PHOTO REPORT: Universal Orlando Resort 10/4/20 (A Glimpse of Blue and Gray Detailing on Velocicoaster Vehicles, New Menu Items, Low Wait Times for Haunted Houses, and More)

Greetings from a very gray, overcast day at the Universal Orlando Resort. The sky might be keeping away some of the crowds this afternoon, but we’re ready to explore the parks and see what’s new. Let’s get started at Universal Studios Florida first.


The crowds aren’t too bad today, so no Virtual Line was being offered for the haunted houses. Guests could use standby or Express, and standby times stayed under 30 minutes for most of the afternoon.


New menu items have popped up in several locations around the park. The Skeleton Bar at Cafe La Bamba has added a Jackfruit Pizza to their menu on the food side, and removed the intriguing Circus Peanut drink from the bar. The Circus Peanut was replaced with the Vampire’s Curse. Somehow, that Mango Inferno disaster survived the menu changes, but we hope that they reconsider. I suffered through that Circus Peanut drink and drank the entire thing, but there was nothing that could have convinced me to drink an entire Mango Inferno. It haunts me still to this day.


Central Park Crepes has added a new passholder exclusive menu item. The Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Crepe is $7.99 and available through the end of October.


Dylan and Cal’s Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is a new seasonal offering from the TODAY Cafe.


After looking at all the new offerings, we just had to stop and grab a Salt and Vinegar Twisted Tater from the food truck.

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Kang and Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl has reopened on the weekends to help with the crowds.

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The park is definitely busy, but the crowds don’t look as bad as we expected, which could have something to do with the cooler weather.


Let’s make our way out of here and head over to Islands of Adventure.


The Water Blasters have returned to Toon Lagoon.


There must be a lot of shoes lost here daily.


It was a windy day, and we spotted the InGen wrap around the Velocicoaster vehicle was loose. This gave us a good glimpse of the gray and blue detailing on the sides of the ride vehicle. You can take a look at some of the concept art here. Of course this crew is proud of their work, so we’re glad they don’t mind us snapping pics while they’re busy!


The parks are both open until 8 PM, so we decided to take a little stroll around and enjoy all the beauty the park has to offer at night. There’s just something about being in a theme park after dark that feels more magical.


That’s all for this visit to Universal Orlando, but we’ll be back again soon, so stay tuned to Universal Parks News Today for all the latest updates.