhere. Palm trees bent by the winds of Hurricane Andrew were even installed in the area to continue this theme.
The area is home to a variety of dining outlets and merchandise shops. Food and beverage items can be purchased from Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous (The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride), Green Eggs and Ham Cafe (opened seasonally), Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop, and Moose Juice, Goose Juice. Merchandise items can be bought from a variety of themed stores including Cats, Hats & Things (The Cat in the Hat), All The Books You Can Read (The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride), Snookers & Snookers Sweet Candy Cookers, and Mulberry Street Stores Trading Co.
Seuss Landing includes six attractions inspired by Dr. Seuss' books.
- The Cat in the Hat is a dark ride that takes guests through the Dr. Seuss story of the same name.
- The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride is a twin-tracked tour above and around Seuss Landing.
- Dr. Seuss's ABC is an alphabet book opened on 2015, the alphabetical ordered from A to Z with 26 biggest blocks in the letters of the English alphabets playground outside.
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a spinning ride with a musical riddle that will help riders escape water-spitting fish.
- Caro-Seuss-el is a Seuss themed carousel.
- Oh, The Stories You'll Hear is a stage show based on the Dr. Seuss books and characters.
- If I Ran the Zoo is an interactive play zone for kids.