From grand openings to upcoming announcements, here’s a quick look ahead at what you can expect from Universal Orlando Resort in 2018.
Fast & Furious – Supercharged (Opening: Spring)
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.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel (Opening: August)
Universal’s Aventura Hotel to Bring Affordable-Chic to Life at Universal Orlando Resort in Summer 2018. Universal Orlando’s sixth hotel welcomes guests this August, you can already book a room. The hotel features amazing views out the floor-to-ceiling windows, a sparkling pool and Universal Orlando’s first rooftop bar.
Perched 17 stories up in the air, guests will be able to enjoy striking, panoramic views of all three theme parks, 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.
Halloween Horror Nights 2018 – Opening: September, with select nights through October. The world’s premier Halloween event will return for it’s 28th straight year at Universal Orlando.
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, Grinchmas and Mannheim Steamroller performances. All are confirmed to be returning in 2018.
Details of new rides and attractions coming in 2018
More details about the previously-announced ride replacing Dragon Challenge in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
An additional projection mapping experience coming to Hogwarts castle
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular being replaced
Terminator 2: 3D replacement attraction to be revealed
A new venue replacing ‘Element’ coming to Universal CityWalk
Super Mario World – this new land is due to open at Universal Studios Orlando but no timescales released yet, more details are expected to be announced soon. Recent planning documents show the new area will be bigger than previously thought.