Welcome to another great day at the Universal Orlando Resort! It’s Friday and we’re ready to start the weekend here in the parks. Let’s see what’s new today.
Yesterday, Universal Orlando announced that Jack will be returning for Halloween Horror Nights 30. A new shirt arrived yesterday, but was full this morning. Fear not, they would be restocked later in the afternoon.
We’ve even heard that there will be new shirts released over the next few weeks leading up to the event.
For a Friday, the park has been relatively quiet all morning. Even in the afternoon it was not very busy. The queues for the restaurants were actually quite short.
However, it is disappointing to see many food stalls and snack stalls closed.
Cabbie is back to meet guests, plus a new Fast and Furious photoshoot.
The chairs have returned to the Springfield bar. Pull up a stool and grab a Duff!
Look who’s back! Duke and Max are together again.
The awning over the old Barney’s Backyard playground looks refreshed. We’ll wait and see what happens in this area of the park now that DreamWorks Destination has opened.
The U Design inside the Tribute Store was recently closed. This needs to be fixed soon as we still need a custom Raptor Tracker sign.
Some of the food carts had long lines later in the day as the park got busier.
The exterior seats for Finnegan’s have been removed. We feel a lot more open in this area now.
It is good to see smiling faces on the characters when interacting with guests.
The pre-shows are back to Harry Potter and the Gringotts Escape.
Even more s’mores treats arrived at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. Red Velvet, Birthday Cake and Naked Key Lime sound great.
McGurkus Circus has been open for lunch lately. Unfortunately, Green Eggs and Ham has been closed.
At least the Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop is open! It’s a bit overcast today, but it’s still very hot.
I spotted Moonlit Garden candles on the Lost Continent.
At the Wonderland Shop of the Lost Continent, interesting Halloween decals appeared in the windows.
Condiment bars started to come back around the station. Sauces, napkins and cutlery are available to guests.
Even though Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat barges fill all the seats, the wait time was still 45 minutes when we passed by. It’s the best way to get soaked on a hot day.
We have noticed more physical lines for restaurants lately. Mobile ordering is really a nightmare most of the time, so we hope this is a sign that Universal is working to fix the food situation.
The U Design kiosks around the park are being upgraded to these beautiful new machines. These are much easier to navigate than the smaller screens.
It’s good to see guests and characters interacting with less distance.
Shorter queues for restaurants are a very good sign!
We spotted a few long queues for food, but at least it’s not like that in all parks.
Outside of CityWalk, we found guests lined up while waiting for Vivo Italian Kitchen to open. People are hungry!
That’s it for this visit to the Universal Orlando Resort! Thank you for joining us in the parks today and be sure to stay tuned to Universal Parks News Today for more updates.