Thursday, February 27, 2014

Observations from Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure 2/26/14

Universal Studios Florida overview from Men In Black area.

Taking a look at Diagon Alley from Men In Black

One more look at what Diagon Alley looks like from Men In Black

Diagon Alley near Gringotts show building. Works has progressed here at a rapid pace over the past few weeks.

Looking into the back of Grimmauld Place

Peeking thru after we seen Fear Factor. Gringotts show building would be to the right, and Grimmauld Place to the left.

Obligatory peek hole photo of Diagon Alley. It's a bit blurry since it was raining most of the afternoon.

Wyndhams Theater looking very good. Lots of detail work since we last checked it out.
Close-up view of the Wyndhams Theater details.

The opposite side of Wyndhams Theater.

The R in Cross has been removed during this construction phase.

Peeking thru the other peek hole window.

The wait time on Disaster! shows the next show time. I like this, and I think it's new, since it usually gave minutes to wait on this sign.

Looking at Diagon Alley from in from of Disaster!

Once more look at the way Diagon Alley blends in so well

Bruce The Shark wants to take a bite out of Kings Cross...he wants his attraction back.

Once rain subsides,the parks are great for touring. Light crowds as many take off.

Here's Revenge of the Mummy with a 10 minute wait.

The French Quarter Courtyard sits empty most days. It's only used on Mardi Gras nights.

Really like the decor, with these jester hats on the light poles. Similar to the Santa hats they put during the holiday season.

Rip Ride Rockit was down due to the rain, but since it was testing, a long queue of people started out in front of it. It opened a few minutes later.

Despicable Me with a 25 minute wait. Only time you will see shorter is during Halloween Horror Nights.

Walking over to Islands of Adventure, you see a huge line of guests waiting for an Austin Mahone concert at Hard Rock Live.

One more look at the long line for the Austin Mahone concert.
Islands of Adventure also looks to be very quiet after the rain.

Walking thru the Port of Entry, I seen a team member playing with a remote controlled minion. They sell them at both parks.

Spider-Man had a 5 minute wait. I walked right thru, with no wait at all. Still can not get over how great the screens look on this attraction.

Walking thru Toon Lagoon, you can see the new Cabana Bay resort in the background.

As we enter Jurassic Park, you notice that walls are up for a JP River Adventure refurbishment.

Here are more walls around the attraction entrance. It feels really empty back here when the ride is closed.

All the newer midway games here in Jurassic Park were also closed.

The walkway to Wizarding World of Harry Potter was blocked off. A nearby team member told me that there was drainage issues with a sewer on the bridge.

With that bridge closed, we were re-routed to the overflow bridge that leads to the Lost Continent.

On the over-flow bridge, you get a nice overview of the park.

Heading into Wizarding World is not pretty now, but once Hogsmeade Train Station opens in, it will be!

It was getting dark, so I was not able to snap many pictures of Hogsmeade train station construction.

It's always nice to check out Wizarding World with light crowds.

Zonko's is still around for now.

It will not look like this in the next few weeks, when Spring Break starts.

Lastly, you can see two team members on the bridge where water was pooling heavily.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


WINTER HAVEN, FLA. (February 26, 2014) – With a record-breaking box office debut, an action-packed video game and a contagious song, everything is awesome with “The LEGO® Movie,” and kids and parents alike just can’t get enough. So, it’s no surprise that these fans are looking to LEGOLAND Florida for more movie-themed fun in a fantastic LEGO inspired theme park setting. Back by popular demand, The LEGO Movie Weekend festivities will return to LEGOLAND Florida every weekend in March starting Mar. 8, bringing back scavenger hunts, photo opportunities as well as new family fun with a chance to help transform Miniland USA’s New York City into the famous Bricksburg.
No instructions are needed here, The LEGO Movie Weekends in March will feature an all out takeover of Miniland USA’s New York City and model builders need the help of park guests to transform this city into Bricksburg, home of the movie’s hero, Emmet. While LEGOLAND Florida model builders add iconic LEGO models from “The LEGO Movie” each weekend, park guests will have the chance to build alongside them and use their imaginations to create their own model that will live on and be added to the city to be transformed into Bricksburg over the four week event.
 “The LEGO Movie” Weekend at LEGOLAND Florida includes the following activities:

