Universal Orlando News — Week of November 23, 2019

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Portofino Bay’s Harbor Nights returns this Friday and crowds descend on the parks this Thanksgiving week in our weekly Universal Orlando news roundup.

Holiday Harbor Nights

Sample wines and gourmet food, enjoy live entertainment, and watch the grand illumination of the Portofino Bay Resort Christmas tree at Holiday Harbor Nights, November 29, 2019. Tickets start at $65 per person plus tax and include food, drink, entertainment, and parking. Holiday Harbor Nights is a 21+ event. Tickets are available online.

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 23 – November 39: 5:30 p.m.

Manheim Steamroller

  • November 23 – 24: 7:00 p.m.

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle

  • November 23 – November 29: Ongoing from dusk till park close


  • November 23 – November 29: 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

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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