Universal Orlando News — Week of March 2, 2019

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Muffins with Al Roker in the morning and the dark arts with Voldemort in the evening in this week’s Universal Orlando weekly news roundup.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle

Eerie creatures and terrifying villains have taken over Hogwarts with a new nighttime show, Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle. Death Eaters, Dementors, Trolls, and more will come alive before guests see the dark mark and are face to face with Lord Voldemort.

The new show debuts this spring at Universal Studios Hollywood and “later this year” in Islands of Adventure.

Today Cafe

A new cafe inspired by an iconic morning show is coming to Universal Studios Florida this May. The Today Cafe will serve fresh, seasonal food options, brew locally roasted coffee, and feature wine on tap “inspired by the fourth hour of TODAY”. I cannot make this up. The cafe will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will have counter and table service.

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.


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

  • March 2: No Show
  • March 3 – March 8: 8:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • March 2 – March 8: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • March 2 – March 8: Ongoing from dusk till park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive: February 25 – March 15
  • Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)


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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