Universal Orlando Park-to-Park Touring Plan

Touring plans make it easy for you to get the most out of your trip by outlining the order you should visit rides and attractions, allowing you to enjoy the top experiences in the park.

This touring plan was created for those visiting both the Universal Studios Florida park and Islands of Adventure park within the same day; however, those visiting the parks for a longer period may still take advantage of this plan. This touring plan assumes that you are visiting from the opening time and staying until the closing time. Although this plan is specifically designed for those not staying on-site and for those without a Universal Express pass, which allows you to skip the regular lines at participating attractions, it may still be used by such visitors.

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

To ensure the attractions you're most interested in are prioritized, we suggest fully reviewing the information in this touring plan prior to using it so that you can make alterations if needed.

STARTING OFF

For the best experience, you should start your day at Islands of Adventure and then head to Universal Studios Florida via the Hogwarts Express. This will improve your chances of experiencing the top attractions at both parks.

We recommend getting to the park turnstiles at least 30 minutes prior to park opening, especially on projected busy days. You can view the predicted crowd level for the day of your visit by using our FREE Universal Orlando crowd calendar. Keep in mind that it may take up to 35 minutes to arrive at the front gates from the parking booth. When you have entered the park, you can grab a guide map to help locate the resort’s rides and attractions 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.

Riders on The Incredible Hulk Coaster complete an inversion

Experience by 2 PM

The following attractions typically experience the longest wait times, so we suggest visiting them as soon as possible. You should visit the attractions in this exact order to minimize your time in line. Please note the crowd levels throughout the day may impact when you are able to complete this section of the touring plan.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

This attraction may utilize a Virtual Line during your visit, requiring you to reserve a time slot via the Universal Orlando app or an in-park kiosk to ride. Plan accordingly.

Attraction type: High-speed roller coaster

Thrill level: 5/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 48 inches (122 cm)

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Attraction type: Motion-base dark ride

Thrill level: 4/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 48 inches (122 cm)

Jurassic World VelociCoaster

Attraction type: High-speed roller coaster

Thrill level: 5/5

Recommended ages: Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 51 inches (130 cm)

Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Attraction type: 3D motion-base dark ride

Thrill level: 3/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 36 inches (91 cm); children between 36 inches (91 cm) and 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

The Incredible Hulk Coaster

Attraction type: High-speed roller coaster

Thrill level: 5/5

Recommended ages: Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 54 inches (137 cm)

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Attraction type: 3D motion-base dark ride

Thrill level: 3/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm); children between 40 inches (102 cm) and 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

Jurassic Park River Adventure

Attraction type: Water raft ride

Thrill level: 3/5

Recommended ages: Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 42 inches (107 cm); children between 42 inches (107 cm) and 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

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Three Broomsticks restaurant from the Harry Potter films
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Eat Lunch

If you completed the attractions listed above and it's about 2 PM or shortly after, you should fuel up before continuing this touring plan. If it's not quite that time, but your hunger is getting the best of you, take a quick meal break. Otherwise, continue forward, and take a meal break when it does reach that time. Then, continue where you left off. We've highlighted some dining locations within a reasonable distance that will serve you at a fast rate, but if you don't want to take too much time out of the day, you can always pack snacks with you or purchase some at the many concession stands in the park.

Cafe 4

This quick service restaurant is located in Marvel Super Hero Island. Meals available here include a variety of different pizzas, plates of pasta, sandwiches, and desserts.

Comic Strip Cafe

Another dining location you can visit is Comic Strip Cafe. This quick service restaurant is located in Toon Lagoon. The menu features burgers, hot dogs, pizza, pasta, Chinese cuisine, fish, chicken, and more.

The Burger Digs

As the name suggests, this is your stop for everything burgers, but if you prefer, you can also order chicken tenders and a chicken sandwich. This is a quick service eatery located directly inside the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.

Three Broomsticks

Three Broomsticks is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Hogsmeade. The level of detail in this restaurant is amazing, which makes it a top spot. Although it is a quick service dining location, the quality of the food is good. It should be noted that the menu for main courses is small, only offering fish and chips, beef pasties, spare ribs, turkey legs, shepherd's pie, rotisserie chicken, and chicken and ribs.

Vegetarians and Vegans

If you're a vegetarian or vegan, you can find quite a few meals in the park. Click here to view our Universal Orlando vegetarian and vegan guide. In this guide, we highlighted the different dining locations offering meals available to you as well as which options will satisfy your diet.

Dragon sits atop Gringotts Bank in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Experience by 6 PM

The attractions listed in this section are some top experiences located in the other park. If at a reasonable wait time, you can hop aboard the Hogwarts Express at Islands of Adventure's Hogsmeade Station to travel to Universal Studios Florida. It is recommended that you visit the attractions in this order. As previously noted, crowd levels may impact when you are able to complete this section. We suggest removing any experiences that aren't a top priority for you if you're running low on time.

