Work continues at a rapid pace at the former site of Soundstage 44. Rumor is that this will be a Transformers attraction, but no announcement has been made.
This is an eyeglasses camera view from Rip Ride Rockit. Note that there is a perimeter construction wall, and another perimeter wall just inside. From this vantage it looks like half of the site has been evenly leveled with sand, up to that inner perimeter wall.
Over a few days time, sections of retaining wall have been driven into the ground, forming that inner perimeter wall. Here we see a section of the wall being lifted. Each section was lifted vertically, positioned, and driven straight down in just a few minutes. It sounded like a jackhammer as each section of the wall was driven into the ground.
With the perimeter walls in place, an excavation began, removing dirt up to the retaining wall. The retaining will give the attraction site a level lower than street level.
Does this mean the attraction will have a basement for effects? Does this mean that guests will experience the attraction at a lower level? Or could it be a lower space for lifts to a second level? We don’t know yet.
Construction-related trucks continue to travel through the park during operating hours. The project has dedicated team members who keep guests safely well back from the trucks.
Our journey across the park has reached the former site of Amity Island and the Jaws ride. This mystery project is rumored to be a section themed to Harry Potter in London. Universal has announced a Wizarding World extension but no details.
The left yellow arrow points to the still mostly-clear former site of Jaws. The two right arrows point to a new temporary dam features in the Lagoon.
This is an eyeglass camera view from Rip Ride Rockit. Note also the new stages in the water for Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular. We’ve never been able to get a photo of the Lagoon from this angle before, because loose items like hand-held cameras are not permitted on the roller coaster. The eyeglass camera allows us to follow park rules, and share these views with you.
Work continues at a steady pace at this mystery project. Note the two dam features at the water edge. The blue wall keeps water back from the construction site. The yellow berm catches debris that might float away from the site.
A crane here is lifting a concrete form away from the dry area behind the dam.