Just a few days ago, new temporary walls went up around a small section of Universal Studios Florida. We are referring to the Garden of Allah Villas, which is located between Central Park, the Kid Zone, and Hollywood (right next to the rarely-used Cafe La Bamba). Two separate buildings and a quaint garden with flowers and palm trees are included in this area, and partial demolition is expected to start in the next few days to prepare the area for a new attraction.

This aerial view of the park (courtesy of Google Maps) should help you visualize the area more easily:

Here you are a few photos of the area that were also featured on our LIVE park update that was hosted on our official Facebook and Twitter pages yesterday afternoon (we apologize for the low resolution):

What will go into this area is still a mystery. Early rumors pointed to the possibility of having a small museum dedicated to Universal movies, while other information pointed to a theme park-centric exhibit that would have opened as part of Universal Orlando's 25th anniversary celebrations.

Things seem to have changed now, as reliable sources have dismissed those rumors (or, at least, partially disagreed on the veracity of those rumors). A more recent hearsay also pointed out to the possibility of having a new entrance for the E.T. Adventure built in that same area (please, note that we are not the originators of any of these rumors).

Continue to check back on Orlando Theme Park News for the latest rumors and updates on this subject.

6 Comment(s):

Anonymous said...

The rumor about ET is new to me but makes sense. The long rumored updates to the "kid" section of the park would require ET to possibly be closed due to it's current entrance in the land during construction.

With a new, better themed entrance and bringing the ride into a new land, they can totally transform the current land into a complete "theme" without needing to tie ET into the theme to make it work.

It would also bring in more guests. I over hear a lot of people talking about not needing to go down that path into the "kid" section because it is just a playground and Barney. Putting the entrance to ET on a main pathway might boost the attendance numbers of the ride.

A part of me still believes it has to do with the two big anniversaries happening this year. Over the summer have a tribute to the parks history with stuff from Kong, Jaws, etc. Then close it down and retheme the building to a history of HHN since it is also the 25th year of that event.

Havana Daydreamin' said...

I agree with Anonymous that it would help guest flow during the rumored Kid Zone makeover. There is an issue with the entrance going this way though.

How will Sponge Bob Store Pants and The Kid Zone Pizza Company receive backstage access during park hours if the proposed new entrance cuts directly behind them?

I still think a museum walk through attraction to celebrate the 25th would be a great temporary utilization of the space.

Anonymous said...

Was the Garden of Allah ever used for anything other than to provide atmosphere?

Anonymous said...

Why can't it be both? A museum of past attraction with the entrance of ET one of the past attractions.

Anonymous said...

As far as I know the Gardens has only housed a few small attractions over the years: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Make_a_Mega_Movie_Deal

When I first visited Universal, this was "ATT&T at the Movies", featuring touch-screen trivia games, historical info, a working prototype video-phone you could test out, a big screen showing Universal trailers, and some sort of robot arm they were showing off. It was essentially a small hands-on museum, and as a kid, I loved it. Later, the place was used for storage and the exterior just always looked pretty.

I like the idea of moving the ET entrance out there by the road. Makes a lot of sense, and will help keep the new area theme separate, whatever they choose to do with the old Kid Zone.

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