Universal Orlando Ride Closures, Refurbishments and Special events

Universal Orlando Ride Closures, Refurbishments, and Special Events Information; includes Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay and the Universal Orlando Resort hotels.

Universal Orlando Ride Closures, Refurbishments, and Special Events Information; includes Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay and the Universal Orlando Resort hotels.

Islands of Adventure Ride Closures & Refurbishments

  • The Eight Voyage of Sinbad show had its final performances on September 15, 2018.

  • Universal Studios Florida - Hogwart’s Express will be closed May 7, 2019 for seasonal maintenance.

  • Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle ongoing from Dusk to Mark Close on April 9, 11, 13- 25, 2019 / No show April 26, 27, & 30, 2019 and May 3, 7, 10, 2019.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13, 2019 at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmead in Universal’s Islands of Adventure park. This brand new, highly themed indoor roller coaster is sure to delight and excite because the ride will be different depending on whether you are on the motorbike or in the side car. You’ll go forward and backwards at speed of up to 50-mph

Universal Studios Ride Closures

  • Universal Studios Florida - Hogwart’s Express will be closed May 7, 2019 for seasonal maintenance.

  • Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration will be closed April 29 - May 8 for seasonal maintenance. There will be no show on April 12 & 26, and May 10, 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 - Opening Summer 2019 is now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning August 1, 2019. Dockside Inn and Suites is scheduled to open in May 2020.

Early Park Admission at Universal Orlando:

Universal’s Islands of Adventure: Offered at 8AM: April 13-20, 2019. Not offered April 1- 12 and April 21 - 30, 2019. Not available May 1 - 31, 2019.

Universal Studios Florida: Offered at 8AM on April 1 - 4, 7-25, 27 - 30, May 1-2, 4-9, 11-16, and 18-31, 2019 and at 7AM on April 5, 6, 26 and May 3, 10, 17, 2019 for guests at the official hotels and with select other ticket types. Valid theme park admission is required.

Universal’s Volcano Bay: April 1- 30 and May 1-23, 2019, weather permitting, early admission is available at 9:00am for guests at the official hotels and with select other ticket types. Early opening is at 8:00AM on May 24 - 31, 2019. Valid theme park admission is required.

Universal Orlando Special Events

A Celebration of Harry Potter - Will not be be offered in 2019.

Jake’s Beer Dinners - Monthly event 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.

Jake’s Beer Festival (separately ticketed event) - Friday May 3, 2019 at 6:30PM . Presented twice each year under the outdoor Wantilan Pavilion at Lowe’s Royal Pacific Resort. Teh 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.

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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 (2019 dates to be announced)

  • Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s -offered at Universal Studios Florida.

  • Mannheim Steamroller performs live in Universal Studios Florida at (2019 dates to be announced). 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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