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 2020? And what can you expect from one of the world’s best theme parks in the years to come? Read on to find out.
Opening in 2020
The Bourne Stuntacular
Location: Universal Studios Florida
Opening: Spring 2020
A brand new live-action stunt show will debut at Universal Studios Orlando in spring 2020. The The Bourne Stuntacular follows Jason Bourne across the world as he attempts to outmaneuver dangerous characters chasing after him. This new action-packed show in the Hollywood area of the park will feature death-defying chase scenes, leaps, and fistfights, keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Further, the action will encompass the audience as live performers, interactive props, and an upscale LED screen create an entirely immersive experience. Universal Orlando promises that, “you won’t just watch it – you’ll feel it.”
Universal Character 5K & 10K Runs
Race through the Universal Resort while meeting your favorite characters during the Universal Character Run! On February 1 and 2, 2020, runners can participate in the 5K race and 10K races at 5:30 am. Get the chance to receive victory medals as well as commemorative swag and a weekend of fun memories. In addition, participants can upgrade to a special VIP race registration or an Epic Fan registration so that friends and family can cheer them on.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort
Location: Universal Orlando Resort
Opening: March 2020
Dockside Inn and Suites is set to open in March 2020, while its sister hotel, Surfside Inn and Suites, is now open to guests. Together, they create Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, which showcases sun, surf, and sand-themed amenities. These hotels have replaced the former Wet ‘n Wild water park.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Location: Islands of Adventure
Opened: Summer 2019
Located in the Hogsmeade section of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, guests 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.
Featuring new technology, this thrilling ride allows guests 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 of Hogwarts Castle and get up-close to Thestrals, Unicorns, Centaurs, and Grawp the giant.
The Today Cafe
Location: Universal Studios
Opened: 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, serves 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. With new additions added each season, it’s sure to be an exciting time at Universal Orlando for years to come.
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