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Universal Orlando Snapshot: Current Ride Closures, Park Promotions, & Special Events

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

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The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure
The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure

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We visit Universal multiple times every month to bring our fans live in-park photo and video updates direct from Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, and CityWalk! To see all of our photo updates as they happen, we invite you to follow us on Twitter.

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Current Ride Closures

Universal Studios Florida

  • Hogwarts Express: December 10 – 16

Islands of Adventure

  • The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle
  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls: October 2 – November 17
  • Hogwarts Express: December 10 – 16
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure: January 8 – February 1, 2024
  • Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges: February 5 – March 8, 2024
Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida

Current promotions and resort-wide changes

Epic Universe
Universal’s newest theme park, Epic Universe, is back on track! After originally being announced in August 2019, all construction was halted in July 2020 thanks to the coronavirus pandemic – but, on March 3, 2021, Universal was happy to reveal that it was starting everything back up. Although it’ll take the next several months for the process to get back to where it was at the beginning of 2020, it’s still good news – and an even better indicator of where businesses think our economy will be as we finally start to look past COVID-19.

To learn even more, you can read the big announcement or do a deep dive into Epic Universe in our complete guide. Universal Orlando’s fourth park is currently expected to open in summer 2025.

Early Park Admission
This perk is currently available at Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay. Select dates for Early Park Admission are available at Universal Studios Florida. Prior to your visit, please check that you are eligible for Early Park Admission.

The following attractions are available for Early Park Admission at Islands of Adventure from September 1 – October 31:

The following attractions are available for Early Park Admission at Volcano Bay from September 1 – October 30:

Upcoming annual events and special celebrations

The Last of Us at Halloween Horror Nights 2023
The Last of Us at Halloween Horror Nights 2023

Halloween Horror Nights
Fright nights have arrived to Universal Orlando Resort! Halloween Horror Nights returns for its 32nd year of fear on select evenings from September 1 through November 4. Learn more about this fest here – if you dare.

Universal Studios Florida

DreamWorks Animation Land – Coming in 2024, immerse yourself in a land based on beloved DreamWorks Animation films that will feature play areas and attractions themed after fan-favorite franchises like ShrekKung Fu Panda, and Trolls. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet with beloved characters like Gabby from Gabby’s Dollhouse. Read the announcement here.

Illumination’s Villain-con Minion Blast – The biggest gathering of baddies has arrived at Universal Studios Florida! Find out about the mischief and mayhem here.

Illumination’s Minion Land – Mischief and mayhem have begun to arrive at Universal Studios Florida with the recent opening of Bake My Day, Pop-A-Nana, Freeze Ray Pops, Illumination Theater, and the flagship quick service spot – Illumination’s Minion Cafe. You can read all about this new eatery over on the OI Blog.

Jurassic Park Tribute Store – Celebrate 30 years of this iconic, fan-favorite film by visiting this new, limited-time merchandise location! You can find out more about the Jurassic Park Tribute Store here and additional celebrations for this milestone anniversary.

The list above is only a summary of the current ride 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.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

Poseidon’s Fury Upcoming Permanent Closure – The temple of Poseidon was sealed on May 9, 2023. Learn more here about the attraction that has made its home within The Lost Continent for almost 24 years.

Jurassic World VelociCoaster – the apex predator of roller coasters has arrived! Get the complete rundown here.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – find out everything there is to know about the newest Harry Potter ride over on our guide page.

The list above is only a summary of the current ride 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.

Volcano Bay

Krakatoa Katy’s – Originally only a gift shop at the front of Volcano Bay has now been transformed to be part gift shop and part bar. It is a great alternative spot to get a drink if the normal bar lines are too long.

A look inside of Jurassic World: ESCAPE in Universal's Great Movie Escape
A look inside of Jurassic World: ESCAPE in Universal’s Great Movie Escape


Universal’s Great Movie Escape – First-of-its-kind escape adventures kicked off at Universal CityWalk on December 9, 2022. Travel through time within the Back to the Future universe in Back to the Future: OUTATIME, or flee from the grasp of an apex predator in Jurassic World: ESCAPE. Read our spoiler-free review here.

Bigfire – CityWalk’s newest restaurant, which replaces Emeril’s, opened on June 26, 2019. Bigfire cooks all of its food on a giant wood-fire grill in the center of the venue, using different types of wood to bring out different smoky flavors. You can get all the details over in the OI Universal Center.

