Though Universal continues to work on its not-so-secret expansion project while we all wait for news about Nintendo Land, in recent days there have been some other, more low-key developments around the resort that you might have missed. From the cancellation of a popular event to the quiet closing of a long-running attraction, here are all tha changes happening at Universal that you need to know about! 

1. A Celebration of Harry Potter cancelled

Though the Celebration of Harry Potter fan event at Universal Orlando Resort has become something that Harry Potter fans have enjoyed for the past 5 years, it looks like this event will not be returning next year. 

Universal said in a statement that the resort is “working on exciting new experiences for guests to continue to celebrate The Wizarding World next year [which] include the all-new thrill ride coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and additional fan experiences that have yet to be announced.”

Five millionth Butterbeer celebration

Image: Universal Orlando Resort

No additional information was released about what guests might be able to expect from these "fan events" but Universal may be planning some small-scale activities like the recent Back to Hogwarts event. 

While it has been confirmed that the Celebration of Harry Potter will not be taking place in 2019, it is unknown if this fan event could potentially return at a later date, so there may be some hope for fans in 2020 and beyond. 

2. Universal shifts Rock the Universe in 2019

Image: Universal Orlando Resort

And speaking of special events at Universal Orlando Resort, Rock the Universe, the two-day, Christian music festival will be shifting to much earlier next year, returning on February 1st and 2nd. Musical artists confirmed to be performing next year include Skillet, Lecrae, Bethel Music, Matthew West, Colton Dixon and Crowder. In addition to the concerts, attendees can enjoy autograph sessions, a candle-lighting ceremony on Saturday and a worship service on Sunday. 

Though unsaid, the shifting of these dates may have something to do with neighbor Walt Disney World's cancellation of the Night of Joy event, which used to be held on the same weekend as Rock the Universe. Without having to worry about their competitor, Universal can now slot this Christian music festival right before their Mardi Gras music festival, which is set to kick off the very next weekend in 2019. 


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