Universal Orlando News — Week of December 28, 2019

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3…2…1… Happy New Year! We are previewing New Year’s week at Universal Orlando and announcing a new weekly format in this week’s Universal Orlando news.

New Year, New Format!

I cannot believe it is almost 2020. I have been writing the Universal Orlando roundup in some form for two years now at TouringPlans and have had a blast talking about new shows, new attractions, restaurants, and Halloween Horror Nights. This weekly post will be shifting focus from a weekly preview of the resort to highlighting what is at the parks now. Watch out for more articles on the events at Universal Orlando, restaurant coverage, attraction coverage, touring tips, discounts news, and more!

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.


Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could experience a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.

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

  • December 28: 9:45 p.m.

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

  • December 28 – 30: 8:00 p.m.
  • December 31 – January 3: 5:30 p.m.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

  • December 28 – January 3: Ongoing from dusk till park close


  • December 28 – 29: 10:45 a.m; 11:45 a.m.; 12:45 p.m.; 1:45 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.
  • December 30 – January 3: 11:30 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 3:45 p.m.; 4:45 p.m.; 5:45 p.m.

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.

Refurbishments & Closures

  • Jurassic River Adventure – January 6 – 24, 2020
  • Hogwarts Express – January 16, 2020

Events & Festivals

Deck the halls at Universal Orlando Resort November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020 with their annual holiday festivities. Join The Grinch in Seuss Landing and see a live performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, celebrate in Universal Studios Florida with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, or visit the Wizarding World decked out in Christmas decorations.

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

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