I had the chance on Friday to check out the latest happenings at the Universal Orlando Resort including the adding of thematic elements for Halloween Horror Nights 22, as well as the rapidly growing Jaws replacement and some other miscellaneous items throughout the park.
Over in New York's Sting Alley several graveyard pieces have been added.
Can any Horror Nights experts provide us with a backstory for Jonathan Hawthorne?
It is like the graveyard sprung up from the ground!
Amity stands for progress!
The frame for what is rumored to be a Gringotts themed coaster has gone up in just over a week and should continue to be built at a brisk pace.
Amity stands for dirt!
The ride building is pretty huge... Comparable to one of the studios, I believe.
Universal's expansion has actually given up retail and food & beverage space in favor of creating a larger waterfront opposite its new land.
The new waterfront draws inspiration from the Thames Embankment in London.
Despite being trimmed down significantly, you can see the old wall lines from Amity's shops and food options that once were.
More of the graveyard can be found on the other side of the park.
These set pieces have a fair share of creative nods to Horror Nights and Universal Studios' past.
Might we see the Caretaker actually present at the event? I'd imagine not, but it would be neat to see him guarding the graveyard grounds.
A tribute to the recently demolished Hercules & Xena building...
Any idea who this is?
Over at The Simpsons Ride, the front of the Krustyland facades are being reworked to allow for the installation of actual midway games at the front of the queue.
Plenty of work still to be done.
The new games will only annex a small portion of the ride's massive queue.
This will be a very different view in a few years.
It was really hard to appreciate just how much land Jaws took up until it was removed.
Expect to see a lion with a ring in its mouth installed at each of these indents in the columns.
There's simply no sign of slowing...
Relocated once again thanks to the construction on the plot of the former Xena building, the Back to the Future Delorean and train have now been given a home in the Central Park section of Universal Studios.
And the location is really a great one. I'm really glad they preserved these iconic pieces of film history and kept them in the park for guests to see!
More Halloween Horror Nights decor popping up.
I'm probably one of the few... But I really love that Universal has kept Doc Brown as a roaming character in the park, despite the significantly decreased presence of Back to the Future in the park after the ride closed in 2007.
One of the shops in the park recently underwent a slight transformation to allow it to sell Oakley, RayBan and Gucci accessories.
More props from Horror Nights were put off to the side due to Rock the Universe, but these will soon be placed in the park following the end of the event.
So there's more to this Hawthorne story...
So Jonathan Hawthorne has several tombs?
Over at the Hard Rock Cafe, the pink cadillac has been replaced with a new guitar that lights up at night.
It is reportedly designed to be a scale replica of the first item to join the Hard Rock vault, a guitar donated by Eric Clapton.
Over in the Lost Continent a new wall has been put up, closing off the Frozen Desert and the palm reader's tent.
It is rumored that this space will be needed to allow for the slight expansion of Hogsmeade to include an actual train station for the Hogwarts Express, which is rumored to link both parks when the Amity expansion is complete.
Treasures of Poseidon is being slightly reworked to allow for the addition of The Pearl Factory to its retail space.
That's all folks!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Thanks for the update! It really is almost shocking how quickly they are pushing the expansion along. Thanks also for posting some of the details from the HHN theming - I wonder if there will be a "Collective" level backstory this year.
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