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What Are the Two Parks at Universal Studios? | Explained

Universal Studios offers two parks that are well-known, and another park that many guests are surprised to find out about when they arrive.

In this page we will cover all of the parks that are inside of Universal Studios in Orlando.

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What are the Two Parks at Universal Studios?

The two parks at Universal Studios are Universal Orlando Resort and Islands of Adventure. There is also a third park which is a water park known as Volcano Bay. Each park offers something different, which makes Universal Studios a popular spot with both out of state visitors and local visitors.

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If you plan on visiting more than one park during your visit, you'll want to ensure that you purchase a 'Park-to-Park Ticket'

Universal Orlando Resort

UO is more based on TV shows and blockbuster movies, such as Harry Potter.

This park is known as the park where guests can be immersed in the actual movies and the rides do a great job of making it as realistic as possible.

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However you should know that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is spread out across both UO and IOA. UO offers Diagon Alley.

Some of the most popular rides include:

  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Hogwarts Express: King’s Cross Station
  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • E.T. Adventure Ride
  • The Simpsons Ride

Islands of Adventure

IOA is more tailored towards fantasy and thrill rides. Marvel Super Hero Island in particular is one of our favorite areas. It includes rides with characters such as Spiderman, Doctor Doom and The Incredible Hulk.

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We also mentioned earlier that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was spread across both parks, IOA has Hogsmeade.

The coolest part however is that the Hogwarts Express train actually connects both of the parks. 


Some of the most popular rides at IOA include:

  • The Incredible Hulk Coaster
  • Jurassic World VelociCoaster
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure
  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
  • Pteranodon Flyers
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay is a 27 acre, tropical-themed water park that actually replaced the Wet 'n Wild water park.

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The giant 200 ft tall Volcano is the icon of the water park.

This water park features America's tallest body slides, perfect for thrill-seekers.

Some of Volcano Bay's offerings include:

  • Body Slides
  • Water Coasters
  • Lazy River
  • Kids Play Area
  • Raft Slides
  • Wave Pool