Islands of Adventure opened on May 28, 1999 along with Universal CityWalk, which fully transformed Universal Studios to the huge Universal Orlando Resort. The park, which was inspired by journey and exploration, is now home to some of the most iconic elements of Universal Orlando. From the Wizarding World to Seuss Landing, here are some interesting tidbits about Islands of Adventure that you might not know…
Port of Entry
- The icon of Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Pharos Lighthouse, is a working lighthouse. It was modeled after the lighthouse of Alexandria, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
- The crooked palm trees in Seuss Landing are actually survivors from Hurricane Andrew. Universal kept them in the area when they built the land because they were bent and curved, matching the whimsical theme of the land
- Dr. Seuss actually makes a cameo in Seuss Landing. Hidden amongst his crazy characters and ideas come to life, you’ll find him by the police officer’s bicycle photo spot.
- There are several other special bonus elements hidden around Seuss Landing, starting with two stubborn Zax in a standoff just behind the entrance to the whimsical land. Neither of the two creatures was willing to let the other pass by first, so the land was built around them as they stood by angrily. If you follow their footsteps through the Landing, you’ll uncover other silly secrets about Dr. Seuss’s zany world.
- If you find yourself near Snookers & Snookers Sweet Candy Cookers, stand on the footprints outside of the sweets shop to hear a message from the Sneetch!
Marvel Super Hero Island
- If you’re going through the express line at Spiderman, you’ll see a series of filing cabinets. Although they may just look like decorations, they are actually filled with information on the characters and locations of Marvel Universe.
- Curious about what goes on in an average day at the Daily Bugle? Check the loading dock schedule to see how many breaks the employees take daily.
- The Incredible Hulk Coaster is now one of the most popular attractions in Marvel Super Hero Island, but it almost had a completely different concept. Originally, Universal creators planned for a Silver Surfer-themed thrill ride, but it was later decided that a giant chrome roller coaster that close to I-4 was probably not the best idea.
The Lost Continent
- Behind Mythos Restaurant, there is a bridge with a mythical creature living under it. If you cross the bridge while the troll is home, you may hear it grumbling beneath you as you walk by.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- At Hog’s Head Pub, which is connected to the Three Broomsticks, you’ll find the shrunken heads from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban hanging on the bar.
- While waiting in line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, you’ll see moving portraits of the founders of Hogwarts: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Helga Hufflepuff. If you take a closer look at the portraits, you’ll see that each of them is holding an object that Voldemort stole from them to create his Horcruxes.
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