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2016 Dates: September 9-10
Universal Orlando bills Rock The Universe, its annual weekend of roller coasters and fist-pumping praise rock, as "Florida's biggest Christian music festival." Ironically, it's always scheduled on the exact same two early September days as Disney's eerily similar Night of Joy event; that kind of cut-throat competition doesn't seem quite Christian to us, but what do we know? Only that this hard-ticket after-hours event attracts hordes of surprisingly rowdy church youth groups, who get access to the parks starting at 4 p.m., and keep boogieing for the Lord until 1 a.m.
Concerts take place across three stages inside Universal Studios Florida, and start after the park closes to day guests at 6 p.m. Past acts have included Skillet, Jeremy Camp, Lecrae, TobyMac, Colton Dixon, Family Force 5, and Switchfoot. Most of the park's top attractions (except Diagon Alley) operate during Rock the Universe, and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is reprogrammed with Christian rock songs. There's also a Saturday night candlelighting ceremony, and a Sunday morning worship service in the Fear Factor Live stadium (we always pray at that show).
In 2016, Rock the Universe took place on the nights of September 9 and 10. Single night tickets start around $65, with a weekend pass with daytime park-to-park access going for about $165. Attendees can buy discounted “Rock Your Weekend” tickets that combine both event nights with daytime park tickets. Universal Express tickets run an additional $20-$30 per night. Youth group leaders get a free ticket for every ten their charges purchase, plus free access to Universal Express ride queues and lounges with free snacks. Learn more at Universal's Rock the Universe page.
Last updated by Seth Kubersky on October 24, 2016