Universal Orlando Preview — Week of March 31, 2018

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I’ve been informed by my boss that this week I need to cover Voodoo Doughnut soft opening at CityWalk Orlando. I can’t say no to doughnuts! Plus we have news on Halloween Horror Nights 28 dates and another question in our mail bag.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

Park Hours and Admission

CityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.

Single-day park tickets are at Anytime pricing this week. Single-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax). Two-day, two-park tickets are $265.99 per adult and $254.99 per child (plus tax).

Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).

Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut at CityWalk Orlando soft opened Saturday March 24, offering their unique and crazy donuts to guests. Individual donuts cost between $1.50 to $3.80 (depending on size and toppings) and bakers dozen boxes of donuts cost between $15 to $28 depending on the types of donuts included. A $139 Coffin of Doughnuts option includes three bakers dozens of donuts and a wooden coffin for your burial after eating said donuts.

Voodoo Doughnut is open for limited hours each day, subject to change. Stay tuned for news on an official opening date and hours.

Exterior of Voodoo Doughnut. Image from Inside Universal.
Interior of Voodoo Doughnut. Image from Inside Universal.
Selection of doughnuts offered. Image from Inside Universal.
Voodoo Donuts merch and the $139 Coffin of Doughnuts. Image from Inside Universal.

Halloween Horror Nights 28

Image copyright Universal Orlando.

Mark your calendar as Halloween Horror Nights returns for its 28th year, running select nights September 14 – November 3. Universal is offering a buy one night get the second night free Flex Ticket option until June 6. Tickets are available online only $77.99 per person plus tax.

Mail Bag

You ask, I answer! Questions come from the TouringPlans Forum, Universal Orlando Lines App chat, and comments on articles. To have your questions answered leave a message in the comments below or visit the forum.

This week’s question comes from padfoot86:

Does UOR do character dining like Disney? When, where, cost, how far in advance to book, and other information would be helpful.

Universal offers two character dining experiences.

Loews Sapphire Falls hosts a Despicable Me character breakfast every Saturday morning from 7:30 am-8:30 am, 9:00 am-10:00 am, and 10:30 am-11:30 am for $34.99 per adult plus tax and $20.99 per child plus tax. Meet Gru and the Minions while you load up your plate with pancakes, eggs, and bacon. It is best to purchase ahead of time by visiting the website, but a quick glance shows availability for this weekend.

Islands of Adventure features a Marvel Character Dinner weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5:00 pm until park close. Park admission is required plus dinner reservations costing $49.99 per adult plus tax and $24.99 per child plus tax. Captain America, Spider-man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rouge greet guests in Cafe 4 while a buffet of pastas, pizza, chicken, and deserts are offered. Book ahead of time online and call (407) 224-3663 24 hours prior to confirm the reservation.

Upcoming Events & Highlights

Universal’s Mardi Gras returns nightly February 3 through April 7. Catch a nightly Mardi Gras parade with Greek mythology-themed floats and a New Orleans carnival with food carts and a brass band. Admission to Mardi Gras is included with standard admission to the parks.

That is all for this week. See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!

Joseph Matt

Avid amusement park and video game fan. Enjoys picking up rare beers at breweries, exploring cities, cooking, and leading the young men of his fraternity.

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