We’re back with another photo update around Universal Orlando Resort. In this update, we take a look at the redo of the Revenge of the Mummy entrance, the finishing touches on Aventura Hotel, the reopening of Wimpy’s at Toon Lagoon, and more.
Park Update Index
» Emeril’s Orlando
» Deal or No Deal
» Revenge of the Mummy
» Halloween Horror Nights 28
» Universal’s Cinematic Celebration
» Harry Potter Coaster
» Aventura Hotel
» Universal’s Endless Summer Resort
» A Little Bit of this, A Little Bit of that
The signage is down and walls are now up around the former Emeril’s Orlando restaurant. Closing on July 7th, Universal Orlando has yet to make any announcement regarding this location’s future.
The popular game show “Deal or No Deal” began filming this week at Universal Orlando. 30 one-hour episodes will tape in front of a live studio audience and is expected to premiere Wednesday, Dec 5th on CNBC.
Universal recently completed the reshuffling of the entrance to the popular attraction, moving the locker area to the right side of the entrance – inside the Paradise Theater. The new lockers are the same ones that debuted with the Incredible Hulk Coaster re-do, where guests must use their park ticket instead of their fingerprint.
The former locker area is now completely removed, opening up the entrance. Guests will now enter a new dedicated entrance right in the middle of the facade, that features all-new Egyptian-themed line and wait time signs.
We’re still ways away from seeing any actual movement in the public areas; but Universal has begun building a haunted house inside the Shrek theater, meaning the attraction is now running at half-capacity. Expect longer than usual waits for the 4-D attraction until after Halloween Horror Nights wraps up.
The show may have officially debuted on July 16th, but Universal continues work on the Central Park viewing area. New posts are being built near the Mel’s Drive-In entrance.
Over at the new Illumination Gift Shop down Hollywood Blvd, guests can now purchase some of the other popular franchises that are featured in the show – including Jurassic World, E.T., and DreamWorks.
Wimpy’s in Toon Lagoon recently re-opened with a revamped menu. The restaurant closes each day at 4 pm, so we were not able to try any of the new items. Please note that the meal combos come with fries and a shake, which is why the price is listed a little higher than usual. You may substitute the shake with any other drink, such as water or soft drink, which will bring the price down.
More and more coaster track begins to appear over the construction walls of the yet-to-be-named Potter Coaster in Hogsmeade. In addition, new frames have been erected indicating another indoor show scene will be featured in this attraction. Guests who walk through the Hogwarts Express queue will be able to see the amount of coaster track, as well as the size of this attraction.
Universal’s latest hotel is just under a month away from opening, with first reservations checking in on Aug 16. Most of the major work is completed, with finishing touches being made on the hotel’s marquee, pool area, pathways, and landscaping. There will be a new pathway that connects Aventura and Sapphire Falls to the Volcano Bay security checkpoint.
The next hotel is still ways away from being completed, but most the hotel’s shell has been erected and power is set up. It’ll be a good bit until we start actually seeing some real progress on it.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is the latest attraction to get an updated HD wait time sign.
Props from the Triceratops Encounter are for sale in the Universal Studios Prop Shop, including alarm lights and “Enriched Dino Chow”.
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