Universal Orlando Ride Closures, Refurbishments and Special events
Islands of Adventure Ride Closures & Refurbishments
Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges will be closed September 3 - December 22, 2019.
Me Ship, The Olive will be closed September 3 - December 22, 2019.
Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle (Nighttime Lights & Projections) ongoing from Dusk to Park Close most nights; not offered October 10, 2019
Universal Studios Ride Closures
Fear Factor Live will be closed from August 5 - November 15, 2019
Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration will not be presented October 4 - 12, 2019.
Universal Studios will close at at 5PM or 6PM for Halloween Horror Nights (separately ticketed event) through most of September and October. They will remain open until 7PM on October 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, and 28, 2019.
Volcano Bay Ride Closures
No closures at this time
Universal Orlando Hotel Refurbishments
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is a new value priced resort complex with two hotels currently under construction at Universal Orlando. Surfside Inn and Suites - Now Open and accepting reservations. Dockside Inn and Suites is scheduled to open in May 2020.
Early Park Admission at Universal Orlando:
Universal’s Islands of Adventure: Not currently offered
Universal Studios Florida: Offered at 8AM through September 5 and 7AM for September 6 - 30, 2019 for Universal Orlando Hotel guests and other select qualifying groups. Valid theme park admission is required. These attractions will be available during Early Admission (weather permitting):
Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
Universal’s Volcano Bay: Offered at 7:30AM through July 31, 2019 for Universal Orlando Hotel guests and other select qualifying groups. Valid theme park admission is required. These experiences available during Early Admission (weather permitting):
Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides
Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides
Honu ika Moana
Krakatou Aqua Coaster
Ko’okiri Body Plunge
Universal Orlando Special Events
A Celebration of Harry Potter - Will not be be offered in 2019.
Jake’s Beer Dinners - Offered in the Clipper Room at Jake’s American Bar at Lowe’s Royal Pacific Resort. You can experience a delicious five-course meal paired with featured ales and lagers, with a different beer vendor being featured at each event. Separate ticket required, must be 21 or older. Friday, December 6, 2019 at 6:30PM featuring 3 Daughters Brewing and Tuesday, December 31 at 7PM featuring “Best of 2019”
Jake’s Beer Festival (separately ticketed event) - Friday, October 4, 2019 at 6:30PM. Presented twice each year under the outdoor Wantilan Pavilion at Lowe’s Royal Pacific Resort. The event features 50 or so craft and specialty beers, tasty food options and live entertainment. Must be at least 21 years old. Cost: $45 per adult +tax, includes entry, beer, food, entertainment and complimentary self-parking. VIP tickets are $55 per adult and provides access to the air-conditioned Clipper Room inside Jake’s American Bar where you’ll enjoy additional beers, more generous pours and you’ll receive a collectible pint glass.
Halloween Horror Nights - Select nights September 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, October 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 29, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 31, 31, and November 1 and 2, 2019. Experience haunted houses, scare zones, special entertainment and some of your favorite Universal Studios attractions. Not recommended for children under the age of 13. Free self-parking after 6PM is not valid for Halloween Horror Nights.
Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort: November 16, 2019 - January 5, 2020.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter takes a festive turn as Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, and London are decked out in holiday decor and brilliant lighting. Special treats and beverages will be available for sale along with holiday music by the King's Cross Station buskers and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees at Universal Studios Florida. At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, The Frog Choir sings seasonal melodies and evening brings he Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle projection show offered select nights.
The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular brings Christmas charm and cheer to Seuss Landing in Islands of Adventure with live retelling of The Grinch who Stole Christmas and Grinch meet and greet. The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast is offered November 16, 17, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, December 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. 24, 25, 2019. Seatings are between 8AM - 10AM; cost: $34.99 + tax for ages 10 and up, $20.99+ tax for ages 3-9.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s -offered at Universal Studios Florida.
Mannheim Steamroller performs live in Universal Studios Florida on November 16, 17, 23, 23, 24, 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2019 (Saturdays & Sundays). Included with theme park admission.
Universal Studios - New Year’s Eve at the Music Plaza Stage / (2019 details to be announced) Includes Holiday Parade Character Dance Party, Live band and DJ, Pyrotechnics and Confetti Midnight Moment.
Universal Studios - New Year’s Eve in Central Park / (2019 details to be announced) . Includes All-new Cinematic Celebration, Character Dance Party, Live DJ, Pyrotechnics and Fountain and Light Midnight Moment.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel / Hard Rock Hotel / Royal Pacific Hotel / Sapphire Falls / Cabana Bay Beach Resort / Aventura Hotel - Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day dining available (separate cost). The hotels feature special holiday activities throughout the season.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel / Hard Rock Hotel / Royal Pacific Hotel / Sapphire Falls / Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony offered at sundown in the lobby (Dates to Be Announced). Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve Dining Options, Christmas tree lighting, Strolling Holiday Carolers and kids’ crafts and activities help to make the season bright.
Loews Royal Pacific Hotel - Wantilan New Year’s Eve Luau on (2019 details to be announced) in the Wantilan Pavilion. Cost: $ + tax for ages 10 and older, $ for ages 3-9. Advance reservations required.
New Years Eve Party - EVE, A Universal CityWalk event for ages 21 and older. Separately ticketed event; click here for pricing and information.
Rock the Universe - 2020 Dates To Be Announced - Separately ticketed event - Florida’s biggest Christian Music Festival offered for two evenings at Universal Studios Florida.
Mardi Gras: 2020 Dates To Be Announced - enjoy great music, great food and a colorful nightly parade at Universal Studios Florida. Festivities are included with admission.
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