Universal Orlando News — Week of March 30, 2019

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Halloween Horror Nights announcements have started and Blue Man Group offers a new experience to jam with the band. Inside is all the Universal Orlando news fit to print!

Stranger Things at Halloween Horror Nights 29

Return to Hawkins, Indiana and the Upside Down with Stranger Things at Halloween Horror Nights 29. This year’s haunted house will feature the plot and scariest scenes from Season 2 and Season 3 of the hit Netflix show. Last year’s Stranger Things house was a fan favorite and we expect this to be a hit of the event.

Halloween Horror Nights 29 runs September 6 – November 2 on select nights. Special two day tickets and vacation packages are now on sale.

Jam With the Blue Man Band

Rock out with a Blue Man Group band member after select shows with the new Jam Band Experience. Guests get to perform on a custom made Blue Man Group Labs drumbone, discuss the importance of music in the show, and the band member’s contributions to the local Orlando music scene. The Jam Band Experience is a $50 add on to a standard Blue Man ticket. Visit bluemanorlando.com for more information.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

Operating Hours & Early Park Admission

NOTE: Universal’s GradBash runs this Friday and will impact operating hours.

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

Mardi Gras

  • March 30: Bazzi at 8:30 p.m.
  • March 31: Prince Royce at 8:30 p.m.

Universal’s Cinematic Celebration Showtimes

  • March 30 – 31: No Show
  • April 1 – 4: 9:15 p.m.
  • April 5: No Show

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • March 30 – April 5: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • March 30 – April 5: 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! It’s the LAST WEEK for Universal Mardi Gras 2019. 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

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