We’ve seen new displays show up at the Universal Studios Store in CityWalk Orlando over the last couple weeks. These new displays are celebrating 30 years of the Universal Orlando Resort.
With actual props used on attractions, costumes, behind the scenes photos, and even scale models, there is a lot to take in for the avid Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure fan. You can check out the video tour and the 50 photos below. See how many props from your favorite attractions you can spot!
The displays can be found around the tops of many of the merchandise shelves in the existing Universal Studios Store at CityWalk, located near BigFire. They are currently building a new, larger Universal Studios Store closer to the entrance to CityWalk, but it’s nice to see this current location get some love while it is still around.
Before you even enter the store, you can see new window displays featuring a backdrop painted to look like the original soundstage colors from the 1990s at Universal Studios Florida. The shop is spotlighting classic Universal Studios Florida merchandise for sale.
Inside, you can see the classic merchandise displayed on mannequins, and a display of the items for sale on the right. But, on top of the shelves are where you’ll start to spot the old props and artifacts!
You may also notice some crates with the Universal Studios production logos. This really takes me back to the 1990s!
These first displays feature some behind the scenes from the making of Universal Studios Florida, in the form of photographs, and even a parts of the scale models for the park and the Animal Actors Stage.
Across from these shelves is a shelf of Jurassic World VelociCoaster merchandise. Atop that are more photos and props from the early days of the resort, including some featuring classic monsters and Jaws.
Heading deeper into the store, my favorite shelf features actual props from the waiting room preshows at Back to the Future, including drawings for new inventions by Doc Brown. Plus, some of the money bags used in the Wild, Wild, Wild West Stunt Show can be seen here!
Next up are some sci-fi elements, including photos from E.T. Adventure and props from the Universal Monsters Cafe and more.
Now we’re hitting the Islands of Adventure behind the scenes items! A photo of the installation of the rotating mechanism door from Poseidon’s Fury is crazy interesting to me, as well as photos of models for Jurassic Park, the lighthouse icon, and more.
In the middle of the store’s aisles you can find other various scenic elements that have been used for special events or other various decoration occasions.
The store is roughly divided into sections from this point on, kind of like a film production storage warehouse. You can find props and scenic elements, costuming, etc, all in different areas.
One of the most recognizable parts, are the costumes from the finale of Ghostbusters Spooktacular, covered in fake marshmallow. These were also on display in a Halloween Horror Nights Tribute Store.
In fact, it has been speculated that the entire collection on display in this store was originally curated to be shown in a 30th Anniversary Tribute Store for last summer. Unfortunately, it was never set up as the parks were closed due to Covid. At least now we’re getting a chance to see it all in some way!
Next up are some art deco pieces that may be from the Men in Black: Alien Attack shop?
The following are artifacts from Lost Continent, including items that may have originally appeared in the Dueling Dragons queue, and the original scale model of Enchanted Oak Tavern (before it was changed into Three Broomsticks).
Here are some props from Revenge of the Mummy that were likely removed when they renovated recently and removed a section of the extended queue.
And finally, the rest is set up like costuming and props for productions, and probably feature various things used in special events like Mardi Gras and Halloween Horror Nights.
Is this the HHN Bear below?
And there you have it! Lots of fun nostalgia to rifle through and see what brings back old memories! Definitely worth browsing if you’re heading out to the resort any time soon.
Be sure to check out the video version with even more stuff to see. And you can check out a video update of the progress on the new, larger Universal Studios Store below. Stay tuned for more news on that project as it happens!
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