New Universal Studios Florida Interactive Exhibit may be coming to Garden of Allah

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Could Universal Studios Florida’s Garden of Allah become a new interactive attraction? (Photos by Seth Kubersky)

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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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

2 thoughts on “New Universal Studios Florida Interactive Exhibit may be coming to Garden of Allah

  • January 7, 2014 at 8:17 am

    How incredibly brave to step in there and grab these awesome pictures Seth!
    I would have spent my time in there unproductively ‘giggling like Homer Simpson’ at the very mischievous act lol.

    I’m really glad that Universal are at long last making something out of this lovely area that seems so teasing, yet disappointing in its current form.
    The location is perfect for a really cool walk through area, but lets hope that it is something much more entertaining than the seriously awful Lucille Ball tribute.
    With a string of ‘below average’ spots in that area already, Universal could end up needing to hand out free samples of Red Bull to keep us all awake if they mess up!

    It takes a lot to make a walk through work well, and so far, I can only think of ‘One Man’s Dream’ as a great example.

    Fingers crossed!

    • January 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Thanks Kev, we risk life and limb (though never the terms of our Passholder agreement) for our readers here at TouringPlans! 😉
      Universal had a great walkthrough preview before IoA opened, and there was the old Alfred Hitchcock post-show and SS54 prop display. So they do know how to do a great exhibit if they want to!


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