Universal Orlando News — Week of April 20, 2019

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Prepare for a battle in Universal’s latest Halloween Horror Nights house and catch a glimpse of some Magical Creatures in this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup.

Nightingales: Blood Pit

Our first “original” house of Halloween Horror Nights has been announced and we are seeing a return of the fan favorite original monsters: the Nightingales. These evil creatures pop up throughout human history during times of war, famine, and drought to devour their victims. This time they are in Ancient Rome where the worst drought in centuries continues. To satiate the gods the Emperor has demanded that gladiators fight non-stop until the rains return. In this maze you will be caught between gladiators and nightingales as they fight and feast.

Halloween Horror Nights returns September 6 – November 2, 2019. You can now buy a flex night plus one night free ticket, which lets you attend two nights for the price of one, or a vacation package.

The Magical Creatures of Hagrid’s New Coaster

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is opening in under two months and Universal is previewing some of those creatures. Along the ride path guests will expect to come face to face with a massive three-headed Fluffy moving figure, dozens of mischievous Cornish Pixies, the thorny Devil’s Snare, protective Centaurs, or fiery Blast-Ended Skrewts.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Islands of Adventure on June 13, 2019.

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.


Admission prices have increased yet again at Universal Orlando. Single day tickets have increased $1 – $6 per ticket in price depending on time of visit. Two-day, two-park hopper tickets have increased $10 per ticket.

Two-day, two-park tickets are $284.99 per adult and $274.99 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 20: 9:15 p.m.
  • April 21 – 23: 9:00 p.m.
  • April 24: No Show
  • April 25: 9:00 p.m.
  • April 26: No Show

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • April 20: 7:00 p.m.
  • April 21 – 25: 5:00 p.m.
  • April 26: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • April 20 – April 25: Ongoing from dusk till park close
  • April 26: No Show

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)

Upcoming Events

The Psychedelic Furs are playing this week at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions. Regular tickets cost $39 plus tax and include valet parking, specialty cocktails, finger foods, and the concert. $1 of each ticket purchased will go to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation. Tickets can be purchased online.

See you next week, and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!

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One thought on “Universal Orlando News — Week of April 20, 2019

  • April 21, 2019 at 9:09 am

    What’s happening November 18 to the 25 THIS year at Disney World. Going to take my husband’s son and family who he has not seen in 33 years from Germany. Long story but finally he found his Dad. Wondering if there is something we should definitely not MISS for the holidays. THEY have a 1 year old and a 5 year old. Thanks for all you do. I read your Goggle ALL the time. I am a FAN.


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