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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: February 10, 2016

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Current promotions & resort-wide changes

 

Ticket price increases
Universal has increased the price of almost all of their online ticket options. Increases range from 3-15%. Learn more here.

Free $150 hotel dining credit
If you book your stay at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s preferred on-site hotel opening this July, by May 31, 2016 you could be eligible for a $150 hotel dining credit. This offer is valid for travel from July 14 – December 15, 2016. It is not valid near Thanksgiving (November 23 – 26). Minimum 4-night stay required. To book, contact Orlando Informer Travel.

Florida and Georgia Residents get up to 3 months free on any Annual Pass
You can receive 3 additional months free when you purchase a preferred or premier pass. Guests purchasing a power pass receive 1 additional month for free. This offer is valid for new purchases only, must be purchased and activated by April 18, 2016. Offer requires a Coca-Cola UPC code or promo code from specially marked Wendy’s cups (available 2/29-4/16). Full details.

3rd Day Free for U.S. and Canada Residents Returns
Now through April 12, 2016 U.S. and Canada residents can buy a 2-day park-to-park ticket ($194.99) and get the 3rd day free. Must be used in full by May 31, 2016.

Volcano Bay
Universal’s next generation water theme park is well under construction and will begin to wow guests in 2017. Learn more

Upcoming annual events & special celebrations

 

Mardi Gras 2016: February 6 – April 16
Laissez les bons temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!) Mardi Gras returns to Universal Studios Florida now through April 16. The free concert lineup this year is strong, boasting acts varying from Fall Out Boy to Diana Ross. Additionally, this year’s event introduces four new floats in the parade. You can see the full lineup and details in our complete 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 2017. 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

 

Popeye, Ripsaw Falls, Jurassic Park Annual Maintenance – Good news, Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges just wrapped up its annual maintenance. Bad news, Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls will not be falling now – February 13. Finally, Jurassic Park River Adventure will not be operating from February 15 – March 4.

The Incredible Hulk Coaster – This headline attraction is currently closed. It will reopen in the summer of 2016 with a new track, completely refreshed queue experience, and more. You can learn more by clicking here.

Skull Island: Rein of Kong – King Kong is preparing to make his return to Universal Orlando Resort in this brand new attraction that will be 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. Skull Island opens in summer of 2016. 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.

NBA City – This restaurant, one of CityWalk’s very first tenants, closed its doors on August 16, 2015. Its replacement, which should open in the fall of 2016 hasn’t been announced yet, but we have a guess on what it may be.

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 – On September 9, 2014, Universal announced its fifth on-site hotel. The new property, a paradise where blue waterfalls cascade across lush grounds, features 1,000 guest rooms geared towards families and convention attendees. The hotel opens on July 14, 2016. Complete coverage

Loews Royal Pacific Resort Room Upgrade – This hotel is wrapping up a complete remodeling 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 are being 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.

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