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SATURDAY SIX Presents: Flights with @bioreconstruct vol 4 (EPIC Universe, Journey of Water, Luminous and more!)

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This week the SATURDAY SIX Proudly Presents: Flights with @bioreconstruct! Buckle up, make sure you have an air-sickness bag in arm’s length, and join us inside the helicopter as we follow the blogger-in-the-sky 3,000 feet up in the air for a bird’s eye view of the theme parks that 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 gravely serious trip to the hospital back in January. We have been covering Bio’s recovery progress in our monthly Theme Park Enjoyment Index since that time, and today we are going to start off with an important update from Bio himself…

The good news is that chemo ended back in August. I think often of the breathing problems I had from the sudden onset of Leukemia. For example, the slight hills of the bridges in Universal CityWalk were hard to walk. I would have to stop and catch my breath. My doctor is tweaking my meds, but exercise and activity level practically the same as a year ago and many years prior.” – @bioreconstruct October 14th, 2023

Feel free to check out our previous flights with Bio ( Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3), but after that bit of incredible news we’re ready to hit the air. Tap any image below to expand it as we start our journey circling over…

# 6 – Walt Disney World Resorts

For me personally, there is nothing I love more than Bio’s “Big Picture” photos from the sky, giving us a look at things at Walt Disney World in a completely new perspective. The picture below contains so many different and amazing elements, including The Poly (and its giant new DVC tower), Grand Floridian, Cinderella Castle, TRON Lightcyle / Run, and more!

A very wide aerial photo of the Magic Kingdom resort area. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Here’s another angle showing us the Magic Kingdom along with all three resorts on Seven Seas Lagoon.

Magic Kingdom resort area. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now let’s get focused on the resorts themselves…

Aerial photo of Contemporary Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A nearly straight-down aerial photo of Contemporary Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

At the top left of this photo you see the famous wedding pavilion of Disney’s Grand Floridian. On the bottom right you see the iconic longhouses of Disney’s Polynesian Village resort. In the middle, you have something that looks like it should be part of the Westlake Time Shares off I-4.

Aerial overview of the new DVC tower at Polynesian Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Granted, it’s nowhere near finished, but I’m not blown away with what looks like the area that is going to be the added pool area for this DVC project. The refurb they did for the main pool at The Poly years ago ended up being incredible, so I’m willing to hold my breath on this one, but still…

Seems like an excavation for a pool near the new DVC tower in Polynesian Resort. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

One of the least covered areas in all of Walt Disney World is the Shades of Green resort located directly across the street from The Poly. The golf course on the bottom right-hand side of the photo below is the Magnolia golf course.

Aerial overview of Grand Floridian, Polynesian, and Shades of Green resorts. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

How GREAT is this shot of Wilderness Lodge?

Aerial look at Wilderness Lodge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Heartbreaking to see this overview of Fort Wilderness below and see that large space at the top right which was cleared for that ridiculous Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge concept which ended up being cancelled. We lost one of my family’s favorite Disney character meal experiences – Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – for literally nothing.

Fort Wilderness Campground. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Going in even closer at Fort Wilderness we have a look at Pioneer Hall, home of the great Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue dinner show (a MUST DO in my book.)

Aerial photo of Pioneer Hall. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Not that far from Pioneer Hall is the newly revamped Tri-Circle-D ranch.

Aerial photo of Tri-Circle-D Ranch. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now let’s head on over to check out one of the greatest resorts ever made, Animal Kingdom Lodge. Things like this make Disney, Disney and no one can touch them. Stuff like the new DVC tower at The Poly makes Disney, disney and it compares poorly to their competition.

Aerial overview of Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

We’ll close with a look at one of the greatest – if not THE greatest – pool areas for any theme park resort hotel, Stormalong Bay.

Aerial look at Stormalong Bay. The pool is shared by Beach Club and Yacht Club. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 5 – Walt Disney World Parks

Let’s check out the WDW Parks including Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Aerial look at Magic Kingdom, with areas of possible expansion. Arrow is at the fireworks launch site. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

What a fantastic shot below, looking right down Main Street USA and Cinderella Castle. FUN FACT: this photo was taken from over a mile away, above the Magic Kingdom parking lot.

Wide aerial photo of Magic Kingdom. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Big Thunder Mountain. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Tomorrowland, with Storybook Circus at the top left. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Main Street bypass. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now let’s head on over to Animal Kingdom.

Aerial overview of Animal Kingdom. The fields at right provide bedding and food for residents of the park.
Animal Kingdom Lodge and Villas are top center of this photo. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The majority of this article focuses on Bio’s work in the air, but we can’t dismiss the fact that he is also one of the premier theme park photojournalists on the ground as well, delivering incredible shots like the one below in EPCOT.

