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Universal Orlando Snapshot: Current ride closures, park promotions, & special events

On this page you’ll find our totally up-to-date one-stop-shop for everything that is currently happening at Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and all of Universal Orlando Resort! (Yeah, this is a good page to bookmark.)

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Last Updated: September 21, 2016

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Current promotions & resort-wide changes

Orlando Informer Meetup 2017
Complimentary Mosquito Repellent

Universal (alongside other major theme parks) has begun offering complimentary mosquito repellent for those concerned about Zika. More information here.

Ticket price increases, Early Park Admission for Passholders (Updated 9/7)
Universal has increased the price of almost all of their online ticket options. Increases range from 3-15%. Learn more here. They also increased their Annual Pass pricing for a second time this year, which you can read about here. They are reintroducing plastic Annual Passes. Seasonal pricing has been introduced for tickets purchased at the gate.

Finally, Early Park Admission is now available to Preferred Passholders (select dates) and Premier Passholders. Learn more

Volcano Bay
Universal’s next generation water theme park is well under construction and will begin to wow guests in 2017. A ton of details for the third park have been released, which you can read about here.

My Universal Photos
Universal’s Photo Connect program has been rebranded to My Universal Photos and our guide has been updated.

Upcoming annual events & special celebrations

 

Halloween Horror Nights 26: September 16 – October 31
It’s never too early to begin panicking… or planning. HHN 26 is now in full swing! Learn more about the nation’s premier Halloween event by going to HHN.guide.

Hard Rock Live
Located at Universal CityWalk, Hard Rock Live is a multi-use performance center that features a variety of acts, from pop and rock artists, to stand up comedians, to special events both public and private. Because Hard Rock Live has dozens of events scheduled at any one time, we aren’t able to list them here – so be sure to check out their website to see if one of your favorite acts will be on-site when you’re on-site!

Universal Studios Florida

 

Fast & Furious: Supercharged – Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride, starring YOU closed on September 8, 2015 and Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue closed on January 5, 2016 to make way for this new attraction opening in 2018. Learn more

Race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon – Twister… Ride it Out closed on November 2, 2015 in order for construction to begin on this new attraction opening in 2017. Learn more

Diagon Alley – JAWS and its home on Amity Island were closed permanently on January 3, 2012, to make way for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, which officially opened July 8, 2014. This ‘London’ portion of the Harry Potter story features new shops, a themed restaurant, and two new attractions: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Bank simulator experience and a real Hogwarts Express running between ‘London’ and the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter over at Islands of Adventure. Visit our Insider’s guide to the Wizarding World to learn so, so much more.

The list above is only a summary of the current attraction refurbishments, openings, and closings at Universal Studios Florida. For a complete list of the park’s attractions, scroll to the bottom of this page or visit the OI Universal Center table of contents.

Islands of Adventure

 

The Incredible Hulk Coaster – This headline attraction is now open! It features a new track, completely refreshed queue experience, and more. You can learn more by clicking here.

Skull Island: Rein of Kong – King Kong is now open at Universal Orlando Resort! This brand new attraction is located in between Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park. You’ll navigate perilous jungles, explore ancient temple structures, and encounter hostile natives – and that’s only the beginning. Learn more

The list above is only a summary of the current attraction refurbishments, openings, and closings at Islands of Adventure. For a complete list of the park’s attractions, scroll to the bottom of this page or visit the OI Universal Center table of contents.

Universal CityWalk


Eight new venues in 2014 – Resort officials completed the largest expansion in CityWalk history in 2014, which included the addition of eight new venues: The Cowfish (burgers and sushi), Antojitos (Mexican), Vivo (Italian), Hot Dog Hall of Fame, Red Oven (pizza) , Bread Box (sandwiches), Cold Stone (ice-cream), and Menchies (frozen yogurt).

NBC Sports Grill & Brew – Opening in fall 2015, this family friendly sports-centric dining venue has one of the largest menus at Universal and plenty of TV screens. See our complete coverage (including the red carpet grand opening), our top 5 mouthwatering recommendations, or the top 5 delectable desserts at the new restaurant.

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium – One of CityWalk’s very first tenants, NBA City, closed its doors on August 16, 2015. Its replacement offers unique sweets and is set in a 19th century-inspired Steampunk chocolate emporium. To see hundreds of pictures, details, and the menu at this new restaurant click here. For our initial thoughts, click here.

Toothsome is currently in previews and will officially open on September 22. Our coverage will begin at 10:30 am on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking for CityWalk events? They are included in our Events section near the top of the page — skip up there.

For more information about Universal CityWalk, scroll to the bottom of this page or visit the OI Universal Center table of contents.

Loews on-site hotels


Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – Universal Orlando’s fifth on-site hotel is now open! The new property, a paradise where blue waterfalls cascade across lush grounds, features 1,000 guest rooms geared towards families and convention attendees. Our complete guide has been updated and it entails 10 pages and hundreds of photos and videos!

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Room Upgrade – This hotel has wrapped up a complete remodel of their rooms. The new rooms are a pretty substantial departure from the previous color scheme and design.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Expansion400 new rooms are coming to Universal’s prime value hotel. The new towers will open in 2017 and be located next to Universal’s water theme park that is opening in the same year. Due to the expansion, guests staying in Cabana Bay’s current towers may be offered complimentary valet.

Looking for hotel events? They are included in our Events section near the top of the page — skip up there.

The list above is only a summary of the current projects relating to the Loews on-site hotels at Universal Orlando. For complete details about these properties, including over 700 full-screen photos, check out the links below or visit the OI Universal Center table of contents.

Do you have a question about the information on this page, would like to provide feedback, or did you spot an inaccuracy? Please let us know by posting in our Universal Community Facebook Group.

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