Travel to Universal Islands of Adventure in Orlando

Commonly known as Islands of Adventure, this large theme park officially opened its doors in Orlando, Florida, in 1999. The slogan of this theme park is “Live the Adventure.” Islands of Adventure includes CityWalk, as it was part of the expansion that converted Universal Studios Florida into the Universal Orlando Resort.

A journey of overall exploration is the park’s overall theme. Guests can start from the Port of Entry and visit with other uniquely themed islands, which all emphasize adventure. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is the newest addition to the park. Based on the popular Harry Potter books and films, this theme park was the largest investment since opening its doors.

Islands of Adventure has not limited itself to Universals own library of characters and themes. In fact, much of the theme parks are based upon the characters of other rival studios, with many of these rivals not owning stakes in any theme parks. The Port of Entry, Jurassic Park, and the Lost Continent are based on Universals characters and themes, while the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, and Suess Landing are all themes and characters borrowed by Universal.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

This new island theme park is spread out over 20 acres and includes many great shops, attractions, and restaurants. Some of the more popular attractions include the iconic Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade Village, and the Forbidden Forest.

The Lost Continent

This themed island is divided into two smaller sections based on the themes of ancient legends and myths. The first section is designed around the fabled Lost City of Atlantis, while the second section is based around the Arabian style marketplace called Sinbad’s Bazaar.

Jurassic Park

The area has some thrilling rides and informational/ educational exhibits based on the themes and characters that one would find in the “real” Jurassic Park. The island has done a fantastic job designing their theme park to focus on the dinosaurs.

Toon Lagoon

Geared towards the family experience, Toon Lagoon is based on the characters created by Kings Features Syndicate and Jay Ward. This island theme park is set around water-based rides and is rigged with many water props that squirt at visitors. Visitors can also opt for further soaking adventures aboard the many fun water rides that incorporate water guns and water cannons.