What’s New at Universal Orlando Resort in 2019?

Universal Orlando Resort is more than just a theme park. Families come for the rides, food and entertainment, but return again and again for the fully-immersive experiences with their favorite characters. And this year, Universal Orlando is adding to the excitement. Come see new attractions, dining experiences and a brand new hotel complex.

Step into the world of broadcast television at Universal Studio Florida’s new restaurant, TODAY Café. Designed to mimic the TODAY show set, you’ll feel like a real-life talk show host. Enjoy New York-inspired sandwiches, salads and locally-roasted coffees. There’s even seasonal dishes inspired by co-anchor, Al Roker’s favorite recipes. Oh, and if you’re a fan of Kathie Lee and Hoda’s fourth hour of TODAY, you’re in luck. The café serves wine, beer on tap, and a traditional cheese platter for two.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
The newest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens June 13. Join Hagrid as he guides you outside of Hogwarts castle and through the Forbidden Forest on this captivating coaster experience. As a student of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class, you’ll encounter rare, magical creatures of the wizarding world, including a Centaur, Fluffy the three-headed dog and more. So, board a magical motorbike (or sidecar) and explore the dark forest at speeds up to 50 mph—it’s an adventure you don’t want to miss.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort: Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites
Attention budget-conscious families—two new value hotel options are coming to Universal Orlando. With rates starting at less than $100/night, families can enjoy exclusive benefits and the entire Universal experience at a price they love. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is comprised of two hotels, designed with a fun, surf and beachy vibe. Now, you’ll have to wait until next year to stay at Dockside Inn & Suites (March 2020), but Surfside Inn and Suites opens June 27.

A one-of-a-kind dining experience opens this summer at Universal Orlando. Bigfire is inspired by your favorite outdoor summer activities, camping and backyard barbecues, and incorporates fire cooking in their specially crafted menu. Come experience a modern take on one of the oldest styles of cooking known to man.

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle
Are you ready to face the Dark Arts? Later this year, the “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will bring to life dark creatures, villains and even Lord Voldemort himself. Take in the magic at this brand-new projection mapping experience. You and your kids will love the music, lighting and special effects at this spectacular light display.

With three massive theme parks and five new additions, the possibilities are endless to build your dream vacation. Our expert travel agents can help plan a memorable trip the whole family will love.

Talk to an agent, or visit AAA.com/travel to find out more about our Universal Orlando Resort packages.