The Best Photo Spots at Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando Resort is full of rides, shows and things that we want to eat and drink (looking at you butterbeer!), but what if I shared that it’s also a destination for awesome photos?

In this helpful article, the goal is to share where you should plan to grab “postcard-level” photos.

Islands of Adventure Sign

Adventure Awaits Sign at Islands of Adventure (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

There are two spots for this one, including outside the turnstiles at the official “icon” lighthouse and the bridge that welcomes guests to where the adventure begins. Both deserve a couple opportunities, so don’t be afraid to stop midday as you’re park hopping between Universal Studios and Islands.

Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle at Islands of Adventure (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Two options here, but my favourite is on the bridge coming from Jurassic Park to Hogsmeade Village via King Kong.

Whether or not you’re a Potterhead, you can’t go wrong with a backdrop out of the movies.

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Marvel Superhero Island

Marvel Superhero Island at Islands of Adventure (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

Stepping into the comics is easy when you’re surrounded by superheros of our childhood. From Spider-man to Thor and everyone in between, there’s nothing more epic than being in the action.

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

Coasters can be tricky to photograph, but with the frequency of the first thrill ride on the list, you should be okay.

The spot for this one is right in front of the attraction, timed for when the coaster ride vehicle is rushing by.


Velocicoaster at Universal Orlando Resort (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

If you did okay with the Hulk, make your way to the front of the Velocicoaster in Jurassic Park.

The goal is to get the picture when the vehicles are upside down. It’s awesome!

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Jurassic Park Sign

Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

If you’re not humming the soundtrack, you’re not doing it right!

Additional Fun Spots

  • Cartoon Lagoon
  • Butterbeer
  • Grinch/Cat in the Hat.

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And finally, the best spot: The Waterfront

Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)

The StepstoMagic difference is easy to describe. My favourite spot is usually hidden mid-article, because why would I share the best of the best to those who don’t actually spend time learning my writing style.

This spot is breathtaking and never busy. Take your time. Take your selfies. Enjoy the view!

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Pro Tips for Memorable Photos:

Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure (Image: Dustin Fuhs / StepstoMagic)
  • Visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon (or sunset) to avoid crowds and get the best lighting conditions.
  • Experiment with different camera settings and angles to create unique shots. I love playing with portrait and various panorama views.
  • Consider using a trash can or a railing as a stabilizer for steady shots, especially on fast-paced rides.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask fellow parkgoers or Universal team members to take your picture. They’re usually happy to help.

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Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando offers a wide range of unique and fantastic photo opportunities. From iconic landmarks to thrilling rides and cool character encounters, your camera will be your best companion as you create lasting memories of your visit.

So, charge up your camera, grab your selfie stick, and get ready to capture the magic of Islands of Adventure. Happy snapping!

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