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Universal's Islands of Adventure

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  • Laura L.
    "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was my favorite part!"(21 Tips)
    Benjamin C.
    "express pass to beat the queues!"(29 Tips)
    Steve B.
    "dragon challenge and Jurassic park river adventure."(18 Tips)
    M A.
    "Make sure to try butter beer in Harry Potter village."(10 Tips)
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  • Courtney A.
    Courtney AdamsJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Frozen butter beer is best. Don't get too many. Two people can share 1. One for each is too filling. Hulk and both dueling dragons are amazing. The red one is a bit more intense. Over all its amazing!
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerJune 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    When you enter the park, be sure to grab a in-park guide map right away. It includes all the attractions, dining venues, show times, and characters meet and greets.
  • Andres S.
    Andres SanchezJune 4, 2013
    The experience is Awesome!! It is always better to get tickets online and always go for the Express Ticket! Is pricy but worth the money!!!
  • Aris G.
    Aris GalatisSeptember 21, 2014
    If you are into roller coasters and rides then this is your park. Incredible hulk ride great but short. Spiderman 3D ride is AMAZING! Lots of food and drinking options. Must visit!
  • Travisimo!
    Travisimo!July 5, 2015
    Very nice theme park! Mainly roller coasters and water rides, but the theming and atmosphere are awesome! And of course, there's Hogwarts and the Forbidden Journey ride for Potter fans!
  • Prithvi
    PrithviNovember 21, 2012
    The lockers at the water rides are charged. The Hulk Roller coaster, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Dragon coaster are a must visit. Grab some souvenirs. Maybe butter beer?
  • Dirk T.
    Dirk ThompsonMarch 15, 2013
    There is a back door to the wand store—went in by accident, and promptly found ourselves in the store that others were waiting in line 45 minutes just to go in the store (and spend $32 on a wand).
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalAugust 29, 2015
    All of the Harry Potter rides are amazing, the forbidden adventure is a must! Spider-Man and the hulk were great fun too! Dr Seuss is great for kids. Express pass is a must.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BlackburnJuly 29, 2013
    Make sure to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at least once. The queues are quite fun, just remember lots of water since it gets really hot! Also wait until evening to go on The Hulk!!
  • Lindsay G.
    Lindsay GeigerMay 5, 2012
    Hulk roller coaster is definitely one of the best that I've been on. Also, Harry Potter world is fantastic, grab a delicious butterbeer or two from there! & the wait for the castle ride is worth it.
  • Wesley J.
    Wesley JonesSeptember 2, 2011
    Must do: Wizarding world of harry potter especially the hogwarts ride. Hulk rollercoaster, Jurrasic park water ride, dudley do right water ride. We had a great time. Way better than Universal
  • Gizem E.
    Gizem ErgünNovember 13, 2014
    Can't be explained how much you have fun here. A MUST GO for anybody especially for those who feel themselves as a child. It s a little bit expensive and exhausting but it definitely worths!
  • Helen R.
    Helen RehmMay 10, 2012
    the Spiderman ride rocks! and for little ones, the One Fish, Two Fish ride is silly fun. The Bluto ride gets you SOAKED--Be sure you have $5 cash for the people dryer! so much fun!
  • Laura L.
    Laura LópezMarch 1, 2016
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was my favorite part! The ride in the castle was great! If you get to the park early, you won't have to wait to ride the Hogwarts Express 😍
  • TruthorDare.us
    TruthorDare.usMay 14, 2011
    We dare you to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and ride Flight of the Hippogriff, the Dragon Challenge, and the Forbidden Journey follow that up with a magical meal at Three Broomstick and s
  • Courtney A.
    Courtney AdamsJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The food in Harry potter is good. Make sure to share. The food in Jurassic Park isn't so good. Toon Lagoon is very good for eats. Blondies or Comic Strip Cafe is fabulous.
  • DRIVEN 1.
    DRIVEN 1May 11, 2012
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is such an immersive experience, that you'll swear you've stepped out of the station and straight into the movie. Butter beer is tasty, but try the pumpkin juice!
  • Yuri B.
    Yuri BelloJanuary 12, 2013
    My favorite park in Orlando. Hulk is a must but don't forget about the Wizarding World Harry Potter since it gets really crowded there. I suggest beginning your day there.
  • Fire F.
    Fire FlyJune 23, 2015
    This is one of the best amusement parks I've ever been to in my entire life! It was way better than Disney World, as it was more for older kids as opposed to younger kids.
  • Tine D.
    Tine De CnodderMarch 31, 2013
    Use the single riders lines! It'll save you loads of time and sometimes you're faster than the express line. Except for the forbidden journey at HP, you need to see the inside!
  • Eric S.
    Eric StankovitzAugust 24, 2014
    If you visit Orlando, you have to make sure you visit Islands of Adventure. With Harry Potter, Marvel, Jurassic Park, Dr. Seuss, and more, its a must see for your next vacation...
  • Kirk A.
    Kirk ASeptember 16, 2011
    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is awesome! Make sure to ride the ride in Hogwarts at least once and then grab a butterbeer to quench your thirst!
  • Audrey H.
    Audrey HoffmanDecember 1, 2013
    Harry potter world is beautiful, the main ride is amazing and the other 2 roller coasters are also very fast and fun, don't leave without at least walking through it
  • Robin R.
