Progress at the Universal Orlando Resort and Mardi Gras Concerts Revealed

Written by Eric Davis. Posted in Orlando Parkhopper, Universal Orlando

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Published on January 08, 2013 at 4:02 am with 8 Comments

2012 ended up being an amazing year for the Universal Orlando Resort, with some great additions: Re-animated Spiderman, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Hollywood Drive in Mini Golf, Universal Super Star Parade, Universal Cinematic Spectacular, Sponge Bob Storepants, revamped Blue Man Group show and lots of little improvements and area entertainment additions. But, 2013 is looking to be even bigger, with huge projects that will be completed this year and in the years to come!

GRINGOTT’S BANK ATTRACTION

The land that was once Amity and the home to JAWS is begining to take shape. Soon, the sights and sounds of London will be here.  The ride track for the Gringotts Bank attraction continues to be assembled behind construction walls, and scaffolding has been added in the interior of the show building for what promises to be an amazing adventure.

Beautiful ride track!

SPRINGFIELD EXPANSION

The replacement of the International Food and Film Festival restaurant  continues to move ahead at full speed as they get ready for a Summer 2013 opening for this themed area.

We can already hear the clinking of the glasses at Moe’s Tavern.  Meanwhile, the reshaping of the water front area continues to progress as this once drab section of the park receives some real theme.  A huge plus for future park guests.

TRANSFORMERS opening SUMMER 2013

The show building for Transformers has been closed off for a few weeks, however set pieces, and scenery are being installed at a furious pace to get this attraction opened in time for summer crowds!

MUMMY QUEUE

A quiet project happening across from the Transformers show building is the improvement of Revenge of the Mummy.  Gone is the metal scaffolding sign, and wait time sign.  The new signage is better themed with the building, and the new wait time sign fits the architecture.  A simple but elegant plus for the attraction.  (Now if someone would just get Brandon Fraiser his coffee so that ending can be changed as well).

DISASTER

The scaffolding came down this past week around the shop next to the exit of Disaster, and revealed a simple and cleaned up facade.


Over at Islands of Adventure, the stage for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter entertainment has finally been completed. However, the large stone that was originally there has had some work done, and is not 100% ready for show time.  This stone is where the speakers and other show equipment are kept.   From what can be seen so far, the new live entertainmentset up in the Wizarding World will give more people the ability to see these lovely street shows.

LOST CONTINENT

The Snack Cart over at the Lost Continent came out from it’s rehab with a wonderful new addition… FLAVORED POPCORN!  Ranch, Cheese, and Sour Cream & Chives now available.

HOGWARTS EXPRESS

Hogwarts Express construction continues with much of the work currently being done in the backstage areas between parks.

CABANA BAY CONSTRUCTION

Construction for the newest hotel at the Universal Orlando Resort has finally gone vertical!  You will have to excuse these sloppy photos, as we had to take them on the fly.

MARDI GRAS

On Monday January 7th, Universal Orlando unveiled it’s full line up for the 2013 Mardi Gras concerts!

February 9 – Lifehouse
February 16 – Steve Miller band
February 17
 - Boys Like Girls
February 23 – Trey Songz
March 2 - Demi Lovato
March 9 - Montgomery Gentry
March 15 - Sean Kingston
March 16 - Matchbox Twenty
March 22 - Austin Mahone
March 23 - Phillip Phillips
March 30 - Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
April 6 – TBD
April 13 – Pitbull
April 20 – TBD

LORD OF THE RINGS

If you missed our supplemental article late last week, we filled you in on Universal’s attempt to acquire the theme park rights to The Lord Of The Rings. If the deal goes through as planned, it will place Universal in a very strong position. We recommend you click through to read more about it HERE, and let us know your thoughts.

UNOFFICIAL UNIVERSAL ORLANDO PODCAST

Kck off 2013 with a bit of UUOP in your ears.

 

2013 is shaping up to be another incredible year at the Universal Orlando Resort, and the Orlando Parkhopper will be here through 2013 and beyond to share it all with you!

About Eric Davis

By day, Eric is in Marketing and Social Media. But on the weekends, he's a theme park addict. Eric is a frequent contributor to MiceChat's Orlando Parkhopper columns and tends to focus his efforts on what's new and what's news at Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

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  1. Great Update Eric

    Love the construction going on. It is going to be a great year for USO

    Thanks Again and lets see what universal does with Lord of the Rings

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  2. Love what they’ve done with The Mummy, it’s great to see that not only are they doing big construction, but also that they’re doing little upgrades too.

    • I really geek out over the simple changes. Just like on the mummy poster it is “Starring: Big Drops, Thrills ect”

  3. Eric are you able to give us an impression of how big in scale this new Springfield area is going to be? I’ve not bed to USO in a number of years and so I’m trying to gather what size of extension we are looking at here.

    • Yeah Malin. Something I probably should think about including in the updates!

      The building facade that is being rebuilt is about 200 feet long. The waterfront area being rebuilt is about 500 feet long. So these are sizable chunks of space.

  4. Love seeing that ride track on the Gringott’s Bank ride. So much going on at Universal.

    • yeah I can’t wait to see everything else with it!

  5. Eric thanks for another update.

    In your opinion do you think that Gringots area will be finished by the end of 2013?
    Thanks for your opinion.