A Word of Warning About Universal Orlando Right Now

Universal is currently hard at work getting its new theme park, Epic Universe, ready for its 2025 opening.

Universal Orlando

However, that’s not the only construction the company is doing in Orlando. Its existing two parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Orlando, also have lots going on. We took a quick walk around the parks recently — here are the updates you need to know!

Islands of Adventure

Seuss Landing

Over in Seuss Landing, Circus McGurkis Cafe Stoo-pendous is currently under refurbishment. The wall in front of the entrance doesn’t allow for entrance or exit.

Circus McGurkis Cafe Stoopendous construction

The sit-down photo opportunity is also unavailable at the moment, blocked by construction walls.

Photo Op Closed

There is still plenty to explore in this land, however — if you haven’t visited before, it’s a great hit for kids and adults alike.

Marvel Super Hero Island

There’s a lot under construction over here. We found Auntie Anne’s, the Comic Book Store entrances, and part of the outside queue for the Spider-Man ride all behind construction walls.

Lots of construction walls

The Ice Cream Shop is also unavailable at the moment.

Ice Cream Shop under construction

In addition, metal barriers are up near the Lemon Slush Stand.

Metal Barriers

We’re unsure what the construction is for at this time, but we hope to see the walls come down soon.

Jurassic Park

If you’re planning to ride VelociCoaster soon, it’s important to know that the tester seat that usually sits outside the front of the ride is currently unavailable.

No seat currently available

Many guests like to test the seat ahead of time to see if it’s comfortable for them or will fit their body shape. We hope to see the seat return soon so guests can test their comfort level before they get in line.

Universal Orlando

A few restaurants over in this park are currently out of commission. The first is Mel’s Drive-In

Mel’s Drive In closed

…the second is KidZone Pizza

KidZone Pizza closed

…and the Starbucks has been temporarily relocated to Cafe La Bamba while its usual location is under construction.

Starbucks relocated

The bathrooms at the entrance to the park are also behind construction walls. We asked a Team Member about it, but they didn’t have an estimated completion date for us to share.

Bathroom Construction

Woody’s Woodpecker’s KidZone

Construction continues at this area of the park. Universal has gone vertical on the current construction and flattened all of Fival’s Playland.

Current construction

Keep in mind that these construction walls extend from Animal Actors on Stage all the way to the queue line building for the E.T. ride. It bottlenecks this area pretty intensely if there are large crowds, so keep that in mind when visiting!

Lots is happening!

If you exit Revenge of the Mummy, you may get to see Sunamoon greeting (and pretty much scaring) guests as they leave!

Hi Sunamoon!

Universal Studios Store

There are some pretty sweet deals you also don’t want to miss at the Universal Studios Store:

  • Free wand with a minimum purchase of $300 on a merchandise shopping card
Merchandise card deal
  • Purchase a wand stand with any wand and get the wand engraved for $15
Get an engraving for only $15!
  • Wand personalization is available!
Wand personalizations available
  • Limited-edition collectible wands for 2022 and 2023 are $75 each
Limited-edition wands for sale

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