Universal’s Islands of Adventure 1-Day Touring Plan

Touring plans provide a great way to get the most out of your vacation by highlighting the top rides, attractions, shows, and dining locations.

This touring plan is designed for those visiting Universal’s Islands of Adventure for one (1) day from park opening to park closing. This touring plan works for those with and without a Universal Express pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions; however, it assumes that you have not purchased a pass. This plan may require adjustments based on the crowd levels throughout the day, showtimes, unexpected events, and the park closing time.

Prior to visiting Universal Orlando, we recommend that you download the official Universal Orlando Resort app on the App Store or Google Play Store. The app provides wait times, showtimes, a resort-wide map, and more.

TIP: This touring plan may be combined with any of our other touring plans to fit your vacation duration or ticket plans.

Entering Universal’s Islands of Adventure
We recommend getting to the park turnstiles at least 25 minutes prior to park opening, especially on projected busy days. You can view the likely crowd level for the day by using our FREE Universal Orlando crowd calendar. When you have entered the park, you can grab a guide map to help locate the park’s attractions and shows and to view showtimes as well as other details. If you download the official Universal Orlando Resort app, this information and more can be accessed on it.

1. Ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Attraction details: This is a 3-D ride.
Height requirement: At least 36 inches; guests between 36 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

2. Ride Jurassic Park River Adventure
Attraction details: This is a water raft ride.
Height requirement: At least 42 inches; guests between 42 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

3. Ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Attraction details: This is a motion base dark ride.
Height requirement: At least 48 inches
Recommended audience: Everyone

4. Watch a live performance in Hogsmeade
Hogsmeade features two live shows: Triwizard Spirit Rally and Frog Choir.
Triwizard Spirit Rally show details: This is a live-action show.
Frog Choir show details: This is a musical show performed by Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs.
Recommended audience: Everyone

5. Ride Dragon Challenge
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 54 inches
Recommended audience: Teens

6. Eat lunch
We recommend eating earlier in the day so that you may avoid the crowds later in the day. If you wish, you can skip lunch and instead purchase snacks at locations throughout the park to avoid taking time out of the day.

If you did not pack any lunch meals, we recommend dining at Three Broomsticks or Mythos Restaurant. These locations have authentic cuisine and phenomenally themed environments.

Three Broomsticks serves fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, turkey legs, rotisseries chicken, and more; the restaurant also serves Butterbeer. Mythos Restaurant features a mix of Mediterranean, Asian, and American fare. The restaurant’s menu includes options like Greek salad, pad Thai, wraps, burgers, and more.

Are you a vegetarian or vegan? No problem. Click here to view our Universal Orlando vegetarian and vegan guide.

7. Watch Poseidon’s Fury
Show details: This is a live-action show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

8. Ride The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!
Attraction details: This is an elevated train ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families

9. Ride The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Attraction details: This is a 3-D motion base ride.
Height requirement: At least 40 inches; guests between 40 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Everyone

10. Ride The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Attraction details: This is a high-speed roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 54 inches
Recommended audience: Teens

11. Ride Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
Attraction details: This is a launch-based ride.
Height requirement: At least 52 inches
Recommended audience: Teens

12. Eat dinner
To ensure that you complete this plan, we suggest eating dinner by at least 5 PM. If needed, you may eat dinner in a different order than listed here.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure offers great dining locations throughout the park. Our suggested restaurants in the area include Cafe 4 and Confisco Grille. You can also head to Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous, which is just a few minutes away.

Cafe 4 sells pizza, spaghetti, fettuccini, meatball subs, salads, and more. Confisco Grille offers global fare including Italian, Mexican, Asian, Greek, and American dishes like wood-grilled pizzas, salads, fajitas, and much more. Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous serves fried chicken, spaghetti, pizza, cheeseburgers, and salads.

If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, click here to view our Universal Orlando vegetarian and vegan guide.

For full information about the park’s rides and attractions, click here.
For full information about the park’s shows, click here.

If you have spare time, we highly recommend experiencing the rides, attractions, and shows not listed in this touring plan. To view all of the park’s activities, follow the links provided just above.

NOTE: It is not guaranteed that you’ll experience all attractions and watch all shows listed by following this touring plan. We recommend skipping any attraction/show that you may not be interested in. Because of scheduled showtimes, you may be required to adjust this touring plan to accommodate their timetable. You may also be required to adjust this touring plan’s dining schedule depending on the park’s crowd level.

Rides and attractions at Universal's Islands of Adventure for thrill seekers:
  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Doctor Doom’s Fearfall
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
  • Dragon Challenge
Rides, attractions, and shows at Universal's Islands of Adventure for young children:
  • Storm Force Accelatron
  • Me Ship, The Olive
  • Pteranodon Flyers
  • Camp Jurassic
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure
  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
  • Caro-Seuss-el
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
  • The Cat In The Hat
  • If I Ran the Zoo