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The following list shows attractions with appeal by age group. Attraction ratings are on a scale from 0 (very bad) to 5 (excellent). Click on the header links to sort!

Universal's Islands of Adventure Attractions
Name Pre-
school
Grade
School
Teens Young
Adults
Over
30
Seniors Our
Rating
Raptor Encounter
Jurassic Park
3.6 4.2 4.2 4.6 4.5 4.8 3.5
Dinosaur Experience
When To Go: Check park map or attraction for appearance times
Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
4.5 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.4 4.7 4.5
Transportation attraction with Special Effects
When To Go: Immediately after park opening until early afternoon.
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
4 4.4 4.3 4.6 4.4 4.6
Projection Show
When To Go: After Dusk
Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
3.7 4.2 4.4 4.6 4.4 4.5
Projection Show
When To Go: After Dark
Hogsmeade Village
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
4.1 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.5
A snowy village straight off of the Harry Potter page.
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
2 4.7 5 4.9 4.9 4.4 5
Indoor-outdoor Roller Coaster
When To Go: First 30 minutes the park is open or just before closing.
The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
4.1 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.4
Projection Show
When To Go: After Dark
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
2 4.4 4.8 4.6 4.5 4.2 5
Motion-simulator dark ride
When To Go: Immediately after park opening or just before closing.
The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride!
Seuss Landing
4.7 3.7 3.1 3.2 3.5 4.2 3.5
Elevated train
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Ollivanders
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
3.6 4.7 4.4 4.5 4.2 4.2 4
Combination wizarding demonstration and shopping op.
When To Go: In the first or last 30 minutes of the day.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Marvel Super Hero Island
3.3 4.3 4.4 4.4 4.2 4.1 5
Indoor adventure 3-D simulator ride
When To Go: During the first 40 minutes the park is open.
Frog Choir
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
3.7 3.6 3.4 3.7 3.6 4 3
Short singing show
When To Go: Anytime
If I Ran the Zoo
Seuss Landing
4.7 3.9 4 2 3.6 4 2.5
Play Area
When To Go: Anytime
The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Marvel Super Hero Island
1.1 4.3 4.9 4.8 4.6 4 4.5
Roller coaster
When To Go: During the first 40 minutes the park is open.
Jurassic Park River Adventure
Jurassic Park
3 4.2 4.3 4.1 4 4 4
Indoor-outdoor adventure river-raft ride
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Seuss Landing
4.5 4 3.1 3.3 3.3 4 3
Wet version of Dumbo the Flying Elephant
When To Go: Before 10 a.m.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
2.8 3.6 3.9 3.9 4 4 4.5
Indoor/outdoor truck safari with 3-D effects
When To Go: Immediately after park opening or just before closing
Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges
Toon Lagoon
3.3 4.5 4.4 4.2 4.3 3.9 4
Whitewater rapids raft ride
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
Toon Lagoon
1.9 4.2 4.2 4.2 3.9 3.8 3.5
Flume ride
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular
Seuss Landing
4 4.1 3.9 4 4.4 3.8
Holiday Musical
The Mystic Fountain
The Lost Continent
3.3 3.6 3.1 3.7 3.6 3.8 2.5
Interactive fountain
When To Go: Anytime
The Cat in the Hat
Seuss Landing
4.5 3.7 2.9 3 3.3 3.7 3.5
Indoor cartoon dark ride
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Triwizard Spirit Rally
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
3.4 3.6 3.6 3.4 3.5 3.7 3.5
Martial arts and dancing demonstrations.
When To Go: Anytime
Caro-Seuss-el
Seuss Landing
4.7 3.6 3.3 3.2 3.2 3.5 3
Merry-go-round
When To Go: Anytime.
Me Ship, The Olive
Toon Lagoon
4.3 4.1 2.6 2.8 3 3.5 2.5
Interactive playground
When To Go: Anytime.
Flight of the Hippogriff
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
4.1 4.1 3.5 3.3 3.4 3.3 3
Kiddie roller coaster
When To Go: First 90 minutes the park is open or after 4 p.m.
Jurassic Park Discovery Center
Jurassic Park
3.8 3.8 3.3 3.6 3.2 3.2 2.5
Interactive natural history exhibit
When To Go: Anytime
Poseidon's Fury
The Lost Continent
1.9 3.1 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.2 3.5
High-tech theater attraction
When To Go: After experiencing all the rides.
Storm Force Accelatron
Marvel Super Hero Island
4.1 3.8 3.8 3.3 3 3.2 2.5
Covered spinning ride
When To Go: During the first or last hours the park is open.
