Universal Orlando News — Week of July 6, 2019

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Fourth of July celebrations continue through this weekend and we look at the newest additions to the resort in this week’s news roundup!

SATURDAY SIX Looks at What’s New at the Universal Orlando Resort

The human enigma Derek Burgan looks at SIX new additions to the Universal Orlando resort that do not feature a hairy man in a preshow, riding bikes, and show scenes in a forest (and we are not talking about E.T.).

Fourth of July at Universal Orlando

The Fourth of July celebrations continue nightly through the weekend. Join your favorite characters in the Music Plaza stage, enjoy live bands, and watch the fireworks under the stars. You might even see some characters busting a groove.

The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. daily from July 4 through July 6. Special pyrotechnics display is at 9:00 p.m. and Universal’s Cinematic Celebration performs at 9:45 p.m.

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).

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 6 – July 12: 9:45 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • July 6 – July 12: 7:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • July 6 – July 12: 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

Celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at Universal with music, characters, a special pyrotechnics display at 9:00 p.m., and Universal’s Cinematic Celebration at 9:45 p.m. The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. daily from July 4 through July 6.

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