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Universal Orlando Resort Events, Refurbishments & Closures July 2023

Check out all the latest from Universal Orlando Resort, with the latest special events, closures and refurbishments.


Universal Orlando Resort Events, Refurbishments & Closures

Welcome to another month of special events, closures and refurbishments at Universal Orlando Resort.


We know it can be difficult to keep up to date with what's happening at the theme parks here in Orlando, and that's why we produce this monthly update, to help you enjoy all that's new and happening, together with keeping you updated on what rides and attractions are currently closed for refurbishment!


As we head into July we are still seeing aconstruction walls around Universal Studios Florida, due to the ongoing construction on the former KidZone area.


Universal Orlando Resort Events, Refurbishments & Closures

The big news is that construction walls are down on a a large area of the new Minion Land, with the Minion Cafe, Villian-Con Gift Shop, and more now open.


We are currently still waiting on an opening date for the new Minion attraction, and the Sing theater.


Exclusive Coca-Cola Secret Menu Debuts At Universal Orlando Resort

Coca-Cola Secret Menu At Universal Orlando

For a limited time, the secret menu at Universal Orland Resort is a fun and unique opportunity for guests to try never-before-tasted drinks


The secret menu consists of refreshing, never-before-tasted speciality beverages at secret locations throughout the parks. Some of these beverages are available on select Coca-Cola Freestyle machines (but it’s a secret how to access them on the machines!) and some can be ordered at the counter (if you know to ask!).


Be on the lookout for the Secret Menu QR code throughout the park to learn more or keep reading and we will show you how to order them all!


Exclusive Coca-Cola Secret Menu Debuts At Universal Orlando Resort

Coca-Cola Secret Menu

Blood Orange Boba Spritz $7.00

A bright and refreshing combination of Minute Maid Lemonade and Blood Orange Syrup with Dragon Fruit Bursting Boba! Location: In Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Ask for the speciality drink by name at the counter.



Zero Sugar Chocolate Berry Blast $7.00

A rich and enticing combination of Coke Zero, Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup and Sugar-Free Blackberry essence. Location: Louie's Italian Restaurant in Universal Studios Florida. Ask for the speciality drink by name at the counter.



Krakatoa Blackberry Fizz $7.00

Mouthwatering Sprite with a tangy blackberry blast and an orange wheel topper. Location: Whakawaiwai Eats and Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club in Universal Volcano Bay. Ask for the speciality drink by name at the counter.



Watermelon Spritz $7.00

Scrumptious spritzer made with Sprite, a watermelon splash and topped with a sweet watermelon gummy treat. Location: The Watering Hole in Universal Islands of Adventure. Ask for the speciality drink by name at the counter.



Secret Menu Mix

When you get to the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, look for the vault icon on the Home Screen and follow the steps from the app.

Secrets await at all these locations!


Mel's Drive-In in Hollywood in Universal Studios Florida

Louie's Italian Restaurant in New York in Universal Studios Florida

Richter's Burger Co. in San Francisco in Universal Studios Florida

KidZone Pizza Company in Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone in Universal Studios Florida

Men In Black Cart in World Expo in Universal Studios Florida

Lagoon Lemonade in World Expo in Universal Studios Florida

Coke Icon in Universal Citywalk Orlando

The Burger Digs in Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Pizza Predattoria in Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Lemon Slush in Port of Entry in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Moose Juice, Goose Juice in Seuss Landing in Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Comic Strip Cafe in Toon Lagoon in Universal's Islands of Adventure


Universal Orlando Resort Events, Refurbishments & Closures

Current Universal Orlando Resort Closures & Refurbishments

Fortunately in July as the summer crowd levels rise, the refurbishments and closures fall, with guests able to enjoy just about everything the Universal parks have to offer!


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Mel's Diner  at Universal Studios Florida

Mel’s Drive-In Diner
Closed Now - ?

Now that Minion Café is open, Mel’s Drive-In Diner is currently closed for a period of refurbishment.


No timeframe have been announced, although we expect Mel's will re-open by mid July at the latest.


The refurbishment will not change the theming or the overall look of the restaurant, with work concentrating on refreshing the restaurant only.



KidZone
Closed January 15, 2023

The majority of KidZone closed at Universal Studios Florida on January 15, with Fievel's Playland, Woody Woodpecker Family Coaster, Curious George, DreamWorks Destination and Shrek & Donkey Meet & Greet all now gone forever.


While no official announcement has been made what is replacing the closed attractions, the area will be transformed into Universal's DreamWorks Animation Land which is scheduled to open in 2024.



Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration

Dates: March 9 - Permanent

Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration night show which took place in Universal studios Florida lagoon featured fountains, pyrotechnics, lasers, water screens an more.


While the show has ended, it's known that Universal is working ion a new nighttime show and is set to feature drones.


Universal Orlando Resort Events, Refurbishments & Closures

Universal's Islands of Adventure


Poseidon's Fury at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Permanently Closed

Poseidon's Fury will permanently close at Universal's Islands of Adventure on May 9.


Universal Orlando have not announced a replacement for the attraction, only promising "exciting new experiences,".


Poseidon's Fury was an opening day attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure when it opened back in 1999.



Dark Arts At Hogwarts Castle

November 1, 2022 - September ?

Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle had its last show of the season on October 31 and will not return to Universal's Island's Of Adventure until September, 2023 where it should return until Halloween, October 31, 2023.



And that's everything, with no current closures, and it's no surprise at we head into the hot and very busy summer months.


Have a great month! Happy Summer!!

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