All aboard for the Orlando Parkhopper’s Universal Studios Orlando Update.  Today, we have the first pictures of what appears to be initial work on the Hogwart’s Express Train.  The long rumored attraction will connect the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure with the new Harry Potter themed land at Universal Studios next door. There’s also more progress to observe at the Transformers construction site inside the studios park.

HOGWART’S EXPRESS
We have it on good authority that the long rumored Hogwart’s Express is beginning construction inside Islands of Adventure’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Walls have sprung up recently along the border between Wizarding World and Lost Continent, hiding the clearing of land for the new attraction which will connect the two Universal Orlando Resort theme parks.

 

ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE REFURBISHMENTS
Speaking of the Lost Continent, Universal has begun to refurbish one of the domes in the land.

Over in Toon Lagoon, more work is happening as some of the rubberized pathways are being replaced.

TRANSFORMERS
The progress continues as the new Transformers ride begins initial excavation work in the former space of soundstage 44.

HARRY POTTER 2.0
The monstrous expansion in the far corner of the park continues.  Harry Potter’s London expansion is rolling along as the lagoon side of the work is getting first attention

THE SIMPSON’S
We also spy some work occurring in front of the Simpsons ride in the “Midway” tents.

UNIVERSAL CITY WALK
Finishing the column, we seek out the ongoing projects in Citywalk to look at their progress.

PYQ is really dragging here.  No real change visible.

The last of the City Walk deck work has been finished.  Looks purdy.

They are still working on the Pink Cadillac that normally adorns the entrance to the Hard Rock Cafe

MICECHAT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS ORLANDO HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHT EVENT SEPTEMBER 28th – Save the date. MiceChat, is planning a meet up at Universal Halloween Horror nights in both Florida AND Los Angeles this year.  The Florida event will be on Friday, September 28th, and the Los Angeles meet up will be on Saturday October 6th.  Information on tickets will be posted soon.

There you have it!  Hogwart’s Express will connect both parks in a magical way, while Transformers will change the face of the Studios park.  Check back next week as we look deeper into the Halloween Horror Nights event coming in September to Universal Studios Orlando!