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Around the Universe May 2024 – Universal Orlando News & Discounts

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We are roaring into May with tons of news, refurbishments, and discounts at Universal Orlando. This month we have official opening dates for DreamWorks Land a new entertainment in Universal Studios Florida, Halloween Horror Nights details, Epic Universe reveals, and more!

DreamWorks Land Opening Date Announced

Meet and play with all your favorite DreamWorks characters in DreamWorks Land, opening June 14, 2024. DreamWorks Land is the go-to destination for dance parties with Trolls, photographs with Shrek, and training with Po. The land includes play areas for kids, a young child-friendly rollercoaster, and an indoor dance party show.

Universal Studios Florida New Parade and Nighttime Show

Opening June 14, 2024, CineSational is the new Universal Studios Florida nighttime lagoon show. Located next to Transformers in the Central Park area of the studios, CineSational brings to life the iconic music and visuals of Universal’s films using fountains, lights, lasers, projections, and over 600 light-up drones. Set to a brand new orchestral soundtrack, this show highlights the incredible music and moments from iconic movies like Harry Potter, Jurassic World, Jaws, Shrek, Ghostbusters, Trolls, Back to the Future, Universal Monsters, Transformers, How to Train Your Dragon, E.T., Fast and Furious, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Minions, The Mummy, and King Kong.

Debuting July 3, 2024, the new Universal Mega Movie Parade celebrates the summer blockbusters of the past, present, and future. The parade features floats themed to E.T., Jurassic Park, Trolls, Ghostbusters, Minions, and more. Expect to see the iconic Ecto-1 in the parade as it chased a 16-foot Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, a full marching band to celebrate July 4th at Amity Beach, and even an epic ending featuring dinosaurs.

Relive a year of magic and friendship at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with the new nighttime show – Hogwarts Always. The show takes place on select nights in Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure and uses projection mapping on Hogwarts Castle to bring the school to life. There will be four unique endings to the show, each highlighting a separate Hogwarts house.

UOAP Bonus Benefits May 2024

Volcano Bay. 3 Park Premier.

Universal loves their UOAP fam, and this month they are giving UOAPs several great reasons to swing back around soon. For May Universal is offering the following additional UOAP perks:

  • Additional 10% off Mobile Food Orders, including Power and Season passes
  • Special UOAP turnstile at the parks
  • 25% off VIP tours
  • 45% rooms at Cabana Bay
  • 3-Park UOAP holders get early park admission to Volcano Bay
  • Exclusive food and drink options

Halloween Horror Nights 2024 Dates & Tickets

Universal is where horror lives, as the papaya shirt says, and now we have Halloween Horror Nights 2024 dates, single-day tickets, Express Passes, and more!

Single-night admission costs $82.99 to $122.99 per person plus tax when purchased online. Express Pass, which grants entrance to a priority line for the haunted houses, starts at $129.99 per person plus tax. RIP Tours are guided by Team Members who bypass all the lines and walk your tour to the front lines. Prices start at $359.99 per person plus tax for the tour in addition to event admission.

Multi-night tickets and haunted house details will be announced in the coming months.

CityWalk Cinnabon and Quiet Flight Close

Surfboard Billabong photo-op. (photo by Scott Sanders)

The Universal Orlando CityWalk Cinnabon snack stand and Quiet Flight clothing store have permanently closed. Universal Orlando has not mentioned what is replacing these two locations but we have our money on a Butterbeer Bar like at Universal Studios Hollywood’s CityWalk (no alcohol) and an expansion to the Universal Studios Store to add Super Nintendo World merchandise.

Epic Update

Years in the making, Universal Orlando is opening the largest Super Nintendo World inside Epic Universe. Super Nintendo World has three family-friendly rides – a high-tech interactive dark ride based on Mario Kart, a slow-moving Yoshi ride through animated vignettes, and a Donkey Kong-themed rollercoaster.

What’s a video game land without some interactive games and features? Super Nintendo World features three major game options for guests: smash blocks to Collect Coins and compete for the daily high core, Collect Stamps at secret touch points around the land, and collect the Collect Keys at mini-games throughout the land to unlock the door to defeat Bowser Jr. and raise the Mario flag!


Universal Orlando frequently offers discounts on multi-day tickets and hotel stays. These are the latest discounts available to guests:


  • All Guests – Four Day Ticket Starting at $74 per day ($296 total)
  • All Guests – 3-Months Free with an Annual Pass Purchase
  • FL Residents – Buy a One Day, Get Two Days Free on park-to-park tickets


  • All Guests – Save 20% on 4-night and longer stays
  • All Guests – 40% off 4-night hotel stays on select dates
  • All Guests – Save up to $668 on a 4-night stay or longer at Loews Portofino Bay Resort

For more deals, including discounts on vacation packages, visit the Universal Orlando website.


The following Universal Orlando attractions are closed for refurbishment on the following dates:

  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish: April 27 – May 24, 2024
  • E.T. Adventure: May 6 – May 15, 2024
  • Revenge of the Mummy: June 17 – June 22, 2024
  • Fast & Furious – Supercharged: August 19 – November 3, 2024
  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls: October 1, 2024 – January 2, 2025
  • Men in Black Alien Attack: November 4 – December 10, 2024

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Joseph Matt

Joe covers theme parks through the lens of his quality engineering day job. He has over five years of writing experience at Touring Plans and has gone on dozens of trips to Orlando over his life. When not at amusement parks you can find Joe at breweries, enjoying live theater, playing video games, and cooking.

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