Universal Orlando News — Week of December 7, 2019

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This week the biggest news from Universal Orlando is Green Eggs and Ham re-opened at Islands of Adventure with… a good menu? No, this whole post is not in rhyme. We look at this and more news inside this week’s Universal Orlando roundup!

Green Eggs & Ham Re-Opens with New Menu

Located immediately inside Seuss Landing, Green Eggs & Ham is one of the white whales of Universal Orlando dining. At first the restaurant served chicken tenders, (green) egg and ham sandwiches, and assorted prepackaged desserts. The food was… not good, and yes I would not eat it in a box or with a fox.

New menu at Green Eggs & Ham. Photo courtesy Inside Universal.

Recently the facility recently went through a renovation and debuted a totally new menu. Gone are the disgusting egg patties and in its place are loaded tater tots inspired by the popular Pizza Fries from Halloween Horror Nights. The food receives thumbs up from those who have sampled the offerings.


Why refurbish and update this menu in the year of our lord 2019? Well Warner Bros. Animation has a brand new Green Eggs & Ham animated show on Netflix. The show has received rave reviews for its beautiful hand drawn animation and sharp adult wit. I’m just as surprised as you that this show exists.

Pizza Tots, photo courtesy of our own Universal Man of Mystery, Derek Burgan.

The past year Universal has quietly been updating the lowest rated restaurants around the parks; Monsters Cafe received a modern BBQ, 4Rivers-inspired menu and Today Cafe opened with a focus on fresh seasonal food. We hope Universal does not stop here and continues to refresh its other quick service menus. For us, might we suggest the terrible Comic Book Cafe, mediocre Fantastic Four Cafe and Captain America Diner, and the forgettable Richter’s Burgers?

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

  • No Shows

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

  • December 7 – 13: 5:30 p.m.

Manheim Steamroller

  • December 7 – 8: 7:00 p.m.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

  • December 7 – 13: Ongoing from dusk till park close


  • December 7 – 13: 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

  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges: September 3 – December 22
  • Me Ship, The Olive: September 3 – December 22

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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One thought on “Universal Orlando News — Week of December 7, 2019

  • December 7, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    We will be taking our teenage kids dec 29th-jan3. What events can I get them excited about?


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