Universal Orlando News — Week of November 9, 2019

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Royal Pacific Resort has a new lobby and we have Halloween Horror Nights 30 dates. All this news and more in this week’s Universal Orlando news roundup.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Refurbishment Complete

Throughout this year Loews and Universal Orlando completely upgraded the Royal Pacific Resort lobby to modernize the guest experience. Introduced is a brand new grab-and-go, Tuk Tuk Market; a larger bar; updated public areas; new vacation planning desk; and a modernized check in experience.

Our very own Pizza Challenge Winner Derek Burgan has more in his latest Saturday Six article covering upgrades at the Universal Orlando resort.

Halloween Horror Nights 30

Universal Orlando teasing a return of the cult classic Scarecrow The Reaping house from HHN27.

Oh, you think it is safe to go out again? Halloween Horror Nights returns for its 30th anniversary over 39 nights between September 10 through October 31. Look for the return of old favorites of years past along with new iconic concepts. We will have more information on HHN30 throughout 2020.

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

  • November 9: 8:00 p.m.
  • November 10 – 15: 7:00 p.m.

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • November 9 – 15: 5:00 p.m.

Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

  • November 9 – 11: Ongoing from dusk till park close
  • November 12: No Show
  • November 13 – November 15: Ongoing from dusk till park close

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.

Refurbishments & Closures

  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – November 3 – 12
  • Fear Factor Live!: August 5 – November 15 (used for Halloween Horror Nights)
  • 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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