Universal Orlando In The Middle Of Massive Expansion

Written by Eric Davis. Posted in Features, Orlando Parkhopper, Universal Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando

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Published on August 06, 2012 at 9:55 pm with 7 Comments

Universal Orlando Resort is hopping with activity in preparation for things to come both soon and further into the future. Of course, the big news that everyone is talking about at the moment is the construction of the Hogwart’s Express, which will connect Universal Orlando Studios and Islands of Adventure parks. But before the Hogwarts Express can roar into the Wizarding World, another major attraction will storm the Universal Orlando Resort, Transformers: The Ride 3D.

More prep work for the Hogwarts express is being done in the space between the Dragon Challenge coaster and the Sinbad show.


Entering Islands of Adventure we notice that the dome at the Port of Entry is still under refurbishment.

A Quick look at the wait time board let’s you know where the interest is in the park.


The wettest raft ride in the world is currently down for an unplanned refurbishment. We hope it’s back soon.

The rain cloud water feature in Toon Lagoon is up and running after a few weeks of work.

In Citywalk The Hard Rock has a new guitar adorning the outside.  In the mean time it seems that not much has happened at the PYQ gift shop.

It appears that a heavy, reinforcement foundation is being prepared for the Transformers show building. An elevator mechanism will be built which lifts and lowers the ride vehicles between two levels. Here’s what the site currently looks like (the pace of construction is substantially quicker than with the Hollywood version of the ride which opened this year).

The Harry Potter construction site in the Studios Park isn’t moving at as rapid a pace.  Still, it is fascinating to see this massive area being transformed.

There is some resurfacing work being done in the Battery Park area of the Studios.

After the Amity games were removed, it was planned that the midway games would be moved in front of the Simpson’s Ride. But now, after all has been cleared out, the project seems to have stalled.

There will be a new Superstar Breakfast (See Character Breakfast), with seatings from 8:30am to 10:30am. The price is $26.99 adults and $10.99 for kids.  The breakfast Includes exclusive early access to Shrek 4D and Despicable Me: Minion Madness.

Some news broke recently regarding a few new haunted houses for Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). We also have a few pics, albeit obscured, of the new mazes.

For the first time ever, the bad boys of magic, Penn & Teller, are bringing their eccentric and edgy illusionist entertainment to life in an all-new 3D haunted house – “Penn & Teller New(kd) Las Vegas” – at Universal Orlando Resort’s horror-inducing, award-winning Halloween Horror Nights event. Prepare to experience the lights and allure of Las Vegas… with a toxic twist.

For more than 35 years, Penn & Teller have redefined the magic genre, specializing in gory vaudeville-like tricks, exposing frauds and performing inconceivable stunts live in front of sold-out crowds. And now, they’re partnering with the designers at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights to infuse their brand of entertainment in a complete haunted house environment – something they have never done before.

This fall, Penn & Teller invite Halloween Horror Nights guests to step into a dark, dilapidated and radioactive version of “Sin City,” as if one of their magic tricks has gone terribly awry and the city has been covered in nuclear ooze. Concepted by the duo themselves, the maze will feature the best of Vegas – showgirls, slot machines, little white wedding chapel, all-you-can-eat buffet, and more – all glowing with a toxic green hue.  Sounds fun!

The other haunted houses that have been announced include: The Walking Dead, Alice Cooper’s Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and Silent Hill.

Be sure to join MiceChat for an evening of frightful fun on Friday September 28th as we meet up  at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.  It’s always more fun to be scared with friends! We’ll have more information about the event very soon.

Until next time, are you getting excited about a massively expanded Wizarding World? Looking forward to Transformers? Let us know your thoughts about all the change going on at the Universal Resort.


About Eric Davis

By day, Eric is in Marketing and Social Media. But on the weekends, he's a theme park addict. Eric is a frequent contributor to MiceChat's Orlando Parkhopper columns and tends to focus his efforts on what's new and what's news at Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

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  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Why is a water ride closed for refurbishment at the peak of Summer?

    Thanks for the update!

    • KingEric

      This was a surprise fixture. Not sure what happened, but what ever did happen, caused them to bring in a crane.

      • BC_DisneyGeek

        That makes more sense, thanks.

    • KingEric

      This wasn’t a planned refurbishment. Something happened, and it caused them to close the ride and bring in a crane.

  • Gregg Condon

    ^ I was just going to post the same thing.

    I realize it’s never really cold in FL but it seems odd to have a water ride closed in the middle of August.

    • KingEric

      Hopefully it will be open in a few days.

  • TweedlDum9

    Does the Character Breakfast menu say “Freshed Brewed Coffee”? Whoops!