Universal’s Selective Access Policy Raises Eyebrows – New Attractions Off-Limits to Many

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A "restricted access" sign with a red hand symbol is on the left, juxtaposed against an image of people watching fireworks and a dinosaur hologram at a Universal illuminated event on the right.

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Universal Orlando Resort has reportedly announced that only a select group of guests will be allowed to experience the new shows, experiences, and attractions this summer.

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Universal Orlando Resort to Open New Land, Attractions, and Experiences This Summer

Universal Studios made a series of significant announcements on Monday, revealing the opening date of the highly anticipated DreamWorks Land on June 14. Among the highlights, a new nighttime show celebrating music in movies will debut at Universal Studios on June 14.

The Universal parks in Orlando have been busy with announcements and targeted ads about Epic Universe, and now this slew of experiences is coming this summer. Universal CityWalk is also gearing up for some significant changes.

This show promises a spectacular experience, utilizing state-of-the-art technology such as 228 fountains reaching heights of up to 131 feet, 4K projection mapping, an original musical score, and an impressive fleet of over 600 drones.

Guests from Diagon Alley or SUPER NINTENDO WORLD (once it opens next summer) will most likely be able to view these stunning new additions; that’s how big this spectacle will be. The Universal appeal will be growing from now through next summer.

Following this, starting July 3, Universal Studios will host the Universal Mega Movie Parade, billed as the largest daytime parade in Universal Orlando’s history. The parade will feature 13 new floats, nearly 100 performers, special effects, and beloved stories from Universal films.  Your theme park admission will soon grant you access to all this. Universal Islands of Adventure will also get a few new additions this summer.

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Experience the enchantment of “Hogwarts Always,” a captivating new projection show inviting guests on a magical journey through the iconic moments of a Hogwarts school year. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Hogwarts castle, this mesmerizing spectacle will debut on June 14, 2024, within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

Additionally, Halloween Horror Nights 33 is set to commence earlier than ever in 2024, promising iconic moments from Ghostbusters, Trolls, Jaws, and Jurassic World, among others, creating an unforgettable experience for guests.

With the news of these new additions to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, Universal is looking to give early access to a select group of guests who will see all this and experience it firsthand: its Annual Passholders.

ANOTHER FIND: Universal Orlando confirmed passholder previews for Cinesational, Mega Movie Parade and Dreamworks Land! No dates yet. – @hellomerio1 on X
The recent announcement regarding passholder previews for upcoming attractions such as Cinesational, Mega Movie Parade, and DreamWorks Land presents an exciting opportunity for pass holders.
These previews grant pass holders exclusive early access to enjoy these new offerings before they are accessible to the general public.
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This privilege allows pass holders to experience the attractions without the usual crowds, providing a more immersive and enjoyable experience. Moreover, Passholder previews often include special perks or discounts, enhancing the value of their annual passes.
This initiative underscores Universal Orlando’s dedication to offering additional benefits and privileges to its loyal Passholder base, reinforcing their commitment to the theme park and encouraging pass holders to renew their memberships.
With these experiences being offered to these select guests, and although no official dates have been revealed, with the official opening dates being between mid-June and early July, it can be speculated that these Passholder previews will commence sometime in June, likely at the start of the month.

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