Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of December 9

Winter is coming early with a cold front all across the eastern United States, including Florida. This week debuts a new Marvel character dinner at Islands of Adventure and Blue Man Group is performing a special autism-friendly show.

Weekly Crowd Levels

The weeks between Thanksgiving and just before Christmas are one of the quietest times to visit the Orlando parks and our crowd calendar shows that. Enjoy the low wait times and have a warm Butterbeer for me.

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

Cold weather comes to Florida as the jetstream will dive south toward Georgia and bring cold conditions to the eastern and central USA. This will drive temperatures in Florida down to the 60s for the high and 40s for the low. Make sure to pack for the weather. The cold weather also could affect operating hours of Volcano Bay. Check the Universal Orlando and TouringPlans Twitter accounts for the latest information.

Winter weather will also affect travel plans throughout the United States, so keep an eye out for delayed and canceled flights. 

Park Hours and Admission

CityWalk is open until 2 a.m. with free self parking starting after 6:00 p.m.

Single-day park tickets are at Value pricing this week. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax).

Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).

Notable News

Universal Orlando announced a new character dinner experience with… Marvel characters? The Marvel Character Dinner, located at Cafe 4 in Marvel Super Hero Island, lets you meet Captain America, Spider-man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, and Rouge while you chow down on Italian food. Dinner reservations are available Thursday through Saturday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will run you $49.99 plus tax per adult and $24.99 plus tax per child (3 to 9 years old). Due to the contract with Marvel, the Universal Orlando parks are allowed to use many popular Marvel characters in their parks in perpetuity.

Blue Man Group is performing a special autism-friendly show for individuals and families on December 9 at 6:00 p.m. The show is modified to reduce the noise, light levels, and the Blue Man interactions with the audience. Calming environments in the lobby and sound reducing headphones or earplugs will be provided. AutismAtTheParks wrote a glowing review of the modified show. Tickets are a reduced $39 with $5 going to Autism Speaks.

Weekly Highlights

This week on TouringPlans our own Mr. World Wide, Derek Burgan, penned a Saturday Six Reasons We Love The Christmas Season at UniversalAsk It: Universal for the Holidays ponders if readers are more likely to visit Universal Orlando Resort for the holidays with the additional offerings this year.

Blue Man Group is offering a chance to purchase discounted tickets November 1 through January 1, 2018 starting at $49. I am fan of the show and think this is a great deal.

That is all for this week. See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!

Joseph Matt

Avid amusement park and video game fan. Enjoys picking up rare beers at breweries, exploring cities, cooking, and leading the young men of his fraternity.