Universal Orlando Construction Update: March 2016
The Universal we all love it marching through March with a lot of construction.
Starting at the Studios, Crews are racing through with demolition of the old Twister building.
Almost nothing remains, with exception of the outer shell.
Which leaves a view back to the supports of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
It also appears that crews have been busy with some new block work near the location of the restrooms that were located at the rear of the building. This could be as simple as renovating those restrooms, however, might be more tied to the new ride.
The work has been fast and furious on the location of the former BeetleJuice and Disaster attractions. Both attractions have been leveled and little, to no, trace remains of the former buildings.
Though it does seem that the pre-show part of the Disaster attraction does yet remain standing as well as the entry facade. This does beg the question as to if those structures will remain.
As we move over to Islands, let us pause for a moment to look at the progress that the former NBA City has undergone.
It does seem that the building has been stripped down to bear steel and work has begun to redesign and rebuild into a final concept.
Though nothing as been confirmed, I highly expect this to remain a restaurant on that uses a concept from Universal Creative.
Dr Bruce Banner’s testing facility has some significant progress. The lagoon loop is nearly complete and ground work has been completed to bring the rest of the track in for erection.
The launch tube is now fully circled with track as well.
And the corkscrew is also fully into place. On the previous track, this was one of the troublesome rough areas; hopefully, this is now as smooth as silk.
Though, one major departure from the previous track would be these supports. They have more of an I-Beam design rather than the typical tubular design.
Lastly we have Kong!
This attraction will be beautiful when it opens later this year. It does seem most of the major external work has been completed, leaving only minor detail work to be finished.
The ride has performed testing at night and early morning, with some testing performed on the mechanical doors during the day.
I would not expect too much more time to pass until we get a more precise opening date for the attraction.
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