Universal Studios Florida Updates – Hello Kitty, Jimmy Fallon Construction and More

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It has been a little while since I’ve had a chance to visit the parks, so I took a day to catch up on all the goings on at Universal Studios Florida, and grab some video as well! Since my last visit with a camera, Twister and Disaster have closed and themed construction walls have gone up around their locations where Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Fast & Furious Supercharged will be built, respectively. Themed construction walls have gone up around the future site of the Hello Kitty store/experience. This is the first actual confirmation that the new Sanrio themed store will definitely be taking over the former site of Lucy: A Tribute.

00000.MTS.Still045Some other minor work has been going on as well, including some sort of small building being constructed near Despicable Me, behind the main Studio Store. It looks like it might be storage or a permanent refreshment stand, either way, nothing too intriguing. Two new shops have opened in the park recently: the new Williams of Hollywood Prop Shop featuring props from various attractions and stores, and a new year-round Christmas store. And since it’s December, the holidays are in full swing at the parks, with garland strung everywhere and large Macy’s balloons littering the park. Check out the video for full coverage or the screenshots below for more details! And stay tuned for Kong coverage next week!


Screenshot Gallery

Universal's arch entry all decked out for Christmas and the Macy's Holiday Parade

Universal’s arch entry all decked out for Christmas and the Macy’s Holiday Parade

Former Betty Boop store connected to Lucy: A Tribute

Former Betty Boop store connected to Lucy: A Tribute

All remnants of Lucy and Betty Boop have been removed, although Boop is on the construction walls on this side

All remnants of Lucy and Betty Boop have been removed, although Boop is on the construction walls on this side

Betty Boop on the construction walls for the future Sanrio store, facing Despicable Me side

Betty Boop on the construction walls for the future Sanrio store, facing Despicable Me side

Side of the new Sanrio store facing Hollywood

Side of the new Sanrio store facing Hollywood

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Close up of demolition going on

Close up of demolition going on

Ornamental piece of concrete with Lucille Ball's initials removed.

Ornamental piece of concrete with Lucille Ball’s initials removed.

Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters on the construction walls

Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters on the construction walls

In addition to characters, there are famous posters with Hello Kitty added in as well

In addition to characters, there are famous posters with Hello Kitty added in as well

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Something being constructed near Despicable Me, behind the main Studio Store

Something being constructed near Despicable Me, behind the main Studio Store

Looks like it could be storage or a permanent concession window

Looks like it could be storage or a permanent concession window

New Prop Shop replaces Magic Shop in Hollywood

New Prop Shop replaces Magic Shop in Hollywood

This shop sells items previously featured on rides or in shops throughout the park

This shop sells items previously featured on rides or in shops throughout the park

Even though barely anyone actually buys anything here, it's still a fun store to walk-through

Even though barely anyone actually buys anything here, it’s still a fun store to walk-through

An authentic prop from the final scene in Disaster/Earthquake...

An authentic prop from the final scene in Disaster/Earthquake…

... Only $129.99

… Only $129.99

Random Disaster letters

Random Disaster letters

Prop film cans from Revenge of the Mummy

Prop film cans from Revenge of the Mummy

Aftermath Twister gift store signage letters and Esmoo from the gift shop

Aftermath Twister gift store signage letters and Esmoo from the gift shop

Random props

Random props

Zombies and a Triceratops trophy

Zombies and a Triceratops trophy

Walls up around former Twister ride

Walls up around former Twister ride

Exterior demolition continues

Exterior demolition continues

Interior demolition

Interior demolition

Themed construction walls featuring Jimmy Fallon in various poses

Themed construction walls featuring Jimmy Fallon in various poses

Walls stretch all the way down the street

Walls stretch all the way down the street

The New York Library facade was recently refreshed

The New York Library facade was recently refreshed

It's the best the facade has looked in over a decade

It’s the best the facade has looked in over a decade

The details look incredible

The details look incredible

The holidays are in full swing and Macy's balloons are everywhere!

The holidays are in full swing and Macy’s balloons are everywhere!

Curious George swinging around New York

Curious George swinging around New York

Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat

Scooby dooby Doo!

Scooby dooby Doo!

Spongebob Elfpants

Spongebob Elfpants

Looks like Horton hears something

Looks like Horton hears something

Grover

Grover

Garfield

Garfield

New year round Christmas store

New year round Christmas store

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Inside the Holiday Shop

Inside the Holiday Shop

Former site of Disaster, future home of Fast & Furious Supercharged

Former site of Disaster, future home of Fast & Furious Supercharged

Themed construction walls

Themed construction walls

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Previous exit for Disaster all closed up

Previous exit for Disaster all closed up

Thanks for visiting! That’s all for this week. Do be sure to check in next week for Kong coverage and Islands of Adventure news.

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