EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog was originally published in December of 2017 and then underwent extensive updates and editing in the summer of 2021 to remain current and relevant.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure really is the “choose your own adventure” of theme parks. It has eight themed islands with out-of-this-world attractions featuring some of your favorite characters and stories. From discovering the not-so-extinct dinosaurs over in Jurassic Park to teaming up with your favorite super heroes in Marvel Super Hero Island, you’re going to want to lock in a couple of days to do it all during your Universal Orlando Resort vacation. And we haven’t even touched on all there is to explore in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter yet.
With so many options, what attractions would you regret skipping? Obviously, all of them. BUT here are the 10 you absolutely have to add to your must-do list.
1. Fly through the Forbidden Forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, join Hagrid on an epic journey as you fly beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle and cross paths with an array of magical creatures. Make sure to decide which seat you want to ride on ahead of time — are you riding sidecar or the motorcycle?
2. Join the hunt on Jurassic World VelociCoaster
This new species of roller coaster takes you on a high-speed dash through the Raptor paddock and is a thrilling must-do for any trip to Islands of Adventure.
Learn more about Jurassic World VelociCoaster in this complete guide to the attraction.
3. Rage out at 67 mph on The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Volunteer to be a test subject for General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross’s research and your Hulk-like powers will propel you faster and faster on this thrill ride in Marvel Super Hero Island.
4. Blast into action on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
While you’re in Marvel Super Hero Island, don’t miss the chance to swing above the streets, scale skyscrapers, and battle the Sinister Syndicate with Spidey.
5. Enjoy a delicious Butterbeer at the Hog’s Head Pub
It’s easy for all to love this family-friendly classic treat, enjoyed by Harry and his friends in the films. The Hog’s Head pub provides the perfect cozy spot for sipping and relaxing.
6. Take an 85-foot plunge on Jurassic Park River Adventure
There’s only one way out of trouble when a hungry T. rex stares you down.
7. Get up close and personal with Blue at Raptor Encounter
If you’re brave enough to step up to this electrified paddock in Jurassic Park, you’ll find a clever carnivore inside for a truly unique photo op.
8. Meet Dr. Seuss’s beloved storybook characters at Seuss Landing
The Grinch, Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat in the Hat, and others can be found here surrounded by whimsical scenery.
9. Get soaked on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
Slosh your way through twists and turns on this wild water adventure in Toon Lagoon – oh, and get ready for that 65-foot drop.
10. Experience the otherworldly cuisine of Mythos
The Lost Continent’s award-winning, full-service restaurant offers modern cuisine with Mediterranean, Asian, and American-inspired dishes. You can check out the full menu here. May I recommend the signature Pad Thai?
TIP: Make a dining reservation ahead of time as this popular restaurant gets booked up.
What are your favorite Islands of Adventure experiences? Tell us in the comments below!