Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal's Islands of Adventure
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Location
Orlando, Florida, USA
Status Operating
Opened May 28, 1999
Owner NBCUniversal
Operating season All year-round
Website www.universalorlando.com

Universal's Islands of Adventure is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida, USA. It opened on May 28, 1999 and is located adjacent to Universal Studios Florida, which can be accessed from the park by foot or by the Hogwarts Express ride. The Hogwarts Express requires a Park-to-Park Ticket for both ways.

History

In 1991, Universal was planning to build a second theme park called Cartoon World. The park would feature attractions themed to Popeye, Dr. Seuss, Looney Tunes and DC Comics characters. However, the plans were cancelled.

By the mid 1990s, Universal planned to build the proposed theme park. The new park would be called Universal's Islands of Adventure. It would still feature Popeye and Dr. Seuss characters, but Universal failed to secure the rights for Time Warner. Universal decided to make an agreement with DC's competitor Marvel instead. The Marvel characters would replace the cancelled DC Super Hero Land. In addition, The Lost Continent and Jurassic Park would be added to the park. Universal's Islands of Adventure would be themed to literature. It would feature lands themed to fairy tales, dinosaurs, animated shorts, childrens books and comics.

Construction on Universal's Islands of Adventure began in 1997 with a preview center opening that year. The park officially opened to the public on May 28, 1999. The next year, the park would add two more rides, which were Flying Unicorn and Storm Force Accelatron.

On September 11, 2001, Universal's Islands of Adventure was closed due to the terrorist attacks.[1]

The park closed on March 15, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[2] However, it reopened during the summer of that year.

Themed Areas

The park has eight themed areas, also known as 'islands'. These are Port of Entry, Marvel Superhero Island, Toon Lagoon, Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade and Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Roller coasters

Present

Class Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Roller Flight of the Hippogriff Vekoma Family June 29, 2000 Operating
Roller Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Intamin Launched
Motorbike
June 13, 2019 Operating
Roller The Incredible Hulk Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard Launched May 28, 1999 Operating
Roller Pteranodon Flyers Setpoint Suspended
Family
Single rail
May 28, 1999 Operating
Roller Jurassic World VelociCoaster Intamin Launched May 7, 2021 Operating
Powered High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride Mack Rides Family June 22, 2006 Operating

Past

Class Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Roller Dragon Challenge Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted
Twin
May 28, 1999 September 4, 2017 Scrapped

Attractions

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Operating

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Oceaneering Tracked Dark Ride May 28, 1999
Doctor Doom's Fearfall S&S Worldwide Drop Tower May 28, 1999
Caro-Seuss-El Chance Morgan Carousel May 28, 1999
Cat in the Hat MTS Systems Corporation Tracked Dark Ride May 28, 1999
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Dynamic Attractions Tracked Dark Ride June 18, 2010
Jurassic Park River Adventure Vekoma Shoot the Chute May 28, 1999
Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges Barr Engineering River Rapids May 28, 1999

Closed

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Island Skipper Tours Unknown Boat Ride 1999 2002 Scrapped

References

External links


Theme parks operated by Universal Parks & Resorts