Here’s a look around at what’s happening at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood, from July 10, 2023, to July 16, 2023.

Universal Orlando

Minion Cafe and Minion Land  – which includes Bake My Day, Illumination Theater Meet & Greet, and Freeze Ray Pops – has officially soft opened!

A soft opening is a technical rehearsal where all the major components are operational but some tweaks, changes, and updates will occur prior to the grand opening. Operating hours can vary, and an opening is not guaranteed until the area officially opens – which hasn’t been announced yet.

Villain-Con Minion Blast is not a part of the soft opening phase at this time.


Please keep in mind refurbishment dates can change.

The Nighttime Lights At Hogwarts Castle is currently on an extended closure for “future show enhancements”. No reopening timeframe has been given at this time.

Universal Studios Hollywood

The Death Eaters will be returning to the Wizarding World for a limited time until July 30, 2023, as part of the “Dark Art at Hogwarts Castle”.

Super Nintendo World is officially open! Reservations are not required, however, Universal will utilize a virtual queue system once the land reaches capacity. Make sure to download the official Universal Studios Hollywood app!


Please keep in mind refurbishment dates can change.

The Earthquake portion of the Studio Tour is closed for refurbishment until Spring 2024. The Studio Tour remains open, but will now bypass that portion.

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