Universal Orlando News — Week of February 23, 2019

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Buckle up for a new adventure in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer. Find the details and more inside this week’s news from Universal Orlando.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Universal officially announced the newest Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Opening June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure, this highly themed roller coaster features high-speed launches, swooping coaster elements, a backwards segment like Expedition Everest, and a dramatic indoor free-fall.

Guests will ride aboard Hagrid’s iconic motorbike and sidecar as they help the affable gamekeeper around the Hogwarts grounds. Guests will see iconic beasts and creatures up close and in person for the first time. Universal promises this attraction is the most themed coaster they have ever created.

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 23: No Show
  • February 24 – March 1: 8:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • February 23 – March 1: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • February 23 – March 1: Ongoing from dusk till park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Me Ship The Olive: February 25 – March 15


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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