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SATURDAY SIX Presents: Flights with @bioreconstruct vol 3 (EPIC Universe, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, the Destruction of Harmonious and more!)

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This week the SATURDAY SIX Proudly Presents: Flights with @bioreconstruct! Buckle up, pop a couple Dramamine, and join us inside the helicopter as we join the blogger-in-the-sky 3,000 feet up in the air getting a bird’s eye view of the theme parks we love so much. BUT FIRST, a quick health update on Bio. For those who don’t know, this year has been absolutely crazy for Bio starting with a serious trip to the hospital back in January. We have covered Bio’s recovery progress in our monthly Theme Park Enjoyment Index over past few months and today we are going to start off with an update from Bio himself…

Health status: It’ll be 41 days of stable health and increasing strength in exercise when this article is published. I had sudden onset of Leukemia in January, and it’s been a wild adventure! Probably the craziest hospital stay was due to a 16-hour nosebleed.

Current blood analysis numbers are good, stable. Chemo continues.

In a few weeks I’ll probably be on the Tron and Pipeline coasters for the first time. – @bioreconstruct, June 16th, 2023

Feel free to check out our previous flights with Bio (both Volume 1 and Volume 2), but after that bit of great news we’re ready to hit the air and we’ll start our journey circling over…

# 6 – EPCOT

My personal favorite photos from Bio are these “Big Picture” types that give a look at Walt Disney World you can’t get on the ground and put everything into perspective. In the photo below not only do we have EPCOT, but the nearby resorts including the Boardwalk, Yacht & Beach Clubs, and the Swan & Dolphin. At the very top of the photo in the background you can also see Disney’s Caribbean Beach and Art of Animation. These type of pictures just take my breath away.

EPCOT and Resort area. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Let’s take a closer look at some construction inside EPCOT, including what seems like Year 5 of building a walkthrough attraction for Moana.

Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana. (photo by @bioreoonstruct)
In this aerial photo of Journey of Water:
1) Te Fiti 2) Service building being faced with white triangles 3)Possibly a garden. Bypass walkway along Seas with Nemo & Friends will eventually close. 4) Dreamers Point. A statue of Walt Disney to be here. 5) Recently added light fixture. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here we have a look down at the current construction pit of World Celebration, although with Bob Chapek gone I wonder if Disney is going to end up keeping the “World” gimmick for naming the park’s lands neighborhoods (World Celebration, World Nature, World Discovery, and World Showcase) and instead pivot to something else.

World Celebration. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

I think the worst part of the construction taking forever is that the final result doesn’t seem like its going to be that impressive anyway. Have you been into Creations Shop? The most generous term you can use to describe it is “fine.” It is sterile, generic, minimally themed, and – when comparing it to the MouseGear, the store it replaced – you have to wonder how did this take so long to build?!

World Celebration. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Loving this new gimmick from Bio where not only do we have his patented yellow arrow pointing us to something of note in the picture, but now he’s including close up inset pictures as well. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!! Bio isn’t the hero we deserve in these times, but he’s the one we need.

Aerial photo of a recently added structure in World Celebration. View from the monorail in the boxed photo. Seems like a structure for lighting. Small arrow where concrete is prepared for a second structure. (photos by @bioreconstruct)
New theming elements in World Celebration have a square diamond pattern on their surfaces, with lighter color squares, circles, and triangles too. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A nearly straight-down aerial photo of Spaceship Earth. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Another photo style I enjoy from Bio are this “very wide aerial photos” that show you iconic buildings and attractions popping up in the background.

Very wide aerial photo of EPCOT, with Tower of Terror and Blizzard Beach in distance. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

We’re going to take a quick look at World Showcase and give you one of the 4,783 reasons you should be following Bio on Twitter. One day he’ll just post a photo like the one below featuring an interesting look at the American Adventure and other nearby countries in World Showcase. Cool to see them from this vantage point, getting a whole new perspective on the scale of how large these Pavilions actually are.

Part of World Showcase. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

He’ll follow up usually with another angle, again giving us a unique and cool look at something.

Part of World Showcase. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Then he immediately follows up with a picture from decades earlier showing what the area looked like when it was under construction. It’s absolutely awesome.

Portion of a 1981 Disney press kit photo of construction of American Adventure.

Oh, you think that was it? NAY NAY. Then he’ll break down the decades-apart photos to compare them to each other.

