Guide to Spending One Day at Universal Islands of Adventure


Guide to Spending One Day at Universal Islands of Adventure

This is your complete guide to spending the day of Islands of Adventure park at Universal Orlando. Do you have a one day ticket to Universal’s Islands of Adventure park but don’t know exactly what is the best way to fill the time? Islands of Adventure is an exciting and interactive theme park where there is plenty for guests to do throughout the day. That’s where we come in to help you plan the perfect day Islands of Adventure guide.

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One Day Islands of Adventure Planning Guide 2022


So, what is Islands of Adventure? Islands of Adventure is one of two theme parks offered at Universal Orlando Resort that is focused all around epic adventures and serious thrills. You will be taken on journeys through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island and even surviving Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure. There is so much to do from incredible rides to unique character experiences along with two of the worlds most popular rides.

With so much to do at Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, it might be easy to get lost or be overwhelmed when making a plan. That’s why we’re going to help you plan the perfect Islands of Adventure one day ticket plan. Our perfect day at Islands of Adventure includes Early Park Admission, which comes with the purchase of any Universal Orlando ticket through our website.

Islands of Adventure hours

Something to take into consideration is the seasonal hours at Islands of Adventure. While mostly the opening time doesn’t change too much, the closing time of Islands of Adventure can vary vastly. Make sure to double check the Islands of Adventure hours long before your trip to make sure you can plan effectively.

Our spending the day at Islands of Adventure guide is going to work off of peak, weekend hours, where the park closes at 9PM. Be sure to note that the park can close at early at 6PM or be open at late as 10PM.

Islands of Adventure ride checklist

  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Pteranodon Flyers
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure Ride
  • Jurassic World VelociCoaster
  • Cat in the Hat Ride
  • High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train
  • Caro-Seuss-El
  • One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue Fish
  • Doom’s Fearfall
  • Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
  • Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-rat Barges
  • Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong

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Universal Island of Adventure Morning with Early Park Admission


One of the best benefits of purchasing a ticket for any park at Universal Orlando Resort through the Park Prodigy is our Early Park Admission. This allows guests to enter either participating Universal theme park one hour before regular park open. Island of Adventure hours typically start at 8AM, which means your park day would start at 7AM with Early Park Admission.

We are going to start our day after you grab a coffee from CityWalk at 7AM and utilize our Early Park Admission to get on either Jurassic World VelociCoaster or Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

Rides included with Early Park Admission at Islands of Adventure

  • Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Jurassic World VelociCoaster

For your Island of Adventure itinerary, we suggest getting into the park as soon as you possibly can and heading straight to Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

  • 7:10 AM – Get in line for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
  • 7:45 – Head to Jurassic World VelociCoaster and queue up before official park open

By the time you get off of Jurassic World VelociCoaster, regular park hours will most likely have started. That usually means the most popular Islands of Adventure rides will have higher wait times.

  • 8:30AM – 10AM – Ride less popular attractions (Flight of the Hippogriff, Cat in the Hat, The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!)

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Mid Morning Plans for Islands of Adventure

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By midmorning, many of the Islands of Adventure rides would be at the highest wait time, which means it is a good time to grab a snack or breakfast.

  • 10:30AM – 11:30AM – Grab Islands of Adventure food for breakfast or for a snack.

Islands of Adventure food – Breakfast or Snack

  • The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade Village
  • Green Eggs and Ham in Seuss Landing
  • Starbucks at Port of Entry
  • Cinnabon in Port of Entry

After your morning recharge, it might be a good idea to look for another attraction to ride that has a lower wait time.

  • 12PM – Check wait times on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man or Skull Island: Reign of Kong and pick one.

If it is projected to be a really hot day, we suggest switching out these two rides with either Jurassic Park River Adventure, Popeye’s Bilge-Rat Barges or Dudley Do-Right Ripsaw Falls. On hotter days at Universal Islands of Adventure, water rides tend to reach peak wait times during the afternoon.

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Universal Studios Islands of Adventure Afternoon Plans

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Once you’ve hit proper midday at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, we suggest to power through the typical lunchtime and try more rides. Islands of Adventure food lines will be the longest between 12:00PM – 2:00PM, hence, why we planned out a later breakfast.

  • 1:00PM – 2:30PM – Head to Marvel Super Hero Island and ride the Incredible Hulk Coaster, and The Amazing Adventures Spider-Man if there is time.

If rides are not the number one priority for your trip, you can always try some of the outdoor Islands of Adventure shows at this time, as well. You can also find plenty of Islands of Adventure characters that will be wandering around for photos!

  • Triwizard Tournament Spirit Rally – Hogsmeade Village
  • Frog Choir – Hogsmeade Village
  • Oh! The Stories You’ll Hear – Seuss Landing

Right around 3PM is a good time to grab lunch and get out of the Florida midday heat.

Islands of Adventure food – Lunch

There are so many great quick service options at Islands of Adventure that are perfect for lunch options. Here is a list of our favorite places to eat for lunch:

  • Cafe 4
  • Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous
  • The Burger Digs
  • Thunder Falls Terrace

If you’re done eating around 4PM, it is a good time to stay out of the heat and we suggest doing Poseidon’s Fury, which is a unique interactive show. It is all indoors and air conditioned, which you can’t go wrong in the Florida sun.

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Universal’s Islands of Adventure Dinner-time Plans


If you really want to optimize your Islands of Adventure 1-day tickets, you can absolutely pack in more rides after you’ve settled from late lunch.

Between the hours of 5PM – 6PM is great time to jump in line for water rides, as the lines will calm down as the sun starts to drop. Or grab other attractions that you may have missed earlier on in the day. If you’re making sure to grab all Universal Orlando thrill rides, then make sure you’ve hit Doctor Doom’s Fearfall over in Marvel Super Hero Island.

You can also go speak to The Mystic Fountain in the Lost Continent or even do the Ollivander’s Wand Show over in Hogsmeade Village. Guests can wait in a short line and experience the “Wand Chooses the Wizard” moment for one special guest.

  • 630PM – Grab dinner at one of the Islands of Adventure restaurants

Islands of Adventure Food – Dinner

After a long day of running around the theme park, there is nothing better than sitting down and enjoying a relaxing dinner. For Islands of Adventure dining, this is what we suggest for dinner:

  • The Three Broomsticks
  • Mythos Restaurant

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Islands of Adventure Evening Plans


Now that it is starting to get dark, it is time to start thinking of Islands of Adventure shows. Luckily, depending on when you visit, there should be a show at the Hogwarts Castle to end your night perfectly. Starting at dusk about every 20 minutes a show plays on the Hogwarts Castle ending with very brief fireworks at Islands of Adventure.

Islands of Adventure Shows – Hogwarts Castle Night Shows

  • The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle (year-round)
  • Hogwarts Dark Arts Light Show (Halloween-time)
  • Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle (November – January)

We suggest at around 8PM, or an hour before the park closes, to grab some butterbeer and find a spot in front of Hogwarts Castle. If you happen to catch an earlier viewing of the Hogwarts Castle Show, then you might have time to hop on one more ride before closing.

If you want, you can go for another round on Hagrid’s or VelociCoaster or you can queue up for a ride you may have missed out on earlier.

Islands of Adventure FAQ

Q: How many rides at Islands of Adventure?

A: Islands of Adventure has 17 total attractions, 3 of which are roller coasters.

Q: What rides are included with Early Park Admission at Islands of Adventure?

A: Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

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