Park Updates at Universal Studios Florida for May 1st, 2022 (Photo Report)


Universal Studios Florida continues to suffer the theming dilemma of Epcot with walls around every corner. Some of these walls relate directly to the continued refurbishment of The Revenge of the Mummy attraction. Other walls still sit in front of the former Shrek 4-D attraction. However, many changes occurred at Universal Studios Florida in the last month or so.

  1. An annual passholder only entrance to Islands of Adventure has been put in place. This queue will be open from 8am-2pm each day until late May. 

2, “Welcome Back Summer” food truck were set-up in San Francisco and New York area. In fairness, these food trucks were located here for Mardi Gras 2022. The menus reflect most of the same items as during Mardi Gras. Mexican street corn appears on one menu while a newer version of a chicken biscuit appears on the other. A full review of the “Hot Honey (Chicken) Biscuit” will appear soon at

  1. The tents for temporary tattoos and name art were moved to the white tents. Their previous location needs to have some pavement work done. Team members expect to be back to the previous location when pavement work is done. 
  2. The location of the entrance to the Tribute Store reverted to standard appearance. However, the façade looks odd since the area has been covered by some type of façade since before Halloween Horror Nights 2021.

6. Construction started around and within Louie’s Italian Restaurant. For those of you craving Louie’s pizza, you can still get that. However, seating availability will be more limited.

7. The obnoxious barrier in middle of San Francisco area continues to baffle guests. For record, I have met no one who knows why that remains there. This barrier grew in size from when it appeared earlier this year.

8. Fear Factor Live signage was finally removed.

9. Labbie the Cabbie informed me that his taxi went missing again. He claimed the Minions took it thinking it was a banana. No information on the return or recovery of the taxi exists yet.

10. Minion popcorn buckets reside throughout the park. These cost $25 with the first popcorn refill being free.

Xavier Hamilton of Universal Food Blog seen after buying the Minion popcorn bucket

May all your trip to Universal Orlando go well. I hope these updates make your next trip easier.

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