Universal Orlando News — Week of May 18, 2019

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Visit Universal Orlando this summer for even less with special ticket and hotel offers. This and the grand opening of the Today Cafe in this week’s Universal Orlando weekly news roundup.

Florida Resident Ticket Offer

Save even more as a Florida Resident with Universal Orlando and Coca-Cola’s two free days ticket deal. Bring a specially marked can of Coca-Cola or Coke Zero (paging Derek Burgan) to Universal Orlando to receive two free days when you buy a two-day, two or three-park tickets. Prices start at $179.99 plus tax per ticket, blockout dates and conditions apply. See Universal Orlando online for details.

Live outside of Florida? Universal is also offering a buy two days receive three days free deal starting at $224.99 per ticket.

Hotel Discounts

Staying on site has its benefits: early entry, room charging, package delivery, and accommodations minutes away from the parks. Now you can experience all the benefits for less by receiving up to 25% off rooms at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Adventura Hotel, and Sapphire Falls Resort. Travel must be between June 16 and August 10, 2019. Reservations can be made online or by calling 877-801-2720.

Today Cafe Opens

Al Roker and the Today Show opened Universal Studio Florida’s latest quick service location, the Today Cafe!

The cafe features seasonal breakfast, lunch, and dinner options along with fresh brewed locally roasted coffee, craft beer, and wine on tap. Today Cafe is located across from the entrance to Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and the Universal Studios Store.

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 18 – May 21: 9:00 p.m.
  • May 22: No Show
  • May 23 – May 24: 9:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • May 18 – May 21: 5:00 p.m.
  • May 22: 2:00 p.m.
  • May 23 – May 24: 5:00 p.m.

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • May 18 – May 20: Ongoing from dusk till park close
  • May 21: No Show
  • May 22 – May 24: 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)


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

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