In recent days, Universal Orlando fan forums have been buzzing with rumors of an unexpected new attraction that may be coming to Universal Studios Florida within the next year. If the Internet chatter is correct, a new interactive walk-through exhibit may be installed in USF’s long-dormant Garden of Allah buildings.
We all know about Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion coming this summer, and new dining venues were recently announced for CityWalk, but this latest potential addition comes as a surprise. The Garden of Allah are a cluster of Moorish revival-styled buildings separating Universal’s Hollywood Boulevard from the KidZone area. They originally housed the short-lived How To Make a Mega Movie Deal walk-through exhibit, followed by an AT&T At The Movies display. The venue has been dormant for over a decade, used mostly by the merchandise department for storage and training.
Since rumors started to swirl about the facility being revived, I stopped by the other evening and just happened to have my camera in hand when someone else opened the door (which was unlocked). As these photos revealed, the room has far less junk and clutter inside now than it did a couple months ago, the last time a caught a glimps inside. While there is no indication of the purpose, it was apparent to me some effort has recently been invested cleaning up the interior.
There are no confirmed details yet on what may go into the reclaimed space, but the most popular conjecture is a museum of Universal Orlando’s history, tied to the resort’s 25th anniversary in 2015. Others have suggested a memorabilia display from Universal’s film properties, similar to an exhibit at Universal Studios Hollywood. Here’s a brief look inside that USH attraction:
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