Construction is happening at a fever pitch at Universal Orlando where we find something new in Jurassic Park and Springfield as well as updates on Harry Potter, Citywalk and the new family hotel being constructed at the resort. Plus, we’d like to invite you to join us at Halloween Horror Nights on October 17th. Read on, there’s lots to discover this week!
Let’s journey first to Islands of Adventure, where we have updates on the Hogwarts Express construction and Jurassic Park.
Jurassic Park Games Signs Up
The games that are moving from the Lost Continent over into Jurassic Park now have new themed signs that match the world of the dinosaurs. With Hammond’s Hotshots, Jurassic Park Animal Control Training Zone, INGEN Egg Nursery and Dinosaur Dash Up. These games will add a bit of energy to a once quiet corridor.
The Hogsmede Station for the Hogwarts Express is almost fully enclosed now.
Over at the Studios, we have some updates with Diagon Alley beginning to show details, and Springfield getting a new Photo Op.
Chief Wiggum’s Car is Missing
Over at the newly open Springfield USA, Chief Wiggum’s police car has been recently removed, and the area closed off. We hope to see the car return soon.
Simpson’s Couch Gag Photo Op Opens
Over in Krustyland at Springfield USA, a new Photo Op has opened up where you can insert yourself into the famous Simpson’s Couch gag from the opening scene of the show. Guests can be inserted in a number of different backgrounds that are sure to be a hit.
Diagon Alley Details
Across the lagoon from Springfield USA, details are beginning to emerge on the facades that will be part of the London Facade. All of the facades now enclosed and are receiving the initial stages of thematic detailing. These buildings are going to be beautiful once completed.
Hiring Started for Diagon Alley
Universal Orlando has recently started to accept applications for jobs in the new Wizarding World attractions. Internal candidates will start interviewing in November, and will find out at the beginning of 2014 if they have made the cut to be part of Phase 2.
A lot of changes are happening in CityWalk with Red Oven starting to hire, and more changes on the way. We can expect more updates to CityWalk over the six months as this area of the resort gets a much needed refresh.
Red Oven Construction
Over at the former Pastamore quick service location, construction is moving forward, and Universal Orlando has started hiring for this new upscale quick service location.
Latin Quarter Update
The location formerly known as Latin Quarter has been gutted and torn apart as they prepare this location for a new concept.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Update
The standard room guest towers are almost fully completed, and the guest parking tower is now under full construction. The massive scale of this resort’s 1,800 rooms is finally being realized with these towers nearly complete.
Join us at Universal Halloween Horror Nights on October 17th
If you are looking for a night of haunted fun, join us at Universal Studios Orlando on October 17th as we visit Harry Potter during the day and stay for Halloween Horror Nights that evening. We plan on a full night of fun and scares complete with a dinner beforehand, and more. (stay for the whole day or just join us for Haunt)
If you plan to join us for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights you will need to purchase a ticket for Thursday, October 17th that includes the additional HHN Express Pass option (Front of line). The link we include below is to collect your information so we can contact you about meeting up with us for the evening and to find out if you’d like to join us for dinner.
If you plan to join us, please click the following link and sign up to our event info page. The system will take your name, contact info and record what portion of the event you’d like to join us for (Day in the park, Dinner, and/or Halloween Horror Night). Please sign up here: http://uni-orland-horror-2013.eventzilla.net/
That wraps up this weeks update. For more Universal news and information, please listen to the Unofficial Universal Podcast, staring Lee, Tracey and Darren, as they discuss all the latest Universal Studios Parks and Resort news from around the world. In the latest episode we recount the audio from the Universal Orlando Podcast Meet-up at the Universal Hard Rock Hotel where we took on the Kitchen Challenge.