Universal Orlando News — Week of January 19, 2019

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Is that snow in the air? No, it is savings. Check out Universal’s newest low-cost resort and a special multi-day ticket deal for Florida residents. That plus your Universal Orlando weekly preview is inside.

Endless Summer – Dockside Inn and Suites Opening May 2020

Universal’s Endless Summer – Dockside Inn and Suites opens May 2020 and reservations are now open. The resort is the second half of the Endless Summer resort, sitting across the street from sibling Surfside Inn and Suites. Endless Summer’s 2,050 rooms are split between single rooms and two bedroom suites. Rates start at $76 per night plus tax for single rooms and $115 per night plus tax for two bedroom suites for seven-night stays.

Dockside offers the same Early Park Admission, shuttle transportation, room key charging privileges, and complementary merchandise delivery like the other Universal Orlando resorts, but now at an all-time lower price.

Universal Orlando Ticket Deal (Florida Residents)

To celebrate Mardi Gras Universal Orlando is offering a special Florida Resident ticket offer. Buy a specially marked Coca-Cola or Coke Zero Sugar product and receive a code to buy discounted multi-day tickets. Three-day ($159.99 plus tax) and four-day ($174.99 plus tax) tickets are available now through April 4 online. Tickets can be used any three or four days up until June 30, 2019.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could have a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.

Operating Hours & Early Park Admission

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


Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
One Park Regular Regular Value Value Value Value Value
Two Park + $55 + $55 + $55 + $55 + $55 + $55 + $55
Adult Value: $114 + tax Regular: $122 + tax Anytime: $129 + tax
Child (3-9) Value: $109 + tax Regular: $117 + tax Anytime: $124 + 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).

Showtimes and Refurbishments

Universal’s Cinematic Celebration Showtimes

  • January 19 – 20: 8:00 p.m.
  • January 21 – 22: No Show
  • January 23 -25: 7:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • January 19 – 20: 5:00 p.m.
  • January 21 – 22: 2:00 p.m.
  • January 23 – 25: 5:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • January 19 – 25: Nightly after dusk

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Jurassic Park River Adventure: January 7 – 25
  • Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls: January 28 – February 22


Rock the Universe has a new date: February 1 & 2 at Universal Studios Florida. Florida’s largest Christian music festival features twelve live concert acts, Saturday candlelight ceremony, and Sunday religious services. Tickets are on sale now.

Feet don’t fail me now! Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida February 9 – April 4. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine, music straight from Louisiana, and a daily family-friendly Mardi Gras parade. On select nights major musical acts rock the Music Plaza Stage after sundown. All entertainment is included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida.

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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