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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby sonofrollercoasters » Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:26 pm

That looks like fun. Ive been to a good amount of parks but not that one. I should Go when that opens or when i get a chance. Also, when construction starts (in a while) there should be some updates. Just a recommendation. :) =) :Pr :p :lol: :lmao: :b :airtime: :lover:

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:22 pm

I had a chance today to stop into the Universal Orlando Resort to check out the latest happenings going on, including the latest progress at CityWalk, the opening of the new Starbucks at Islands of Adventure and of course, the progress in both parks on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansions. So let's dive on in!
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And we're back!
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The new "open" seating area for the new Starbucks location is almost done.
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And the new location itself is looking like it is pretty close too!
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Cold Stone Creamery is nearing completion as well.
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While no vertical construction has begun on Vivo, the new Italian restaurant, the former Pastamore table service venue is being gutted in preparation for the new tenant's arrival. Cowfish construction will begin once the new Starbucks location is open, as the old one will close to make way for the new "burgushi" restaurant.
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It looks like Margaritaville's Porch of Indecision is being expanded. The existing dining space on the porch is currently open to guests, but it appears that the entrance will be pushed closer to walking traffic to allow for more seats to be added.
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It has been a while since I last visited Amity...
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No folks, you won't be watching the Hogwarts Express magically float behind San Francisco or London. A wall is being built to block the train from guest view here.
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Seriously, the London facade is huge!
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Kings Cross station is almost complete.
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They've added two of these clever sneak peek spots along the construction walls to allow for curious guests to get a better look at what is being built.
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I'm a curious guest.
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Tons of detail still left to be completed, but this is already very impressive!
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Attention to detail is obviously a cornerstone with this project, even when it comes to facades of this scale.
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No, the discoloration on this Grimmauld Place facade is not accidental. This is the "expanded" building as it appears when the hidden residence of Sirius Black and his family is revealed to the wizards of the Order of the Phoenix. Notice the damage on the windows and rain gutters...
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Getting closer!
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The main entrance to Diagon Alley from the Muggle side of London.
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And I now present to you, the 9th Wonder of the World! The backside of Potter!!!
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The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley dominates the park's skyline.
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Another look at the main entrance to Diagon Alley. It should be noted that Kings Cross Station (the entrance and exit for the Hogwarts Express) will likely release guests out into the London section of the park, and not directly into Diagon Alley, for crowd control purposes.
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More details still to be revealed!
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In other news, a new Starbucks Coffee location has opened up inside of the Port of Entry at Universal's Islands of Adventure in the former Funnel Cake location.
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I love when they do things like this!
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The location has an odd layout due to the constraints of fitting into an existing building...
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But it was extremely busy when I stopped in!
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Over in the Lost Continent, the absence of the former games of chance and their surrounding buildings is odd to get used to. The buildings were demolished to make way for additional team member facilities as well as transitionary space that will better allow the new Hogsmeade Station for the Hogwarts Express to fit into the partially expanded Hogsmeade Village.
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This is like experiencing deja vu...
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Work on the Hogsmeade Station continues...
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Details already in place!
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Zonko's, the joke and novelty shop at the front of Hogsmeade Village will close roughly around the time that Diagon Alley opens to make way for an expanded Honeyduke's Candy Shop.
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While never as popular as the candy store it shared retail space with next door, Zonko's played host to a wide variety of unique merchandise.
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The good news is that this merchandise will be available at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes over in Diagon Alley, so you'll still be able to get your Pigmy Puffs, inflatable tongues and extendable ears.
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The shop had a unique, intimate design that had a lot of little details you had to really pay attention to find.
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Faint dusty footsteps pepper this wall in response to the warning clearly printed...
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Instructions worth following...
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I loved the details like this.
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Pumpkin Fizz or Butterbeer... Why choose one when I can have both?
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Here's a Jurassic Park streetmosphere experience I've never seen before.
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So simple, yet so incredibly amusing.
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Haven't been to school in a while...
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And to close, this awesome billboard on the backside of the Kang & Kodos Twirl & Hurl in Springfield. I love the humor behind this place!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:03 am

I don't know the significance of any of those facades for Harry Potter, but they look fantastic!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby arby » Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:16 am

This is looking awesome! Thanks for the pics and the update. Less than 8 months until we're back down there (if we can make it that long.)

I specifically loved Zonko's. It's good to know the merchandise will still be available.

I can't believe I never noticed pumpkin fizz before. I'll have to try that next time I'm there.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:52 am

Whether you're a Potter fan or not, you have to appreciate Universal's attention to detail.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby eastcoast » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:16 am

I'm not sure there is pumpkin fizz. I thought there was just frozen and non frozen butterbeer. And a soon to be released warm version of butterbeer (yum). There is pumpkin juice though served in a plastic bottle.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:22 am

^Pumpkin Fizz is the carbonated version of Pumpkin Juice. I promise you it exists.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby thrillerman1 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:30 am

Too bad about Zonko's as it was the most interesting store in Potterville. What is taking its place?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:27 am

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...Zonko's, the joke and novelty shop at the front of Hogsmeade Village will close roughly around the time that Diagon Alley opens to make way for an expanded Honeyduke's Candy Shop.
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