We’re back with an update around the Universal Orlando. Demolition and land clearing continues at Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure for the addition of a major new attraction. In addition, work continues on other projects that are set to open this year, including the Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the Today Cafe, and Endless Summer – Surfside Inn & Suites.
Park Update Index
» Universal’s Endless Summer Resort
» Emeril’s Replacement
» Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
» Jurassic Park Project
» Toon Lagoon
» Today Cafe
» Mardi Gras 2019
» A Little Bit of this, A Little Bit of that
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort
Painting continues on the Surfside section of the resort, with most of the murals located on each end almost completed. With the Resort opening this August, we should see construction shift focus to the entrance and pool areas.
Over at Dockside, construction continues to erect the exterior shells. Dockside Inn & Suites is expected to open in 2020.
Universal Orlando has yet to formally announce Emeril’s replacement. Since our last update, little has changed to the exterior. Orange metal poles have been added, which could be used for a new patio area structure.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Universal recently announced the coaster’s name, along with the opening date of June 13. We should be hearing more information soon regarding the ride experience. As far as construction, most of the focus has shifted to the castle entrance. Scaffolding has also been set up near the ride’s entrance, indicating we should see some signage soon. With many views blocked due to construction walls and trees, it’s hard to see what else has been completed.
Jurassic Park Project
The Jurassic Park waterfront has been completely gutted, with most of the concrete and foliage removed – leaving the view across the lagoon radically changed, with some areas now being seen for the first time.
Taking a closer look at the waterfront, you could see just how much work has been done since the project started in January. Details are still mum, as Universal has yet to announce anything – but the project is expected to be a coaster.
The Bypass Bridge is almost gone as well, with foliage around the bridge/Mythos area also cleared out. Rumors indicate a more “permanent” themed bridge will be built in its place and should be open by the Summer months.
Elsewhere around Jurassic Park, other areas have had trees cleared out for future construction.
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls recently re-opened after its annual winter refurbishment. The ride also received a new digital wait time sign, which Universal has been slowly introducing to their rides for the past year.
With Ripsaw Falls back open, Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges is up last for the annual refurb. The ride/area is scheduled to re-open March 15.
The recently-announced Today Cafe still has some work left to do, with both the exterior and interior areas needing a lot more work done – but the Cafe should be opening within the next 2 months.
Mardi Gras 2019
Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando continues, with the parade taking place nightly. The event continues until April 4. During our visit, the temperatures started dipping into the 50’s – so kudos to the performers who still rocked the glitter.
A Little Bit of this, A Little Bit of that
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World merchandise is being sold at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
With what has become an unofficial tradition, guests are adding to the Mardi Gras bead tree as they make their exit from the park and back to the parking garage. The tree usually remains untouched until Mardi Gras ends.
With the upcoming release, Captain Marvel merchandise has begun to show up inside Marvel Super Hero Island stores.
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