Aerial Jun 11, 2023 of American Adventure, and a 1981 Disney press kit photo.
A, B) corners of the building C) Rear projection of the show’s backdrop screen. Show sets are on a wide carriage under seating. Moves forward. L) Lobby, where Voices of Liberty often sing before shows

Okay, back to current day aerials. This one is showing the Golden Dream ship docked backstage for refurbishment.

Aerial look at Golden Dream in refurbishment. In the EPCOT backstage marina. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

For those who don’t know, the Golden Dream is generally “parked” out front of the American Adventure Pavilion.

Golden Dream sailing ship can still be seen from across Showcase Lagoon.  (photo taken on Aug 18, 2021 by @bioreconstruct)

Let’s take another trip back in time back to 2020 when the Golden Dream was also backstage for a refurbishment. In the photo below you’ll see the Golden Dream in the bottom right of the photo with newly constructed Harmonious barges in the center, which leads us to our next section…

Aerial view of barge construction for the new EPCOT nighttime show, Harmonious. These barges will have rotating arms with lighting and effects. Also seen is Golden Dream, normally docked at American Adventure. (photo originally taken on Aug 16, 2020. by @bioreconstruct)

# 5 – The Final Destruction of Harmonious

In last month’s TPEI we wrote about the shocking announced closure of the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, and right behind that in my book is Disney shelving the Harmonious nighttime spectacular so fast. The reason both are so surprising – for me – is because of how much time, effort, and – most importantly –  money was spent on developing them. Over at Universal Studios Florida I think Fast & Furious – Supercharged is one of the all time worst attractions ever built (maybe THE worst when you consider the expectations a guest has for “Fast & Furious” going into the ride) but I understand why Universal keeps it around when they have no problem replacing things. Getting rid of it quickly would leave major egg on the face of anyone involved with Supercharged: from the management who green lit it…to the Universal Creative who designed it… all the way up to box office superstars like The Rock and Vin Diesel who appear in it. All of them individually are incredibly good at their jobs, just for whatever reason this project was unsuccessful.

Harmonious’ success (or lack thereof depending on your POV) was certainly subjective, and the show certainly had its share of fans. However, the amount of vitriol posted online about the barges in World Showcase lagoon during the day was something rarely seen in a community filled with pixie dust. Below we have a picture which shows the very last barge being taken apart backstage.

Aerial overview of the Harmonious barge demolition site. Last barge being shredded. A taco barge. June 11, 2023. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Arrow in this aerial at a cutting machine used to shred the Harmonious barges. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of demolition of the last Harmonious barge. Arm of this taco barge is behind the cutting machine. Shredded barge materials are in the truck. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at World Showcase Lagoon. The L-shaped dock at center was where the globe was seen in Illuminations. Also seen are the last 2 square docks for the Harmonious taco barges. Other 2 recently demolished. Barges at the island used for demolition of Harmonious. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial view of barges staged at a World Showcase Lagoon island. Barges used for demolition of Harmonious. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 4 – Holy Land Experience

Heaven needed a theme park.

Obviously Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort get the lion’s share of attention in Central Florida, but there are a lot of other places to visit as well during  your Orlando vacation. One of those places was Holy Land Experience, a religious based park which featured exhibits, shows, and restaurants. The Holy Land Experience was a registered non-profit, and they took that literally as the place was a gigantic money pit. In 2021 the property was sold to Advent Health who have plans to open medical facilities on the land.

Aerial overview of the demolition of the former Holy Land Experience. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at demolition of former Holy Land Experience. Advent Health plans to start construction of an Emergency Room and a health park this Fall. Signage can be seen on the fencing. A tower with patient rooms to follow in phase 2. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A nearly straight down aerial look at the former Holy Land Experience Scriptorium museum. Used to have a collection of bible-related artifacts. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The Holy Land Experience opened back in 2001, and in 2012 the Church of All Nations was built on the property. This was a 2,000 seat venue that hosted biblical re-enactments along with concerts and church services.