Tower of Terror behind the pyramids of the Imagination pavilion. As seen from the opposite side of the monorail loop at EPCOT. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of Dreamers Point. A statue of Walt Disney will be here. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
In this photo of CommuniCore Plaza: 1) Lattice of triangles, similar to lattice seen on opposite side of CommuniCore Hall. 2) Scaffolding platform as work break area shade structure. 3) Recently added landscaping. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

In the monthly TPEI series, we often joke about “the Bioreconstruct Maintenance Report.” Bio has a knack for finding things at both Disney and Universal that need to be fixed or updated, such as the Figment posters in the Imagination Pavilion pictures below…

Faded Figment posters as seen in October 2022. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Bio is always Johnny-on-the-spot to point out when Disney and Universal take care of the issues inside the parks.

New Figment posters. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 4 – Luminous

Speaking of EPCOT, let’s check out the latest developments on the upcoming Luminous nighttime spectacular.

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We’ll start with this aerial photo of the center of Showcase Lagoon. In the bottom center of the photo you can see 6 blue barges that will eventually be used for Luminous. In the dead center of the lagoon, you’ll see a hexagon-like structure that will be used for the barges to dock at for the nighttime spectacular. Rumors and Innuendo suggest that the barges will shuttle back and forth from backstage to the lagoon for their nightly performance, rather than staying in the lagoon 24/7 like the Harmonious barges.

Photo taken on September 23, 2023. (aerial photo by @biorconstruct)

Let’s now focus on the hexagon-like structure in the middle of the lagoon. Home base for the upcoming Luminous show.

Seems like the 6 blue barges for Luminous will dock against a pair of pilings like at 1. Also tied on the side against a piling like at 2 for stability. 3 is a transfer platform for the barge team. There are also pilings like at 4. Picture taken on September 23, 2023. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A pair of pilings with a covered connector. (aerial photo by @biorconstruct)

After the photo above was taken, Disney brought out several of the Luminous barges into World Showcase lagoon for testing.

Tent at World Showcase Lagoon for programming the upcoming Luminous show. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A photo of Monorail Gold and a Luminous barge in testing. Also, 1) Access stairs. 2,3, & 4) platforms for barge access from their sides. October 7, 2023. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
In this photo is the back of a Luminous barge in testing. It’s docked at a new hexagonal platform. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
This means an additional barge at the platform will be directly facing private events held on the Italy pavilion island. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Wide photo of the staging of Luminous in World Showcase Lagoon. Two barges staged for testing. The barges have outboard motors and are not expected to be seen in the daytime until late afternoon. However, only Disney knows the plan. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
View from the Mexico pavilion of 2 show barges in testing. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Closer view from the Mexico pavilion of 2 show barges in testing. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Arrow in this photo at a rotating fountain nozzle on a barge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A look at some of the show staging of a barge. There are firing tubes for pyro, and many spotlights. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
According to notes at arrows, this is “Boat 2”. Could be that the pair of outboard motors on each defines these as self-propelling boats, instead of barges. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Arrows in this photo at a pair of outboard motors. These motors may be a distinguishing factor in naming.
Boats, instead of barges, are part of the show staging of the upcoming Luminous show. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A look at a Luminous barge in testing in center of Showcase Lagoon. 1 & 2) Pair of outboard motors. Likely for staging in late afternoon. 3) There are multiple square barges in the larger barge. 4) Pyro firing tubes on an inner barge. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Also something we generally don’t see during the day in World Showcase Lagoon? Fireworks staging.

Fireworks staged in an inlet of one of the World Showcase Lagoon islands. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 3 – Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana

Disney’s latest attraction in EPCOT has its official opening on October 16th, but for the past several weeks Disney has been letting guests check out Journey of Water: Inspired by Moana and it is already a fan favorite. Day or night, Journey of Water is going to provide theme park photographers with plenty of great opportunities as the entire area is gorgeous.

Te Fiti with the glow of sunset behind her in Journey of Water. She has petals across her right hand. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Te Fiti and Spaceship Earth at sunset. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
View from outside Journey of Water of the biggest interactive fountain. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Entrance of Journey of Water at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Walkway in Journey of Water at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Walkway in Journey of Water at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Musical streams of water at night. They play similarly to a harp. In Journey of Water. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Laminar flow water bounding down a stream in Journey of Water at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Te Fiti at night, with the signature color gradient of Spaceship Earth lighting. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Te Fiti at night with green Spaceship Earth lighting. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
A waterfall in Journey of Water at night. Spaceship Earth in the background. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

 

# 2 – Universal Orlando Resort

Okay, let’s head across town and see how things are looking at Universal, starting with this aerial of Volcano Bay.