Doctor Doom's Fearfall
Marvel Super Hero Island
1.9 3.6 4.1 3.5 3.5 3 3
Tower launch and free-fall ride
When To Go: During the first hour of the day, or in the last two hours before closing
Camp Jurassic
Jurassic Park
4.8 4.2 3.1 2.9 3.2 2.9 3.5
Interactive play area
When To Go: Anytime
Oh! The Stories You'll Hear!
Seuss Landing
4.5 3 2 1 3 2.5 3
Character-filled storytelling show
When To Go: Scheduled showtimes.
Pteranodon Flyers
Jurassic Park
4.6 3.8 2.6 2.9 3 2 2
Kiddie suspended coaster
When To Go: In the first or last 30 minutes of the day, or (better yet) not at all.

The following list shows Islands of Adventure attractions with appeal by age group. Attraction ratings are on a scale from 0 (very bad) to 5 (excellent).

Raptor Encounter
Jurassic Park
Dinosaur Experience
Our Rating: 3.5
Preschoolers: 3.6
Grade Schoolers: 4.2
Teens: 4.2
Young Adults: 4.6
Over 30: 4.5
Seniors: 4.8
When To Go: Check park map or attraction for appearance times
Hogwarts Express - Hogsmeade Station
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Transportation attraction with Special Effects
Our Rating: 4.5
Preschoolers: 4.5
Grade Schoolers: 4.5
Teens: 4.4
Young Adults: 4.5
Over 30: 4.4
Seniors: 4.7
When To Go: Immediately after park opening until early afternoon.
The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Projection Show
Preschoolers: 4
Grade Schoolers: 4.4
Teens: 4.3
Young Adults: 4.6
Over 30: 4.4
Seniors: 4.6
When To Go: After Dusk
Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Projection Show
Preschoolers: 3.7
Grade Schoolers: 4.2
Teens: 4.4
Young Adults: 4.6
Over 30: 4.4
Seniors: 4.5
When To Go: After Dark
Hogsmeade Village
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
A snowy village straight off of the Harry Potter page.
Preschoolers: 4.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.5
Teens: 4.4
Young Adults: 4.5
Over 30: 4.5
Seniors: 4.5
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Indoor-outdoor Roller Coaster
Our Rating: 5
Preschoolers: 2
Grade Schoolers: 4.7
Teens: 5
Young Adults: 4.9
Over 30: 4.9
Seniors: 4.4
When To Go: First 30 minutes the park is open or just before closing.
The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Projection Show
Preschoolers: 4.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 4.3
Young Adults: 4.3
Over 30: 4.3
Seniors: 4.4
When To Go: After Dark
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Motion-simulator dark ride
Our Rating: 5
Preschoolers: 2
Grade Schoolers: 4.4
Teens: 4.8
Young Adults: 4.6
Over 30: 4.5
Seniors: 4.2
When To Go: Immediately after park opening or just before closing.
Elevated train
Our Rating: 3.5
Preschoolers: 4.7
Grade Schoolers: 3.7
Teens: 3.1
Young Adults: 3.2
Over 30: 3.5
Seniors: 4.2
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m.
Ollivanders
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Combination wizarding demonstration and shopping op.
Our Rating: 4
Preschoolers: 3.6
Grade Schoolers: 4.7
Teens: 4.4
Young Adults: 4.5
Over 30: 4.2
Seniors: 4.2
When To Go: In the first or last 30 minutes of the day.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Marvel Super Hero Island
Indoor adventure 3-D simulator ride
Our Rating: 5
Preschoolers: 3.3
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 4.4
Young Adults: 4.4
Over 30: 4.2
Seniors: 4.1
When To Go: During the first 40 minutes the park is open.
Frog Choir
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Short singing show
Our Rating: 3
Preschoolers: 3.7
Grade Schoolers: 3.6
Teens: 3.4
Young Adults: 3.7
Over 30: 3.6
Seniors: 4
When To Go: Anytime
If I Ran the Zoo
Seuss Landing
Play Area
Our Rating: 2.5
Preschoolers: 4.7
Grade Schoolers: 3.9
Teens: 4
Young Adults: 2
Over 30: 3.6
Seniors: 4
When To Go: Anytime
The Incredible Hulk Coaster
Marvel Super Hero Island
Roller coaster
Our Rating: 4.5
Preschoolers: 1.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.3
Teens: 4.9
Young Adults: 4.8
Over 30: 4.6
Seniors: 4
When To Go: During the first 40 minutes the park is open.