Aerial look what remains in the demolition of former Holy Land Experience. Scriptorium at left. Church of All Nations at right. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at demolition of the former Church of All Nations at Holy Land Experience. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A look at a temple inside Holy Land Experience. (photo taken on March 10. @bioreconstruct)
All that remained on May 31, 2023 of the Holy Land Experience temple seen in picture above. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 3 – Orlando Malls

Speaking of other things you can do while on your next Disney or Universal vacation, Orlando has some very large shopping experiences including two gigantic Orlando Premium Outlets. One of the outlets is located close to Walt Disney World on Vineland Ave. (off SR535.) The other outlet is located near the Universal Orlando Resort, at the very end of International Drive. They are appropriately named the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets and the Orlando International Premium Outlets. Picture below is the Orlando International Premium Outlets.

Aerial overview of Orlando International Premium Outlets. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here is another angle of the Orlando International Premium Outlets with a yellow arrow pointing to the location of the Disney Character Warehouse. This is my personal Mordor as for over 8 years we covered the Disney Character Warehouse every single month in the Magic, Memories, and Merch! series. For more info on the Disney stores you can check out this FAQ I wrote titled Everything You Wanted To Know About The Disney Outlet Stores (But Were Afraid To Ask) and you may also enjoy the special Disney Merchandise Hall of Shame article, which showcases many of the items I saw during my monthly trips.

Arrow pointing at Disney Character Warehouse. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here is a closer look at where the Disney Character Warehouse is located. The store used to be much larger, but had more than half of its retail space converted into a Panera Bread location. The Disney Character Warehouse off Vineland Ave is MUCH larger.

Arrow pointing at Disney Character Warehouse. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now let’s do a quick flyover of another notable mall, The Mall at Millenia. You can see in the top right of the photo the mall is located right next to an IKEA…

Aerial photo of The Mall at Millenia. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

…which of course Bio also got an aerial of.

Ikea. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The Mall at Millenia is loaded with a lot of great looking design elements .

Aerial photo of the entrance on the North side of The Mall at Millenia. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The Mall at Millenia itself is basically if Central Casting created a mall and put in all the brand name stores and restaurants you know: Apple, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lacoste, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Chik-Fil-A, S’barro pizza and many, MANY  more. Unfortunately, there are no theme park related stores in the mall.

Aerial photo of the South entrance of The Mall at Millenia. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

As you can see, the design elements of the Mall at Millenia are incredibly unique, including this snake-like series of glass windows on the roof of the mall.

Aerial look at the glass over the corridors of The Mall at Millenia. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Thanks to Bio’s aerials, DisTwitter member John Sebastian noted that the Mall at Millenia as clearly used as reference for the Cities: Skylines game.

# 2 – Magic Kingdom Area

There are times where even the photos posted in this fine blog series don’t do the pictures justice. The stunning photo below – of Disney’s Magic Kingdom taken above the no-fly zone ceiling at 3,000 feet – is one of those cases. Over on his Twitter feed, Bio has presented this photo in high quality for people to save for their personal use. One is UHD 3840 x 2160 while another is HD 1920 x 1080. You can view – and save – either of those photos by CLICKING HERE.

Aerial look at Magic Kingdom from 3100 feet. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Closer Look at Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Tron Lightcycle Power Run.

Aerial look at the East side of Tomorrowland, with the recent addition of Tron. June 13, 2023. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

How about this comparison showing the same area in night. That’s our Bio, leading theme park photographers in homeruns.

Night aerial look at the East side of Tomorrowland, with the recent addition of Tron. (photo taken on March 29, 2023  by @bioreconstruct)
Fantasyland. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

One of the most underrated lands in ANY theme park has to be Liberty Square.

Liberty Square. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Adventureland. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Nearly straight-down aerial look at Frontierland and Adventureland. There’s a small roofed area where Teddi Barra waits for her song in Country Bears.
It’s also fun to walk through the lands in memories, and connect what shops or quick service are which roofs here. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at work on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of  at work in progress on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure  next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This shot below is something you don’t see every day, a look at the Magic Kingdom fireworks storage area. This is located West of Fantasyland.

Fireworks storage. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Let’s take a gander at some of the “Big Picture” shots…

Aerial overview of area near Magic Kingdom parking. The dirt at center was excavated to make the pond at right. Some of the dirt was used for recent traffic improvements to Floridian Way, at right.
There’s 2 monorail trains in this photo. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at some of the land West of Magic Kingdom. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at Bay Lake area. Clearing on the shore at right was to be Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge. Adjacent to Fort Wilderness Campground. Clockwise from there are Wilderness Lodge, Contemporary Resort, and Magic Kingdom. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of Wilderness Lodge. There are cabins each side, along Bay Lake. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
An above-the-clouds aerial view of the Magic Kingdom resort area. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of Contemporary Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Seven Seas Lagoon. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
At center of this aerial photo is a look at some of the Magnolia golf course refurbishment.
Also seen are Shades of Green, Polynesian Resort, and Grand Floridian. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

I know you need to take a “wait and see” on some things, and in this area there have been some really great looking additions including Bay Lake Tower, the water side cabins at Wilderness Lodge and the over-the-water bungalows at the Poly, but this DVC tower looks hideous so far.

