Today we're back in Florida as we take a look at the Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort.
Both parks are decked out for the Holidays and look amazing. Let's take a look!!
Written by Renée Girard
Stopping by Universal Orlando this afternoon for some holiday entertainment.
The old Terminator building is all decked out for Christmas.
It’s snowing in Diagon Alley!
Christmas decorations are up in the London area outside of Diagon Alley.
The holiday additions to Diagon Alley are pretty subtle but nice.
Fast & Furious Supercharged construction progress.
It’s time for the all new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.
The minions and the rest of the gang from Despicable Me kick off the Universal Holiday Parade.
Characters from Madagascar and Shrek featured in balloons and floats for the parade.
Santa Claus comes to town for the grand finale of the Universal Holiday Parade, and the tree lights up for the evening.
I loved Puss in Boots’ Santa costume!
We didn’t make it in time for a Grinchmas show, but still took in the sights of Seuss Landing.
Oh, and the lines today? Super short to non existent. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Took in another viewing of the holiday show on Hogwarts Castle, and it’s such a wonderful addition.
It’s been great to see new things for the holidays this year at Universal Orlando!
This past Wednesday night we were invited out to Universal Studios Hollywood for the latest addition to Wizarding World Hollywood. The AMAZING "Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle".
While the show doesn't debut until June 23 we hope you'll enjoy this sneak peek which includes video and a LOT of pictures.
Written by Gregg Condon
Before we get started with the update we wanted to give you a heads up that Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook will host a Facebook Live event to stream the all-new “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” experience at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” on Friday, June 23 at 8:45pm PST
Welcome to Hogwarts
We'll start off with a few of our favorite shots of the show
It's quite simply the best projection mapping we've ever seen.
Full video of the all new show.
Just a quick note: We attempted something new during the show which was mounting a GoPro on top of the DSLR so we could make sure we got great video and pictures during the event. While we are VERY pleased with how this came out visually, unfortunately the shutter on the DSLR made the audio a bit more muddled than we'd like. We'll be coming up with ways to remedy this in the future. But we hope you enjoy the video nonetheless. =)
Some more of our favorite shots of the show
The show is simply stunning
We took so many pictures we didn't know which ones to include, so we included about 90 of them in the slideshow below. We hope you enjoy!!
This show is truly amazing and unlike some other shows it won't take a lot of time out of your evening at the park, it's only about 5-6 minutes long. Which IMO is long enough for those of us who don't enjoy dedicating hours and standing in one spot for long periods of time to see a nighttime show.
Be sure you check it out soon. The show officially opens on June 23 but you may be able to catch a preview before then.
A few more random pics from our visit.
A new Despicable Me photo spot is up on the upper lot
Looks like they are doing some work near Universal Plaza
The back wall for the new storefront/restaurant is up
Because why not
Shrek 4D soon to be ...
You know =)
Don't look sad ... Banana!!
This morning we're taking a look at Universal Studios Hollywood where construction is starting to pick up again after a slow-down after Wizarding World Opened.
We'll update you on the goings on and have some fun speculation as to what's happening on the lower lot
Written by Gregg Condon
Some of these pics are from Saturday (March 4) and some are from Wednesday (March 8). We'll point out the differences so you can see how much has changed in just a few days.
Work is still continuing around the globe out in front of the park (although it could be done by now ;) )
This definitely isn't done yet.
We totally love the Streetmosphere at Universal Studios.
More concrete work going on
On Saturday Stages 22 - 24 were still standing
By Wednesday it looked like this. Rumors are Stage 25 will be gone today.
To support whatever it is they are building on the Lower Lot they are also adding another Starway.
New wraps on the wall on the upper lot.
So what does this all mean and what's this all for?
At this point it's pretty clear this is for NintendoLand (or whatever it is they end up calling it). You now have a pretty big space where the soundstages were, rumors are the restaurants where Panda Express is will be gone after the summer and you also have the space that was cleared when Stage 28 was removed.
Now the original rumor was that the Stage 28 space was going to be for a Secret Life of Pets ride, based on absolutely no evidence we are of the opinion that this is no longer going to happen.
First off, the ride was never "officially" announced. Remember when Universal unveiled their new logo last year, that was when everybody thought they were going to announce Secret Life of Pets.
Let's look at the timeline here:
So let's assume that a Secret Life of Pets ride was in the planning stages and was going to be announced in either April or June 2016. Think it's a pretty safe assumption. But then something happened in May 2016, Universal announced a partnership with Nintendo.
Obviously Universal Creative is constantly working on new attractions and they were going to have "back up's" if Nintendo didn't happen. But then it did, and why not have MORE space for Nintendo instead of a Secret Life of Pets ride?
Now this isn't to say SLOP is never going to happen, it very well could. But the original rumor is that it was going to open THIS year in the former spot of Stage 28. There is still NOTHING there. Let's say they started building the ride today in that spot, you're probably talking 12-18 months before opening. That's a full 1 1/2 to 2 years after the movie came out.
On the other hand you have Nintendo which is all of a sudden relevant again after the disastrous Wii U, you've got a new Zelda game, new Mario later this year and an amazing new console (which we'll have a review of next week, so stay tuned). Seems like a no-brainer to us, you use as much space for Nintendo as you can.
We could be TOTALLY off-base here, but we don't think we are.
UPDATE: The following pictures were taken on March 10, as you can see all of the stages are gone.
Alright, enough with the fun speculation, back to stuff that's totally happening, like some nice work to keep Super Silly Fun Land looking Super and Silly.
Last Saturday Voodoo Donuts was still walled up and closed
This is going to be an awesome combo!!
Wednesday Voodoo Donuts is all ready to go, rumors of a soft opening today and public opening tomorrow. But we'll update when we have more info.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update, we hope you enjoyed some fun speculation about the future of the park, we sure enjoyed writing it up.
What do you think? Are we totally off-base here? Let us know in the comments below.