Universal Studios Orlando Resort has its eyes squarely focused on the future. With so many projects going on it is clear that they intend to hold on to their share of the Orlando tourism market by drawing customers back again and again.  This week we have included updated pictures from the various construction projects in the resort: Transformers The Ride 3D, Springfield, and possible track for the Gringott’s Bank Coaster in the Harry Potter expansion. And to top it all off, we have a bit of new news as well.

TRANSFORMERS RIDE CONSTRUCTION

We check in at the Transformers site this week to see that the walls on the actual structure will soon be enclosing the building, shrouding further developments in mystery (at least for those of us who haven’t been on the other two versions of the ride).

Transformers has an impressively large show building.

We hope they theme the sides of the Transformers building so it doesn’t obstruct the views down the themed streets around it.

THE SIMPSONS

With building permits filed, demolition is well underway for the addition of several new buildings that will fill out a mini Springfield in front of The Simpsons ride.

Construction will move very quickly here. We’ll be following along.

Some heavy equipment is being used to get the job done.

Things are pretty barren at the moment.

WI-FI IN THE PARK

Some activity has become visible on top of the show building for the Mummy.  We have learned that this is part of an effort to provide free wi-fi to guests in the park.

HARRY POTTER

“Lumos,” let’s illuminate the construction progress over at the Harry Potter project. We noticed something new, but what is it?

At first glance, everything looks like it did last week.

But if we look closer . . .
There’s something that sure does look a lot like coaster track for the new Gringott’s attraction. We don’t know if it is or isn’t, but it sure does feel good doesn’t it?!

E.T. ADVENTURE

In anticipation of the 30th anniversary of the classic film, E. T. the Extra Terrestrestrial, (yes it’s been that long) new banners have appears in front of the E. T. Adventure. They painted a 25 on the roof of the Hollywood version of the ride 5 years ago . . . and then promptly closed it to build an inferior version of the Mummy coaster. Let’s hope that E.T. in Orlando has a happier fate.

DESPICABLE ME

Over at Despicable me they have a new sign inviting single riders to their own special line.

DISASTER UPKEEP

With all of the new construction happening around the resort it is impressive that upkeep is not being neglected.  There is some basic upkeep that is occurring over at the facade of Disaster.

NEW GATES

We round things out with a look at the new gates that have appeared at bag check.  Nice stuff.

It is promising that there is so much more new construction happening here.  Things may not look a bit chaotic at the moment, but just wait.  The future at the Universal Orlando Resort is promising to be pretty spectacular and management seems to understand that in order to draw crowds, you have to build for the future.