Universal Orlando is pulling triple duty at the moment as they are performing two shows at once.  In the day, they are an operating theme park, at night they are a horrifying Halloween experience, and around the clock they are in the middle of the Studios park’s biggest expansion since it opened.  Currently there are two major projects happening in different sections, the yet to be announced Transformers ride and the major expansion of Harry Potter. That’s not to mention the recent completion of the brand new midway games in front of The Simpsons: The Ride.  Add to all of this the day operations for regular park guests and then the Halloween Horror Nights operations in the evening and you have controlled chaos.  Let’s see how they are doing.

Vertical construction has begun to peek past the tops of the construction walls.  This has lead to sometimes ridiculous denials or silence on the part of employees near the area that insist that nothing is going on.  Regardless we can assure you that there is plenty happening around the clock.  Night time crews can be spotted on a regular basis welding, working, operating the crane, all at a frantic pace.

Two major milestones have occurred recently in regards to the Harry Potter expansion.  The work along the lagoon side of the project was completed for the most part and water was slowly allowed to return to the banks.

We can also report that vertical construction is totally visible at the site of the new land.

Inside Universal’s Islands of Adventure, more work is being done to prep the area for the addition of the Hogwart’s Express.

Universal had new video screen menu boards installed.  It’s a nice touch that they actually fit in with the theme.

Cowabunga dudes! The brand new midway games in front of The Simpsons the Ride have finally opened after what seemed like a very long construction process.  We have to say that we were actually pretty impressed with the offerings (at least as much as we can be for theme park skill games).  On par with what Disney did inside Disney California Adventure’s Paradise Pier, The Simpsons Midway games are the usual carnival fare, but built with a clever Simpsons twist and a sturdy design.

Uh-oh. It appears that Cinnabon has found a new way into your stomach.  And you thought Halloween Horror Nights was scary?

 That about wraps things up for us this week from the Orlando Parkhopper at the Universal Orlando Resort.
  • Gregg Condon

    Great update.

    Not sure why they haven’t announced Transformers yet. It’s not like it’s going to compete with the Potter expansion since it will likely be open before it anyway.

    Looking forward to getting back to USO and IOA sometime, guess at this point we should wait until the new Potter expansion is done.

    And Cinnabon pizza?

    • KingEric

      Universal will announce this when they can get the best bang for their buck! So when they can driving bookings to the Resort and drive bookings from WDW.

  • SpectroMan

    Had a great time at USO and IoA last week, but must admit that Uni is a MESS. Walking past the former Amity area walled up was very sad (and hot!!) so I can’t wait for all of this to be done.

    • KingEric

      I agree, I also can’t wait, but I am willing to suffer for a short time while these massive expansions are underway!

      So much is happening at Universal Orlando right now!

  • jcruise86

    Universal Orlando nighttime crews. Cool!

    • KingEric

      They are working around the clock!

  • Wreckless Abrandon

    Those Simpsons Midway games put a smile on my face! Great designs for something so basic!

    Can’t wait for London to show up so I can finally visit without construction!

    • KingEric

      I agree! I actually want to play them! I love all the hidden jokes in the games too!

      Also London is going to be AMAZING when they finish!

  • ralzap

    The Pizza Bon is a new ICON. Thanks to all who made this possible.

    • KingEric

      Have you had one? How is it?