Universal Orlando onsite resort guests should get ready to say “cheese,” because the resort is now testing new Universal Express photo validation technology at select attractions. [Read more…]
To celebrate the release of the new Dr. Seuss book, “One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote,” Carnival Cruise Line will serve as the Official Seagoing Headquarters for The Cat in the Hat presidential campaign. [Read more…]
In addition to engaging in the world of Dr. Seuss at Universal Orlando, cruisers will soon be able to eat green eggs and ham, meet the Dr. Seuss characters and more onboard Carnival Cruise Line ships. [Read more…]
Let’s start our update with what’s most interesting to most people, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can compare the above photo with a part of the concept art below. It looks to be the entrance to the new “world”. I took this picture by the old entrance to Dueling Dragons.
Just past that entrance to your left is this building …
You can compare it to the below concept art. I took this from the new bridge. The building stands where the Enchanted Oak Tavern used to be.
My last Harry Potter update picture is of what’s been known so far as the big gray box.
I’m guessing that most of the outside of the building will be covered with the rocks and moss as seen in the above art and the towers and spires will be added later.
On to some non-Potter things. Universal is catching on to the stuff your own toy craze. Here you can choose from SpongeBob to Spider-Man to stuff. SeaWorld also has an area to stuff your own Shamu and other animals. I haven’t seen a place at Disney to stuff your own Mickey yet, but you can Build-A Dino at the T-Rex restaurant at Downtown Disney.
Some cool new Cat In The Hat items.
As seen from Islands of Adventure. The Hollywood Rip, Ride Rockit Coaster still needs some more track.
And finally, this caught my eye near the Margaritaville outside bar. It’s a portable Guitar Hero game on the back of a golf-cart shaped like a shark.