Universal Orlando News — Week of April 13, 2019

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Ready for an Endless Summer? We’ve got the latest info on Universal’s newest Value resort and the brand-new Bigfire restaurant opening this summer.

Bigfire to Open This Summer

Replacing Emeril’s Orlando, the new Bigfire restaurant brings the feeling of a modern lakeside lodge to Orlando. Guests will find a two-story dining area with modern camping accents such as cast iron, canoes, and lanterns inside while a large patio will offer lawn games.

Bigfire will pair their grilling options with specific types of wood to add a richness of flavor. Burgers, steaks, fish, and salads will be offered as entrees while table-made s’mores and baked Alaska will finish up the meal.

Bigfire opens this summer at CityWalk.

Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn Details Revealed

The opening of Universal’s new value resort, Endless Summer – Surfside Inn, on June 27 is quickly approaching and we have some new concept art to share. Guests will enter the resort at the check in lobby modeled after crashing waves. The water motif continues in the food venues which mimic being underwater. Outside guests can visit the two pools, one of which is shaped like a massive surfboard.

Endless Summer – Surfside Inn benefits include early entry, room key charging, complementary transportation to the parks, and package delivery. Single rooms start at $85 per night plus tax for a four-night stay and two-bedroom suites start at $131 per night plus tax for a four-night stay.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

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 Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration Showtimes

  • April 13 – April 14: 9:00 p.m.
  • April 15 – April 19: 9:15 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • April 13: 5:00 p.m.
  • April 14: 9:00 p.m.
  • April 15 – April 19: 7:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • April 13 – April 19: Ongoing from dusk till park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration: April 29 – May 8
  • Hogwarts Express: May 7
  • Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)

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.

One thought on “Universal Orlando News — Week of April 13, 2019

  • April 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    excellent reference,


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