Universal Orlando News — Week of May 11, 2019

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Hagrid – yer a sophisticated audio animatronic figure. Universal has unveiled a lifelike figure of our favorite Hogwarts gamekeeper. See the new figure and more inside this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup.

Putting the Hagrid in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Universal continues to tease Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure with the amazing Hagrid animated figure. Universal reports the figure stands seven feet six inches tall, developed to mimic actor Robbie Coltrane’s mannerisms using 24 points of motion, and wears a costume designed and created by the film’s costume designers. Robbie even recorded new lines of dialogue for the figure and the attraction. So much more is yet to be revealed – stay tuned to TouringPlans blog for the latest information!

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens June 13, 2019 at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure.

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

  • May 11 – May 13: 9:00 p.m.
  • May 14: No Show
  • May 15 – May 16: 9:00 p.m.
  • May 17: No Show

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • May 11 – May 13: 5:00 p.m.
  • May 14: 2:00 p.m.
  • May 15 – May 16: 5:00 p.m.
  • May 17: 2:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • May 11 – May 15: Ongoing from Dusk to Park Close
  • May 16 – May 17: No Show

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


  • Kala & Tai Nui Serpantine Body Slides: May 14 – 17
  • Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)

Upcoming & Ongoing Events

The Today Show will be at Universal Orlando on May 16 to open the new Today Cafe. Al Roker will be on hand for filming segments and previewing what is coming to the resort.

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 May 11, 2019

  • May 11, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I’d love to see this attraction, but I have to use a wheelchair. Do you know if there’s a way for us to just take in the sights, so to speak?
    Like how there’s the “Castle tour” at Hogwarts. Thanks.


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