Aerial photo of the new Vacation Club tower rising in Disney’s Polynesian Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A sighting of the new Vacation Club tower at Polynesian Resort. From the EPCOT monorail. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This may be a first in the 10 year history of the SATURDAY SIX, an aerial look at the Shades of Green resort at Disney. This is a hotel complex that is exclusive to active and retired members of the military.

Shades of Green. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of Shades of Green. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now lets head over to another area that has received almost zero coverage from the SAT SIX over the years… the Walt Disney World North Service Area.

Aerial overview of the North Service Area of Walt Disney World. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The largest building in this complex is called Central Shops and all WDW ride cars go here for refurbishment. They also manufacture things for the parks, not just WDW but also Disneyland in California and Disneyland Paris. The Christmas warehouse is located here. Monorail and steam train round house. Boats including ferries, and Liberty Belle from Frontierland get refurbished here.

Central Shops. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Arrow in this aerial photo at the monorail tug and maintenance vehicle for Magic Kingdom lines. A similar tug is staged near TTC at the EPCOT line. (photo by @biorconstruct)
Aerial photo of Monorail Green in refurbishment at the roundhouse. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Zooming in and we’ll see service doors are off, and the flexible coverings have been removed between the cars. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Okay, now we’re going to check out a property that is located very close to the WDW Service Area, but isn’t part of Disney. The construction of the Evermore Orlando Resort is getting closer to completion, including the filling of the resort’s STUNNING 8-acre pool.

Aerial view of Evermore Orlando Resort. Brilliant 8-acre turquoise Evermore Bay has been filled. A new luxury resort opening Feb 2024. This view is looking South. At top is the Walt Disney World service area at the North end of Buena Vista Drive. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the recently filled 8-acre Evermore Bay in Evermore Orlando Resort. Conrad Hilton at right. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Very wide aerial of part of Evermore Orlando Resort. Conrad Hilton at right. Resort opens Feb 2024. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

#1 – EPIC Universe

We started off this article with a look at Journey of Watching Paint Dry: Inspired by EPCOT Construction, now we are going to head across town and check out a work site that seems to be moving at warp speed. That’s right, we’re checking out the current status of Universal’s next theme park: Epic Universe. We’ll start with a Big Picture look showing at where Epic Universe sits in relation to another well known location off International Drive.

Aerial photo showing how close Universal’s Epic Universe is to the Orange County Convention Center.
In the late 1990’s Universal owned 2,000 acres, including where the North-South concourses of OCCC are. Sold it all off. Then bought back about 750 acres for Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of a likely BBQ restaurant in the central corridor of Epic Universe. Arrows at chimneys. A show chimney at center. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
In this aerial photo looking across Epic Universe: 1) In-park hotel rising. 2) Dome over a water-based attraction 3) Portal to Dark Universe. Classic Universal Monsters land. 4) Restaurant. To be encircled by water. 5) Columns rising for the park entrance colonnade or gateway. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A nearly straight-down aerial photo of a dome in the center of Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

I look at the photo below and my jaw just drops…

Aerial look at a portion of the dual-racing coaster in Epic Universe. The highest track element is called Celestial Spin. Trains cross over each other both sides of the high spans, and turn upside down.
To the right are parallel Top Hat elements, directly after first launch. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of the Epic Universe dual-racing roller coaster. Located between How To Train Your Dragon land (at right) and a Harry Potter related land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
At top of this aerial photo are the parallel twists of track in the newest element added to the Epic Universe dual-racing roller coaster. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the most-recently added track in the Epic Universe dual-racing roller coaster. Multiple crossovers in this high-speed orbit. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A nearly straight-down aerial photo of the Epic Universe dual racing roller coaster. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

My gut tells me that Super Nintendo World is going to “move the needle” for Universal in a similar way that the Wizarding World did over a decade ago, and here is a look at that upcoming land.