A star within a star at the arrow. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Love this shot of Universal CityWalk. The bottom center of this photo has the walkway from the parking garages, and on both sides of that is the great Hollywood Drive-In mini golf courses. Top right-hand corner you’ll spot the famous Universal Studios Florida globe.

CityWalk. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of the gateway arch of Universal Studios Florida. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

We’ll be doing an in-depth article on Islands of Adventure’s Port of Entry in the near future. For me, it is pound for pound my favorite “Main Street” of any theme park.

Port of Entry. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)
Skull Island: Reign of Kong. (aerial photo by @bioreconstruct)

Mark my words, the upcoming DreamWorks land in USF is going to be the surprise hit of 2024. Also, it’s going to turn the former KidZone area – which had very few places for guests to spend money on food or merchandise – into a total cash cow.

Aerial overview of DreamWorks land construction. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

A look at the construction of Shrek’s house in DreamWorks land.

Exterior board was recently added around the ground level of the structure. Wire frame is in progress for the tree trunk sculpture. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at paint so far of Troller Coaster in DreamWorks land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

This may seem impossible to wrap your head around, but not only is Bio covering the Disney and Universal parks by air and by land pretty much every day of the week, he’s also at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights pretty much every night of the event. If you wonder when he sleeps, wonder no longer: he doesn’t. From 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. his software gets updated but that’s about it.

An unusual delay in the park sweep tonight caused a tremendous backup of HHN entry. Backed up to NBC Sports Grill & Brew. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Unusual HHN Stay and Scream pattern tonight. Day guest sweep took much longer than usual. Stay and Scream fence came down at Louie’s, but we could only move to outside the Shipyard 32 scare zone until about 6:20pm. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Bio also covers the construction work going on in the Universal Studios Florida lagoon.

Very wide composite photo of the current work on the new show platform in the Universal Lagoon. With a mirror glass reflection. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of the Universal Lagoon and construction of a new show platform. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

One of our favorite things at Universal this year was the Jurassic Park Tribute Store, which unfortunately closed up shop for good earlier this month.

With the Jurassic Park Tribute Store closure, the Studio Styles facade is back to normal. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

But this is what makes Bio, Bio… when posting about the Tribute Store closing, he’s sure to throw in a reference photo he took in California that Universal modeled the building’s facade from.

Might be fun to look at the exterior of a building in Hollywood California that influenced the facade of Studios Styles in Universal Studios Florida. Photo taken on June 2, 2019. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

# 1 – Epic Universe

Are you ready for this?

Aerial overview of Epic Universe construction. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at construction of the gateway arch of Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The arrow in the photo below is pointing at a pole that was raised years ago when the site was flat and empty. Pole marked where the entrance would be.

Aerial overview of the entrance area of Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Do YOU remember that pole?

 

The photo below was taken July 24th, 2021 by Bio. It features two poles. One is located in the direct center of the photo. That pole was removed long ago. There is a second pole on the left/center side of the photo. That is the one located near the park entrance.

Flash forward to 2023. The top arrow is pointing to the pole that still stands, at the entrance to the park. The other arrow is pointing to where the second pole used to stand.

Aerial Sep 29, 2023 of Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Okay, back to current construction…

The dome at left in this aerial photo is admission sales to Epic Universe. Security and admission in the buildings at center. Universal said recently that admission will be based on facial recognition. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of the Epic Universe entrance area. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
In this aerial photo of Epic Universe: 1) A curved walkway will be here between two water features. 2)  The walkway at 1 will be similar to this walkway. 3) Water feature near the park entrance. 4) A waterside restaurant, currently covered in scrims. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at a likely BBQ restaurant in Epic Universe. In the central corridor of the park, near classic Monsters Land. Curse of the Werewolf roller coaster seen at top of the photo. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of what might be called Celestial Park at the center of Epic Universe. With a chain of water features. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at current work on the domes in the center of Epic Universe. It’s believed that Celestial Carousel will be in the large dome. A pond will be in the foreground. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
At the center of this aerial is a likely splash pad in Epic Universe. Also seen are some details of the tiered audience viewing of the large central fountain in the park. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at what is likely to be a splash pad in Epic Universe. A walkway between Dark Universe (classic monsters) and the dual-racing coaster will be where the red excavator is staged. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at details and concrete forms of the Epic Universe large central fountain. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Let’s step back for a second and get a look at things in relation to each other…

In this wide aerial of Epic Universe: 1) Curse of the Werewolf 2) Dark Universe portal 3) Walls near fountain 4) Dual-racing coaster entrance 5) Celestial Carousel 6) Spinning rides and coaster, How to Train Your Dragon land 7) Rock work frame at the Great Hall 8) Super Nintendo World. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
In this aerial photo of Epic Universe near Super Nintendo World: 1) Portal of How To Train Your Dragon land. 2) Celestial Carousel. 3) Elaborate concrete forms at a waterside restaurant (in scrims) 4) Park entrance. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Alright, let’s check out how Super Nintendo World is shaping up.

