Welcome to this photo update of Universal Orlando! In this post we will cover CityWalk, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure! Click the photos to enlarge them. If you have any opinions, thoughts, or ideas to share please comment below!
Work continues on Cinnabon. We were told that they’re expanding the inside of the store farther outwards.
Universal Studios Florida
Terminator 2:3D has been erased from existence. All of the exterior signage of the attraction has been removed.
The Cyber Image gift shop still sells plenty of Terminator 2:3D merchandise. The massive statue of a Terminator that used to face guests while they were exiting the attraction now faces the entrance to the shop.
Moving into New York, the hanging Purge themed banners for Halloween Horror Nights have been removed.
New lighting has appeared on top of the New York facades. These might be for the new Christmas parade, or maybe a new, unannounced project. The new lights are LED par lights, attached below the rotating head spot lights. These are not used during Halloween Horror Nights.
Moving into San Francisco we can see some progress being made of Fast & Furious Supercharged.
Universal recently announced that they are replacing Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular with a new nighttime show. Not much progress has been made on the new show, but it appears as if the old projectors have been removed. They might be upgrading these projectors, or doing away with the current water screen system all together. A window facing the lagoon was wide open- are they using this to aim effects out of? Time will tell.
Islands of Adventure
Over at Islands of Adventure we first noticed that the Spider-Man ride facade is still damaged from Hurricane Irma.
Moving over to the split between Jurassic Park and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we noticed that a platform has been put up in preparation of the new Harry Potter projection show.
Work is going on below the bridge between Potter & Jurassic Park.
Work is still going on at the Hogsmeade entrance arch. We think that they are installing a projection area for the future show. We saw the missing piece sitting on a trailer next to Hard Rock Cafe. The photo of it below was taken from the Hard Rock Cafe balcony, which is a guest area that is open to the public.
A barricade is in the water, and work is commencing on the former Island Skipper Tours dock. It looks as if they are replacing the wood with newer wood.
Demolition continues at Dragon Challenge. Only 1 section of track remains visible from inside of the park. One thing that is interesting is that they have construction walls up inside the former queue. This is odd because the queue is no longer a guest area.
That concludes this Universal Orlando Resort photo update.