Universal Orlando News — Week of September 7, 2019

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Halloween starts this week with Halloween Horror Nights 29 followed by next week’s debut of Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle. This and more inside!

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle

Dark and evil wizardry will engulf Hogwarts this fall as guests face off against Lord Voldemort. The new Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle show combining projection effects, pyrotechnics, and drones will debut September 14 and run through November 15. Also for the first time ever Dementors will descend on Hogsmeade after dusk and mingle through the crowds.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle and the Dementors will occur on select nights and is included with park admission.

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Preview

TouringPlans has your back with our ultimate guide (Part 1 and Part 2). Halloween Horror Nights 29 runs on select nights September 6 – November 2. Tickets are on sale now.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather

Operating Hours & Early Park Admission

CityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. daily, with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m on non-Halloween Horror Nights days.

Admission

Two-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 per child (plus tax). NOTE: Universal is running a buy two days get three days free promotional offer, good for five days for the price of two.

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

  • September 7 – 13: No show

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • September 7 – 8: 2:00 p.m.
  • September 9 – 11: 5:00 p.m.
  • September 12 – 13: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • September 7 – 12: Ongoing from dusk till park close
  • September 13: No show

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.

Refurbishments & Closures

  • Fear Factor Live!: August 5 – November 15 (used for Halloween Horror Nights)
  • Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)
  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges – September 3 – December 22
  • Me Ship, The Olive – September 3 – December 22
  • Hogwarts Express – September 24

Events & Festivals

Universal Orlando is celebrating their Annual Passholders this summer for Passholder Appreciation Days! Running August 12 – September 30, find exclusive discounts, offers, collectables, events, and more. For more information and details refer to Universal’s Passholder site.

Halloween Horror Nights is back! Experience houses based on Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Jordan Peele’s Us, and more while you run from zombies, vikings, chainsaw maniacs, and Dragula in the streets. TouringPlans has your back with our ultimate guide (Part 1 and Part 2). Halloween Horror Nights 29 runs on select nights September 6 – November 2. Tickets are on sale now.

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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