Best Instagram Spots at Universal Orlando Resort

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Best Instagram Spots at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Islands of AdventureI don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts of any vacation is taking pictures! Not only is it a way to look back on fond memories, but it’s also a way to share your trip in real time with family and friends back home. My favorite way to share photos is through Instagram. Whether its a pretty photo on my feed or a quick video on my Instastories, Instagram is a great way to have fun while making memories. And today, I’ve got for you the Best Instagram Spots in Universal Orlando Resort.

We’re going to stick to the parks and CityWalk, but if you want to check out some great photos and information on the resorts, head over The Magic for Less Blog all about Universal On-Site Hotels.

Before heading into the parks, the first photo stop you have to make is at the iconic Universal Globe!

Universal Studios Orlando!
Universal Studios Orlando

Even on a very rainy day, the globe makes for that perfect first photo to start your Universal Day.

Universal Orlando Resort Globe
Universal Globe – The Best First Photo of the Day

While this is my personal favorite first photo, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the welcome sign as you enter CityWalk. This is a great one to take a quick snap for your Instastories to let your followers know what you’re up to for the day.

Welcome to Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort

Best Instagram Spots at Universal Studios

Let’s head over to Universal Studios and talk about some of the best Instagram spots there!

First up is the Universal Studios Florida entrance! You can snap a shot of just the arch, grab a selfie, or stage a photo of the whole family. They also add some extra decorations to it around the holidays and for Halloween Horror Nights.

Best Instagram Spots at Universal Orlando
Universal Studios Florida

Who doesn’t love taking photos in front of fun cars? Head over to Mel’s Diner for a collection of classic 50s & 60s cars, including the famous Scooby Doo Mystery Machine!

Car outside Mel's Diner
Vintage car outside Mel’s Diner


The Mystery Machine
Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine

As you turn the corner at Mel’s Diner, you’ll find yourself in Hollywood! Be sure to find the famous Hollywood Sign and pretend you’ve been transported to California.

Hollywood Sign
Hollywood Sign
Hollywood Sign
Selfies in front of the Hollywood Sign

From there, I made my way over to Springfield to visit with the Simpsons. While there are tons of great spots to take photos with larger than life characters (statues of course), keep your eyes peeled for my favorite spot that’s off to the side a bit.

Simpson's Photo Wall
Instagram spot at Simpson’s Wall

How fun would it be to grab your friends for a funny photo op with Bart Simpson!

Before we talk about all the amazing spots in both Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter, there’s one more spot you have to stop at.


The iconic JAWS! The lines to take a photo with this great white tend to get a little long. Best tip is to visit this spot in the morning.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Instagram Spots

If we’re being an honest, we could have written an entire article on just Harry Potter Instagram spots! Both Diagon Alley in Universal Studios and Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure are home to a multitude of photo opportunities. If you’re looking to capture the perfect shot, be prepared to spend a good portion of your day exploring all the nooks and crannies in both parks. Early morning is best for those empty streets shots and dusk is the perfect time to capture those magic hour shots. For now, let’s talk about my 2 favorite spots in each park.

First up is Diagon Alley. But before you go through the secret entrance, be sure to stop at the Knight Bus to ask the driver all your Harry Potter related questions.

Knight Bus
Knight Bus outside Diagon Alley

Once you enter Diagon Alley, the streets and shops with the dragon in the background make for magical photos. Wait a little bit and the dragon will add a fiery surprise to your photo.

Diagon Alley
So many instagram opportunities in Diagon Alley

After roaming around Diagon Alley, get your ticket out for the Hogwarts Express! Once in Kings Cross Station, you’ll magically make your way to Platform 9 and 3/4 for your ride to Hogsmeade! *In order to ride the Hogwarts Express, you’ll need to have a park to park ticket. You can find out more about ticket options here.

Just like Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade is an Instagram lovers dream. Down every corner and alley is an opportunity for a fantastic photo. I personally always love the snowman; especially when he’s dressed up for the holidays.

Snowman with Owl
Snowman in Hogsmeade

But head just outside of Hogsmeade and you’ll capture the perfect photo of Hogwarts Castle. Pro tip – this photo is best taken around dusk to really capture the whole castle and the beauty that surrounds it.

Hogwarts Castle
Hogwarts Castle

Continue along the bridge and let’s take a look at Instagram spots through Islands of Adventure.

Best Instagram Spots in Islands of Adventure

The first land you’ll stumble upon is Jurassic Park. Let your followers know you’re about to embark on adventure with the Jurassic Park Jeep & T-Rex!!!!

Jurassic Park Jeep
Jurassic Park Jeep & T-Rex

While I’m not including a photo here, if you really want some funny photos/videos, you have to visit the Raptor Encounter!

Over in Toon Lagoon are several spots to put yourself into the comic books. Find these fun comic bubbles with great sayings throughout your journey through this land.

Comic Book Instagram Spot
Toon Lagoon Comic Book Instagram spots

Then take your littles over to Seuss Landing to take photos with characters from the classic books!

photo spot in Seuss Landing
Instagram spots  in Seuss Landing

As you walk out of Seuss Landing towards the entrance of Islands of Adventure, look to your right and don’t miss the pedicab. It’s a fun photo op with the menacing Hulk Coaster in the background.

off the beaten path insta spot
Pedicab by Hulk Coaster

Now before we leave Islands of Adventure to go back to CityWalk, I have to share the best kept secret when it comes to instagram spots. There are two ways to get there. The first is by having a reservation at Mythos Restaurant. The second is to look for the entrance below right next to the restaurant.

entrance to secret instagram spot
Find this entrance next to Mythos for the secret instagram spot

Yes, this will lead you through the smoking section, but I promise it’s worth it. Through this path you’ll find the bridge with the best views of Islands of Adventure! You can watch the Hulk Coaster and next year, the Velocicoaster!

Instagram Spot at Islands of Adventure
The secret and best instagram spot in all of Universal Orlando Resort

After a super fun day of photography throughout the Universal Orlando Resort Parks, there’s one more spot you have to stop at.

Billabong Wave
Billabong Wave

Catch the wave at the Billabong shop and surf your way out of Universal Orlando.

I hope these were some helpful tips! If you take any photos by these spots, be sure to tag us on Instagram @themagicforlesstravel!

And if you need additional help planning your Universal vacation, did you know that The Magic for Less Travel is a U-Preferred Travel Agency?!

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