Universal Orlando News — Week of August 31, 2019

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Wait, it’s almost September! Where did the summer go? This week the students of Hogwarts go back to school, Halloween Horror Nights starts, and we preview all you need to know for the week ahead!

Halloween Horror Nights 29

Halloween Horror Nights is right around the corner. See Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Jordan Peele’s Us, and more come alive in Universal Studios Florida. Halloween Horror Nights 29 runs on select nights September 6 – November 2. Tickets are on sale now.

TouringPlans has your back with our Ultimate Halloween Horror Nights 29 Guide (Part 1 and Part 2) along with an upcoming Do’s and Don’ts for Halloween Horror Nights.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.




Hurricane Dorian is projected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane somewhere in Florida this week. While we do not have the specifics about when and where the storm will make landfall and the impacts it may present to Central Florida, stay tuned to TouringPlans and local weather outlets, and read up on tips on when hurricanes impact your vacation.

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.


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

  • August 31 – September 3: 9:00 p.m.
  • September 4 – 6: No Show

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • August 31 – September 3: 5:00 p.m.
  • September 4: 2:00 p.m.
  • September 5: 5:00 p.m.
  • September 6: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • August 31 – September 5: Ongoing from dusk till park close
  • September 6: 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. 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!

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