There are exciting new things happening every day at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! Join us every week to read about what’s new “Around the Universe.” This week’s Universal Orlando Resort News update features: changes to park hours, Halloween Horror Nights announcements, new CityWalk live events and more!
What’s New This Week?
Universal Orlando Theme Parks
New! Changes to Park Operating Hours: August 1 through August 16, Universal Islands of Adventure will open at 8:00am to the general public (7:00am for Early Park Admission), while Universal Studios Florida will open at 9:00am to the general public (8:00am for Early Park Admission). Due to the differences in opening times, the Hogwarts Express will not be available until 8:00am, and from 8:00am to 9:00am, it will only be available to guests with Early Park Admission (and park-to-park tickets, as always). Universal CityWalk operating hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., 365 days a year. Reminder! Diagon Alley is OPEN! July 8th marked the official grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Universal Orlando welcomed thousands of excited guests into the spectacularly themed land for the very first time with confetti, fireworks and a red carpet lined with dozens of cheering Diagon Alley team members. Here’s a video recap of Diagon Alley Grand Opening. Reminder! Halloween Horror Nights Announcements Released: Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando® Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights®, the nation’s premier Halloween event. Select nights Sept. 19 – Nov. 1, you can explore eight terrifying haunted houses, multiple street experiences, two outrageous live shows, and many of your favorite rides and attractions. You’ll be completely immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror including: The Purge: Anarchy, Syfy’s Face Off, From Dusk Till Dawn and AMC’s The Walking Dead. More announcements to come.
Universal Orlando Resort Hotels
Reminder! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ Exclusive Vacation Package Dates Extended: Experience all the magic and excitement with this exclusive vacation package including admission to both Universal Orlando® theme parks, hotel accommodations, Early Park Admission? to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme parks open, breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ and the new Leaky Cauldron™, receive an Owl Post Welcome Gift and more! Purchase now – December 10, 2014 with select travel through December 18, 2014. Prices starting from $109 per adult, per night, tax inclusive. Reminder! Velvet Sessions with Lou Gramm July 31, 2014: Velvet Bar hosts the city’s only rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party on the last Thursday of the month. Admission is $29 on-line or $35 at the door and includes FREE specialty drinks & finger foods and warm-up tunes from 6:30-8:30pm, plus FREE valet parking. Cash bars and live band from 8:00pm onward. Each “session” combines creative cocktails with live music from some of the hottest rock bands.
New! K92.3 All Star Jam with Big & Rich to Perform at Hard Rock Live: Some of the most popular acts in country music right now, will gather under one roof for what’s sure to be a night of incredible music. The K92.3 All-Star Jam takes over the Hard Rock Live Orlando stage, on Friday, August 15th 2014, featuring performances by Big & Rich, Chase Rice and Jamie Lynn Spears! $65 Reserved Balacony $39 GA Standing Floor. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets available at the Hard Rock Live box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information call 407-351-LIVE. New! The Wayans Brothers to Perform at Hard Rock Live: The prodigiously talented Wayans Brothers are getting together for a 2014 tour! Keenan Ivory, Shawn, Marlon and Damon are heading out on what’s been called a sketch comedy/stand-up hybrid. They will appear at the Hard Rock Live Orlando stage, on Saturday, August 16th 2014. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $75.50 First 2 Rows and Balcony Tables $65.50 Advance $72.50 Day of Show. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Tickets available at the Hard Rock Live box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information call 407-351-LIVE. New! Classic Albums Live Featuring Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at Hard Rock Live Aug 22: Classic Albums Live is a group of studio musicians and vocalists that perform the albums LIVE using the instrumentation used on the original recording…cut for cut…note for note. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets: $25 Advance, $30 Day of Show for Reserved Seating and $15 Advance, $20 Day of Show GA Standing Perimeter. Tickets available at the Hard Rock Live box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information call 407-351-LIVE. Reminder! CityWalk Expansion Plans: Hot Dog Hall Hall of Fame opened most recently to join Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, Menchie’s, Breadbox and VIVO Italian Kitchen as the latest establishments to open as part of the expansion to Universal CityWalk. The CowFish will open later this year.
Closures and Refurbishments
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