Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Islands of Adventure - Port of Entry [Part 04/04]

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Logo of Universal's Islands of Adventure

As explorers, merchants, adventurers and travelers from around the globe pass through Universal's Islands of Adventure's Port of Entry they not only bring with them strange and unusual items – frequently confiscated and put on display by the local authorities – but also delightful and exotic dishes which you'll find on the menu at Confisco Grille.

Confisco's chefs have incorporated tastes from around the world. You'll find Italian, Mexican, Asian, Greek, and American inspired dishes including grilled sandwiches, burgers, salads, fajitas, ribs, pizza and pasta, plus full bar service. A children’s menu is available. On select days Confisco Grille is the setting for Character Breakfasts featuring many of your favorite Islands of Adventure theme park characters. Adjacent to Confisco Grille is the Backwater Bar, a tropical dive where you can enjoy cocktails and appetizers while you trade tales of your day’s adventures.

Confisco Grille Dining Information

ICON_character Character Dining ICON_Recommended Best for Families

Hours: Breakfast and lunch daily

Character Breakfast: until 10:30 am each Thursday and Sunday (reservations required) Click here for more Character Dining Information.

Character Breakfast Reservations: use our NEW email character breakfast reservation system at It's easy. Just send us your name, contact telephone number, party size, date and time you'd like to attend. We'll respond within 72 hours with a confirmation.

Service Type: Full Service

Reservations accepted: Call Universal's Islands of Adventure Reservations at 407-224-4012.


Just because you're blazing new trails doesn't mean you have to leave the familiar comforts of home behind. Satisfy your sweet tooth with everyone's favorite Cinnabon® Classic Cinnamon Rolls, Caramel Pecanbon® Rolls, and Cinnabon Stix.

Hours: Park Open to Park Close daily
Service Type: Walk-Up Window

Arctic Express

Stop for a welcome blast of frigid refreshment, direct from the polar regions of the north. Enjoy tasty treats including Waffle Cone Ice Cream, Sundaes, Funnel Cakes, and Root Beer Floats.

Hours: Noon to Park Close Daily
Service Type: Walk-Up Window

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Islands of Adventure - Port of Entry [Part 03/04]

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Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe

Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays! It’s Christmas 365 days a year in this festive store which features delightful character-inspired Christmas tree ornaments, decorations, holiday themed DVDs, souvenirs and gifts.

"For many, shopping is an adventure in itself. Here in the Port of Entry® you can go on an expedition for strange and exotic wares from around the world, or just stock up on items you may need as you explore the wonders of Islands of Adventure."
         - Universal Orlando

Island Market and Export® Candy Shoppe

If there’s a sweeter spot on the entire planet, we haven’t found it. Stock up on homemade fudge, caramel apples, cookies, chocolate, candy and more. You’ll find Universal apparel and souvenirs for sale as well.


  • Confisco Grille
  • Croissant Moon Bakery
  • Cinnabon
  • Arctic Express

Croissant Moon Bakery

The moon may not be full, but your belly will be after a stop at the Croissant Moon Bakery. Enjoy savory Deli Sandwiches, Paninis, Freshly Baked Pastries, and Cheesecakes. A great breakfast stop before your day’s journeys!

Hours: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily
Service Type: Counter Service

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Islands of Adventure - Port of Entry [Part 02/04]

The Port of Entry is filled with six shops and four different places to grab a bite, as well as many of the park's more mundane but necessary guest services (mostly near the very front of the Port). If you plan to save shopping for the end of the day, return to Islands of Adventure Trading Company, which offers a variety of merchandise linked to attractions throughout the park -- from Jurassic T-shirts to stuffed Cat in the Hat dolls.

Want to mail a postcard from Islands of Adventure? Well Port of Entry has a "Rocket Mail" mailbox which you can place your mail into and Universal will mail it off. You can go to the IOA Trading Company and buy stamps there, then drop it in the box and you mailed a postcard from Islands of Adventure.

Here you'll find a good selection of souvenirs representing all of the park’s islands, including a sampling of Harry Potter products.

Shops at Port of Entry

    * Islands of Adventure Trading Company
    * Ocean Trader Market
    * DeFoto's Expedition Photography
    * Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe
    * Island Market and Export Candy Shoppe
    * Port Provisions

Friday, March 18, 2011

Islands of Adventure - Port of Entry [Part 01/04]

Port of Entry is the park's main entrance and is home to many shops and services, including Guest Relations.

 The park's iconic centerpiece, Pharos Lighthouse, is also located within Port of Entry.

Each night, this real, functioning lighthouse sends out a bright beam to lead visitors to and from the park's gates.

Like many theme parks using the "hub and spokes" format popularized by Disneyland, this entry Island contains no rides, and is primarily noted for its restaurants and shops. Its main features are the Confisco Grille restaurant (one of two full-service restaurants in the Park) and the Islands of Adventure Trading Company, the park's primary gift shop.

DeFoto's Expedition Photgraphy: Whether you’re an expert shutterbug or you forget to take the lens cap off, this is a must-stop for all your film and camera needs. The shop is the park’s photo pick-up location, and also sells picture frames and movie posters. 

DeFoto’s also offers sunscreen and suntan lotion, just in case you forgot to bring some along. This is where you can view and purchase any photos of you and your family taken by those strolling photographers in the park.

An attraction information board is located near the shore of the lagoon.