  • New! The LEGO Movie Take Over of Miniland’s New York City Miniland USA
    Guests can use their imagination to build their own unique LEGO model to help LEGOLAND Florida Master Model Builders transform Miniland USA’s New York City into Emmet’s home town, Bricksburg. Master Model Builders will add iconic LEGO Bricksburg Models each weekend such as:
    • The construction crane hoisting “The LEGO Movie” Logo over the city.
    • Lord Business’ Evil Lair
    • Batman’s Batwing Vehicle
    • Benny’s Spaceship…and more!
  • New! LEGO Batman Photo Opportunity Imagination Zone
    Pose with the LEGO Batman, Wyldstyle’s boyfriend in “The LEGO Movie.”
  • Meet & Greet with Emmet & Wyldstyle Imagination Zone
    Fans can walk the red carpet and meet the stars of “The LEGO Movie,” Emmet and Wyldstyle.
  •  “The LEGO Movie” Scavenger Hunt - Miniland USA
    Emmet, Wyldstyle and Lord Business are lost in Miniland USA. Guests can help find them to save the day! Guests can submit an entry to win a LEGO Prize Pack at See website for official rules.
  • “The LEGO Movie” Video Game ChallengeWarner Bros. Games Zone
    Gaming fans can test their skills and play the latest action-packed video game, “The LEGO Movie.”
  •  “The LEGO Movie” Mural Build - Imagination Zone
    Families can build together and help create a giant LEGO poster of “The LEGO Movie.”
Currently in theaters nationwide, "The LEGO® Movie” is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S. Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, it stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman,Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.
“The LEGO Movie” Weekend is included with park admission and guests will have complete access to a full day of theme park fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12. The best way to experience LEGOLAND Florida is with the LEGOLAND Florida Resident Annual Pass as low as $99 each. Pass members receive unlimited admission for 12 months to LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGOLAND Water Park, as well as all other Merlin US attractions (LEGOLAND California & Water Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, Sea Life Centers and Madam Tussauds), free parking and 10% off food and merchandise with no black-out dates. For the most current information on special events, daily operating hours and to purchase tickets, visit

Monday, February 24, 2014

Magic Kingdom Photo Report Update (2/23/14) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Update, King Triton statue

Update from yesterday, taking a look at the construction of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster.

More grass has been put up all around the mountain

Some buildings in and around the structure are nearing completion for Spring '14 opening.

Amazing, immersive detail on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Coaster.

The waterfall is running and goes under the bridge walkway now.

Cinderella Castle to the right of the Mine Train Coaster.

More new grass work up on top of the Mine Train structure.

Last look at the Mine Train Coaster for this week.

Gaston had his meet & greet moved again to the bridge area. It's a real mess of on-lookers blocking the walkway when it is over here as opposed to near the restrooms in the back of New Fantasyland.

Some charred black grass in the middle of this picture of the Mermaid ride, from the fireworks fallout a week back.

A new King Triton statue is now in front of a DVC kiosk. It resembles the Triton statue from the old 20K lagoon.

King Triton statue in front of DVC

Inside of DVC has some sketches of the Triton and Ariel statues in the area.

Inside the DVC kiosk.

More detail from inside the Mermaid area DVC kiosk.

Ursula, the sea witch is on this "Destinations of the World" framed picture.

Here you can see the mine train above where this kiosk is located.

Last look at King Triton.

The clouds were building on this fine Sunday afternoon. Some bad storms came thru just northwest of the Magic Kingdom. Also, if rumors are true, expect these moats to be filled in to help congestion inside the hub.

Another look at the great cloud formations over the Magic Kingdom on this Sunday.

Lastly, as we left, we took a quick tour of the remodeled Casey's Corner. Gone are the bench bleachers as well as the large movie screen that played black & white cartoons.