A nearly straight-down look at Super Nintendo World.  At left is believed to be a Nintendo store and cafe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Closer look at the building right outside Super Nintendo World in which Rumors and Innuendo is suggesting will contain a Nintendo store and restaurant.

Aerial look at theming so far of a building just outside of Super Nintendo World in Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
1) Tunnel to underground kitchen of a waterside restaurant near park entrance. 2) Utility excavation. 3) Portal of Super Nintendo World. Escalator into the multilevel Mushroom Kingdom. 4) Concrete wall likely borders the land’s exit. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
1) Mario Kart 2) Mount Beanpole 3) Yoshi’s Adventure 4) Toad’s Cafe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at theming in progress in the Yoshi’s Adventure area. Tall structure at the left is Mount Beanpole. In Super Nintendo World. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the Mushroom Kingdom in Super Nintendo World. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Love this catch by Bio…

Aerial look at Super Nintendo World theming models staged at Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The Donkey Kong coaster is going to be next level bonkers in the greatest way possible.

Aerial overview of the Donkey Kong roller coaster in Super Nintendo World. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
At center of this aerial photo is structural frame for theming. Donkey Kong roller coaster cars will splash across here. Actual track is sideways, underneath. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at section of the Donkey Kong roller coaster. 1) Direction of travel. A broken track section ahead. 2) Splash through water. Actual track is sideways, underneath. 3) Temporary construction platform. 4) Top of a waterfall. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now let’s turn our attention to the Dark Universe, home of the Universal Classic Monsters.

Aerial look through the scaffolding at the progress of painting sculpted tree roots over rocks. At the Dark Universe portal in Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of work on Burning Blade Tavern in Dark Universe. Scaffolding at a windmill tower. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at construction of the village in Dark Universe. 1) Theming is only where it could be seen by guests. 2) Back of House gate taking shape. 3) It’s believed a broken masonry wall will be at this recently scaffolded area. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

The Dual-Racing roller coaster (Rumors and Innuendo suggest it will be called Starfall Racers) has added a whole bunch of greenery to the area. This attraction is going to be a show-stopper.

Left to right in this aerial photo of Epic Universe: • A Harry Potter related land. • Dual-racing roller coaster. Much of the landscaping is complete in the back half of the ride. • How To Train Your Dragon land.(photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of the dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe. How To Train Your Dragon land at left. A Harry Potter related land top right. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of the dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe. A separate roller coaster is in How To Train Your Dragon land, at right. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo showing the depth of the excavation at front of the dual-racing roller coaster in Epic Universe.
Plastic is protecting the slopes from rain. Guest entrance at bottom left. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the Epic Universe dual-racing roller coaster. Between a Harry Potter-related land at left, and How To Train Your Dragon land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Now let’s fly on over to the How to Train Your Dragon Land, which I personally think will be THE land everyone’s talking about once EPIC opens. Coaster? Check. Boat ride? Check. Stage show? Check. Dining Experience? Check.

Aerial overview of How To Train Your Dragon land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at what will be the front bay of How To Train Your Dragon Land. At top center is the current theming of a small shop. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at a building near the front of How To Train Your Dragon land. The tower at the scaffolding at left is likely a dragon perch. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
In this aerial photo of How To Train Your Dragon land: 1) Theater entrance. Likely a show similar to the one in Universal Studios Beijing 2) Perch for a dragon 3) Boat ride dock 4) The Great Hall, being faced with rock work 5) A service building 6) Roller coaster service building. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of the roller coaster station area of How To Train Your Dragon land. Seems like most first-time guests aboard will leave the station and not know of the first launch until the hairpin turn. Up and over the fence to the park walkways side of the station. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Arrow in this aerial photo at a glimpse of a reach test in progress of the How To Train Your Dragon roller coaster. The wire frame represents maximum reach of a guest from a ride car. Ride car covered in fabric. Seen in a tunnel under a walkway. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at The Great Hall and the first launch of the roller coaster in How To Train Your Dragon Land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at current state of How To Train Your Dragon land near The Great Hall restaurant. The Hall’s exterior is being covered with rock work chips. Frame at top recently added for rock work too. Roller coaster station top right. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the boat ride construction in How To Train Your Dragon land.
1 Walls with completed theming. There’s a waterline with additional texture. 2) Some of the load/unload ramp is removed. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Arrow in this aerial photo at plastic protecting recently cast concrete from rain. Near a pair of spinning rides in How To Train Your Dragon land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Two aerial photos of the red dragon spinning ride in How To Train Your Dragon Land. The service door has a themed connecting band at the top. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at a dragon on spinning ride in How To Train Your Dragon land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at dragon themed ride seats of a spinning ride in How To Train Your Dragon land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of the theater in How to Train Your Dragon land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Let’s finish up the lands with a look at the upcoming Wizarding World addition…

