Universal Orlando Preview — Week of May 26, 2018

This week’s Mail Bag returns with questions about the virtual queue system at Universal Studios Florida and we preview many of the events around the resort in June.

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. 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).

FIFA World Cup

Anticipation and excitement are high as FIFA World Cup 2018 is right around the corner. For fans of the beautiful game, Universal will be showing games around the resort at the following locations:

Universal CityWalk

  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew (games will be broadcasted in Spanish)
  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame

On-Site Hotels

  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – Thirsty Fish, Splendido, Bar American
  • Hard Rock Hotel Orlando – Velvet Lounge, Beach Club, and The Kitchen
  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Jake’s American Bar, Bula Bar, and Orchid Court Lounge
  • Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – Amatista, Strong Water Large Screen and Lobby Screen, and Drhum Club
  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Swizzle Lounge, Hideaway, Atomic Tonic, and Galaxy Bowl

While Universal has not officially listed any in park restaurants or bars as viewing locations, you should be able to catch some games at Finnegan’s Bar & Grill and Duff Gardens at Universal Studios Florida and Backwater Bar at Islands of Adventure.

Mail Bag

This week’s mail bag question comes from “jpharrisjr” on the Touring Plans forums. They ask:

Does anyone know if you can have a virtual line reservation for F&F and Fallon together? Not at the same time, but say one at 11 and one at 1?

I have confirmed with Seth Kubersky of Touring Plans and The Unofficial Guide that two virtual line reservations can be held together. So a guest could book a Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon time then a Fast & Furious: Supercharged one and hold those reservations at the same time.

Upcoming Events

Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions concert series hosts Berlin with Terri Nunn this Thursday, May 31 at 6:30pm. Enjoy listening to The Metro while you sip specialty cocktails and sample finger foods. Drinks, food, valet parking, and concert are included in the $30 ticket price.

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.

Emeril’s Restaurant Orlando in CityWalk will be serving its last banana cream pie June 3 as the restaurant is closing forever.

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.