Indoor-outdoor adventure river-raft ride
Our Rating: 4
Preschoolers: 3
Grade Schoolers: 4.2
Teens: 4.3
Young Adults: 4.1
Over 30: 4
Seniors: 4
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Wet version of Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Our Rating: 3
Preschoolers: 4.5
Grade Schoolers: 4
Teens: 3.1
Young Adults: 3.3
Over 30: 3.3
Seniors: 4
When To Go: Before 10 a.m.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Indoor/outdoor truck safari with 3-D effects
Our Rating: 4.5
Preschoolers: 2.8
Grade Schoolers: 3.6
Teens: 3.9
Young Adults: 3.9
Over 30: 4
Seniors: 4
When To Go: Immediately after park opening or just before closing
Whitewater rapids raft ride
Our Rating: 4
Preschoolers: 3.3
Grade Schoolers: 4.5
Teens: 4.4
Young Adults: 4.2
Over 30: 4.3
Seniors: 3.9
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Flume ride
Our Rating: 3.5
Preschoolers: 1.9
Grade Schoolers: 4.2
Teens: 4.2
Young Adults: 4.2
Over 30: 3.9
Seniors: 3.8
When To Go: Before 11 a.m.
Holiday Musical
Preschoolers: 4
Grade Schoolers: 4.1
Teens: 3.9
Young Adults: 4
Over 30: 4.4
Seniors: 3.8
The Mystic Fountain
The Lost Continent
Interactive fountain
Our Rating: 2.5
Preschoolers: 3.3
Grade Schoolers: 3.6
Teens: 3.1
Young Adults: 3.7
Over 30: 3.6
Seniors: 3.8
When To Go: Anytime
The Cat in the Hat
Seuss Landing
Indoor cartoon dark ride
Our Rating: 3.5
Preschoolers: 4.5
Grade Schoolers: 3.7
Teens: 2.9
Young Adults: 3
Over 30: 3.3
Seniors: 3.7
When To Go: Before 11:30 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Triwizard Spirit Rally
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Martial arts and dancing demonstrations.
Our Rating: 3.5
Preschoolers: 3.4
Grade Schoolers: 3.6
Teens: 3.6
Young Adults: 3.4
Over 30: 3.5
Seniors: 3.7
When To Go: Anytime
Caro-Seuss-el
Seuss Landing
Merry-go-round
Our Rating: 3
Preschoolers: 4.7
Grade Schoolers: 3.6
Teens: 3.3
Young Adults: 3.2
Over 30: 3.2
Seniors: 3.5
When To Go: Anytime.
Me Ship, The Olive
Toon Lagoon
Interactive playground
Our Rating: 2.5
Preschoolers: 4.3
Grade Schoolers: 4.1
Teens: 2.6
Young Adults: 2.8
Over 30: 3
Seniors: 3.5
When To Go: Anytime.
Flight of the Hippogriff
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade
Kiddie roller coaster
Our Rating: 3
Preschoolers: 4.1
Grade Schoolers: 4.1
Teens: 3.5
Young Adults: 3.3
Over 30: 3.4
Seniors: 3.3
When To Go: First 90 minutes the park is open or after 4 p.m.
Interactive natural history exhibit
Our Rating: 2.5
Preschoolers: 3.8
Grade Schoolers: 3.8
Teens: 3.3
Young Adults: 3.6
Over 30: 3.2
Seniors: 3.2
When To Go: Anytime
Poseidon's Fury
The Lost Continent
High-tech theater attraction
Our Rating: 3.5
Preschoolers: 1.9
Grade Schoolers: 3.1
Teens: 3.2
Young Adults: 3.2
Over 30: 3.1
Seniors: 3.2
When To Go: After experiencing all the rides.
Storm Force Accelatron
Marvel Super Hero Island
Covered spinning ride
Our Rating: 2.5
Preschoolers: 4.1
Grade Schoolers: 3.8
Teens: 3.8
Young Adults: 3.3
Over 30: 3
Seniors: 3.2
When To Go: During the first or last hours the park is open.
Doctor Doom's Fearfall
Marvel Super Hero Island
Tower launch and free-fall ride
Our Rating: 3
Preschoolers: 1.9
Grade Schoolers: 3.6
Teens: 4.1
Young Adults: 3.5
Over 30: 3.5
Seniors: 3
When To Go: During the first hour of the day, or in the last two hours before closing
Camp Jurassic
Jurassic Park
Interactive play area
Our Rating: 3.5
Preschoolers: 4.8
Grade Schoolers: 4.2
Teens: 3.1
Young Adults: 2.9
Over 30: 3.2
Seniors: 2.9
When To Go: Anytime
Character-filled storytelling show
Our Rating: 3
Preschoolers: 4.5
Grade Schoolers: 3
Teens: 2
Young Adults: 1
Over 30: 3
Seniors: 2.5
When To Go: Scheduled showtimes.
Pteranodon Flyers
Jurassic Park
Kiddie suspended coaster
Our Rating: 2
Preschoolers: 4.6
Grade Schoolers: 3.8
Teens: 2.6
Young Adults: 2.9
Over 30: 3
Seniors: 2
When To Go: In the first or last 30 minutes of the day, or (better yet) not at all.

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