Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Universal Orlando Blog + Gringotts Concept Art

© Universal Studios Florida
It has been a while since a major new park 'blog' started up, but it appears as though Universal Orlando has taken a nod from the Disney Parks and launched a new blog named Universal Orlando - Close Up.  The new web presence will help to quickly get news from the resort out to both hardcore fans and the average traveler.  Hopefully they show off some unique items, and not just the usual PR fluff - the Disney Blog has done an excellent job with really going behind the scenes and having great exclusive content.  I think we'd all love to see a Universal version of that!

And well... I guess some immediate credit is due - the blog featured a recent post about Gringotts that had the above concept art, which to my knowledge was the first time it was seen by the public.

The art shows the loading area for Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, a combination dark ride and roller coaster.  Guests are boarding to head down into the bank's vaults, buried deep below the ground.  If the real deal is anywhere near as cool looking as this art, well then we're in for a treat.

The blog post also says that more details on this new blockbuster attraction will be released on May 13th, so stay tuned!