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10 Things You HAVE to Do at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

December 12, 2017
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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?

TIP: Click here to learn more thrilling details about our newest attraction in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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

The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal's Islands of Adventure

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

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.

TIP: Click here for our travel guide on everything to do in Marvel Super Hero Island.

5. Enjoy a delicious Butterbeer at the Hog’s Head Pub

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.

TIP: Click here to see all the ways you can enjoy the flavors of Butterbeer in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

6. Take an 85-foot plunge on Jurassic Park River Adventure

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

Dr. Seuss Characters from 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

Dudley Do-Rights 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

Pad Thai from Mythos Restaurant

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!

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  • Reply Shawn Spencer December 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I love sitting on the bench at the front of the park and thinking about my life choices.

  • Reply Mary Elizabeth Ward December 12, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I did them all! Islands of Adventure is awesome! One of the best places on earth!

  • Reply Jason December 18, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I actually used to work in the park when it opened. What an incredible experience that I will never forget. Love all of the islands!

  • Reply Brian Hearns January 4, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    What’s the best deals on discount tickets for Universal?

  • Reply Patricia July 30, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Are all guests required to wear masks on the rides? Are all guests required to wear masks while walking in the parks?

    • Reply Social Media Team July 30, 2020 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Patricia! You could find more information on our safety guidelines on our website:

  • Reply Larrysha Walker-Hugee July 30, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    The only thing that pissed me off is the new ride hagrid was available for people staying in the resort and not for everyone. I feel that wasn’t right.

    • Reply Social Media Team July 30, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Larrysha! We apologize for any confusion; the attraction is currently open to all Guests. Please feel free to contact Guest Services at (407) 224-4233, option 4, or, if you would like to discuss your visit further. Thank you!

      • Reply Cristina Landry August 1, 2020 at 7:44 am

        My first and the best time at the park my daughter was very excited so awesome and magically for all of us. Hopefully we go back soon

    • Reply Randy Canada July 31, 2020 at 12:12 am

      We rode it 4 times. Did the virtual line check in, and just showed up and got right on.

  • Reply Shannon July 30, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Please add Sneetches to the characters in Seuss Landing! They’re part of the trolley ride, there should be a Sneetch in the characters! And more Sneetch merchandise!

    • Reply Social Media Team July 30, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Shannon! We will certainly pass your suggestions along!

  • Reply AMANDA CASTANUELA July 31, 2020 at 11:00 am


  • Reply Teresa Turner August 1, 2020 at 7:26 am

    We have been to both Universal parks a number of times and absolutely love them. My best rides are the 3D ones and anything with water. Would live there if I could 😎😍

    • Reply Social Media Team August 1, 2020 at 8:52 am

      Hey Teresa! We love our water attractions as well especially during the summer months! Jurassic Park River Adventure is a must! Hope you can come back soon!

  • Reply Social Media Team August 2, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Hi Martin, Annual passes will become active when you enter the park and use them for the first time.

    • Reply Martin Lazcano August 5, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      I was worried that the annual pass was activated as soon as I bought it and that would be a disaster.
      Thanks for the info.
      This is going to be our 20th time at the parks and believe there is always something new and sadly other attractions are replaced with the new ones.

  • Reply Shanna Baldridge August 12, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Hello! My daughter and I will be there in November, the 6th and 7th, we already have tickets that are “open” as we planned to go in April and sadly got canceled,, How do I confirm that we will be there then? How can I ensure that we will be able to get in??

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