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. It 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.

The park closed on March 15, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[1] However, it reopened during the summer of that year.

Themed Areas

The park has eight themed areas, or '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 (6)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Status
Flight of the Hippogriff Vekoma Family 2000 Operating
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Intamin Launched Motorbike Vertical Drop Track Coaster June 13, 2019 Operating
The Incredible Hulk Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard Launched 1999-2015, 2016- Operating
Pteranodon Flyers Setpoint Suspended 1999 Operating
Jurassic World VelociCoaster Intamin Launched May 7, 2021 Operating
High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride Mack Rides Powered Coaster 2006 Operating

Past (1)

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Dragon Challenge Bolliger & Mabillard Twin

Inverted

May 28, 1999 September 4, 2017 Scrapped

Attractions

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Operating

Name Manufacturer Type Opened
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Ocean Engineering 3D Tracked Dark Ride May 28, 1999
Doctor Doom's Fearfall S&S Worldwide Drop Tower May 28, 1999

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