Universal Orlando News — Week of September 28, 2019

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Mail Bag is back with a question about using old touring plans at Universal plus all the information you will need for the week ahead at Universal Orlando.

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The mail bag is back! This time we’re answering a question posted to an article from 2014 on the Universal Orlando Two Day/Two Park touring plan. This article was created in response to the opening of Diagon Alley. Holly writes:

We are looking to do a 2 day/2 park tour. We are staying at Loews Royal Pacific which means we get early park hours along with unlimited express passes. I know the crowd levels are low at this time of year. Do you believe this plan is still valid? I am thinking we won’t be as pressed for time and wait times will lower for us. Thank you

Holly, since that article was written the following attractions have been replaced: Disaster, Twister, T2:3D, and Dueling Dragons while Skull Island: Reign of Kong opened. While some of the advice in the touring plan still stands true, most is outdated. As you stated the Unlimited Express pass and low crowd conditions will give you a leg up on others except on one attraction: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

For Hagrid we advise arriving 90 minutes prior to park open and immediately ride the attraction. If the attraction does not open with the official park opening time, then experience Forbidden Journey and Reign of Kong, and come back to Hagrid in the mid-afternoon.

Our customized touring plans include recommendations on when to visit Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. So save time and have more fun riding this hit attraction by with a Universal Orlando Touring Plans Subscription.

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 on non-Halloween Horror Nights days.


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

  • September 28 – October 4: No show

Universal’s Superstar Parade

  • September 28 – 29: 2:00 p.m.
  • September 30 – October 1: 5:00 p.m.
  • October 2 – 4: 2:00 p.m.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle

  • September 28: No Show
  • September 29 – October 4: Starting at 7:45 p.m., running every 20 minutes

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.

Refurbishments & Closures

  • Fear Factor Live!: August 5 – November 15 (used for Halloween Horror Nights)
  • Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Enhancements: March 1 – October 31 (phased)
  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges – September 3 – December 22
  • Me Ship, The Olive – September 3 – December 22

Events & Festivals

Universal Orlando is celebrating their Annual Passholders this summer for Passholder Appreciation Days! Running August 12 – September 30, find exclusive discounts, offers, collectables, events, and more. For more information and details refer to Universal’s Passholder site.

Halloween Horror Nights is back! Experience houses based on Ghostbusters, Stranger Things, Jordan Peele’s Us, and more while you run from zombies, vikings, chainsaw maniacs, and Dragula in the streets. TouringPlans has your back with our ultimate guide (Part 1 and Part 2) and Do’s and Don’ts. Halloween Horror Nights 29 runs on select nights September 6 – November 2. Tickets are on sale now.

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

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