Islands of Adventure Update: Waiting for New Projects (PARTS 1 & 2)

The Universal Orlando Resort is currently focusing on building the new Fast & Furious; Superchargedattraction at Universal Studios Florida and completing some of the work that still needs to be done around Volcano Bay. Similarly to what happened a few years ago, it may look like Islands of Adventure won’t receive as much attention in the near future, but that may not be entirely true as Dragon Challenge is rumored to be closing very soon. Let’s walk around the park while we wait…

The adventure begins:

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Our first stop will be Marvel Superhero Island:

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Coca-Cola Freestyle machines can now be found by the cotton candy stand:

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Moving on:

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The Auntie Anne’s location is a nice addition:

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The Toon Lagoon Amphitheater has been sitting unused for too long:

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It would be nice to see something replacing this empty venue:

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Toon Lagoon will be our next stop:

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Here’s the menu of the Comic Strip Cafe:

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This colorful land is filled with gags:

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Sadly, it looks like the oil cans that were “leaking” are no longer working. Water used to spray Guests:

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The nearby tire gag still works (it involves air, no water):

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Heading toward Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls:

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The Reign of Kong area is still one of our favorite lands of this amazing park:

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The outdoor portion was not being used due to inclement weather conditions:

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Jurassic Park:

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An additional human dryer was recently added just outside the Jurassic Outfitters shop:

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Welcome to the second part of our latest Universal’s Islands of Adventure photo-report. As usual, we invite you to check out PART 1 of this update to enjoy even more photos taken around the park.
In the previous part, we walked around Marvel Superhero Island, Toon Lagoon, Skull Island, and a section of Jurassic Park. Even though we already noticed a few new details, we can assure you that there’s much more to discover in the remaining themed areas of the park. Enjoy the tour!

Let’s continue to explore Jurassic Park:

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Watch out for the dinosaur that appears on the monitors under the awning of Pizza Predattoria!:

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It’s a fun, little detail:

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Jurassic World merchandise is available near the Raptor Encounter:IMG_8617
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As we mentioned in part 1, Dragon Challenge may close much sooner than we thought. According to some rumors, the attraction is currently expected to close before the end of the year to make way for multiple new experiences, including a new dark ride and walk-through attractions. We cannot confirm the veracity of these rumors because they didn’t originate from us or any of our sources, but some Team Members working at Dragon Challenge are being trained at other locations and have also heard that the ride will be closing soon. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens…

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The Hogwarts Express is now offering the Express service (am I the only one that found it ironic that the Hogwarts EXPRESS didn’t offer Express? Yeah, that’s a cheesy joke):

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The other side is open:

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The bridge connecting the Lost Continent to Jurassic Park was open to Guests yesterday:

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This view is simply amazing:

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The back portion of the castle looks a little rough. It may need to be repainted soon:

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Moving on:

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It seems like the facade of Mythos was repainted not too long ago:

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Entering Seuss Landing:

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The Honk Honkers shop is still closed (it has been closed for years):

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Caro-Seuss-el‘s warning sign is missing, so a temporary A-frame was placed near the attraction’s entrance:

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COMPLETE PHOTO-GALLERY:

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