Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal! This week, we’re focusing in on Islands of Adventure and all the exciting happenings at the park.

Welcome to Universal!
Welcome to Universal!
It was finally announced that the old NBA restaurant would be transforming into the Toothsome Chocolate Factory!
It was finally announced that the old NBA restaurant would be transforming into the Toothsome Chocolate Factory!
The place has a steampunk feel and should have unique dishes, shakes, and desserts.
The place has a steampunk feel and should have unique dishes, shakes, and desserts.
The Factory opens later this year.
The Factory opens later this year.
Heading into Islands of Adventure!
Heading into Islands of Adventure!

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Reign of Kong merchandise is now available!
Reign of Kong merchandise is now available!

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The Incredible Hulk coaster is almost all back together.
The Incredible Hulk coaster is almost all back together.

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Seems like the launch tube may have a darker paint scheme now.
Seems like the launch tube may have a darker paint scheme now.

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One of the only places without track.
One of the only places without track.

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One last look at the Hulk from Toon Lagoon.
One last look at the Hulk from Toon Lagoon.

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong

You can see little mist fans here. Possible overflow queue for Kong?
You can see little mist fans here. Possible overflow queue for Kong?
The lanterns were on during my visit.
The lanterns were on during my visit.
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Just look at that beautiful show building!

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The entrance sign is much more visible now.
The entrance sign is much more visible now.
The view of Kong from Camp Jurassic.
The view of Kong from Camp Jurassic.

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If you look closely here, you can see the wait time sign.
If you look closely here, you can see the wait time sign.

 

 

 

JP River Adventure is open once again.
Meanwhile, Jurassic Park River Adventure has reopened.
Universal has put large plants obstructing the view of the Raptor Encounter from those who do not wait to see it. Not cool!
Universal has put large plants obstructing the view of the Raptor Encounter from those who do not wait to see it.

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Spring Break is here, and with larger crowds, the bypass from Jurassic Park to Lost Continent was open.
Spring Break is here, and with larger crowds, the bypass from Jurassic Park to Lost Continent was open.
It presents some unique views.
It presents some unique views.

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Extended queue just for ticketing for Hogwarts Express.
Extended queue just for ticketing for Hogwarts Express.

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Remember when they said Potter was just a fad?
Remember when they said Potter was just a fad?

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Forbidden Journey got a new, digital wait time sign.
Forbidden Journey got a new digital wait time sign.

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One last look at the Hulk from Seuss Landing.
One last look at the Hulk from Seuss Landing.
A beautiful sunset over Hogwarts on the way out.
A beautiful sunset over Hogwarts on the way out.

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The adventure lives on!
The adventure lives on!
Time to head out.
Time to head out.

That does it for this week. Are you excited for the Toothsome Chocolate Factory? Ready to ride Reign of Kong? Let us know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

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