We’re back with a photo update around the Universal Orlando Resort! This month, we take a look around the Resort on a cloudy day; including the progress of the VelociCoaster, Halloween at Universal, and the arrival of Holiday merch *cat hiss*.
Park Update Index
» Halloween at Universal
» Holiday Merchandise
» Jurassic World VelociCoaster
» Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey Locker Expansion
» New Face Masks
» Socially Distanced Dining
» A Little Bit of this, A Little Bit of that
The former homes of P!Q, Fossil, Fresh Produce, and Island Clothing Co is still under construction, with more steel framework being erected forming overhangs, and the outside structures. There still has been no announcement as to what is coming to this corner spot.
Halloween at Universal
Halloween fun continues at Universal Studios Florida, as the 2 haunted houses are now operating daily until November 1. Virtual queueing will be used during busier times. Universal has made accommodations in the queues to keep guests cool in the Florida heat, installing tents for shade and heavy-duty fans.
At the Skeleton Bar, a couple of new items have appeared. For food, the BBQ Jackfruit Pizza has been added. The pizza features jack fruit, mozzarella, onions, ranch, and bbq sauce on a cauliflower crust. The bar has replaced the much-maligned Circus Peanut cocktail with the much more satisfying Vampire’s Curse, a rum punch drink.
In the Tribute Store, some new LoungeFly Beetlejuice and Monsters bags are now available for $82. In the food section, the Tribute Store has added 2 treats inspired by the haunted houses – The Bride Cupcake (cookies & cream cupcake) and the Stolen Teeth Tart (strawberry and chocolate tart cookie). In addition, several deals are being offered by Universal – including a Jack combo merch offer, where guests get a free lanyard with the purchase of a Jack shirt, shot glass, and poster for $40.
Although the resort is celebrating the Halloween season, Holiday merchandise is now being sold at several spots around the Resort. A new “Holiday Outpost” store is set up near the Music Plaza Stage.
Holiday merch can also be found over at the Islands of Adventure Trading Company and Mulberry Street Store at Seuss Landing. The Holidays at Universal are set to begin on November 14.
Jurassic World VelociCoaster
The finally-announced VelociCoaster is continuing its pull-through testing on the track.
With the track complete, most of the focus has shifted to completing the entrance area themeing the paddock area. Recently, the scaffolding came down exposing the fantastic rockwork.
Landscaping has started over near the Potter/JP bridge portion of the coaster. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing a lot of foliage to replace the lush greenery that once dominated this area before construction started.
Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey Locker Expansion
The beginning stages of rockwork have started on the locker expansion. No timeframe has been given for the project.
New Face Masks
Universal has increased the price of face maks, rising from $6 to $8. Guests can also buy 3 for $20, which was changed from the original 4 for $20 deal.
Universal has released several new retro masks, featuring classic attractions Earthquake, E.T., and Kongfrontation. Another retro face mask featuring Frankenstein’s monster is also available.
For Potter fans, 2 new masks inspired by Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are now for sale.
Socially Distanced Dining
Universal has adjusted the outside dining accommodations, setting up barriers to keep the tables only available for dining guests, and providing more seating as outside dining is encouraged during the pandemic.
A Little Bit of this, A Little Bit of that
A new Banana Creme Pie crepe is now available for annual passholders at Central Park Crepes.
A new U-Rest area is set up in New York.
Construction walls have been set up around Honk Honkers. The cotton candy has been closed for some time, so hopefully, we’ll see its return soon.
Fire Eaters Grill was recently refurbished and even added a few items to the menu.
That’ll do it for this month’s photo update! Be sure to follow Inside Universal on our social media channels for continuing coverage of Universal Parks and Resorts!