PHOTO REPORT: Universal Orlando Resort 4/6/21 (VelociCoaster opening date announced, long lines for groceries, busy parks again, new Popeye face mask, goodbye to A Day At The Park With Barney Theater, And More)
It’s a wonderful day here at the Universal Orlando Resort and after a few days of full park occupancy, we arrived bright and early and ready to start the day. We navigated through CityWalk and first made our way to Islands of Adventure.
We spotted a new sign saying “Coming Summer 2021” next to the VelociCoaster height requirement on the sign in front of the entrance to the parks. Later that day we got the official announcement of an opening on June 10th and a first look at the queue. We can hardly wait!
We found a new Popeye face mask available from Islands of Adventure Trading Company. It is available in medium, large, and extra large sizes.
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls opened late and was drained. This ride has recently been refurbished so it is unfortunate that there are still problems.
The restaurants weren’t even open yet and the guests stood in a row and waited for food. There aren’t too many breakfast options in the park. If you arrive for early park entry at 7am, it’s no surprise that you are ready and waiting for the restaurants to open at 10am.
There aren’t very many food options from carts, but if you’re craving a turkey leg or popcorn, wait in line too.
The rest of the Jurassic Park Discovery Center sign is painted a beautiful bronze color.
The park was crowded but it didn’t feel bad at first. It seemed like crowds were pouring in around 10 a.m. The bypass bridge wasn’t open, which made Hogsmeade feel even more crowded. We can’t remember the last time we were caught in the middle of such crowds.
We saw the VelociCoaster test with water dummies, which is why the bypass bridge may not have been open.
Everyone likes green eggs and ham.
We took the backstage route at Seuss Landing and made our way to Universal Studios Florida.
The crowd wasn’t bad at Universal Studios, but there were still queues all over the park for food.
We saw team members in the old theater “A Day in the Park with Barney”. Someone was in an elevator and a few other team members were walking in and out of the theater. We have a feeling that something is about to change here.
We’re still obsessed with the Brussels fries from the Belgian tasting booth. Fortunately, Mardi Gras has been extended until May 2nd, so we have plenty of time to enjoy these delicious sauces. (If anyone wants to send us a recipe for these sauces, my email address is at the bottom of this page.)
Today is a hot day, so we treat ourselves to a Sour Patch Kids ice cream.
Thank you for joining us in the parks today. It’s been a busy day and we’re ready to get out of here. Follow Universal Parks News Today for more updates and see you next time!