Universal Studios Florida Update: Jimmy Fallon Ride, Fast & Furious Construction, Coca-Cola Refreshment Station and Christmas Comes to Universal

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Christmas is in the air at Universal Studios Florida, as decorations are showing up all over the park. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will be opening in Spring of 2017 and it’s starting to look more ready every day. The front facade is quickly beginning to match the concept art released nearly a month ago. Fast & Furious Supercharged construction is finally in full swing as a gigantic show building has been erected. The Roboasis near the Men in Black ride has closed to make way for a new enclosed Coca-Cola Refreshment Station! Not only can you purchase and fill up your souvenir Freestyle cups here, but this is the first location at the Universal parks where you can purchase a single use fountain cup for the Coke Freestyle machines! The RFID sticker on the cup’s bottom only allows for one fill-up, which is great for folks that aren’t willing to carry around a plastic cup all day but want a Freestyle flavor (like me!) Check out the video and snapshots below and stay tuned for more updates!


Construction Updates

Welcome to Universal Studios Florida!

Welcome to Universal Studios Florida!

View of Jimmy Fallon construction from Music Plaza Stage

View of Jimmy Fallon construction from Music Plaza Stage

The completely renovated restrooms have re-opened

The completely renovated restrooms have re-opened

Restrooms match the rest of the new building exterior's style

Restrooms match the rest of the new building exterior’s style

Work continues extended the facade above restrooms

Work continues extended the facade above restrooms

Things are looking more complete towards front of the building where NBC gift shop will be

Things are looking more complete towards front of the building where NBC gift shop will be

Welcome to NBC Studios, New York

Welcome to NBC Studios, New York

Concept Art for the finished building renovation and ride entrance

Concept Art for the finished building renovation and ride entrance

No windows placed yet in tall part of facade

No windows placed yet in tall part of facade

Only wall can be seen through window spaces

Only wall can be seen through window spaces

I'm guessing thin fake window panes with LEDs behind them will be placed in these gaps

I’m guessing thin fake window panes with LEDs behind them will be placed in these gaps

Closer view of a window gap. Notice it has a hole on side for wiring to pass through

Closer view of a window gap. Notice it has a hole on side for wiring to pass through

Real windows ready in front of NBC store

Real windows ready in front of NBC store

Looking down the road

Looking down the road

A look at the marquee and ride entrance

A look at the marquee and ride entrance

Closer view of marquee, in the same spot as previous entrance for Twister

Closer view of marquee, in the same spot as previous entrance for Twister

Moving down the road you can see the expanded roof has been enclosed behind facades

Moving down the road you can see the expanded roof has been enclosed behind facades

Work walls with printed scrims have gone up around Guggenheim cutout

Work walls with printed scrims have gone up around Guggenheim cutout

I'm not sure, but maybe Guggenheim museum cutout is receiving some more love?

I’m not sure, but maybe Guggenheim museum cutout is receiving some more love?

Entire back wall of Fallon ride now completely finished

Entire back wall of Fallon ride now completely finished

Most air vents from Twister have been covered and plastered over

Most air vents from Twister have been covered and plastered over

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Hashbrowns#

Opening Spring 2017! (NBC Store may open earlier)

Opening Spring 2017! (NBC Store may open earlier)

Welcome to Fast & Furious Supercharged construction, now in progress!

Welcome to Fast & Furious Supercharged construction, now in progress!

A massive show building has appeared

A massive show building has appeared

Interior work has begun on left-side of structure

Interior work has begun on left-side of structure

Warehouse style walls going up to enclose the structure

Warehouse style walls going up to enclose the structure

Air ducts and pipes already in place for this half of building

Air ducts and pipes already in place for this half of building

Work going on inside

Work going on inside

Only steel framing has been finished for right half of building

Only steel framing has been finished for right half of building

Hogwarts train station can still be seen, barely, and not for much longer

Hogwarts train station can still be seen, barely, and not for much longer

Large empty space between ride entrance and show building where Beetlejuice once stood may become extended queue, made to look like a large car garage

Large empty space between ride entrance and show building where Beetlejuice once stood may become extended queue, made to look like a large car garage

Old Disaster/Earthquake exit still boarded up with temporary work walls

Old Disaster/Earthquake exit still boarded up with temporary work walls

Huge show building can be seen bordering up next to Diagon/London

Huge show building can be seen bordering up next to Diagon/London

Many back of house staff just lost their parking spots to make way for this baby

Many back of house staff just lost their parking spots to make way for this baby

Crane seen overhead

Crane seen overhead

Former Disaster entrance mostly still intact

Former Disaster entrance mostly still intact

High voltage generator thingy seen out front

High voltage generator thingy seen out front

San Fransisco seen in work wall artwork

San Fransisco seen in work wall artwork

Hashbrowns# 2018

Hashbrowns# 2018

Welcome to the old Roboasis, out is the robot alien with soda machines, and in are some indoor Freestyle machines

Welcome to the old Roboasis, out is the robot alien with soda machines, and in are some indoor Freestyle machines

Old Roboasis Before

Old Roboasis Before

Coke Station now

Coke Station now

Style matches Universe and You MiB retro theming

Style matches Universe and You MiB retro theming

Inside the new building

Inside the new building

You can purchase all day Freestyle souvenir cups, or one-time fill paper cups

You can purchase all day Freestyle souvenir cups, or one-time fill paper cups

Put your name in for a photo op with your name on a CGI Coke bottle

Put your name in for a photo op with your name on a CGI Coke bottle

A robot will be right with you

A robot will be right with you

Photo op with your name on a bottle!

Photo op with your name on a bottle!

Freestyle machines are better than vending machines

Freestyle machines are better than vending machines

The holidays have arrived to Universal Studios Florida!

The holidays have arrived to Universal Studios Florida!

Parades start next week!

Parades start next week!

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Hello Kitty says bye bye, until next time!

Hello Kitty says bye bye, until next time!


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