Universal Orlando News — Week of April 27, 2019

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The parks survived another spring break onslaught! This week Jake’s Beer Festival returns and the crowds are low. All this and more inside this week’s Universal Orlando News!

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 $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 27 – 28: 9:00 p.m.
  • April 29 – May 3: No Show, Under Refurbishment

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • April 27 – 28: 5:00 p.m.
  • April 29: 2:00 p.m.
  • April 30 – May 2: 5:00 p.m.
  • May 3: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • April 27: No Show
  • April 28 – 29: Ongoing from dusk till park closing
  • April 30: No Show
  • May 1 – 2: Ongoing from dusk till park closing
  • May 3: 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 & Ongoing Events

Celebrate Spring at Royal Pacific Resort with Jake’s Beer Festival on Friday, May 3!  Tickets include samples of over 50 craft beers, specialty foods, and live entertainment at the resort’s Wantilian Outdoor Pavilion. Tickets start at $45 per person plus tax and includes beer, food, entertainment, and complimentary self-parking.

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

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