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OI Priority List: Islands of Adventure

If you are unsure how to use this list, review the information presented after the list of attractions. Also, remember that this list includes summary information for the attractions. To learn more about each theme park and their attractions, and to view thousands of full-screen images and hours of HD video, visit our library of information on Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

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#1 – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Hogsmeade. Restrictions and access: Ride: 48 inches; loose articles must be stowed in the free lockers inside Hogwarts Castle; no Express Pass access but there is a single rider line. Tour-only: no restrictions, loose articles and cameras can be carried on the tour; may be closed when the park is busy. Summary: The first part is a tour of Hogwarts Castle’s most iconic rooms. The second part is a revolutionary flight simulator. Wait times: 10 to 60 minutes, but may climb as high as 90 minutes during peak periods.

#2 – Pteranodon Flyers
Jurassic Park. Restrictions and access: 36 inches; no Express Pass access; guests taller than 56 inches must be accompanied by a guest between 36 inches and 56 inches. Summary: Meandering, outdoor, gondola-style ride designed for kids. Wait times: Can easily climb to as high as 60 minutes (and remember, the ride experience is only 80 seconds!).

#3 – The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Marvel. Restrictions and access: 40 inches; has Express Pass access and a single rider line. Summary:Combining 3-D film, ride movement, and special effects for a completely convincing simulator ride experience.Wait times: With the HD upgrade, lines are usually around 30 to 60 minutes on moderate to busy days. During really busy times you might see that number climb above 60 – if so, don’t forget that there’s a single rider line!

#4 Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Skull Island. Restrictions and access: 34 inches; has Express Pass access and a single rider line. Summary: Climb aboard a large expedition truck and travel deep into Skull Island to search for King Kong. Wait times: Lines are usually around 60 to 90 minutes on moderate to busy days. During really busy times you might see that number climb to 120.

#5 – The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Marvel. Restrictions and access: 54 inches; loose articles must be stowed in free lockers; has Express Pass access; also has a front row line. Summary: Possibly the best high-speed, outdoor roller coaster in Orlando. Wait times: Unlikely to be longer than 60 minutes.

#6 – Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
Toon Lagoon. Restrictions and access: 44 inches; has Express Pass access and a single rider line; there are lockers nearby for convenience. Summary: Flume ride on steroids – YOU WILL GET SOAKED. Wait times: As high as 90 minutes on really warm days; on other days, usually not longer than 20.

#7 – Jurassic Park River Adventure
Jurassic Park. Restrictions and access: 42 inches; has Express Pass access. Summary: Boat ride that ends with a plunge – will get you wet depending on where you are sitting. Wait times: As high as 75 minutes or longer on really warm days; on other days generally not longer than 20 minutes.

#8 – Ollivander’s Wand Shop
Hogsmeade. Restrictions and access: None; does not have Express Pass access. Summary: Meticulously themed boutique where the wand chooses the wizard. Wait times: Since the opening of Diagon Alley, which also features an Ollivander’s Wand Shop, wait times have dropped dramatically to less than 20 minutes even on busy days.

#9 – Dragon Challenge
Hogsmeade. Restrictions and access: 54 inches; loose articles must be stowed in lockers adjacent to the attraction’s entrance; has Express Pass access; also has a front row line for each coaster. Summary: High-speed, outdoor roller coaster that is an absolute must for thrill-seekers. Wait times: On very busy days you may see a wait time as high as 40 minutes, but it is usually much lower.

#10 – Flight of the Hippogriff
Hogsmeade. Restrictions and access: 36 inches; has Express Pass access. Summary: Outdoor kiddie coaster that offers fantastic views of Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village. Wait times: It is rare to see wait times longer than 40 minutes.

#11 – Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
Toon Lagoon. Restrictions and access: 42 inches. Summary: Traditional raft ride – YOU WILL GET SOAKED.Wait times: Often not longer than 20 minutes, but may climb considerably higher in the middle of hot, sunny days.

