Universal Orlando Weekly Preview — October 13, 2018

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We’re in the middle of Halloween Horror Nights, but Universal is looking towards 2019 as they announce their New Year’s Eve plans and tease the brand new Harry Potter coaster opening next year. All this and more in this week’s Universal Orlando Weekly Preview.

New Years Eve 2019

Ring in the new year at Universal Orlando with celebrations around the resort.

Universal Studios Florida throws an all-ages party with a midnight showing of Cinematic Celebration, live music, and characters at the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park. All of this is included in your price of admission to the park.

EVE returns to CityWalk with gourmet cuisine, live bands, adult drinks, and a champagne toast at midnight for those 21 years and older. Tickets are now available, and you can save $15 by purchasing prior to December 15.

All the Universal Orlando hotels are throwing their own special New Year’s Eve festivities. Check the Universal Orlando Holiday Events page for more information.

New Harry Potter Coaster Experience

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Last year Dragon Challenge closed for a new Harry Potter coaster experience, and this past week Pottermore (the Harry Potter official website) released an official piece of concept art. While not much is shown, we can see the ruins of a castle, coaster track that appears to look like Cheetah Hunt, and some mythical creatures.

This new coaster will open in 2019 and we cannot wait to hear more!

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 October 13. 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 October 14 – October 19. 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 for Halloween Horror Nights

Showtimes are available on Universal Orlando’s website.


Halloween Horror Nights returns September 14 through November 3. Explore ten haunted houses, five scare zones, and one show based on the horror movies and culture of the 80s! Experience TV shows and movies like Stranger Things, Poltergeist, and Halloween 4 along with original concepts such as Carnival Graveyard. Tickets start at $62.99 plus tax and are now available. Check out our event preview with tips and tricks here.

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

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