Around the Universe – October 11th, 2015

Around the Universe returns this week with OU’s newest correspondent, Cameron. This week we’ll take a look at construction updates of The Hulk Coaster, Kongstruction at Skull Island:Reign of Kong, the former NBA City, and some pictures of the newly open NBC Sports Grill & Brew; as well as testing progress to the outside video screen. Let’s begin!


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Let’s start in Universal’s CityWalk, where we find a new, fully complete HHN25 brick wall mural on the stage in between Cowfish and the Universal Store. These murals are spray painted by hand, and a new one is featured every week!

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There are also new LED signs in front of the parking tolls displaying parking fees, including the new $20 general parking rate.

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In CityWalk, we have a few pictures of the newly opened NBC Sports Grill & Brew.

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Later in the night, the large screen outside NBC was being tested and showing a solid blue color.


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Going to the former home of NBA City now, where the sign has been removed and walls have been put up around the building.

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Let’s head into Islands of Adventure now, where we begin at the current progress of The Hulk Coaster de-construction. Parts of the track have already been removed from the ride towards the back; and a crane is sitting close to the wait times board indicating that work will soon begin on the track around the lagoon. It was confirmed by Universal Orlando this week that B&M is behind the re-tracking of the coaster, and not another coaster manufacturer.

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Some comic book art lines the walls along the Hulk coaster, as well as a opening date graphic.

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Photo Funnies in Toon Lagoon has re-opened after a brief refurbishment in late September.

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Finally, we make our way to the future home of Skull Island to see the current progress Kongstruction.

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The mountain mural painting continues behind the facade.

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That’ll be all for this week’s Around the Universe. Next time we’ll include Volcano Bay, Sapphire Falls, and more!

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