Universal Studios Florida trip report – November 2012 (incredible Transformers construction photos and so much more)
It’s been six weeks since our last Universal Studios Florida trip report. The first thing that caught my attention was Bumblebee from the Transformers movie standing guard outside the entrance to the park. He was there to promote the recent announcement that the construction area at the old Soundstage 44 location is in fact Transformers: The Ride. He was very imposing and yet served as a great photo opportunity, both during the day and at night.
As I first walked into the park, I noticed the new sign promoting Blue Man Group in front of the Despicable Me ride. It somewhat obstructed the view of the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction, but not entirely.
Transformers: The Ride construction has moved along significantly since my last trip and is now visible throughout most of the park. My husband was able to take pictures of the construction. If you look closely, you can see the tracks for the Transformers ride (click any image to view it full-screen).
The restroom that is located between Shrek and Mel’s Diner is no longer accessible due to the Transformers construction. Signs recommend going to either the restrooms near Beverly Hills Boulangerie or the restrooms at Animal Actors on Location.
Except for a few props near The Simpson’s ride, most of the props for Halloween Horror Nights are gone. I noticed holiday decorations on two buildings near Rip Ride Rockit and some holiday merchandise, primarily related to the Grinch, was also available to purchase. I expect in the next few weeks the holiday decorations and merchandise will be much more prevalent. (Universal’s holiday festivities start December 1 — learn more.)
I observed a significant amount of character slippers for sale with cooler season clothing, including Minion sweatshirts, also available to purchase. I noticed more Minion merchandise this trip with an emphasis on the color blue. I wonder if the Minions and Blue Man group will ever get together — can you imagine what that show would be like?
The Harry Potter expansion area has seen some changes. Instead of the walking path through this area being between two construction walls, visitors now walk along the lagoon. This is a welcome improvement, enabling visitors to have a nice view again. The construction of the “alleged” Gringotts ride has also come along including the addition of another large crane. At this time it is difficult to see details even with a zoom lens on a camera.
Fear Factor Live was not open and the sign for the show was covered (it reopens next week). The carnival games in front of The Simpson’s Ride are finished and open. There are a variety of games to play and they are a good addition to the Krustyland atmosphere.
Now that the Cinematic Spectacular lagoon show is scheduled for earlier in the evening, we were able to stay at the park after dark and watch it for the first time. The show celebrates 100 years of movie memories. It was very enjoyable, including the fireworks, lights and water features. Experiencing Universal Studios Florida after dark was terrific, and it gave us a different perspective of the park.
Crowd levels were low to mild with most attraction wait times less than 30 minutes. There were very short lines for refreshments at the various kiosks throughout the park. The weather was also perfect in the low 80’s and sunny.
This is my favorite time of year to visit the theme parks, and my family and I had another great day at Universal Studios Florida.
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