Hello, and welcome to Dateline Universal Orlando! This week, we’re taking a look at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, where a big ape will soon be on the loose!

Welcome to Universal Orlando!
Welcome to Universal Orlando!
This past weekend was the last night of Mardi Gras.
This past weekend was the last night of Mardi Gras.
There are some beams sticking out of the Jimmy Fallon building.
There are some beams sticking out of the Jimmy Fallon building.
It is expected to be a replica of 30 Rock for the attraction's entrance.
It is expected to be a replica of 30 Rock for the attraction’s entrance.
Some Mardi Gras things.
Some Mardi Gras things.

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Not a lot of visible progress on 2017's Fast and Furious: Supercharged.
Not a lot of visible progress on 2017’s Fast and Furious: Supercharged.
Scrim up in San Francisco.
Scrim up in San Francisco.

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Heading into London!
Heading into London!

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We waited in a full indoor queue and outdoors for some ice cream. Crazy!
We waited in a full indoor/outdoor queue for some ice cream. Very popular.

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Time to go from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade.
Time to go from Kings Cross to Hogsmeade.
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Through the wall at platform 9 3/4

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Nice foliage in Jurassic Park.
Nice foliage in Jurassic Park.
These beams and lighting rigs are up for Grad Bash, which is every Friday for the next month or so.
These beams and lighting rigs are up for Grad Bash, which is every Friday for the next month or so. Disney gave up on Grad Nights, but Universal continues the tradition.
Here are some Kong photos from Camp Jurassic.
Here are some Kong photos from Camp Jurassic.

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Not a ton to see on the outside, but there have been quite a few vehicle tests lately.
Not a ton to see on the outside, but there have been quite a few vehicle tests lately.
We'll be there to cover Skull Island all the way up to its opening this summer!
We’ll be there to cover Skull Island all the way up to its opening this summer!

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The Incredible Hulk Coaster is all together and work is mostly happening on the queue building and launch tube now.
The Incredible Hulk Coaster is mostly reassembled, but work is still happening on the queue building and launch tube now.

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The entrance to Storm Force is now behind Doctor Doom's Fearfall due to work on the Hulk.
The entrance to Storm Force is now behind Doctor Doom’s Fearfall due to work on the Hulk.

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You can see the dead end here before Storm Force.
You can see the dead end here before Storm Force.

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More Grad Bash.
More Grad Bash.
The 'Souvenirs' sign is currently missing at the main gift shop.
The ‘Souvenirs’ sign is currently missing at the main gift shop.

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Some exterior work has happened quickly on the Toothsome Chocolate Factory. It should open this year.
Some exterior work has happened quickly on the Toothsome Chocolate Factory. It should open this year.

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A beautiful sunset from the top of the parking garage to send us home.
A beautiful sunset from the top of the parking garage to send us home.

That does it for this week. There are a lot of things happening at the park, and we’re really excited for Skull Island and Sapphire Falls to open this year. Are you? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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