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What are the New Attractions at Universal Orlando for 2019?

New year, new theme park thrills! Universal Orlando Resort continues its expansion with new rides, resorts, and restaurants. In their quest to bring the biggest and best pop culture experiences to the masses, Universal has plenty lined up for not only this year but beyond. So, what are the new attractions at Universal Orlando for 2019? And what can you expect from one of the world’s best theme parks in the years to come? Read on to find out.

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Opening in 2019

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Location: Islands of Adventure
Opening: Summer 2019

When it comes to new attractions at Universal Orlando, fans are always clamoring for more Harry Potter! After closing the Dragon Challenge coaster in September 2017, Universal Orlando announced a new dark ride would take its place. In 2019, this ride finally opens! Located in the Hogsmeade section of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, guests will go on a daring adventure that’s fun for the whole family. Along the way, expect to meet magical creatures and visit new and mysterious places in what Universal Orlando is touting as their most highly themed roller coaster to date.

Universal Orlando has remained relatively secretive about this new ride. However, here are the details we do know, which is set to open on June 13, 2019.

The ride is located near Hogwarts, where the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction lives. It features new technology, allowing riders to take a seat on Hagrid’s motorbike while they tour the wizarding world’s magical creatures. (Think Buckbeak the Hippogriff in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.) During the adventure, explore far beyond sights Hogwarts Castle and get up-close to Thestrals, Unicorns, Centaurs, and Grawp the giant.

All-New Live Action Experience

Location: Universal Studios
Opening: Summer 2019

Universal Orlando Resort closed Terminator 2: 3D earlier this fall. As such, a new live-action experience will open in that theater space. Minimal details have been released but the attraction is supposedly going to be centered on a Universal franchise opening in 2019.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort

Location: Universal Orlando Resort
Opening: Summer 2019

At the location of the former Wet ‘n Wild water park, visitors will find two new hotels in the upcoming years.

Surfside Inn and Suites is set to open in summer 2019, while Dockside Inn and Suites will open in phases throughout 2020. Together, they create Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, which features a sun, surf, and sand theme and amazing amenities. These include two-bedroom family suites, three pools, two food courts, and a coffee bar. Plus, the resort has set a price point of under $100/night which makes it very appealing to families everywhere!

The Today Cafe

Location: Universal Studios
Opening: Spring 2019

Have you always wanted to dine with Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie and the rest of the Today show crew? Well, now’s your chance! At Universal Studios Orlando, visitors can experience The Today Cafe which is designed to look and feel just like the Studio 1A set in Rockefeller Center. And, while your favorite morning show stars won’t actually be there,  the cafe, including its menu, was inspired by them. The highly themed Today Cafe, with a location just inside the iconic Universal Studios arches, will serve breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

There’s Always Something New at Universal Orlando Resort

This theme park excels at keeping things fresh and fun for guests. Each year, new rides or new attractions at Universal Orlando are unveiled. From pop culture phenoms like Harry Potter to old favorites like Nintendo, it’s sure to be an exciting time at Universal Orlando for years to come.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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