Universal Orlando News — Week of June 8, 2019

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Your motorbike awaits to show you the fantastic creatures around the Hogwarts grounds and the Forbidden Forest. Inside this week’s news we cover Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure opening, Halloween Horror Nights ticket news, and more!

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure Opens

Grab your books, lecture supplies, and strap on your helmet: Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure is open this Thursday, June 13!

Join Hagrid on a sightseeing tour of the Wizarding World’s wondrous creatures. Your motorbike will take you past thestrals, blast-ended skrewts, centaurs, three-headed dogs, mischievous pixies, deadly plants, and more.

Halloween Horror Nights 29 Passes & More On Sale

Passes, hotel packages, tours, dining, and more are now available for purchase for Halloween Horror Nights 29! The 80s return with cult classics, iconic slashers, horrifying monsters, and pop culture from the era. Single event tickets are now on sale for the 41 nights of the event for $119.99 plus tax ($60.99 plus tax with Annual Passholder discount). But don’t buy a single-day ticket at the gates, instead pre-purchase online for a discount:

General Admission Tickets Online Pre-Purchase

  • $66.99 : Sept. 29, Oct. 23, 27, 31
  • $67.99 : Sep.t 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, Oct. 2, 3, 9, 29, 30
  • $70.99 : Oct. 6, 17, 20, 24
  • $77.99 : Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 13, 25, Nov. 1
  • $83.99: Oct. 11, 18
  • $91.99 : Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 26, Nov. 2
  • $93.99 : Oct. 19

Planning on going more than one night? Frequent Fear Passes are also on sale with each pass offering unique ways to attend the event. Going in September? Check out the Rush of Fear Pass that gives unlimited admission during the month of September while the Unlimited Frequent Fear Pass provides admission to every night of the event. Prices and date calendars are listed below.

Frequent Fear Passes (Annual Passholder prices in parentheses)
Rush of Fear : $109.99 ($89.99) plus tax
Rush of Fear Express : $334.99 ($314.99) plus tax
Valid the first 17 event nights of HHN 29.

Frequent Fear : $119.99 ($104.99) plus tax
Frequent Fear Express : $374.99 ($359.99) plus tax
Valid Sunday-Thursday event night, the first two nights, and the last Friday event night.

Frequent Fear Plus : $139.99 (No AP Discount) plus tax
Frequent Fear Plus Express : $459.99 (No AP Discount) plus tax
Valid Sundays-Fridays, the first two nights, and the last Saturday. Includes parking.

Ultimate Frequent Fear : $259.99 (No AP Discount) plus tax
Ultimate Frequent Fear Express : $679.99 (No AP Discount) plus tax
Valid ALL Event Nights. Includes parking.

The popular Scare Actor Dining returns select nights for $49.99 per person plus tax. Guests dine at the newly revamped Monsters Cafe while scare actors pose for photos and interact with guests. Behind the Screams tours are available and offer a guided, lights on tour of select houses. Tour pricing starts at $79.99 for three houses. Scare Actor Dining requires valid Halloween Horror Nights admission.

Want the ultimate experience during Horror Nights? Purchase an Express Pass to bypass the standby lines once per house. For an intimate tour consider the R.I.P. Tours which provides a group of 10 guests instant front of the line access to houses and shows. Prices for Express Pass start at $89.99 per person plus tax and R.I.P. Tours start at $179.99 per person plus tax. Express Passes and R.I.P. Tours pricing do not include valid Halloween Horror Nights admission.

Premier Annual Passholders can select one free night of admission to Halloween Horror Nights 29. Passholders can select one of the following dates: Sept. 6–8, 12–15, 18–22. 25–28; Oct. 2, 9, 23, 29, 30; Nov. 1. Just present your pass at the turnstiles on that night for admission!

Halloween Horror Nights returns September 6 through November 2, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.


Operating Hours & Early Park Admission

NOTE: Islands of Adventure will close at 6:00 p.m. on June 11 for the Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure media event. Sections of Hogsmeade might close early that day, so plan accordingly.

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 8 – June 14: 9:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • June 8 – June 14: 5:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • June 8 – June 10: Ongoing from dusk till park close
  • June 11: No Show
  • June 12 – 14: 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. 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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One thought on “Universal Orlando News — Week of June 8, 2019

  • June 7, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I received a TP alert that early park admission was not going to be available the week of Aug 19. Do you know if this perk is going away? On their website, I only see it through June.


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