A nearly straight-down aerial photo of a Harry Potter related land and the Epic Universe in-park hotel tower. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at trees recently added near the portal of a Wizarding World-related land. Arrow at wiring in the portal is believed to be for admission podiums. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at a building under construction between the Epic Universe large circular fountain, and the portal to a Harry Potter related land. Arrows at recently added octagonal features. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial photo of the current state of a copy of Porte Saint-Denis. Seen by guests after the portal to a Wizarding World-related land in Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
This aerial photo shows the streets of a Harry Potter-related land in Epic Universe have become muddy. Due to frequent heavy rain. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of the Epic Universe in-park hotel site. Parking garage exclusive to hotel guests. At top right will be the tropical pool and outdoor recreation. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at the in-park hotel of Epic Universe. Arrow at a section of the columns being cast at ground level. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Mario Kart show building and supports of the dual-racing roller coaster seen through the ground floor of a Universal Orlando hotel South of Epic Universe. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Right outside EPIC Universe are two more hotels, rumored to be named Stella Nova and Terra Luna.

Hotels south of park. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial overview of a Universal Orlando resort South of Epic Universe. A section of a floor and the roof walls remain to be placed, at top center of this photo. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Arrow in this aerial photo where reflective tiles curve around the lower two floors. Seems like there will be different theming at ground level. Lattice is secured at right. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
1) Pane of glass staged 2) Lattice for reflective tiles curves around an area of bare concrete wall 3) Section of lattice staged. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at construction of the pool and outdoor recreation. Colorful reflective tiles are wrapped around the building. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

If I were a betting man – and I am – I would wager a good amount that these hotels are going to look SPECTACULAR when finished.

Aerial look at a section of colorful reflective tiles.  (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at pavement tests near a sample of colorful reflective tiles. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
1) Construction break area under the porte-cochère. 2 & 3) Teams on ground organize collections of tiles to be placed by teams on scaffolding. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Work on the colorful reflective tile mural has wrapped around the tower. Arrow where there’s a stylized inner wall in development. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

As always, be sure to check out the Permit Princess Alicia Stella and her AMAZING videos on the construction of EPIC Universe…

Honorable Mention: SeaWorld Orlando

We don’t often cover SeaWorld Orlando in this fine blog series, but since Bio’s circling them in the air, let’s check out what’s going on over there…

Aerial look at the SeaWorld Orlando sky tower. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

SeaWorld has developed a very nice collection of roller coasters, including the most recent – Pipeline – which opened earlier this year. The gimmick to this coaster is that it’s simulating “surfing” and you are actually standing during your coaster experience.

Aerial photo of Pipeline: The Surf Coaster in SeaWorld Orlando. A stand up while riding coaster, with banked turns mimicking the fun of surfing. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at Antarctica in SeaWorld Orlando. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Aerial look at Manta in SeaWorld Orlando. Footers are in place for an additional roller coaster. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

Construction is already underway for SeaWorld’s next coaster, Penguin Trek. This will be a family-friendly coaster located directly next to Antarctica.

Penguin Trek construction. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Some of the black and white Penguin Trek coaster track is shy, and hiding under trees. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

We’ll close with this fantastic shot of a dolphin jumping out of the water at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove. If you haven’t been, Discovery Cove is one of THE best experiences in all of Florida. It’s truly fantastic.

Aerial photo of Discovery Cove with a dolphin jumping out of a pool. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

So there you have it: SATURDAY SIX Presents: Flights with @bioreconstruct vol 4! 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, which gives 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)

SATURDAY SIX Presents: Flights with @biorconstruct vol 3 (The Destruction of Harmonious, EPIC Universe)

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 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.

A mouse on top of a multilayer arrangement of balloons in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (photo by @bioreconstruct)

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