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.

Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

Universal Orlando’s hotels

Upcoming Velvet Sessions at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando – Velvet sessions are making a rockin’ return to Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. These concerts are held in an intimate setting, allowing guests to hear performances by some of their favorite artists while enjoying cocktails and small plates. Celebrate Halloween in style with Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey, on October 20. In addition to the specialty drinks and small appetizers, don your most creative All Hallows’ Eve attire for a chance to win a fantastic prize in a costume contest. Multi-platinum alternative rock band, The Fixx will fill the lobby with some of their hit songs like “One Thing Leads To Another,” “Red Skies,” “Saved By Zero,” and more on November 9.

Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Immerse your senses in the cuisine and music of Italy with Loews Portofino Bay’s Harbor Nights, returning on October 20 and November 24. Enjoy Italian fare, select wines, live music, and traditional opera performances on the hotel’s piazza, which sets a beautiful backdrop to this enchanting evening. 

Shakes Malt Shoppe – Cabana Bay Beach Resort just got a little sweeter! A new quick-service location has opened up that offers smoothies, shakes, scoops, and so much more! Learn more here.

Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites – the second half of Universal’s new hotel complex was initially delayed thanks to COVID-19, but finally had its grand opening on December 15, 2020. You can learn more about the eighth property at Universal Orlando here.

Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites – the other half of Endless Summer Resort opened on June 27, 2019. You can learn all about the hotel here.

Epic Universe

Epic Universe, Universal’s newest theme park, was announced in August 2019, indefinitely delayed a year later (thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic), and put back on track in March 2021. Find out everything there is to know about the park’s past and future over in the Universal Center

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 hotels at Universal Orlando. For complete details about these properties, check out the links below or visit the OI Universal Center table of contents.

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Insider Tips on Your Vacation

These guide pages will give you the inside scoop on how to get the most out of your vacation to Universal Orlando Resort. From internet access to mobile food ordering, all your questions can be answered here. Perusing these pages now will save you countless hours later, allowing you to spend more time on what’s important – your trip!

Insider’s Guide to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

With Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade Village, Universal Orlando changed the game for what it meant to be immersed in a theme park. These guide pages will cover our best insider tips on getting the most out of your visit to the Wizarding World.

Annual Events at Universal Orlando

There’s more to do than just rollercoasters! The following guide pages provide information on annual events at Universal Orlando Resort. Check here periodically for updates and news.

Universal Orlando Touring Plans

We combined our years of expertise and insider experience to build the best touring plans for you so you don’t have to! Whether you’re staying one day, or all week, we’ve got you covered!

Universal Studios Florida – Complete Guide and History

Universal Studios boasts The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, Men in Black, Springfield, U.S.A, and more. Use these guide pages to help plan your ultimate vacation.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure – complete guide and history

Islands of Adventure features lands such as Seuss Landing, Jurassic Park, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade Village. That means you can ride The Cat in the Hat, come face to face with dinosaurs, and attend Hagrid’s magical creatures lesson. These pages contain great insider tips and tricks to make sure you have a great vacation.

Universal’s Volcano Bay – complete guide and history

The water theme park at Universal Studios, Volcano Bay takes your vacation to a whole new level of relaxation and excitement – all in the same day! Go with the flow in a raft, or climb to the top of Krakatau volcano just to slide back down again! But whatever you do – use our guide pages to plan your day at Volcano Bay and maximize your trip.

Park-wide tips

Universal’s Epic Universe – complete guide and history (opening expected in 2025)

Epic Universe will be Universal Orlando Resorts’ biggest park, housing three major intellectual properties: DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, and Nintendo.

Universal CityWalk Orlando

These guide pages will walk you through everything you need to know about Universal City Walk and all you can find there! With formal dining options, to-go pizza, and even a tattoos parlor, you’ll find what you need (and more) at City Walk.

Universal Orlando’s hotels (general information)

Universal Orlando Resort boasts eight hotels, and each has something the others don’t! Use these guide pages to read about each one and decide which is best for you and your family on your unforgettable vacation.


Unfortunately, even good things must come to an end. Universal Orlando Resort opened more than 20 years ago, and in their journey to keep things fresh and updated, sacrifices had to be made along the way! Use these guide pages to read up on the attractions of days gone by.

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