Universal From Above (2013 Aerials)
The Orange County Property Appraiser has updated their aerial imagery of Orange County with new high resolution images taken in late January 2013. These images give us some excellent glimpses into the various construction projects that are currently underway at Universal Orlando. The images are a few weeks old, so there has definitely been a lot of progress since they were taken, but they’re still very interesting to look at.
We’ll start our aerial tour behind the Men in Black building, on the large, vacant plot of land being used as a staging area for Project 722. Laid out here are several pieces of the black roller coaster track and supports for the rumored Gringotts attraction.
Our next stop is the Project 722 construction site, and there’s quite a lot to see here. The most prominent feature is the massive show building for the rumored Gringotts attraction. You can also see the foundation work for the area’s several other buildings starting to take shape. In the lower left of the image, the rumored USF station for the Hogwarts Express attraction is also starting to take shape.
Speaking of the Hogwarts Express, you can clearly make out many of the footers and pylons being constructed backstage in these high resolution images. A quick game of connect the dots shows the path the rumored attraction will take during its backstage journey. The footers have been highlighted in yellow and the track is roughly traced with a black line in the picture below.
Our final Potter related stop is the rumored IOA station of the Hogwarts Express. The building’s foundation work is well underway, and the queue area is also starting to take shape.
Heading back to USF now, we get a nice overview of work going on for Project 971, which is an all-but-confirmed Springfield expansion.
Also worth looking at in USF is the nearly complete Transformers building. In just the few short weeks since this aerial photo was taken the giant yellow crane has been removed, exterior theming of the building is nearly complete, and the road on the Shrek side of the building has been re-opened.
Heading out to CityWalk, we get a nice overview of the now completed Hollywood Drive-In Golf.
The final stop on our aerial tour of Universal Orlando is the Cabana Bay Beach Resort construction site. The first three buildings are already coming along nicely, with foundation work for the entry hub looking to begin soon, if it hasn’t already.