Twister and Disaster have long closed to make way for the new attractions Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Fast & Furious Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida. More New York facades are being added around the gutted soundstage building for the Jimmy Fallon ride. It’ll be nice to have that big bland building blocked by more themed New York building facades. Also, there is what looks to be a big rounded section of steel inside the building. It could be for a big screen, especially if this does turn out to be a Soarin’ type attraction as rumored. Lots of digging continues at the site of Fast and Furious, but not much else is happening there. And new picture spot props have been added to the Hello Kitty store. Check out the update video and lots of construction images below!
Jimmy Fallon Construction Update
Please don’t be another ride with 3D glasses. Please don’t be another ride with 3D glasses.
Lots of steel going up fast around the building
You can still see clear through the building
All remnants of the old Twister sign have been stripped away
Looks like New York facades will continue all the way around the side of the building for the first time
Area where old bathrooms were extended outward to make building bigger
This shows how far out the new facade will be from building
A look inside the giant mostly empty structure
This will most likely be the ride entrance
This was also Twister’s old entrance here
Looks like the building facades will continue on from there, as if they’ve always been there, and greatly expanding the New York area of USF
Hoping they continue to build the steel up, covering up more of the soundstage
The view from down the street near Mummy
View of the backside, entire wall is still missing
Inside view of the first floor area towards the front
Part of the building being extended out
Rounded steel supports inside the building… Could be for a huge screen, maybe?
Closer view of the rounded steel area inside
Work continues refreshing the 2-dimensional city facades at end of street
Closer view of what’s left to do on skyline
Fast & Furious Construction Update
Looks like construction is stalled for this project, so themed walls is all we’ll see for a bit
View of where Beetlejuice used to be, now just a big ‘ol dirt hole behind walls
Digging in the dirt
Big pile of dirt and debris from demolition
Hogwarts Express clearly visible now without anything to block the view
Old fountain and courtyard remains
Other than the walls, nothing much has changed for the courtyard, leaving a big hole in the park for this area
Food stand still themed to Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue
Set enhancements in progress… slowly.
Tentacle monster and tank now gone. And construction walls moved in closer to building
San Fransisco pictured in mural on construction walls, so it looks like the area will remain themed to that land
Plants added in front of construction walls to fancy up the place a bit
Rumor has it Richter’s Burger Co. will close to be rethemed eventually, to something more fitting than famous “Earthquake” burgers
New Additions to Hello Kitty Store
New photo spots have been added in and around the Hello Kitty store
Hello Kitty’s face added above doorway
Hello Kitty’s gone Hollywood!
Signed her name in the concrete along with a picture of her iconic bow
Inside the store a new statue of 3D Glasses Kitty’s been added
Closer view of 3D Kitty
Kitty ready for a car ride
There’s room in the backseat to get your picture taken riding with Hello Kitty
New Universal globe added above entry to neighboring shop
That’s all for this Universal Studios update!
That’s all for this update. Check out our last Kongstruction update, featuring the new Skull Island area music!
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Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has an incredible knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found taking video at the parks and riding roller coasters!