Aerial overview of Super Nintendo World in Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at work on a building outside of Super Nintendo World. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Each “land” at Epic Universe will be accessible by a portal. Not only should this present a cool experience for each guest walking into a land (getting that “walking out of the train station” moment at Disney’s Magic Kingdom) but in theory will make it much easier and more natural to close off specific lands for park buy outs.

Aerial look at the portal to Super Nintendo World. Arrows at work in progress for the support structure of escalators. Guests will ride up to enter the multilevel Mushroom Kingdom at front of the land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the portal of Super Nintendo World. An escalator will take guests to the upper level seen here. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
At center of this aerial photo, over the stairs, will be Peach’s Castle in Super Nintendo World. Toad’s Café at the cylindrical structure across the way. Portal to this multilevel land in Epic Universe is at top left. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A nearly straight-down aerial photo of Super Nintendo World in Universal Epic Universe. 1) Mushroom Kingdom 2) Mario Kart 3 )Donkey Kong roller coaster (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at work in progress for the multilevel Mushroom Kingdom in Super Nintendo World. The front section of this land in Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now let’s head on over to the Wizarding World section of Epic Universe where Rumors and Innuendo suggest we’ll be getting a look at the Ministry of Magic located in Paris, France. I’m looking forward to this land just to see how Universal ends up playing it out, because when it was originally designed years ago I’m assuming everyone (including myself) “knew” that the Fantastic Beasts series of movies would be huge hits. Well, they weren’t. That and other reasons make me think that Universal may try to figure out a way to present this land while ignoring that those movies even exist. We’ll just be a getting a cool Wizarding World experience based in Paris, France.

Aerial look at entrance of a Harry Potter related land in Epic Universe. The portal and work so far on a copy of Porte Saint-Denis. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at work for a copy of Porte Saint-Denis in front of the entry block of the streets of Paris in Epic Universe. A Harry Potter related land. Workers at left give scale to these facades. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Having never been to Paris, I had to Wikipedia what Porte Saint-Denis was and, wow, looks like Universal is on the way to nailing this one.

Picture of Porte Saint-Denis from Wikipedia.
Metal roof recently added to this Paris-themed building in the Harry Potter related land of Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now let’s look at an area which I may personally find myself in more than any of the other lands, the one based on the Universal Classic Monsters.

Aerial overview of the Dark Universe land in Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A nearly straight-down aerial look at work on the Dark Universe roller coaster. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Another angle of the roller coaster in the Dark Universe land in Epic Universe. Likely a spinner. Cars are launched from station. Another launch in the building at right sends the cars back the way they came. Cars return by gravity, now launched to return to the station. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A nearly straight-down aerial look at Dark Universe in Epic Universe. Roller coaster at center – likely is a spinner.
The featured attraction at right, with entrance through a manor. Bottom center is a new frame at right, for an additional wall just past the land’s portal. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at Dark Universe from outside of Epic Universe. 1) Manor tower 2) Roller coaster 3) Restaurant that will be in a hillside. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

I believe that the land which will most likely have the least amount of attention given pre-opening, but will end up being the “talk of the town” after opening, will be the one for How To Train Your Dragon. These movies don’t get anywhere near the love they deserve, and the rides, shows, and dining experiences have the potential to absolutely blow people away. For most of the other IPs, people will walk in with a series of expectations, but I think this land will be like the Bourne Stuntacular at USF with guests walking in thinking “this should be okay, I guess” and walk out with their jaws on the floor.

Aerial look at the front of How To Train Your Dragon land in Epic Universe. Portal to the land at top. The roller coaster darts under a bridge at right. A water attraction is under construction in the side bay, at left. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of the dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe, and most of How to Train Your Dragon land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This photo doesn’t do justice to the scale of just how large this dragon statue is. Guests are going to be amazed when walking into the land.

Scrims removed at a recently painted statue in How To Train Your Dragon land. Aerial photo at Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Okay, now let’s look at some of the stuff being prepped for the onsite hotel. Seeing what Universal has done in the hotel game over the past two decades (including Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Sapphire Falls, and Cabana Bay Beach Resort) how can you not be excited for how awesome this upcoming hotel is surely going to be?

Aerial look at the paving so far for guests to access the in-park hotel at Epic Universe. Arrow at a tunnel or overpass of the park’s perimeter service road. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of the in-park hotel rising at Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

There will be one hotel directly on-site at EPIC Universe and two more directly south of the property (still extremely close though.) Rumors and Innuendo suggest that those hotels may open well before the land, maybe as early as next Spring.