Hogwarts Express: Hogsmeade Station

Attraction type: Train ride and transportation system featuring special effects

Thrill level: 1/5

Recommended ages: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: Children under 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Attraction type: 3D hybrid dark ride and high-speed roller coaster

Thrill level: 4/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm); children between 40 inches (102 cm) and 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack

Attraction type: Interactive dark ride

Thrill level: 2/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 42 inches (107 cm); children between 42 inches (107 cm) and 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D

Attraction type: 3D motion-base dark ride

Thrill level: 3/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm); children between 40 inches (102 cm) and 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

Revenge of the Mummy

Attraction type: High-speed roller coaster

Thrill level: 5/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 48 inches (122 cm)

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Attraction type: High-speed roller coaster

Thrill level: 5/5

Recommended ages: Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: Between 51 inches (130 cm) and 79 inches (201 cm)

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Italian restaurant at Universal Studios Florida

Eat Dinner

After experiencing the attractions listed above, you should unwind and enjoy a quick bite. We've listed a few dining locations that are within close proximity to you.

Louie's Italian Restaurant

Enjoy a quick Italian meal at Louie's Italian Restaurant, found in the New York area. As you'd guess, this restaurant serves typical Italian meals—pizza, meatball subs, spaghetti, fettuccine alfredo, and soups.

Mel's Drive-In

This is a popular quick service eatery located directly across from Universal Orlando's Horror Make-Up Show. This 50's drive-in serves chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, burgers, fries, floats, and milkshakes.

Vegetarians and Vegans

If you're a vegetarian or vegan, there's no need to worry. We've highlighted the dining locations and meals that will satisfy your diet in our vegetarian and vegan guide, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Jimmy Fallon figure stands atop a canopy over Race Through New York ride

Experience by Last Few Hours

Conclude your visit racing through the city that never sleeps—New York.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

This attraction may utilize a Virtual Line during your visit, requiring you to reserve a time slot via the Universal Orlando app or an in-park kiosk to ride. Plan accordingly.

Attraction type: 3D motion simulator ride

Thrill level: 2/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 40 inches (102 cm); children between 40 inches (102 cm) and 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

Alien welcoming riders and E.T. to his home planet on E.T. Adventure
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Experience at Any Time

The attractions in this section are not top-priority experiences. They typically have shorter wait times in comparison to the parks' other attractions or do not feature lines, so you can choose to experience them in any order and/or at any time of the day.

Storm Force Accelatron

Attraction type: Kid-friendly spinning ride

Thrill level: 2/5

Recommended ages: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens

Height requirement: Children under 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

Jurassic Park Discovery Center

Attraction type: Interactive kids' play area

Recommended ages: Preschoolers, Kids

Caro-Seuss-el

Attraction type: Carousel

Thrill level: 1/5

Recommended ages: Preschoolers, Kids

Height requirement: Children under 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Attraction type: Aerial carousel-style ride

Thrill level: 1/5

Recommended ages: Preschoolers, Kids

Height requirement: Children under 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl

Attraction type: Aerial carousel-style ride

Thrill level: 1/5

Recommended ages: Preschoolers, Kids

Height requirement: Children under 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

Animal Actors On Location!

This attraction has scheduled showtimes. Plan accordingly and arrive early.

Attraction type: Live-action show

Recommended ages: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

E.T. Adventure

Attraction type: Family-friendly suspended dark ride

Thrill level: 1/5

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Height requirement: At least 34 inches (86 cm); children between 34 inches (86 cm) and 48 inches (122 cm) must have a supervising companion

Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show

This attraction has scheduled showtimes. Plan accordingly and arrive early.

Attraction type: Live-action show

Recommended ages: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

The Bourne Stuntacular

This attraction has scheduled showtimes. Plan accordingly and arrive early.

Attraction type: Live-action stunt show

Recommended ages: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Doctor Doom-themed drop tower ride at Islands of Adventure

Unlisted Attractions

There are several attractions in both parks that have not been listed in this touring plan. This is either because they are play areas or take too much time out of the day. However, if you have available time in your day, are visiting the parks for more than one day, or are traveling with children, you should consider experiencing any unlisted attractions. To view all attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, click here.

For full information about Universal Orlando’s rides and attractions, click here.

TIPS: (1) If you’re only visiting the parks for a single day, we recommend eating breakfast prior to arriving at the parks in order to experience more attractions. (2) It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t rush your way to every attraction. Take time to enjoy the different areas of the park, especially The Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas in both parks. (3) Cherish your memories by taking photographs with characters and at the various themed areas.

NOTE: It is not guaranteed that you’ll experience all of the resort’s rides and attractions by following this touring plan. We recommend skipping any ride or attraction you may not be interested in.

ON-SITE HOTEL GUESTS: If available, we recommend taking advantage of early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This will help you visit more attractions with significantly shorter wait times.

UNIVERSAL EXPRESS VISITORS: Although you can skip the regular lines at select attractions, greatly reducing your wait times, following this touring plan will still allow you to visit the top attractions in an efficient way and will prevent you from making unnecessary detours.

GUESTS VISITING MULTIPLE DAYS: If you’re visiting the resort for more than one (1) day, we generally don’t recommend visiting more than one (1) park a day. We suggest that you should only visit just one (1) park per day to fully enjoy the experiences the different parks have to offer. If you decide to follow this recommendation, you can click here to use our Universal Studios Florida touring plan and click here to view our Islands of Adventure touring plan. If you still wish to visit both parks in a single day, we recommend sticking to this touring plan for the first day to ensure that you visit the top attractions. The next time you visit the parks, you can choose to revisit the attractions you enjoyed most or experience the attractions that you previously skipped.

MOBILE ORDERING: If you’re dining at a quick service restaurant, you have the option to use Universal’s mobile ordering service at select locations via the Universal Orlando app. This will allow you to easily choose your meal and quickly pick up your food.