Several new behind-the-scenes videos for SyFy’s upcoming movie “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” have surfaced online, showcasing a lot of footage shot at Universal Orlando back in February. [Read more…]
During a brief test this morning at Universal Studios Florida, metal detectors were placed at the entrance to Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster to help keep loose articles from being taken on the coaster. [Read more…]
The Sharknado movies have been a cult phenomenon for the SyFy channel since the first one debuted in 2013, so when it came time to make a third one, Universal Orlando became both a filming location and a setting in the film itself. [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.