Universal’s Islands of Adventure 2-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 two (2) days beginning from park opening. 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.

Day One
Entering Universal’s Islands of Adventure
We recommend getting to the park turnstiles at least 15 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 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

2. Watch The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad
Note: You should arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes prior to the showtimes.
Show details:
This is a live-action stunt show.
Recommended audience: Everyone

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

4. 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

5. Ride Flight of the Hippogriff
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 36 inches; guests between 36 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families with young children

6. Visit Ollivanders
Attraction details: This is an interactive magical experience.
Recommended audience: Everyone

7. 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 because of its close proximity and great food quality.

Three Broomsticks serves fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, turkey legs, rotisseries chicken, and more; the restaurant also serves Butterbeer.

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

8. 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

9. Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade area has so much to see and offer. The great detail and many interactive experiences make it worth exploring. While here, cast some spells if you have an interactive wand, take some photos, or stroll through the area. The atmosphere of this place is truly amazing!

10. Visit the Jurassic Park Discovery Center
Attraction details: This is an interactive play area.
Recommended audience: Families with children

11. Ride Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
Attraction details: This is a water flume ride.
Height requirement: At least 44 inches; guests between 44 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Teens

12. Ride Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
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

11. 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.

While in the area, dine at Blondie’s or Comic Strip Cafe. These cartoon themed restaurants serve up tasty sandwiches and other meals.

Blondie’s serves up delectable deli sandwiches, subs, footlong hot dogs, and even the piled-high Dagwood sandwich. Comic Strip Cafe offers options like fried chicken, hot dogs, burgers, fish and chips, and even Italian and Asian dishes.

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

12. 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

Day Two
Entering Universal’s Islands of Adventure
We recommend getting to the park turnstiles by 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.

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

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

3. 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

4. Ride Jurassic Park River Adventure
Attraction details: This is an interactive play area.
Recommended audience: Young children

5. 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 Thunder Falls Terrace or The Burger Digs.

At Thunder Falls Terrace, you can choose from a mouthwatering array of rotisserie chicken, barbecue ribs, smoked turkey legs, soups, salads, and more. The Burger Digs sells juicy burgers, chicken sandwiches, and chicken tenders as well as add-on sides like fries and onion rings.

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

6. Ride Flight of the Hippogriff
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly roller coaster ride.
Height requirement: At least 36 inches; guests between 36 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.

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

8. Ride The Cat In The Hat
Attraction details: This is a kid-friendly indoor ride.
Height requirement: At least 36 inches; guests between 36 inches and 48 inches must have a supervising companion.
Recommended audience: Families with young children

9. Re-experience what you loved most or experience what you have not yet seen
Use this available time to re-experience the rides and attractions you loved most and re-watch the shows you enjoyed most. You can also use this time to ride an attraction or watch a show that you haven’t experienced. If you have available time, we suggest heading to a character meet and greet or taking awesome photos that can be cherished forever.

10. Eat dinner
Because you have experienced all of Islands of Adventure’s top rides and attractions, you have the freedom to eat dinner at whatever time you wish; however, you should eat at least two (2) hours prior to park closing time, as many of the restaurants can receive large crowds and close within the park’s last operating hour.

For a quick dinner, visit Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous or Cafe 4. For full service, visit Mythos Restaurant or Confisco Grille.

Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous sells fried chicken, spaghetti, pizza, cheeseburgers, and salads. Cafe 4 is an Italian eatery serving pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, fettuccini, meatball subs, and chicken Caesar salads. At Mythos Restaurant, you can enjoy a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and American fare. At Confisco Grille, you can choose from global fare including Italian, Mexican, Asian, Greek, and American dishes like wood-grilled pizzas, salads, fajitas, and much more.

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.

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