Universal Orlando News — November 17, 2018

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Christmas starts, we preview the new Endless Summer Resort, and tickets prices have increased in this week’s Universal Orlando News!

Endless Summer Resort

Universal shared the first photos of completed rooms at their new Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites. The resort opens summer 2019 with rooms starting at $73 and 2-bedroom suites at $111 per night, plus tax, for a 7-day stay. Reservations are now open.

Holiday at Universal Orlando

Holidays at Universal Orlando start this Saturday, November 17, and run till January 6, 2019. New this year are an updated Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular featuring new sets, costumes, songs, and plot that matches the timeless classic TV special.

Universal also is rolling out more food and beverage options, including Apple Strudel on a stick and a special Grinch Voodoo Donut. Mmmm, donuts.

Fan favorites from last year return too, like Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees, the Blues Brothers, and the Frog Choir Christmas shows, plus the new Universal’s Holiday Parade Featuring Macy’s.

Ticket Price Increases

Universal has followed Disney’s lead and increased their Anytime ticket prices. Prices have increased $5 per day: one-day tickets increased to $129 from $124, a two-day park hopper ticket increased $10 to $275, and so forth. Value season ticket prices remain the same same.

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, one-park tickets are at Anytime pricing. Base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $129 per adult and $124 per child (plus tax).

Two-day, two-park tickets are $274.99 per adult and $264.99 per child (plus tax).

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

Refurbishments and Showtimes

  • No scheduled refurbishments or closures
  • Universal’s Cinematic Celebration: No shows November 17 and 18, showings at 7 p.m. November 19-23
  • The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle: Nightly after dusk

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


Deck the halls at Universal Orlando Resort November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019 with their annual Christmas festivities. Join the Grinch in Seuss Landing and see a live performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, celebrate in Universal Studios Florida with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, or visit the Wizarding World decked out in Christmas decorations. Visit Universal Orlando online for more information.

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 sports.

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