Summer at Universal Studios Orlando New Limited Events 2024

Summer at Universal Studios Orlando New Limited Events 2024

Universal Studios Orlando has been through some changes in recent years, but, that hasn’t stopped them from giving us more reasons to visit the parks. With Universal Discounts for Summer, a Brand New DreamWorks Land, and new park experiences, there is plenty to do this summer at Universal Studios Orlando. 

Ready to plan a Universal Studios Orlando Vacation in 2024? Might  as well jump right in! There are new lands, and loads of reasons to visit the parks, and start a new annual tradition. With the arrival of Universal Studios EPIC Universe it will be good to get in the practice of  visiting! While EPIC Universe won’t be included in the Universal Annual Pass for the first year, if you’re thinking you might be visiting more than once this year, see if the Universal Studios Annual Pass may be a better deal than individual tickets. And if you’re settling into the Orlando area to tackle both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios check out the 12 Closest Hotels to Universal Studios and Disney World.

Trolls, Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda featured within DreamWorks Land at Universal Orlando Resort.

DreamWorks Land Opens June 14, 2024

With the arrival of DreamWorks Land in Universal Studios Florida, comes a beautiful new land, filled with colorful characters and memorable experiences. Replacing the area including Woody Woodpeckers Nuthouse Coaster, other attractions replaced include Fievel’s Playland, Curious George Goes to Town, DreamWorks Destination, and Shrek and Donkey’s Meet and Greet. These attractions have all been closed to make room for new spaces. DreamWorks Land  opens on June 14, 2024, and includes a variety of areas featuring Trolls, Kung Fu Panda and Shrek. Restaurants here include Swamp Snacks and Trolls Treats. 

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  • Trolls Trollercoaster: This child size coaster includes a caterpillar Caterbus, and friends Poppy, Tiny, Satin and Chenille, helping you to escape the creepy spiders! 
  • Trolls Area: This area of the park includes Poppy’s Playground, King Harold’s Swamp Symphony, and the Mama Luna Feline Fiesta. 
  • Po Live! Interactive Show: This meet and talk experience includes Po interacting with you via a digital screen. While babysitting his baby cousin, Po will share training in the ways of Kung Fu, an whip up some delicious snacks during the visit. 
  • Po’s Kung Fu Training Camp: Visit the ancestral home of Po and the pandas where you can meet and train with Po, and interact with the elements of this area; including making music on the gong in the courtyard. 
  • Shrek’s Swamp Meet and Greet: Meet Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey outside Shreks cottage in the swamp. This is a new space for meeting these friends and proves to offer lots of fun!

Colorful fireworks lighting up the night sky behind Hogwarts™ at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.

Hogwarts Always Begins June 14, 2024

Head to Hogwarts in Universal Islands of Adventure, to see Hogwarts Castle light up the night in an all new show, Hogwarts Always begins June 14, 2024. Featuring four different endings to the show, each celebrates a Hogwarts House with a colored pyrotechnic display of lights and music. Features of the event include dialogue from Harry Potter characters; Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid, the Sorting Hat and more. Note that this show REPLACES the The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle

Delight in the nighttime extravaganza, Hogwarts™ Always, an incredible new projection show. Enjoy a journey through iconic moments of a year at the beloved school of witchcraft and wizardry, all set against the majestic background of Hogwarts™ castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade™. On select nights.
 A royal blue background that fades into black with the words, CINESATIONAL A SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR in the center.

Cinesational: A Symphonic Spectacular

Cinesational Symphonic Spectacular June 14, 2024

Beginning June 14, 2024, the Cinesational Symphonic Spectacular is at Universal Studios Florida, at the Lagoon. Featuring music and stories from Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Jaws, Shrek, Trolls, Universal Monsters, How to Train Your Dragon and more, this show combines lights and music to cover the night sky. The lagoon includes 228 fountains that reach up to 131 feet in the sky. an excellent backdrop for a 4K projection show, this show includes 600 drones to help create the  story on the water. 

Thrill to a cinematic journey with stirring soundtracks evoking the mystery and magic of Harry Potter™, the pulse-pounding thrills of Jurassic World and the gripping suspense of Jaws. On select nights.
A black background with the words UNIVERSAL MEGA MOVIE PARADE in the center.

Mega Movie Parade July 3, 2024

Universal Studios Mega Movie Parade at Universal Studios Florida begins Wednesday, July 3, 2024, and includes  13 new floats, and 100 performers, celebrating some of the most iconic films. You can expect to see film favorites like E.T., Back to the Future, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, Jaws, Shrek, Trolls, Minions and more. Available to be seen on select days, be sure to check out the Universal Studios App for current show times. 

Your favorite characters leap off screen onto the streets for a daytime parade.
Feel the roar of the T. rex, enjoy the adventure of E.T., embrace your true colors with Trolls and more. On select days.

Summer Discounts at Universal Studios 2024

Ready to save some money at Universal Studios? We love the perks come from staying on property at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, but you can also get things like Early Park Admission and the Universal Express Pass deals, other ways too! Check out all the Summer Deals at Universal Orlando. 

Play 4 Days From $74 Per Day

Enjoy four days of thrills at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure when you purchase a 2-Park Play 4 Days Promo Base Ticket.

  • Visit one park per day
  • Upgrade to a Park-to-Park ticket to visit multiple parks in the same day
  • Upgrade to a 3-Park ticket to visit Volcano Bay**
  • Ticket price determined by first date of your visit; check price calendar

Get 30%* off a 3-Park, 5-Night Vacation Package

Stay at either Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel and you can have both. Plus, Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ up to one hour before the parks open (valid theme park admission required), along with complimentary transportation and walking paths to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk. For Arrival Dates Apr. 11, 2024–Mar. 6, 2025. Book the 3 Park 5 Night Package.

Save 20%* on 4-Nights at a Universal Orlando Hotel

Enjoy Early Park Admission and Complimentary Transportation as part of your Universal Orlando Hotel purchase! Find a Universal Orlando Hotel. 

Buy 2 Days, Get 2 Days Free* on a 2-Park, 2-Day Ticket

Get two days free when you buy a 2-Park, 2-Day Ticket online and enjoy four days of thrills at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Islands of Adventure. Grab the Buy 2 Get 2 Offer. 

Universal Studios This Summer

There you have it! The new things coming to Universal Studios Orlando at both parks. Be sure to take in the events at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. With EPIC Universe on the way, there is plenty to get excited about at Universal Studios. We recommend downloading the Universal Studios App to get a lay of the land, and be sure to stop by CityWalk for shopping and food before heading home! 

Things to do at Universal Studios Orlando this summer

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