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Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando 2022

January 2022 (1/10/22)

Page 2 - As of December 24, 2021, face masks are again mandatory indoors for all guests, regardless of vaccination status. No other social distancing restrictions have been reimposed.

Page 20 - change “an updated completion date has not been officially announced, but the theme park is anticipated to open by early 2025.” To “an updated opening date has not been officially announced, but the theme park is anticipated to be completed by early 2025.”

Page 32 - Prices for the Universal Orlando Premier Annual Pass have increased by $40 to $664.99 for the 2-Park pass, and $854.99 for the 3-Park Pass.

Page 34 - The UOAP lounge is now open on a permanent basis. During peak seasons, operations may be extended from park opening until closing.

Page 39 - Eligible military service members can purchase a 2022 Military Freedom Pass Promotional Ticket now through Dec. 27, 2022, which is valid for admission every day through Dec. 31. 2022 without blackouts; the pass starts at $199.99 for 2-park access, with 3-park upgrades available.

Page 52 - change “When EPA is offered at IOA, eligible guests may visit Marvel Super Hero Island and walk clockwise through Jurassic Park to Hogsmeade, but most head straight to Hogsmeade as soon as the gates open. Guests without EPA privileges can still enter early but will be held in the Port of Entry and Seuss Landing.” To “When EPA is offered at IOA, eligible guests may head to Hogsmeade and the VelociCoaster as soon as the gates open, walking clockwise through Seuss Landing and Lost Continent .” After “Guests without EPA privileges can still enter early but will be held in the Port of Entry and Seuss Landing.” insert “Marvel Super Hero Island’s attractions may open to all guests up to 15 minutes before the official park opening time.”

Page 56 - As of January 3, 2022, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will not be offered during Early Park Admission at Islands of Adventure; EPA guests may join the queue for the ride, which typically begins running 15-30 minutes before regular park opening. Jurassic World VelociCoaster is now officially included in Early Park Admission.

Page 62 - Lanyard ticket pouches cost an extra $1-5.

Page 63 - change “its usage is mandatory on most days” to “its usage is mandatory on busier days”

Page 65 - change “we’ve stood longer in Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s singles line than the posted standby wait.” To “we’ve stood longer in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’s singles line than the posted standby wait.”

Page 68 - Free behind-the-scenes tours are also offered at Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts and Fast & Furious: Supercharged at USF, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Jurassic World VelociCoaster at IOA.

Page 77 - The Pets Unleashed program at Hard Rock Hotel costs $150 for stays of up to one week, and includes a “sWAG bag” with a shirt for your pet, and customized "pet tracks" Spotify playlists available on Spotify; a percentage of the pet fee is donated to local animal shelters. There is a maximum of two pets (up to 50 lbs total) per guest room.

Page 92 - change “Reader ratings for Aventura are lower than almost all Disney and Universal resorts” to “Reader reactions to Aventura have been decidedly mixed compared to other Universal resorts”

Page 127 - E-Z Pass is now known in Florida as Uni; visit GoWithUni.com to purchase a transponder.

Page 138 - change “six-passenger UberXL or LyftPlus” to “five-passenger UberXL or Lyft XL” Change “UberSelect” to “Uber Black”

Page 139 - change “ride-share will cost about half that” to “ride-share will cost about one-third less”

Page 141 - change “using the pedestrian bridge at the northeast corner (where a new pedestrian bridge was recently constructed)” to “using the recently-constructed pedestrian bridge at the northeast corner”

Page 148 - Universal Orlando’s partnership with American Express has ended; AmEx card members no longer receive special discounts, and the American Express VIP Lounge has permanently closed.

Page 149 - change “Zip-top plastic or dry bags” to “Zip-top plastic bags”

Page 163 - change “Universal Orlando gift cards, meal plans, Express Passes, and Blue Man Group tickets” to “Universal Orlando gift cards and Universal Express Passes”

Page 170 - change “ask for a single seat” to “request solo seat”

Page 195 - Guests can meet & greet Global Discovery Group archeologists outside Poseidon’s Fury in Lost Continent.

