Universal Orlando News — Week of January 26, 2019

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Rock the Universe returns with a new date and a cold front pushes down to Florida, closing Volcano Bay on select dates. This and all the information to plan your week at Universal Orlando inside!

Rock the Universe

Universal’s Christian Rock festival, Rock the Universe, returns with a new date, February 1 – 2. This year’s lineup includes musical acts such as Skillet, Lecrae, and Bethel Music, and live DJs. In addition to the music and attractions there is a candlelight ceremony on Saturday night and a Sunday morning worship service.

Rock the Universe starts at 6:00 p.m., but guests with an event ticket can enter Universal Studios Florida at 4:00 p.m. Concerts, DJs, and attractions run till close at 1:00 a.m. Tickets start at $68.99 per person plus tax.

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 Value Value 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 26 – January 31: 7:00 p.m.
  • February 1: No Show

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • January 26 – January 30: 5:00 p.m.
  • January 31 – February 1: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • January 19 – February 1: Nightly after dusk

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls: January 28 – February 22


Velvet Sessions returns with Soul Asylum on Thursday, January 31. Tickets start at $35 per person plus tax and includes the concert, mixed drinks, food, and parking.

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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