Universal Orlando News — Week of June 1, 2019

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Check out the food options at Endless Summer and Sapphire Fall’s Rum Dinner plus Islands of Adventure turns 20! This and more inside this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup!

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn Crafted Menus

On June 27, Universal’s latest resort opens: Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn. The resort is an incredible value, and now we know about dining options.  The resort’s fast casual restaurant is the Beach Break Cafe in its lobby. Featuring dishes and drinks inspired by the waves and surfing culture of Southern California, the restaurant will focus on familiar and fresh options.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn opens June 27. The sister resort, Dockside Inn, opens in 2020.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.


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

  • June 1 – June 4: 9:00 p.m.
  • June 5: No Show
  • June 6 – June 7: 9:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • June 1 – June 7: 5:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • June 1 – June 7: Ongoing from dusk to park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


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

Events & Festivals

Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of Islands of Adventure opening! We took a look at your favorite attractions, restaurants, and bars in the park.

Experience a five-course dinner paired with unique rums at Sapphire Falls on June 1 at 6:00 p.m. Sapphire Fall’s Rum Dinner pairs rums chosen by rum ambassadors with foods created by award-winning chefs. Admission includes a reception, dinner, and an after party with a cigar roller. Tickets cost $85 per person plus tax.

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