Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Orlando! This week we’re looking at both parks and the many changes on the way. Let’s go!

Upon entering, you'll notice security is no longer here. They are now closer to where you park and there are metal detectors just like all the other Orlando parks.
Upon entering, you’ll notice security is no longer here. They are now closer to where you park and there are metal detectors just like all the other Orlando parks.
Welcome to Universal Studios!
Welcome to Universal Studios!

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Construction on the Hello Kitty shop.
Construction on the Hello Kitty shop.
Minion Mayhem closed for refurbishment.
Minion Mayhem closed for refurbishment.

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Twister is being demolished and Fallon is everywhere.
Twister is being demolished and Fallon is everywhere.

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Race Through New York opens in 2017.
Race Through New York opens in 2017.

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The walls stretch all the way down to the end by where Rockit turns around.
The walls stretch all the way down to the end by where Rockit turns around.

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Nice and refurbished facade here.
Nice and refurbished facade here.
This is why you come to the parks in January!
This is why you come to the parks in January, no crowds!

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Statue missing in New York.
Statue missing in New York.
Beetlejuice has performed its final show, and now has Fast and Furious: Supercharged themed walls in front of it.
Beetlejuice has performed its final show, and now has Fast and Furious construction walls in front of it.

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An interesting juxtaposition.
An interesting juxtaposition.

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No visible movement at the old Disaster site.
No visible movement at the old Disaster site.
An overcast day in London.
An overcast day in London.
The new sweet shop has yet to open up.
The new sweet shop has yet to open up.
We like an empty Diagon Alley.
We like an empty Diagon Alley.

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Time to catch a train to Scotland.
Time to catch a train to Scotland.
No wait whatsoever.
No wait whatsoever.

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Time to head inside Honeyduke's.
We have just enough time to pop into Honeyduke’s for a treat.
They now serve Butterbeer fudge! It doesn't taste anything like the drink, but it is still good.
They now serve Butterbeer fudge! It doesn’t taste anything like the drink, but it is still good.

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Butterbeer and Butterbeer fudge.
Butterbeer and Butterbeer fudge – the dinner of champions.
Jurassic Park vehicle missing for refurbishment.
Jurassic Park vehicle missing for refurbishment.
Time for some Kong photos from Camp Jurassic.
Time for some Kong photos from Camp Jurassic. Looking awesome!

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We're loving all of the detail on the building here.
We’re loving all of the detail on the building here.

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And the view from the ground.
And the view from the ground.

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Opening this year! (We can finally say that)
Opening this year! (We can finally say that)

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The spikes all have skulls on them.
The spikes all have skulls on them.

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Popeye and Me Ship the Olive both down for refurbishment.
Popeye and Me Ship the Olive both down for refurbishment.
Not much movement on the Hulk.
Not much movement on the Hulk.
One or two pieces of the brake run have been reinstalled, and there are a few cherry pickers and cranes here, so expect to see more track going back up shortly.
One or two pieces of the brake run have been reinstalled, and there are a few cherry pickers and cranes here, so expect to see more track going back up shortly.
The old lockers for Hulk have been removed.
The old lockers for Hulk have been removed.
Returning this year!
Returning this year!
Time to head out!
Time to head out!

That does it for this week’s column. Are you excited about Kong and Hulk coming this summer, as well as a hotel? How about Fallon, Fast and Furious, and a water park the year after that? Let us know in the comments below!

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