Spring Break crowds have hit the parks, and Megatron has invaded the Universal Orlando Resort, and some old characters have been found wandering the parks.  The countdown to the opening of Transformers: The Ride is ticking, plus some facades for London become clearer, a new game opens up and landscaping appears in Springfield.


The facades for what will be London and Diagon Alley are taking shape, and it is becoming clear that Universal Orlando is sparing no expense when it comes to creating this new area.  The steel frame for Kings Cross Station displays the classic arch seen in the movie.




In Springfield USA the new game has opened up, and is now challenging guests to take their best whack to win a prize!  The walls were moved back a little bit, giving Spring Break crowds more room to get through this current bottle neck.  Next to the new Krusty Burger façade some landscaping has been installed, giving us a glimpse at how this area will feel once it is complete.


On Sunday March 31st, the Decepticon known as Megatron invaded Universal Orlando, and was making himself available for photographs!  Guests were lining up  in order to get a photo taken with their favorite robot villain.  Currently there are 3 Transformer Characters meeting with guests, Optimus Prime, Bumble Bee and now Megatron.  There is a rumored 4th Character that we are anticipating seeing here soon.

This past week the landscaping was ripped out of where the Autobots have been appearing, with a new landscaping coming soon that will fit the area a better as this previously sparsely used portion of the park becomes very popular.

With the clock ticking down for the opening of the Transformers attraction, walls will be coming down all around the attraction, as the final touches are being put in place and an incredible expansive outdoor queue is prepped for the massive crowds that will want to experience this attraction this summer.


Last week Central Florida was hit by a freak storm that had winds in excess of 85 MPH.  The Universal parks fared well, however there were a few causalities from this freak storm.  The Mardi Gras emblem under the Universal Arch has sadly been damaged and is now backstage. The Rip, Ride, Rock it banner that goes the length of the lift hill was destroyed, and Universal is currently replacing it.  (Though it is up to debate if the attraction looks better without the banner anyway)


Near the Kidzone, Universal has contracted a new musical group that is top notch and thrilling guests.  Playing drums on trash cans and buckets might not be new in Orlando, what is new, are their moves, their energy, and their unique take on some classic rock songs.



Megatron might be new to Universal Orlando, but the park has its fair share of villain characters!  This past week we saw the return of Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman as in park characters.  It is truly exciting to see these characters back in the park interacting with guests.


Universal built a new 1950’s themed billboard for Cabana Bay Beach Resort, really setting the stage for the theme that this hotel will have.  Construction continues to progress as they prepare for a March 2014 opening.

So there you have it.  Classic Monsters, new villains, and more Harry.


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  • Trumpet

    Great Update Eric

    I am so pleased that Universal is not holding back on the details. As I visit Kings Cross Station at least once a year, I think the station is going to look very realistic, with the unique entrance. Can’t wait for the train to arrive at the station. Apart from that, everything is looking fantastic, and it will be an awsome addition to a fantastic line up of attractions.

    Springfield is looking great, an Transformers will hopefully give Universal a bumper 2013. I am looking forward to seeing the crowds enjoying the Transformers attraction. It is nice to see that there are many characters that can be met in the park. They all look fantastic.

    The banner on the Rip Rocket Ride looks ok, but the ride looks better without it, in my opinion.

    Finally, I love the advert for the new hotel, as it reminds me of films set in the 1950s, like Back To The Future.

    Thanks Again Eric


    • Eric Davis

      Thank you again trumpet for your feedback!

  • It’s exciting to see King’s Cross Station really take shape. The scale of it is huge!

    Wonderful to see the classic monsters in the park. They are a Universal treasure. We have them all the time in California. Hope you keep them in Orlando as well.

    • Eric Davis

      The scale is massive and it is going to feel larger than life! The speed that it is being constructed at makes me feel like it is going to open in 2014… however Universal keeps saying “no potter in 2014”

  • Disneymike

    The new additions are coming along at USO but those classic monsters look HORRIBLE! How about using the original style make up or masks for Frankenstein and the Wolfman? Frankenstein also looks like he could use some P90X workouts.

    • Eric Davis

      I do agree that the costumes do leave much to be desired, and hopefully as they characters are around more, their costumes will get improved.

    • Fan

      The USH monster face characters look on model. The USO versions look like something you can do at home.


      • Eric Davis

        touche! lol

      • Director_Guy

        USH uses masks, USO uses an appliance. Looks like Frank’s only goes on the forehead, the rest of his face is the actor’s.

        Imagine working in a mask in Florida’s heat and humidity.

    • PeaJay18

      Aren’t these characters the performers from the Beetlejuice show?
      Wouldn’t that account for the difference in costume – the fact that they have to perform song & dance routines in them.

      • Eric Davis

        They do appear to be the same costumes. However the Frankenstein is the only one that is different from the show.

  • Mickey777

    The Simpsons/springfield expansion couldn’t look more “meh”. I guess you can’t do anything about the fact that the source material itself looks flat thus the theme park environement is gonna come off flat too. Sprinfield looks like it’s missing detail but that detail was never there to begin with in the cartoon which is pretty simple animation.

    • Eric Davis

      be patient! There will be some “WOW” themeing coming to the Springfield area. And the details will be surprising.

  • Lee Mallaby

    Every week the parks change and I for one, am so glad to see it. Potter 2.0 is flying along and looks like it will be amazing and that is without any of the actual brickwork on the frame.
    Springfield, I think is a great addition to the park. Yes, the animation is flat, but it is bright and colourful and something that will appeal to both adults and kids, it will also bring some much more inviting dining locations in that part of the park.
    Its great to see the Transformers characters out and about and this can only mean that an announcement of the official opening of the ride is imminent, I am very excited to ride it in August, when we come over.
    I love the addition of the new band. I can’t get enough of the Groove Chefs at Seaworld and this looks very similar, the addition of live acts in the park is a welcome one and I hope they are not there, just because it’s spring break.
    Speaking of welcome additions, its great to see the Universal Classic Monsters roaming the park and again I hope they have not been rolled out just because it is spring break.
    Another fantastic update Eric, keep it up.

  • Gregg Condon

    Great stuff Eric. Glad to see the Monsters back!!

    • Eric Davis

      I love seeing them interact with guests in the parks! Just great streetmosphere!

  • fnord

    It would be great if the HP expansion area appears like a London streetscape from
    the park, but once you pass through its portal, looks like the magical Diagon Alley
    on the inside.

  • LittleSquirt

    I hope one day Universal Hollywood gets the attention it deserves. It looks like Universal Studios Orlando is quickly surpassing Disney World!