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PHOTO REPORT: Universal Orlando Resort 1/13/21 (Remodeling of Ben &Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop, More Walls in Jurassic Park, Low Wait Times, and More)

It’s cold day today, but we’re back at the Universal Orlando Resort to scope out all the latest changes around the parks. It’s an exciting day with all the Mardi Gras announcements (including menus and Tribute Store) made by Universal, so we’re ready for all that is to come. We started our day at Universal Studios Florida.

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The weather is a little overcast and it’s a Wednesday, which might explain why the park felt so empty. Seriously, these low crowds are exactly what we’ve been missing lately.

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We peeked in the window of the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream in New York and noticed that the ice cream case, counters, some of the menu, and the lights have been removed. The cow wall and trash cans remain, but we’re eager to see what kind of remodeling might happen to this building.

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Work is still happening in the lagoon on the fountain platform.

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It’s almost too quiet here!

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Diagon Alley wasn’t that busy and there was only a 25 minute wait for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. We also spotted Team Members cleaning the height stick on the sign.

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Wait times were low all over the park. We haven’t seen 5 minute wait times in a while.

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This Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Pop Tart from TODAY Cafe looks delicious. This might have to be our breakfast tomorrow.

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The “Saved By The Bell” signs have been changed to “The Office” signs.

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If you’re still looking for a Universal’s Holiday Experiencing Featuring Macy’s shirt, they’re just $8.99 at It’s A Wrap by the exit of the park.

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We walked over to Islands of Adventure and made our way through the park. We’re curious to see the crowd difference between today and this coming weekend.

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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure only had a 30 minute wait this afternoon. This is something you don’t see every day!

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Not even a line for Butterbeer!

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Hogsmeade is the busiest part of the park but the crowds are low and it’s very calm.

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New walls are up in Jurassic Park near Thunder Falls Terrace. Jurassic Park River Adventure is down for refurbishment and is enclosed by construction walls, but these “Jurassic World” walls are a recent addition.

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The Jurassic World VelociCoaster was testing again today. We spotted several Team Members in the area observing the vehicle testing.

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The painting has also begun on the railings around the Toon Lagoon viewing area.

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Thanks for following us around the Universal Orlando Resort today. We’ll be back again soon, so stay tuned for more updates and all the latest news on Mardi Gras at Universal!

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