Universal Islands of Adventure

Amusement park in the United States

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

Universal 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.


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 Studios 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. The park would be themed to literature. It would feature lands themed to fairy tales, dinosaurs, animated shorts, children's 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.[3]

The park's name was changed from Universal's Islands of Adventure to Universal Islands of Adventure in 2023.[4]

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


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
June 13, 2019 Operating
Roller The Incredible Hulk Coaster Bolliger & Mabillard Launched May 28, 1999 Operating
Roller Pteranodon Flyers Setpoint Suspended
Single rail
May 28, 1999 Operating
Roller Jurassic World VelociCoaster Intamin Launched June 10, 2021 Operating
Powered High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride Mack Rides Family June 22, 2006 Operating


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


This list is incomplete, please expand it if you can.


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 Morgan Carousel May 28, 1999
Cat in the Hat MTS Systems Corporation Tracked Dark Ride May 28, 1999
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Mack Rides Log Flume May 28, 1999
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Dynamic Attractions Tracked Dark Ride June 18, 2010
Hogwarts Express Doppelmayr Ropeway July 8, 2014
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


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


  1. "Theme parks shut down as precaution". The Star Press. September 11, 2001. p. 34. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  2. "Universal pauses construction on new Epic Universe theme park amid coronavirus pandemi". Click Orlando.
  3. "Universal Orlando to reopen its parks starting in June".
  4. Stella, Alicia (2023-04-05). "Epic Universe Update: Possible Name Changes, New Construction, and Harry Potter Ride Permits". Orlando Park Stop. Retrieved 2023-08-24.

External links

Theme parks operated by Universal Destinations & Experiences