Hello 2018! It’s going to be the year of a few new things to Orlando, so if you’re heading there this year, especially to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, you’ll want to read on.
So, what’s in store for Universal this year? There’s loads coming this year, and we’re also expecting some big announcements this year. Here’s a lowdown of the 5 top things happening or opening this year.
1. Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride
The latest ride to join Universal Studios after the great success of Ride Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon. On Fast & Furious – Supercharged you get to jump in alongside your favourite characters in a crazy chase scene that feels like it’s right out of the movies.
If you’re an IGer (or Instagrammer) – the ride is also filled with cars and props from the movies, perfect for that selfie or boasting on the gram.
This one opens in Spring – and knowing Universal – it will probably soft open a little earlier. So we’re predicting around April time for soft opening.
2. Aventura Hotel
Another brand new addition for 2018 is the Aventura hotel by Universal. It’s perched 17 stories up in the air, so you’ll enjoy amazing panoramic views of Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and the new Volcano Bay.
It opens in August 2018 and is rumoured to be very modern and sleek inside – it sounds like it’s going to be great value for money, so definitely one to keep your eye out for when booking for 2018 and beyond.
3. Mardi Gras
Woohoo! Mardi Gras is back again this year and we’re predicting it to be a great line up! We love that it’s a real authentic New Orleans celebration with big parades, street performers and everything colourful!
Add to that, on selected nights you can watch some of the biggest names in music live in concert which makes it incredible.
Mardi Gras begins in Feb and ends in April.
4. Halloween Horror Nights
AAAAAAAAGGGGGHHH! It’s the scariest event of the year! I’d easily say it’s one of the best Halloween Events in the world and it’s back again for its 28th year!!
If you’re not familiar with the event, it runs on selected nights from September to November and promises to scare you to your wits end. Screaming from the minute you walk in to the minute you walk out, you might need to take a spare pair!
Coming back by popular demand – the holiday season! As if they could cancel that again! (Really, you don’t know it?)
Join the Grinch on his holiday parade around Islands of Adventure and get that eagerly-awaited picture of you and him for your friends back home.
Or maybe you’re one of those muggles? If you are, the holidays light show is back again this year at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so be prepared for a magical display with incredible music to really wow you – honestly – it made people cry this year!
We’re not expecting anything else to open this year, but we’re definitely expecting some huge announcements to come from Universal Orlando. We’re expecting new hotels, new ride announcements as well as plenty of new attractions, shows and restaurants for CityWalk. Lot’s to come this year, and we’ll be talking about it all.
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