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Universal Studios Islands of Adventure
1000 Universal Studios Plaza Orlando, Florida 32819
407-363-8000
http://www.universalorlando.com/
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Roller Coaster Photos
Dragon Challenge
Flight of the Hippogriff
Incredible Hulk
Pteranodon Flyers

Other Ride Photos
Adventures of Spiderman
Cat in the Hat
Doctor Doom's Freefall
Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls
Hogwarts Express
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
Jurassic Park River Adventure
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Storm Force Accelatron
Triceratops Discovery Trail (Seasonal)

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Attractions
Islands of Adventure has many top notch attractions and taking and approach of quality over quantity.

Adventures of Spiderman is recognized as one of the best dark ride/simulator attractions with as easy to follow story with lots going on in the background promoting rerides. Incredible Hulk is a unique launch coaster and Dragon Challenge still provides two unique inverted B&Ms even with a rethemed castle since the Harry Potter takeover.

Forbidden Journey utilizes Kuka arm technology to provide the first ride of it's kind. The story might be jumbled to the Harry Potter fan or confusing to the non-fan but still a unique ride experience.

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls and Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges are guaranteed to get you drenched. At least sitting near the rear on Jurassic Park River Adventure provides a manageable amount of moisture.

Cat is the Hat is a spinning dark ride through this famous children's book.
Food
Many locations in the park serve traditional fare. However, in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter you can not buy Coca Cola products, but you can buy authentic Butterbeer (which is non-alcoholic) in regular or frozen form. Three Broomsticks, serving traditonal English fare recently opened up in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Mythos is still considered one of the better and more imaginative theme park restaurants. Confisco Grille in the Port of Entry also has some unique foods options.
Operating Season
Islands of Adventure is open year round.
Established Seasonal events
Grinchmas, which includes the transformation of Seuss Landing and includes a live version of "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" is held every December.
Access & Location
From Orlando International Airport:
1) Take SR-528 West 11 miles to I-4 East
2) Take I-4 East 2 miles to exit 75A
3) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels

From I-4 Eastbound (Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee):
1) Take I-4 East to exit 75A
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels

From I-4 Westbound (Downtown Orlando):
1) Take I-4 West to exit 74B
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando's main parking garage or to one of the three resort hotels
Nearby Lodging
If you stay onsite at Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort your room key serves as an unlimited Express Pass throughout the length of your stay.

Many major hotel chains are located near the park. Universal Hotel Partners can be found here
http://www.universalorlando.com/Florida_Vacation_Packages/nf/partnerhotels.aspx Some Universal Partner Hotels may offers discounts at the parks.
Virtual Queue Options
Express Pass Plus can be purchased and allow one-time Front of Line Access for all rides except Forbidden Journey and Pteradon Flyers. Prices for the Express Pass Plus vary throughout the year, based on expected traffic.

Incredible Hulk, Dr Doom's Freefall, Forbidden Journey and Adventures of Spiderman all offer single rider lines but be respectful of the park and other guests by not entering the single rider line expecting to sit with others in you group. Some single rider lines may be hard to find so ask a park employee near the main entrance if unsure.
Shows
The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad is a stunt show and the park's main offering in this area. Outside of the show, The Mystic Fountain is an interactive statue that toys with those in the vicinity. In Seuss Landing, a narrator and customed characters bring Dr. Seuss' stories to life.
Videos
Hogwarts Express Train POV

Nostalgia
Mark's Postcard Paradise

Park Maps
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2007 Park Map
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