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History of Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal's Islands of Adventure opened in 1999, making Universal Orlando the nation's second multi-gate theme park resort (after Walt Disney World). IoA was Universal's first non-studio theme park, and was intended to pay tribute to characters from books, comics, cartoons and legend, rather than movies. Of course, that hasn't stopped Universal and other studios from making films about almost every character represented in IoA over the past few years, rendering the park thematically indistinguishable from its sister, Universal Studios Florida.

How do you get to Universal's Islands of Adventure?

Islands of Adventure is located in the Universal Orlando Resort, on the southeast side of Orlando, 10 minutes north of Walt Disney World. Take I-4 to the Universal Orlando exit, then follow the signs to the parking structure. From there, you will walk through Universal's CityWalk shopping and dining complex, bearing left to enter IoA.

When is the best time to visit?

The least crowded seasons are from Labor Day to Thanksgiving and from the week after the President's Day holiday (in mid-February) to the start of Spring Break, in mid-March.

No matter when you visit, arrive early, about an hour before the scheduled opening time, to get in place to visit many popular attractions early, before lines build later in the day.

Universal Orlando also hosts the very popular Halloween Horror Nights at both IoA and Universal Studios Florida evenings from late September through Halloween. This is a "hard ticket" event that does not include daytime admission to the parks.

Where should I stay?

You can read reader reviews and check room rates for hotels in and near Universal's Islands of Adventure on our Universal Orlando hotels page.

How do I get tickets to Universal's Islands of Adventure?

Check for discount tickets through the auto club, or your school's, employer's or union's activities office. Otherwise, buy your tickets online through Universal's website. In addition to the single- and multi-day Universal passes, Universal also offers a Five-Park Orlando Flex Ticket, which includes unlimited admission to IoA, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld, Wet 'n Wild and Busch Gardens Tampa for two weeks.

Whatever you do, though, buy your tickets before you get to the park. No sense wasting the first couple hours of your first day's visit waiting in line at the ticket booths.

What's new at Universal's Islands of Adventure?

Nothing...yet! But soon...

Plan your day at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Ok...here is how to really get the best way out of Islands of Adventure. (Remember it really is based on age group).
Older Kids Ages 9 and Up: Should start left and get the pumping of Super Hero Island out of their system. Followed by the thrill of Toon Lagoon, the chill of Jurrasic park..etc!
Younger Darlings Ages 8 and under Should start right at face their childhood fantasy of Suess World, followed by a unicorn flight, maybe a rumple through camp jurrasic and etc.
Islands of Adventure is really based on age group. The guide map will help you on which way you should go and what your kids should do.

Hmm..Another Idea..
For families with older children (ie 8+) Should actually start through Dr Seus!..Yes may sound mad, but EVERYONE Will go to Superhero island straight away..Best go to Lost Continent!!
However on your return to Superman island and jarrasic, make sure you buy a fast pass for spiderman! An Awesome ride, worth the wait..But who wants to wait?

Ride and restaurant reservations at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal offers a ride reservation system called Universal Express. This is similar to Disney's FastPass, except that Universal offers visitors the chance to buy a book of Express passes at the park's front gate, instead of collecting them in the park one at a time, on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, if you stay at one of the three official Universal Orlando hotels, you get free front-of-the-line access to IoA and USF attractions.

Is Universal's Islands of Adventure safe?

Like at all major theme parks, you'll be safer in Universal's Islands of Adventure than you'll be on the highway driving there. Check our Accident Watch section for recent injury accidents at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Parents should also be sure to take a look at our list of rides with height restrictions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. For more tips to help ensure that you and your family stay safe, visit our theme park safety tips page.

What's coming next to Universal's Islands of Adventure?

Well, there isn't a rollercoaster coming out... but rumors and news said that their might be a Rocky and Bullinkle 3D show in the Toon Lagoon Theater. Don't know yet if its true.

And a rumor started that a ride is gonna settle where Triceratops Discovery Trail is. We don't know yet if its true.

Another long speculated rumour about A Jeep style rollarcoaster..About time!! Universal studios have just opened there new rides, so about time they made a new ride there..

This article was submitted by Ashleigh :) on December 9, 2005.