    Robin RobertsDecember 18, 2014
    Drinks are cheaper in bars and eat in facilities than from carts. Stay on property and enjoy skipping lines. Call me for great insider secrets to making lines even shorter
  • Megan S.
    Megan SantosDecember 17, 2012
    Find out which park closes later before you go and go to that park last. Also, find out the times of the shows/parades and try to get those out of the way first. Do rides later in the day, less wait.
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PopaMarch 16, 2013
    Ducks are comfortable walking around people, but if they have babies with them DO NOT PICK THEM UP. The moms will disown the babies. Do not feed them either. Observe the cuties and be respectful!
  • Traci R.
    Traci R.June 23, 2013
    Harry Potter is a must!! Long line, but worth the wait! The water rides will have you soak and wet! So don't wear light colored shorts/pants if getting on water rides.
  • Selena T.
    Selena ThieleOctober 16, 2012
    Hit the Ripsaw Falls and Bilge Rat Barge early and often, then let yourself dry the rest of the day, or bring a change of clothes. There's a reason they sell dry stuff just outside the barges!
  • Linda M.
    Linda MiklowitzApril 22, 2014
    Pay $109 to $139 above the ticket price for an Express Pass, or a mere $40 for one ride, or prepare to wait 60-70 min. per ride. Takes a toll after 8 hours! CF to Disney's Fast Pass for FREE.
  • Daphne F.
    Daphne FlournoyApril 2, 2014
    Don't even think about leaving the park without trying the butterbeer!!!! Plan to spend a lot of time in each area as not to miss anything!!!!
  • JoeStead Orlando B.
    If visiting Harry potter and lines are long, you can take the less scenic route by going single riders, ride time was 80 minutes for regular line and straight on without taking the tour of the castle
  • Laur L.
    Laur Lo SkiDecember 25, 2015
    I thoroughly enjoyed Islands of Adventure, although if you're not going to do any water rides, the number of rides you can do is more limited. Harry Potter World here is awesome!
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PiazzaSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Best time to go on rides is the end of the day, especially an hour or so before closing time. The waits will be half what they were when you came in
  • Jack D.
    Jack DavisJuly 30, 2016
    Lots of interesting rides, and fewer simulators as compared to it's neighbouring park. The Harry Potter and Toon Lagoon sections are the best!
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYAugust 12, 2013
    The Jurassic Park River Adventure ride takes you through the world of Jurassic Park, including a close encounter with a T-Rex and an 85-foot plunge. Read more
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HaggithMarch 29, 2013
    Express pass is great if you only have a day to be in the park, but the price fluctuates, so buy it early if you can. (Someone told us she bought her pass 4 months in advance for $25)
  • Hannah M.
    Hannah MassacrJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorite place on earth! We live locally and go all the time. It's obviously crowded during June-July so expect that if you plan your trip then.
  • Zach A.
    Zach AcquafrescaNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite parks in the area. Check out the different waterfront sections in the themed areas for great views of the park.
  • Davi P.
    Davi PorciunculaJanuary 22, 2015
    Dragon Challenge gets insanely long lines in the high season but is the best ride in the park by far. Specially the red/orange dragon
  • Tom C.
    Tom CombsOctober 24, 2010
    The Hulk is one of the best coasters ever built, Spiderman is unparalleled. This is the best park in Orlando, hands down. forget a day at one of the mouseparks, this is worth the day.
  • Pedro M.
    Pedro MiróMay 7, 2014
    Even though they've got awesome rides they got A LOT to learn from Disney specially in mood building. Disney definitely got their mojo working better!
  • Matthias
    MatthiasNovember 25, 2015
    I prefer this park over Universal when it comes to rides but Universal has all the original sceneries... Very cool! 😊
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PopaMarch 16, 2013
    visit between 7 - 11 am, leave, and come back from 6 - 9. You skip the crowds and sun and hardly have to wait in lines. Especially for harry potter!
  • Tomas D.
    Tomas DonovicJanuary 6, 2013
    Go to the Harry potter castle first, the lines get really long there first. Also, think about going single rider on every ride, it is the only way that you are going to get on all the rides.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BrennandNovember 1, 2013
    Great day out and Harry Potter World is amazing whether you are a Potter fan or not - one tip don't eat at The three broomsticks - food poor, menu bizarre and rude staff - still a brilliant day though
  • Christy
    ChristyJuly 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The big rides have free lockers to put your stuff in while you ride. Don't leave without trying the frozen Butterbeer from the cart or the Three Broomsticks in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Zanna H.
    Zanna HuffOctober 27, 2011
    You MUST try the Pumpkin Juice or Pumpkin Fiz from Three Broomsticks in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. SO GOOD!
  • Cody B.
    Cody BellDecember 2, 2010
    Try some of the restaurants inside the park. They are only a little bit more expensive that the fast food places and the quality of the food is soooo much better! I love Mythos at the Lost Continent.
  • Hannah M.
    Hannah MassacrJune 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Suess Landing is a good area to let the kids have fun and the adults relax a bit. There's a park there that the kids can have fun in and the parents can relax!
  • Manaricelle R.
    Manaricelle RicetteAugust 11, 2014
    A majority of the rides are outdoors, so when it rains you have 4 or 5 rides you can enjoy.
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