Universal Orlando News — Week of February 16, 2019

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If you’d like to tell me maybe then go ahead now as the Spin Doctors are at the Hard Rock Hotel this week for Velvet Sessions. Find out how to get tickets and plan your next week at Universal Orlando inside!

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could have 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 $274.99 per adult and $264.99 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’s Cinematic Celebration Showtimes

  • February 16 – February 17: No show
  • February 18 – February 20: 8:00 p.m.
  • February 21: No show
  • February 22: 8:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • February 16 – February 22: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • February 16 – February 22: Ongoing from dusk till park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls: January 28 – February 22
  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive: February 25 – March 15


Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions returns February 22 with the Spin Doctors. Get into another one of those rock’n’roll songs at 6:30 p.m. in the hotel lobby. A standing room ticket is $35 plus tax per person and includes cocktails, finger foods, the concert, and valet parking. If one has diamonds in their pockets then upgrade to the $50 per person plus tax VIP ticket for an exclusive viewing area and private bar or add on another $40 per person plus tax to meet the band.

Feet don’t fail me now! Celebrate Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida February 9 – April 4. Enjoy authentic Cajun cuisine, music straight from Louisiana, and a daily family-friendly Mardi Gras parade. On select nights major musical acts rock the Music Plaza Stage after sundown. All entertainment is included with your admission to Universal Studios Florida.

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

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