Universal Orlando Weekly Preview — November 10, 2018

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The Mail Bag returns with a question about if the Holidays at UOR alone are worth a trip to the parks and more in this Universal Orlando Weekly Preview!

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Mail bag returns after a hiatus! This week our question comes from my boss, Julia! Julia asks:

If you’ve never been to UOR, and never had a desire to go, but love the holidays, is it worth doing a one-day pass just to see what UOR has for the holidays without doing any rides?

It is hard to recommend any Orlando park (Disney or Universal) for one day when base one-day tickets are now running $119-125 per adult plus tax. That is a lot of dough.

Pretending money is no object, yes I would recommend visiting the Universal parks for the holidays (November 17 through January 6) even if the rides are not your cup of Butterbeer. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are decorated with holiday decorations and are fun to explore on their own. Several of the live shows feature special holiday versions, such as Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees who sing special Wizarding World holiday songs.

In Islands of Adventure all of Seuss Landing is decorated for the holidays with streetmosphere Whoville residents walking around decorating. The real crown jewel at Islands is The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, a half-hour live show. Combining elements from the classic animated TV special and the 2000 live action movie, the show features the classic songs and a real dog playing Max! The show is included with admission to Islands of Adventure and performs throughout the day.

At Universal Studios Florida the Macy’s balloons come to Florida in Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. Larger than life character balloons along with brand new floats parade around the park nightly. On select weekends in November and December Mannheim Steamroller performs their holiday classics at the Universal Music Plaza Stage. All of this is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida.

But the real hidden gem at Universal are the resorts. This season each resort will have feature holiday activities, decorations, and entertainment. Instead of going to the Universal parks, plan a fun resort hopping day visiting each resort to experience their offerings. Visit the Hotel Holiday Events page for a list of activities, dates, and times.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

Park Hours and Admission

CityWalk is open until 2:00 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.

Single-day, one-park tickets are at Anytime pricing November 10. Base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax).

Single-day, one-park tickets are at Value pricing November 11 – November 16. Base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $115 per adult and $110 per child (plus tax).

Two-day, two-park tickets are $264.99 per adult and $254.99 per child (plus tax).

Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).

Refurbishments and Showtimes

  • Fear Factor Live: Closed until November 16
  • Universal’s Cinematic Celebration: Nov 11 – Nov 14, Nov 16: 7pm
  • The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle: Starts November 17

Complete showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


Deck the halls at Universal Orlando Resort November 17 – January 6 with their annual Christmas 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. Visit Universal Orlando online for more information.

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

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Joseph Matt

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