Universal Orlando News — Week of July 13, 2019

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This week we have an update on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, a new Velvet Sessions concert, and your weekly news round-up.

Hagrid Operations Update

The past several weeks Universal has opened the attraction later in the day to accommodate maintenance and in an attempt to increase the attraction’s reliability. Universal announced on Wednesday that the attraction will now open with the park but the line will close prior to the close of the park to guarantee said maintenance is complete. While the closing times will vary, on Thursday the queue was closed at 5:00 p.m. to new guests.

Over the past several days the attraction has seen less downtime and is running more trains, increasing hourly throughput. Hagrid is now posting wait times approximately twice as long as the actual wait; Inside Universal waited only 65 minutes for a wait posted at 150 minutes.

TouringPlans will continue to give you updates on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure as the attraction finds its footing.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here. (Note that crowd levels for the new Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure have and will likely continue to be extreme due to demand.)


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). 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

  • July 13 – July 19: 9:45 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • July 13 – July 19: 7:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • July 13 – July 19: Ongoing from dusk till park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)

Events & Festivals

Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions returns July 18 at 6:30 p.m. with John Waite, artist of the hit songs “Missing You”, “Every Step of the Way”, and “Tears”. Tickets are $38 per person plus tax and include valet parking, appetizers, mixed drinks, and the concert. Tickets are on sale now online.

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

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