Universal Orlando Resort is on the cusp of transformation with a brand new major budget attraction about ready to open.  Team members have been hired, are being trained, and the ride is cycling daily. But that’s certainly not all, as Springfield and Harry Potter’s London are also in the process of rapid construction.  Grand Bash 2013 is getting prepped, the Hogwart’s Express is coming quickly and free WiFi is now available at the resort.


Construction continues to move forward on the new attraction and guests are lining up in massive numbers for the Transformers meet and greet in the area..

The Transformers Attraction was just added to the park map, and guests are now gathering near the entrance hoping that they can ride previews of this mega-attraction.  In the Supply Vault shop, we are watching the fake wall that is hiding the ride exit for signs of a preview.    This wall coming down is the signal that Team Member previews,and Technical Rehearsals have begun.


As we described months ago,

Universal has been working to bring free WiFi to park guests.


Construction of London and Diagon Alley continues, with the design of the structures showing just how incredibly intricate and detailed this area will be.

It’s an impressive amount of steel, isn’t it folks?!


Structures for Duff Gardens began to rise this past week as the waterfront area gets reshaped for the upcoming debut of Springfield, USA.  Work on a new Spinner attraction is moving forward, with Krusty Burger and Moe’s completing interior work.


With Disney no longer doing Grad Nights, Universal Orlando is now THE destination for Florida and Georgia Grads.  With the Mega-star Pitbull performing, and both parks open and connected for the night, High School grads will be treated to an epic night of fun.


Construction continues on the Hogsmede station for the Hogwarts Express station.  Universal recently started opening up Dragon Challenge at noon every day, as they continue to work on the station.  Photos taken from inside Sinbad’s theater show just how big this building is going to be.


Recently some of the topiaries in Seuss Landing were freshened up.


It’s time for another visit to the podcasting world of Universal Orlando and a little bit of Universal Hollywood.

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That about wraps everything up this week.  We will keep you posted on the status of Transformers from the MiceChat Twitter feed too.  See you in the parks!

  • Trumpet

    Great Update Eric

    harry Potter is looking great in both parks. I cannot wait for the details to appear. It is amazing how fast all of this has happened, and people are pleased with the work that USO are doing. I remember when Jaws closed last January, 2012, and people complained that there was nothing new in the original park. That has all changed in the past 12 months, and it looks like it will only get better.

    Thanks Again Eric


    • Eric Davis

      I was there when JAWS closed, and I was so heart broken. I just kept saying to myself “it better be worth it” and from what I can see right now, it is going to be worth it! lol

  • I can’t get over the scale of those Potter 2 buildings. Massive!

    Simply can’t wait.

    • Eric Davis

      I can’t wait until all the detail really starts showing up.

  • Lee Mallaby

    Yeah, The Potter entry way looks like it will be amazing and I hope they pull out all the stops to make it completely immersive and it will look stunning from across the park, but keep that mystique of hiding what the area really is.
    All the additions are looking to be welcome pluses to a park that desperately needed.
    Great update again Eric, great podcast too. 😉

    • Eric Davis

      I know I can’t wait to see what London will look like. I feel like we are waiting for Christmas! lol

  • cruise

    Great update. There is so much activity in these parks and it makes these incredibly exciting to read!

  • Big D

    So far it looks like this new Transformers ride in Orlando is going to be a success, even though it’s the same exact kind of ride as Spiderman right next door. If this works out, I wonder if Disney would consider bringing Indy to the Magic Kingdom even though it’s the identical ride to Dinosaur over in Animal Kingdom.

    • Eric Davis

      I think people are chomping at the bit here in Orlando for the Transformers Ride. Every time I am in the park, I hear people talk about how excited they are.

      I will say the ONLY possible negative is that most people think it is going to be more like the mummy and not Spiderman. So I am not sure what Universal will do to combat that, but that seems to be the only red flag ahead of this highly anticipated attraction!


    What is the SSID for official Uni WiFi? Thanks, Eric.

    • Eric Davis

      oh it is simply named UNIVERSAL and is open.