#12 – Dr. Doom’s Fearfall
Marvel. Restrictions and access: 52 inches; has Express Pass access and a single rider line. Summary: Sit back and enjoy as you are thrust up a 200 foot tall tower. Wait times: You will rarely see wait times here much longer than 20 minutes.

#13 – Poseidon’s Fury
Lost Continent. Restrictions and access: None; has Express Pass access. Summary: Indoor walk-through attraction, mixing live action with tons of special effects. Wait times: During Universal’s busiest times, this attraction may have a wait time as long as 45 minutes.

#14 – Cat in the Hat
Seuss Landing. Restrictions and access: 36 inches; has Express pass access. Summary: Dark ride that proves to be a delight for all ages. Wait times: Generally wait times do not climb above 20 minutes.

#15 – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Seuss Landing. Restrictions and access: None; has Express Pass access. Summary: Universal’s answer to Dumbo at Magic Kingdom, this ride lifts guests up and down and circles them ’round. Wait times: High visibility and a catchy tune attract the guests, increasing wait times to 30 minutes or more in the busy seasons.

#16 – The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!
Seuss Landing. Restrictions and access: 40 inches; has Express Pass access. Summary: Take a leisurely ride around Seuss Landing as you are entertained by fanciful sounds and effects. Wait times: Can get wait times as high as 60 minutes (although we wouldn’t recommend waiting longer than 20 minutes).

#17 – Caro-Seuss-el
Seuss Landing. Restrictions and access: None; has Express Pass access. Summary: A traditional merry-go-round dressed up with Dr. Seuss characters. Wait times: Usually 5 minutes, rarely ever more than 20 minutes.

#18 – Storm Force Accelatron
Marvel. Restrictions and access: None (children under 48 inches must be accompanied by an adult); has Express Pass access. Summary: Marvel spin on the classic egg beater carnival ride. Wait times: 10 minutes.

Shows at Islands of Adventure

Triwizard Spirit Rally & the Frog Choir (Hogsmeade) no Express Pass access; two 10-minute shows performed in the outdoor area near Hogwarts. The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad Stunt Show (Lost Continent) has Express Pass access; traditional stunt show that is past its prime.

Stuff for the kids at Islands of Adventure

The main hub of entertainment for young ones can be found at Seuss Landing. It includes four rides, a live show, character meet and greets, and an interactive play area. Fun spots for kids can also be found in Jurassic Park – Camp Jurassic and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center – at Toon Lagoon’s Me Ship Olive, and at Lost Continent’s talking Mystic Fountain. On less busy days, young Potter fans will also strolling through Hogsmeade, looking in shops, trying the treats in Honeydukes (Cauldron Cakes!), and exploring the tour-only line through Hogwarts Castle.

Check out our Complete guide to visiting IOA with kids page to learn more.

Full-service dining

Mythos (Lost Continent) and Confisco Grille (Port of Entry).

The Hogwarts Express

We have not included The Hogwarts Express in the main section of our priority list because of its unique feature: it’s a mode of transportation between Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure as well as a themed riding experience. (Remember, park-to-park admission is required; tickets can be upgraded at the train stations). In any case, wait times generally aren’t longer than 20 minutes in either direction, although times do peak in mid-afternoon, possibly going up to 45 minutes on busier days.

How to use the OI Priority List

Theme parks are always busiest in the middle of the day, generally from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This means, if you want to minimize your wait times, you will want to visit the popular attractions at the very beginning or the very end of the day. Then, save the middle of the day to either check out the less popular attractions, see the live shows (which usually do not have wait times longer than waiting until the next show), or head back to your hotel for some rest.

When scheduling your visits to the most popular attractions such as Forbidden Journey, visit them at the beginning of the day if possible, not the end of the day. This is important because you never know when an attraction may be closed for mechanical reasons. If you visit an attraction at the end of the day and it is closed, you simply are out of luck. However, if you visit first thing in the morning and it is temporarily closed, at least you will have the opportunity to try again later in the day.

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