Universal’s Islands of Adventure is one of two theme parks at the Universal Studios Resort in Orlando, Florida. This theme park has 20 quick-service restaurants and 28 food stalls all providing a range of themed dishes and snacks for you to enjoy during your day in the park.
To help you plan your dining experience at Universal’s Islands of Adventure quickly and easily I’ve broken these restaurants down into different categories below.
Where To Eat Healthily At Universal’s Islands Of Adventure
Eating healthy at theme parks can be challenging since the focus is often on fast food. That being said, there are a number of different restaurant styles available all serving some healthy meal options.
Located in The Lost Continent next to Suess Landing is the table service restaurant of Mythos. This award-winning restaurant serves a mix of Mediterranean, Asian and American dishes in a mythical setting.
Given that this is a table service restaurant, the prices for meals here are more expensive than some of the alternative options inside the park.
Since the Universal dining plan no longer exists, saving money on food inside the parks has become increasingly difficult.
- Starters – $14
- Mains – $26
- Desserts – $8
- Soft Drinks – $5
- Alcoholic Drinks – $14
While Mythos is expensive it’s also our favourite place to eat during a trip to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
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Since, we’re not the only ones to think this, as it’s highly recommended you reserve a table online in advance if you’d like to dine here during your trip.
The Burger Digs
The Burger Digs is a counter-service restaurant located inside Jurassic Park.
This is one of the largest dining halls inside Universal’s Islands of Adventure making it the ideal place to stop if you’re a family or large group looking for an affordable lunch or dinner while inside the park.
Better still, this quick-service restaurant also offers mobile ordering which allows you to order in advance and save time by avoiding queues – ideal if you’re visiting during the peak hours of the day.
Healthy dishes here include;
- Spring Salad – To which you can add fried or grilled chicken for an additional $4.99
- The Vegan Burger Platter – Made up of a vegan brown rice and mushroom patty with vegan cheese and fries.
If you have a Universal Freestyle Refillable Cup then this is also the perfect place to grab a refill since the restaurant is home to more than five drinks stations.
Comic Strip Cafe
Located in Toon Lagoon near the entrance of Universal’s Islands of Adventure you’ll find the Comic Strip Cafe.
This counter service restaurant has seating both inside and outside, and serves a range of affordable food, drinks and snacks.
The healthy choices at this cafe include;
- Chicken Caesar Salad Combo
- Tropical Chicken Salad Combo
- Fish Pita Platter
This restaurant is also perfect for those who are gluten intolerant since all buns can be traded for a gluten-free option on request.
Cheapest Place To Eat At Islands Of Adventure
Visiting Islands of Adventure (or any theme park for that matter) can get expensive very, very quickly.
One great way to save money on your trip to Universal is to consider where you’re eating and opt for a more affordable counter service restaurant over table service.
Two of our favourite options inside Islands of Adventure for affordable, delicious food are Fire Eater’s Grill and Thunder Falls Terrace.
Fire Eater’s Grill
Fire Eater’s Grill is a counter-service restaurant located between Hogsmede and Seuss Landing.
This restaurant serves a range of gyros, hot dogs, salads and chicken fingers with entrees starting at $9.99 and combos at $12.79.
Thunder Falls Terrace
Thunder Falls Terrace is located inside Jurrasic Park and has a large indoor seating area.
A basic salad here starts at just $6.99. Meanwhile, sides such as fries, chips and herb-roasted potatoes are $3.49.
If you’re looking for something slightly more filling consider purchasing a platter or combo at a cost of between $16.99 and $24.99.
Where To Get The Best Snacks At Universal’s Islands Of Adventure
There are roughly 28 food carts situated across Universal’s Islands of Adventure serving a range of themed snacks for you to enjoy.
While most snack carts serve a range of chips, popcorn and fizzy drinks, there are several carts that serve specialist-themed items;
Where To Find Turkey Legs At Islands Of Adventure
Turkey Legs are currently not sold at any of the food carts at Universal Islands of Adventure. Instead, turkey legs can only be purchased at Thunder Falls Terrace or inside The Three Broomsticks restaurant at Hogsmede.
At Thunder Falls Terrace a turkey leg is sold as a combo or platter with french fries and costs between $16.99 and $19.99.
Meanwhile, at The Three Broomsticks, a turkey leg is sold with wedge fries for $16.49.
Where To Find Butterbeer At Islands Of Adventure
Butterbeer is one of the most iconic food items that can be purchased at the Universal Studios Orlando Resort.
As such you’ll be pleased to find that this delicious can be purchased from all of the food and drinks carts inside Hogsmede at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Butterbeer comes in either a cold or a frozen format (depending on your preference) and costs $8.50 plus tax.
You can also purchase Butterbeer with your meal inside of The Three Broomsticks (along with your turkey legs) in a souvenir cup for an additional cost.
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🎟️ Where To Buy Tickets for Universal Orlando?
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🏥 Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Visit to Universal Orlando?
If you’re travelling to Universal Orlando for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.
However, if a trip to Universal Orlando isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.
🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Visit to Universal Orlando?
You don’t need to rent a car to visit Universal Orlando, as the resort has Uber / Lyft pick-up and drop-off points. However, if Universal Orlando makes up the majority of your vacation, then you may want to stay on-site.
Staying onsite at the Universal Orlando Resort comes with several perks. Including complimentary transport from the hotel to the Universal Orlando theme parks. In some cases, you can even walk from your hotel straight to the theme park gates.
However, if a trip to Universal Orlando only makes up a portion of your vacation, then you may want to rent a car. I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental for all of my trips to Orlando.
🏨 Where to Stay When Visiting Universal Orlando?
If you’re spending the majority of your vacation at Universal Orlando, it’s a good idea to stay at a Universal Orlando hotel. Staying onsite at Universal Orlando comes with several perks, including;
- Early park admission
- Complimentary transport
- Complimentary Universal Express Passes (selected hotels only)
- Walking distance of the Universal theme parks (selected hotels only)
While staying onsite at Universal Orlando is great value for money, it can still be out of budget for many. Thankfully, there are several budget-friendly hotels close to Universal Orlando to choose from.
Meanwhile, if Universal Orlando only makes up part of your Orlando vacation, then you may want to stay elsewhere. Kissimmee, International Drive and Lake Buena Vista are all within a 40-minute drive of Universal Orlando.