Universal Orlando Preview — May 12, 2018

Warm weather is here across the Untied States and all the water rides are up and running. Pack your bathing suit and get ready for a ride on Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, the best water ride in Orlando.

Weekly Crowd Levels

Detailed crowd level information can be found here.

Weather Report

Park Hours and Admission

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

Single-day, one park tickets are at Anytime pricing May 12 and 13. Base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $115 per adult and $110 per child (plus tax).

Single-day, one park tickets are at Value pricing May 14-18. Base tickets to Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure are $124 per adult and $119 per child (plus tax).

Two-day, two-park tickets are $264.99 per adult and $254.99 per child (plus tax).

Volcano Bay tickets are at Anytime pricing at $80 per adult and $75 per child (plus tax).

Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges

Photograph from Touring Plans

Nothing beats a the heat quite like a water ride. In Orlando there is only one that combines the thrills, sets, characters, and the WATER quite like Popeye at Islands of Adventure. Popeye is taking you on a boating tour to Paradise Island but Bluto sabotages the route and sends you to Hurricane River. Along the way you go through caves, boat washing stations, rapids, fight a giant Octopus, and have to save Olive Oyl.

Popeye defines “you will get wet/you may get soaked” and is the perfect ride to cool down in the park. It is best to ride Popeye after experiencing the attractions in Marvel Super Hero Island but before you head back to the hotel for a quick change. If going through the rinse cycle is not your style, make sure to check out the “Me Ship, The Olive” which allows you to fire water cannons at riding guests.

Upcoming Events

Magician Rob Lake will be performing at the Hard Rock Live on June 2 at 7:00 p.m. Rob is the youngest recipient of the Merlin Award and will whisk away the crowd with the largest touring illusion show in the world. Rob is offering Touring Plans readers with the discount code “MAGIC”, good for 10% off tickets on Ticketmaster.

See you next week and make sure to leave a question below for the Mail Bag!

Joseph Matt

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