Universal Orlando News — Week of February 9, 2019

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This week we return to the Mail Bag and preview the week ahead at Universal Orlando.

Mail Bag

This week in the Mail Bag a reader asks:

How does rider swap work there compared to Disney? -padfoot86

The following attractions feature Child Swap at the parks.

Universal Studios Florida

  • Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
  • Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Revenge of the Mummy
  • Transformers the Ride: 3-D
  • Fast & Furious: Supercharged
  • Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts
  • Men in Black: Alien Attack
  • The Simpsons Ride

Islands of Adventure

  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
  • Dr. Doom’s Fear-Fall
  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
  • Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls
  • Skull Island: Reign of Kong
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem features non-moving, height requirement free benches in front of the theater instead of Child Swap.

Ask a ride attendant at the front of the ride for details and information on child swap. The child swap rooms feature movies, TV shows, and activities for the kids.

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 Regular
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

  • February 9: No Show
  • February 10 -11: 8:00 p.m.
  • February 12 – 13: No Show
  • February 14 – 15: 8:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • February 9 – 16 : 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • February 9 – February 15: Nightly after dusk

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls: January 28 – February 22
  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive: February 25 – March 15


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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