Universal Orlando News — Week of November 16, 2019

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This week Universal begins their holiday festivities and announces the opening date for their next value resort. All this and more in this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup.

Endless Summer – Dockside Opening March 17, 2020

The midwest and northeast just received our first snowstorm of the season, but in Orlando it is always perpetual vacation. The next phase of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort opens in March when the first of two towers opens at Dockside. The sister resort to Endless Summer – Surfside, Dockside is located across Universal Boulevard on the old Wet’n’Wild parking lot.

Dockside’s theme takes inspiration from the piers and beachfront properties in Florida. The 2,050 hotel rooms will open in phases with the resort completed later in 2020. Amenities include a lounge with large tap selection, two pools, fitness center, arcade, on-site quick-service dining, transportation to the parks, package delivery, and Early Admission to the parks.

Endless Summer – Dockside room rates start at $85 a night and are available for booking now.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.


Winter weather patterns routinely come as far south as Orlando, so pack for the weather. Volcano Bay could experience a delayed opening or closure when highs are in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Refer to Universal Orlando’s Twitter account for the latest operating information.

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

  • No Shows

Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

  • November 16 – 18: 5:300 p.m.
  • November 19: 5:15 p.m.
  • November 20 – 22: 5:30 p.m.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

  • November 16 – November 22: Ongoing from dusk till park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.

Refurbishments & Closures

  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges: September 3 – December 22
  • Me Ship, The Olive: September 3 – December 22

Events & Festivals

Deck the halls at Universal Orlando Resort November 16, 2019 – January 5, 2020 with their annual Holiday festivities. Join The Grinch in Seuss Landing and see a live performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, celebrate in Universal Studios Florida with Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, or visit the Wizarding World decked out in Christmas decorations.

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

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