Hello Kitty Store Construction Update at Universal Studios Florida

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I recently checked out what might be the slowest construction project Universal is currently working on, the Hello Kitty store and experience at Universal Studios Florida. Rumors had this opening back at Christmas late last year, but here we are in month two of 2016 and not much progress can be seen. When I visited today I did get some confirmation that I did not have before, that Betty Boop will in fact be coming back to her original location when the building is done being refreshed. This is something I suspected, but didn’t have proof of until now.

P1050905Besides the fact that a couple of employees have confirmed it for me, you can see on the awnings for the shop, (as well as some text visible through a window,) that the black and white beauty will be re-claiming her “largest selection of Betty Boop merchandise in the world” location once again. I find this surprising, as it only allows the portion of the building that used to house Lucy: A Tribute to be used for the new Hello Kitty store and meet & greet areas. It’s not that small a space, but considering how much Sanrio branded merchandise exists in the world, I find it somewhat shocking how small a space they’ll be allocating for it. They could fill the entire main Studio Store with Sanrio twice over and still not run out of Hello Kitty and friends branded merch. Perhaps we’ll see products with the famous Kitty in more stores throughout the parks as well. Check out the photo update below and stay tuned this week and next for more theme park updates!

P1050904Construction Update:

A look at the Hello Kitty side, facing Hollywood

A look at the Hello Kitty side, facing Hollywood

The bricks were recently re-painted with a more colorful cartoony style

The bricks were recently re-painted with a more colorful cartoony style

The trim along the top was repainted in bright red

The trim along the top was repainted in bright red, metal plaque with Lucille Ball’s initials has been removed

Placements for promotional posters, most likely Sanrio characters installed

Placements for promotional posters, most likely Sanrio characters installed

Still only a few Hello Kitty style movie posters on the construction walls

Still only a few Hello Kitty style movie posters on the construction walls, gold trim on entrance touched up

Side of the building facing Brown Derby Hat Shop

Side of the building facing Brown Derby Hat Shop

Colorful paint on the bricks looks fantastic, like it's shiny, even though it is matte. Really pops

Colorful paint on the bricks looks fantastic, like it’s shiny, even though it is matte. Really pops

I thought it was strange Betty Boop art was on the walls around Hello Kitty store. Turns out she's coming back!

Thought it was strange Betty Boop was on walls around Hello Kitty store. Turns out she’s coming back!

View through a window: "Boop, Oop, A Doop!"

View through a window: “Boop, Oop, A Doop!”

New awnings installed

New awnings installed

Line where the Boop and Kitty styles meet in the middle. I guess they will still be connected inside the way Lucy was to Boop

Line where the Boop and Kitty styles meet in the middle. I guess they will still be connected inside the way Lucy was to Boop

Construction walls down on Boop store front near Shrek and Despicable Me

Construction walls down on Boop store front near Shrek and Despicable Me

Nicely re-painted, but something still needs to be installed above the door, perhaps sign sticking out

Nicely re-painted, but something still needs to be installed above the door, perhaps sign sticking out

Wonder what'll be in here

Wonder what’ll be in here

Fresh awnings, fresh paint

Fresh awnings, fresh paint

Here's where Boop's merchandise currently can be found in the park. Just up the street in Hollywood

Here’s where Boop’s merchandise currently can be found in the park. Just up the street in Hollywood

Apparently this was just meant as a temporary setup, until the original store is re-opened. Pretty fancy for temporary

Apparently this is a temporary setup until the original store is re-opened. Pretty fancy for temporary

I bet Boop's excited to be able to move back to her old place

I bet Boop’s excited to be able to move back to her old place

That’s all for this update. They’ll be more Universal updates this week, and check back next week for Kong and Hulk coverage at Islands of Adventure, so stay tuned.

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