Aerial look at a Universal resort under construction South of Epic Universe. Lobby to be at the large rectangular opening at center. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A look at lattice so far on 3 columns of windows of a Universal resort South of Epic Universe. Lattice will secure the theming. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the oval pools being built next to one of the Universal resorts South of Epic Universe.
Small building nearby has been quickly assembled from prefabricated concrete sections. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Let’s close this section with one more Big Picture look at the entire EPIC Universe construction, with two upcoming Loews hotels in the foreground.

June 18 aerial overview of Epic Universe.Pilings starting for the raised full circle ramp at the intersection of Kirkman Rd and Epic Blvd (to parking). (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Even better, Twitter user Dave Harper put some helpful labels on everything to put everything in perspective. CLICK HERE to see his original tweet.

HONORABLE MENTION – “Never Have I Ever” shots at Universal

Like the Shades of Green aerials we saw earlier, it is always neat to see photos from Bio giving us views that we have never seen before. For instance, Bio has taken literally thousands of photos of various aspects of the Universal Orlando Resort, but he’s never taken one from this particular angle giving us a view of EVERYTHING. In the photo below you have the large CityWalk parking garages in the dead center of the picture, and they are surrounded by the entire resort – from Endless Summer at the middle  left hand side of the photo all the way other to Lowes Portofino Bay at the lower right hand portion of the photo. The theme parks, Volcano Bay, CityWalk, the onsite hotels? They are all here. Amazing.

Aerial overview of Universal Orlando Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

We also never got this unique look before that sow a Murderer’s Row of awesome hotels at Universal. From bottom to top you have Lowes Royal Pacific Resort, Sapphire Falls, Aventura Hotel, and Cabana Bay Beach Resort. We also have a bonus appearance of Krakatau in Volcano Bay!

Aerial look at some of the lodging in Universal Orlando Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

So there you have it: SATURDAY SIX Presents: Flights with @bioreconstruct vol 3! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out the THEME PARK ENJOYMENT INDEX, giving a monthly recap of all the theme park news you need to know (and a lot more you don’t need to know, but we’re gonna tell you anyway). You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).

If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: 

SATURDAY SIX Presents: Flights with @bioreconstruct vol 1 (Starcruiser, Disney Lake Nona Land)

SATURDAY SIX Presents: Flights with @bioreconstructi vol 2 (EPIC Universe, Tron Lightcycle Run)

The SATURDAY SIX Celebrates 10 Years of @bioreconstruct

The SATURDAY SIX Presents: @bioreconstruct’s favorite aerial photos

The SATURDAY SIX Takes 3 Flights in a Single Day with @bioreconstrut

The SATURDAY SIX Presents: Our favorite @biorconstruct photos of 2022

The SATURDAY SIX Presents: Our favorite @bioreconstruct photos of 2021

The SATURDAY SIX Presents: Our favorite @bioreconstruct photos of 2020

SATURDAY SIX: Tribute to Josh easyWDW

SATURDAY SIX: Tribute to Ian Barritt

Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, Digital Maestro Scott Walker, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, artist @SonderQuest, the mighty maven of merchandise Hedgehog’s Corner, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and “the Dadalorian” Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, charter member of the Universal Four @Nitro230, the permit princess Alicia Stella, master cartographer Tommy Hawkins, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Absolutely no help was added by SeaWorld Influencer @SuperWeenieHtJr. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.


The last SATURDAY of the month means only one thing… it’s time of the THEME PARK ENJOYMENT INDEX!!!

Featuring: Even MORE awesome photos from @bioreconstruct…Universal opens a new store themed to the CLASSIC MONSTERS…Universal soft opens MINION CAFE… Disney opens LOL got ya!!… Jurassic Park turns 30… Disney+ edits movies on the sly… Guest “escapes” Guardians of the Galaxy Rewind… the highly anticipated dreaded return of the Disney Dining Plan and so much more!!

Rumors and Innuendo suggest Len Testa asking for a change to TPEI’s current Mission Statement of We Solemnly Swear That We Are Up To No Good. Will he succeed? Tune in next week True Believers – Messrs. Burgan, Bacini, Bioreconstruct and Walker.

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  • Best wishes for continued recovery for our fabulous eye in the sky. Now to get over to lego land!


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