All aboard!  It is time for another Universal Orlando update, and this week brings you updates from both parks in the Universal Orlando Resort, along with a peek at the Hogwarts Express train, now on its tracks!  So get your ticket ready, because it is time to get the Orlando Parkhopper rolling!

Hogwarts Express Station

At Islands of Adventure the Hogwarts Express Station is turning into a massive building, that is now giving riders of Dragons Challenge some new close calls to amp up the excitement level. The show building and queue for the Hogwarts Express have been built close to the Dragons Challenge ride.

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Jurassic Park Games

Over in Jurassic Park, the newly relocated games are getting interior work, soon the team members will move into their new location.  We should see some new construction walls start to go up in Jurassic Park after the new year for some major construction. Hogwarts Express won’t be the last major attraction for this park.  More on this very soon.

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Diagon Alley Details

Details continue to be revealed on the exterior London Facade.  At the King’s Cross station, glass has now been installed in the large entrance and more details on each facade are beginning to show.  This area of the park, is going to elevate the park to a whole new level when it opens next year.

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Hogwarts Express Train on the Tracks

Earlier this week, Universal announced that the Hogwarts Express Trains were being lifted on to the tracks.  Guests in the park who look between the gaps, are now able to see these beautiful trains high on their tracks. Pictures don’t do these vehicles justice.  It will truly be magical when you see the Hogwarts Express ferry guests back and forth, from London to Hogsmede next year (plan your trip now)!

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 CityWalk

Just when you start to think that Universal is starting to wrap up construction, new construction walls pop up and a new project makes its way through development. Right now, CityWalk is seeing massive work being done to it.

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More details are now visible, along with the new exterior structure that was constructed for this new quick service eatery.  Hiring took place this past month, and soon Team Members will go through training, as they get ready to open this new venue.

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Starbucks Moving

The location formerly known as the Endangered Species store, is completely gutted and ready for construction to start.

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Latin Quarter rumored to become Don Quixote

The massive new facade replacing Latin Quarter is taking shape,with the old Spanish Mission outline visible, which allows us to imagine this new dramatic facade.

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New CityWalk Kiosk

Over at the entrance to CityWalk, a new set of construction walls have popped up for what seems to be a new kiosk.  More details to come as we learn more.

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That wraps up the Parkhopper for this week.  With Halloween Horror Nights now over, and Christmas on the way, we will be bringing you great holiday coverage: Macy’s Holiday Parade, Grinchmas, concerts and more.  Until then, enjoy the latest edition of the Unofficial Universal Podcast with Lee, Tracey and Darren as they discuss all the news from around the Universal world.