Universal Orlando Ride Closures, Refurbishments and Special events
Islands of Adventure Ride Closures & Refurbishments
The Eight Voyage of Sinbad show had its final performances on September 15, 2018. There is no information at this time about what will replace this show.
The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast at Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous™ in Universal's Islands of Adventure™ is sold out for December 21 & 22. These dates may still have availability: Nov. 17 – 18, 21 – 25, 30: 8 – 10 am, Dec. 1 – 2, 6 – 9 , 13 – 16, 20, 23 – 25: 8 – 10 am
Universal Studios Ride Closures
Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration - No shows Dec. 15. 16. 2019
Volcano Bay Ride Closures
All rides are currently open
Universal Orlando Hotel Refurbishments
Aventura Hotel opened on August 16, 2018
Surfside Inn and Suites - Opening Summer 2019 is now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning August 1, 2019.
Early Park Admission at Universal Orlando:
Universal’s Islands of Adventure: 8AM: December 1 - 25, 2018 and January 1 - 5, 2019 / 7AM: December 26-31, 2019
Universal Studios Florida: December 26-31, 2019 - Early admission is available at 7:00am for guests at the official hotels and with select other ticket types. Valid theme park admission is required. Early Admission available at 8AM: January 1 - 31, 2019
Universal’s Volcano Bay: December 1 - 30, 2018 and January 1 - 31, 2019 - Weather permitting, early admission is available at 9:00am for guests at the official hotels and with select other ticket types. Valid theme park admission is required.
Universal Orlando Special Events
Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort: November 17, 2018 - January 6, 2019.
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; evening brings The 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 17 - 18, 21 - 25, 30, December 1- 2, 6-9. 13-16, 20, and 23 - 25, 2018. December 21 - 22 are already sold out; cost $34.99+ tax for ages 10 and older and $20.99 + tax for ages 3 - 9 - click here to reserve your spot.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s - offered at Universal Studios Florida. Click here for times during your visit.
Mannheim Steamroller performs live in Universal Studios Florida at 7:00PM on November 17, 18, 24, 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 2018. Included with theme park admission.
Universal Studios - New Year’s Eve at the Music Plaza Stage / December 31, 2018 - 6:15PM to 1AM. Includes Holiday Parade Character Dance Party, Live band and DJ, Pyrotechnics and Confetti Midnight Moment.
Universal Studios - New Year’s Eve in Central Park / December 31, 2018 - 8:30PM to 1AM. 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 December 2 - 10, 2018 at sundown in the lobby.
Loews Royal Pacific Hotel - Wantilan New Year’s Eve Luau on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 5:30PM in the Wantilan Pavilion. Cost: $81 to $91+ tax for ages 10 and older, $36 - $41 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 - February 1 & 2, 2019 - Separately ticketed event - Florida’s biggest Christian Music Festival offered for two evenings at Universal Studios Florida.
Mardi Gras: February 9 - April 3, 2019 - enjoy great music, great food and a colorful nightly parade at Universal Studios Florida. Festivities are included with admission.
A Celebration of Harry Potter - Will not be be offered in 2019.
Halloween Horror Nights - Select nights mid-September 14 - early November 2019 - Dates to be announced.
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