This week, we’re taking a look at the many changes that never seem to stop happening at Universal Orlando. Let’s go!
Welcome to Universal Orlando!
Some permits were filed for changes to the Lucy building. Something new, or just upgrades?
Work continues over at the Gardens of Allah, which has been rumored to become a museum of Universal history.
Could these be on their way out with the announcement that Universal now has the rights to the Nintendo franchises?
It is definitely worth showing up at rope drop for pictures like this of Diagon Alley.
I’m happy to report that Gringotts was in tip-top shape when I rode it, including the Kuka arm at the end that was out of commission for quite some time.
Shutterbuttons has been rumored to be removed in favor of a Weasley’s candy shop.
Disaster was closed, which was ironic after Dwayne Johnson’s San Andreas, which many are making Mutha Nature jokes about did so well at the box office.
Nothing quite like an empty King’s Cross station to head over to Hogsmeade.
Forbidden Journey in both Japan and Hollywood are going 3D. Will Orlando follow suit?
The Raptor Encounter is now open with Jurassic World opening next week. Sadly, it wasn’t open while I visited.
There is an extended queue just in case.
The park was pretty empty in the early morning, so empty boats and a 5 minute wait!
Time for our normal round of Reign of Kong construction photos.
Lots of scaffolding going up.
Even more large steel.
You can see here the work on the giant doors that will welcome you into the indoor portion of the ride.
Popeye is back now that Grad Nights are over.
Still no characters here. Interesting.
The metal detector stuff is still going strong at the Hulk.
It hasn’t stopped people from waiting 45 minutes to ride.
They have also intelligently moved the metal detectors way back into the corner, which draws much less attention.
Hulk is rumored to have a major overhaul later this year, so we’ll see how it changes.
Lastly, work has been moving along on the newly announced NBC Sports Grill and Brew.
The restaurant should have almost 100 HDTVs, 75 menu items, and 100 beer selections. Count me in!
That’s going to do it for this week! Are you all excited about the many changes at the resort, including the Sapphire Falls hotel and Volcano Bay water park that we didn’t even have photos of in this column? Let us know in the comments below!