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Universal Orlando provides some information on things in store for 2018

Universal Orlando provides some information on things in store for 2018

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Universal Orlando released a few details on upcoming attractions and hotels.  I’m really looking forward to Fast & Furious – Supercharged as I’m a fan of that franchise!

Universal Orlando – From grand openings to upcoming announcements, here’s a quick look ahead at what you can expect from Universal Orlando Resort.

Fast & Furious – Supercharged

Opening: Spring

Fast & Furious - Supercharged Exterior Rendering

The latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise isn’t in your local cinemas or streaming on your favorite device. It’s a big, bold ride—and it’s right here at Universal Studios Florida. Jump in alongside your favorite Fast characters in a crazy chase scene that feels like it’s right out of the movies. The attraction is also filled with cars and props from the movies, perfect for that selfie on your Instagram.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Opening: August

Universal’s Aventura Hotel to Bring Affordable-Chic to Life at Universal Orlando Resort in Summer 2018.

If you’re looking for modern, sleek and perfectly-priced accommodations while you’re here, look no further. Our sixth hotel welcomes you this August. You can already book a room and start dreaming about the views out your floor-to-ceiling windows, the sparkling pool and our first rooftop bar.

Perched 17 stories up in the air, you’ll enjoy striking, panoramic views of all three theme parks. You’ll be able to look out over the iconic Hogwarts Castle, the twists and turns of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster, and the tropical oasis of Universal’s Volcano Bay.

KtP Note:  Only Royal Pacific, Hard Rock and Portofino hotels offer complimentary Unlimited Express passes and Early Park Admission.  Other Universal hotels only offer Early Park Admission.

Special Events

Beyond the rides and shows, your favorite events will be back this year! A Celebration of Harry Potter and Mardi Gras are just around the corner. And here are a few more of my favorites to look forward to.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Opening: September, with select nights through October

Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

The world’s premier Halloween event will return for it’s 28th straight year at Universal Orlando. When this event ends, I always ask myself, “How will we top ourselves next year? There’s no way.” But then those demented geniuses go off and do it. Can’t wait to see the terrifying houses, scarezones and shows they scare up for us.


Opening: Mid-November

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle - Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

This year brought all-new décor, live shows and an incredible music and lighting spectacle on Hogwarts Castle with Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It also included an all-new Universal Holidays Parade Featuring Macy’s with entirely new balloons and floats. And all that’s on top of the fun of Grinchmas, Mannheim Steamroller performances and holiday cheer all around.

Well, it’s all coming back again this year for more holiday merriment and mischief. Consider your holiday travel plans booked. 

Crystal Ball Gazing

You can expect to hear an announcement or two from Universal Orlando this year on things like:

  • The previously-announced ride replacing Dragon Challenge in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
  • An additional projection mapping experience at Hogsmeade castle
  • Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular being replaced
  • Something new going in where Terminator 2: 3D was
  • A new venue coming to Universal CityWalk where Element was
  • Our expanding hotel collection
  • The continued global expansion of our partnership with Nintendo. Our sister park in Japan has already broken ground on Super Mario World; I’m sure you can’t wait to hear what’s next.

Are you visiting Universal Orlando in 2018?  Character Locator would be a wise investment with full character listings, show schedules, ride details and menus.   It also has several great touring plan options including ones for Horror Nights!

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Sunday 14th of January 2018

Any idea on a specific open date? We will be visiting this spring.


Sunday 14th of January 2018

Universal hasn't given a date yet. Hopefully for spring break season


Friday 5th of January 2018

I love Universal, too. Especially Islands of Adventure. I'm almost 70 so I want to get in all the rides I can... before I can't!

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