This week I braved the spring break crowds to briefly inspect what's new over at Universal Orlando. With all the construction currently underway in both parks, it's hard to keep up with all the changes!
The big news is that, after many years of being excluded from the Universal Express Plus system, the "fast" lane at Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket finally became operational last weekend. When I visited, the standby and single rider lines were both 120 minutes, while Express was estimated at 30 to 40 minutes. The lane is available for all onsite hotel guests, purchasers of Express Plus passes, and Premier Annual Passholders (after 4pm).
It's so busy, there's even a line to take a photo with Bruce the shark!
To entertain spring break crowds, Universal has temporarily added some street entertainment, like this chair stacking acrobat...
...and these break-dancers.
Finishing details are being applied to the theming of Transformers.
The buildings of Diagon Alley are rising rapidly on the former site of Jaws.
The (still unannounced) Simpsons mini-land is taking shape.
This Homer-themed carnival game is a recent addition.
Welcome to Moe's!
After being used only for special events and character breakfasts for most of the last decade, La Bamba reopened with a menu of ribs, chicken, and Mexican specialties. Looks tasty!
Over at Islands of Adventure, it's wall-to-wall guests. These new automated will-call machines to the right of the entry plaza should help speed the ticket lines.
Return tickets are required to enter the Wizarding World on peak attendance days. Timed tickets are available at kiosks near Sindbad in Lost Continent, or across from Pizza Predatoria in Jurassic Park. A standby queue forms behind the Jurassic Park Discovery Center.
Finally, Green Eggs and Ham is open to service spring break crowds. Get your green egg sandwiches while you can!