PHOTO REPORT: Universal Orlando Resort 4/13/21 (New Hand Sanitizer Bottles, Pulled Pork Nachos, Painting In The Park, And More)
Welcome to a hot, sunny day at the Universal Orlando Resort. When we arrived early in the morning the security lines were long but moving quickly. We really expected the park to be very busy, but the crowd wasn’t nearly as bad as we expected.
As we looked at the cars pulling into the parking lot and the long lines at security, we were concerned about what we would find in the park. It’s still spring break for some schools, but we don’t expect it to get too crowded, especially as parking times have been cut. The shorter hours are usually a good sign that the parks aren’t too crowded.
We decided to start our day on Islands of Adventure.
We discovered new hand sanitizer bottles with cute little Universal Studios labels. These blue labels have the Universal Globe and Arch and say “Universal Studios” at the top. They come with a clip and can be purchased at almost any retail store in the park for $ 3. We spotted a few stores in the park that still have the old universal hand sanitizer, but most stores have the new bottles.
There is still a lot going on on the way to the raptors and the bypass bridge. We could hear the sounds of construction machinery on the opposite side of the scrims and planters. We can’t wait to see the new path.
The Discovery Center is still being refreshed with new paint. We saw the Jurassic Park Discovery Center sign above the entrance painted bronze and then painted over with a green paint to give the sign a textured look. Now Dinostore and Burger Digs are being repainted and are a rich, bold brown color. We assume that these signs will be processed further before they are finished.
Over behind the building walls next to Thunder Falls Terrace, the “mysterious structure” we saw recently is now covered in plants. Not nearly as exciting as we hoped it would be, but we’ll see what else comes up in this area when the building walls fall.
By noon the lines were long, but not as bad as they had been for the past two weeks. When we saw a short line at the watering hole, we decided to have a quick bite to eat. We ordered the pulled pork nachos. These nachos are coated with meat, beans, and cheese and go perfectly with an alcoholic drink.
The crowd was very relaxed that afternoon and much better than yesterday.
The waiting times weren’t bad either. The waiting times were between 10 minutes and about 60 minutes. The incredible Hulk Coaster was only a 35 minute wait! We need to start driving the coasters in preparation for the VelociCoaster opening on June 10th!
“If I Ran the Zoo” is still painted, and the name was painted on the flag. We’ll be interested to see this area when it reopens.
Over at Universal Studios in Florida, the park felt a little busier than Islands of Adventure, but still very slow compared to the recent spring break.
The queues for food were very short this afternoon. Some days the food lines look longer than the attraction lines! Fortunately, the lines for food were manageable today.
In CityWalk, the new Universal Studios store has added a few more details on the outside of the building. The store recently opened but the outside didn’t look completely finished.
The sidewalk here has also started to freshen up. Last week we saw a small area painted with new yellow and purple colors. You can see how bright this area is compared to the surrounding sidewalk.
That’s all for this trip to Universal Orlando Resort. Thank you for following us through the parks today and stay tuned for more updates from Universal Parks News Today!