Universal Orlando News — Week of March 16, 2019

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We have the newly unveiled details on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and more in this week’s Universal Orlando roundup.

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure

Universal lifted the curtain on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure this past week in New York and London at special events. This brand new “show coaster” (echoes of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train being called a “story coaster” are flooding back) will take guests on a wild, 50 mph ride through the outskirts of Hogwarts as they help Hagrid during his Magical Creatures lesson. It would not be a Universal ride if something did not go wrong, and soon our bike will stall out, falling backwards and into the Forbidden Forest.

While helping Hagrid you will see Cornish pixies, centaurs, devil’s snare, a unicorn, and a creature never seen in the films. Combine that with a large Gothic abbey surrounded by a dense 1,200 tree forest, this new coaster promises to be the most themed experience of its kind.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13, 2019. Universal states the coaster will have a height requirement of 48 inches but has not stated if it will be featured as part of the Early Entry program for on-site guests or Universal Express Pass.

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 16 – 17 : No Show
  • March 18 – March 22: 9:15 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • March 16 – March 22: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • March 16 – March 22: Ongoing from dusk till park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • 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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