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Bus Loop Reopens, New Additions to the Monsters Cafe Menu, Bavarian Pretzels, Marmaduke is Missing, Jurassic World Beach Towel, and More: Universal Orlando Resort Photo Report 12/16/21

Welcome to another beautiful afternoon here at the Universal Orlando Resort. We know the holiday crowds are coming, so we’re enjoying these slower days while they last. Let’s get going and make our way around the resort and find out what’s new today.

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The bus loop has reopened after refurbishment. It’s not completed yet, but it’s open for guests to use now. The stalls for the buses are a new addition and the area looks really nice.

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As we made our way towards Islands of Adventure, we spotted a sign for an exclusive holiday drink from the Lone Palm across from Margaritaville. ‘Tis the season for Lights on a Palm Tree.

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The park isn’t very busy, but Seuss Landing is popular during the holidays and the line to meet the Grinch wrapped all the way back behind Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop. It’s only going to get worse with the crowds, so be sure to arrive early and be prepared to wait if you want to have this experience. You can take a closer look at our meet and greet with the Grinch in our post here. Another way you can meet the Grinch is by taking the Holiday Tour. You can find more details on that in our post here.

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Marmaduke is missing! The photo op in Toon Lagoon is missing the dog and leash now, after being barricaded off for several days. We’re sure he’ll be back again soon, good as new.

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Even though Auntie Anne’s Pretzels is our favorite place to grab a pretzel, we spotted delicious Bavarian pretzels available at the Mess Tent next to Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

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If you get soaked on Jurassic Park River Adventure, you can purchase this new Jurassic World towel for $27 in the Jurassic Outfitters gift shop at the exit of the attraction.

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Over at Universal Studios Florida, we stumbled across these Hogwarts House bottles. You can see more details about them in our post here.

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Hot set! Lots of shows, films, and commercials film around the park so you might just come across a hot set while you’re visiting.

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Monsters Cafe has gotten a menu update. You can find the Perilous Pair, Smoked Brisket Mac and Cheese, and Black and White soft serve on the menu now. We’re excited to see this awesome location getting even more food options just in time for the holidays.

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Thanks for joining us around the parks today. We’re going to get out of here for now, but be sure to stay tuned to Universal Parks News Today for all the latest updates.