Page 200 - change “TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling” to “AEW’s DARK wrestling” Change “Call ☎ 407-363-8400 and select option 5 to find out” to “Call ☎ 407-224-6000 to find out”

Page 204 - Shrek 4-D is permanently closed as of January 10, 2022. No replacement has been officially announced yet, but Universal has hinted at an interactive walk-through Minions attraction themed to Villain-Con.

Page 209 - At Fast & Furious Supercharged, ask for a “garage tour” when staff is available for an up-close look at the exotic cars and easter eggs in the queue.

Page 217 - change “toys also found in Hogsmeade’s Zonko’s” to “toys originally found in Hogsmeade’s Zonko’s”

Page 218 - Fear Factor Live has permanently closed. No replacement has been officially announced, but a virtual reality Harry Potter attraction is rumored.

Page 213 - At Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, ask for a “bank tour” to explore the queue’s details without riding (when staff is available).

Page 223 - Curious George Goes to Town has reopened to guests.

Page 232 - change “The full event is expected to return in 2022.” To “The full event is scheduled to return February 5-April 24, 2022.”

Page 239 - change “even more exciting than the standard lagoon show” to “almost as impressive as the standard lagoon show”

Page 260 - change “which often has little to no wait” to “which (when available) often has little to no wait”

Page 261 - At Jurassic World VelociCoaster, ask for a “facilities tour” (when staffing is available) to learn about the queue’s hidden details without riding.

Page 271 - At Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, ask for an “alumni tour” (when staffing is available) to explore the castle queue without riding.

Page 277 - In 2021, the Grinchmas show was presented inside the former Blue Man Group theater between IOA and USF; access to the venue is via a pathway behind Circus McGurkus. The large theater provides ample comfortable seating with good sightlines, but arrive early if you want to ensure a seat up front.

Page 299-300 - When using Mobile Ordering, talk to a team member as soon as you pay for your meal and verify that you are at the dining location; don’t wait for the app to alert you that your food is ready.

Page 312 - Today Cafe has Mobile Ordering.

Page 312 - Universal Classic Monsters Cafe has Mobile Ordering. Smoked brisket is back on the menu, but it’s dry and underseasoned; skip it and order double sausage instead.

Page 313 - The Burger Digs herbivore portobello mushroom sandwich with tempeh bacon replaced the previous vegan burger.

Page 313 - Circus McGurkus no longer serves pasta

Page 314 - Comic Strip Cafe has an expanded and greatly improved menu, replacing the dire “stir fry” with Asian noodle bowls and Latin American cornmeal arepas stuffed with meat or cheese, alongside the same below-average burgers and pizza. Try the char sui ramen with pork belly in unctuous tonkotsu bone broth; skip the egg rolls, which are still sub-par.

Page 320 - Voodoo Doughnut mobile order pickup is now located at a booth across the walkway from the shop entrance.

Page 338 - Mythos Restaurant was voted world’s best theme park restaurant by visitors to the website theme parkinsider.com—an honor it has earned ten times, most recently in 2022.

Page 340 - change “The Cowfish and Fusion Bistro at CityWalk” to “The Cowfish at CityWalk and your local supermarket”

Page 351 - The Marvel Boutique is now a superhero character meet & greet location.

Page 352 - The Coin Mint in Lost Continent has closed, and is now a stall selling colorful clothing.

Page 382 - #28 change “Watch the last Hogwarts Castle light show (if scheduled) before closing” to “Watch the last Hogwarts Castle light show of the night (if scheduled)”

Page 387 - #33 change “Watch the last Hogwarts Castle light show (if scheduled) before closing” to “Watch the last Hogwarts Castle light show of the night (if scheduled)”

Page 394 - #30 change “Watch the last Hogwarts Castle light show before closing” to “Watch the last Hogwarts Castle light show of the night (if scheduled)”

Last updated by Seth Kubersky on January 19, 2022

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