We’re back with a photo update around the Universal Orlando! This month, we take a look at the renovation at some of Universal Orlando’s hotels, Bourne Stuntacular, the Jurassic Park project, and more. Let’s take a look!
Park Update Index
» Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn & Suites
» Royal Pacific Resort Lobby Renovation
» Hard Rock Hotel Renovation
» Park Entrance Changes
» Jurassic Park Project
» The Bourne Stuntacular
» Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
» Seuss Landing Bridge
» The Holidays at Universal Orlando
» A Little Bit of this, A Little Bit of that
Work continues at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn & Suites as phase 1 of the hotel is set to open March 2020, with work shifting to landscaping and the lobby area. Phase 2 is set to open in late 2020.
Last month, the lobby in the Royal Pacific Resort finished its 6-month refurbishment. The renovation included replacing the check-in desks, installing a Grab & Go area, and installing a new look for the Orchid Court Sushi Lounge Restaurant & Bar. Also, with the Holidays in full swing, the gingerbread train village is back around the hotel’s Christmas tree.
With Royal Pacific renovations complete, the Hard Rock’s Velvet Bar is currently closed to begin its renovation, including the inside and patio area. The lobby has been converted some lounging space to serve as the hotel’s makeshift bar during the renovation.
The turnstiles at the entrance are being removed at both gates, as Universal changes its entry methods at the parks. As of now, Universal Studios is complete, whereas Islands of Adventure has only had one side removed.
Still no official word on what’s coming here, but work continues on the Jurassic Park project. Lagoon-side, there is still no sign of vertical progression, as they continue with the foundations and other preliminary work before any real construction begins.
A new pathway has been set up as the land gets set for its massive transformation. Walls extend from the Jurassic Park River Adventure, even inside the queue, all the way to Pizza Predattoria, which is closed for the time being. Raptor Encounter remains open at this time.
With the new paint scheme, not much as changed on the Bourne Stuntacular facade/entrance, set to open in Spring of next year.
The Terminator 2 exit shop has closed after the end of Horror Nights to begin its conversion as the exit shop for the Bourne Stuntacular. Much of the inside has been gutted, and some exterior work has been done. The shop should open soon.
The Monsters have found a new, more appropriate home, at the Revenge of the Mummy gift shop, Sahara Traders.
The attraction, along with all of Sweet Haven, has been closed since September for refurbishment, as well as to accommodate construction for the neighboring Jurassic Park project. The area is set to reopen on December 22.
Refurbishment continues on the left side of Seuss Landing bridge.
The Holidays continue at Universal Orlando. Guests can enjoy performances from Celestina and the Banshees inside Diagon Alley, or meet characters from Shrek in Hollywood. At random times throughout the day, the lagoon fountains dance to Holiday music. To read more about this year’s Holiday offerings, make sure to check out our review.
Green Eggs and Ham Cafe recently re-opened with a new menu featuring tater tots. Pictured is the Pizza Tots and Buffalo Chicken Tots.
Recently, Uber and Universal Orlando entered a deal where Uber is the official sponsor of their rideshare pick-up location. A $4 surcharge will be added for Uber pick-ups only. The fee is set to help with constructing a new, dedicated rideshare lounge, as well as help with staffing during peak periods.
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