Universal Orlando News — Week of June 22, 2019

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This week we preview the food at Universal CityWalk’s new Bigfire restaurant and give our first impressions of Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure!

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure Impressions

The sounds of motorbikes and guests screaming are now a daily occurrence in Hogsmeade. Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure is impressing everyone who rides with its massive sets, thrilling coaster segments, and surprises during the ride. Inside Universal posted their review and state “I feel it’s the best Potter ride Universal has done; better than Forbidden Journey and Escape from Gringotts – and one of the top rides in Orlando.” The Dis writes “Immediately after exiting Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure for the first time, I had already decided that it was now my favorite roller coaster at Universal Orlando and potentially even my favorite in Orlando.” Check back soon for TouringPlan’s first impressions!

Bigfire American Fare Preview

Last Monday the media previewed Bigfire at CityWalk. Replacing Emeril’s Orlando, Bigfire offers wood fired steaks, seafood, and burgers, each paired with a wood type to impart specific flavors. Salads, cauliflower steak, and unique dessert options are also offered. Pair that steak with a special select Woodridge Reserve bourbon specially designed for Bigfire, one of several specialty mixed drinks, draft beer, or wine.

Bigfire opens this summer at Universal’s CityWalk.

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

  • June 22 – June 29: 9:45 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • June 22 – June 29: 7:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • June 22 – June 28: 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.

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

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