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

  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls will be closed from January 28-February 22, 2019.

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

Universal Studios Ride Closures

  • Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration - No show January 31 - February 2, 2019 and February 8 and 9, 2019.

Volcano Bay Ride Closures 

  • Disney’s Volcano Bay Water Park will be closed January 30 and 31 due to chilly weather.

  • All rides are currently open, weather permitting, but may close for inclement weather.

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: Not offered in this park for January or February 2019

Universal Studios Florida: Admission available at 8AM: January 1 - 31, 2019 and February 1 - 29, 2019

Universal’s Volcano Bay: January 1 - February 28, 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

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

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.

 Halloween Horror Nights - Select nights mid-September 14 - early November 2019 - Dates to be announced.

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 (2019 dates to be announced)

  • 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 (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 December 2 - 10, 2018 at sundown in the lobby.

  • 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.

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