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Our Terrific Guide to the Universal Tribute Store

by Leap on June 17, 2024
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At Universal Orlando Resort, there are four seasons: summer, Halloween, the holidays and Mardi Gras. While there are tons of annual traditions we look forward to each season, such as Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights and the Universal Mardi Gras Parade, one of our favorite seasonal offerings is the Universal Tribute Store. Much more than a merchandise location, the Tribute Store is an experience that must be seen to be believed. This summer, Universal Orlando is celebrating some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters at The Tribute Store Plaza, a nostalgic 1980s shopping mall. Keep reading to learn all about this incredibly immersive retail space.

Universal Tribute Store - Mega Video Rental Repair Desk

Location of the Universal Tribute Store

There are two locations in Universal Studios Florida where Universal Creative tends to set up shop: in between Revenge of the Mummy and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon on the streets of New York and in between Schwab's Pharmacy and Mel's Drive-In on the streets of Hollywood. This summer, you'll be able to find the Universal Tribute Store in Hollywood.

Theming of the Universal Tribute Store

Universal Tribute Store - Exterior

If you've been to Halloween Horror Nights — or really on ANY Universal Orlando attraction — you know how impressive the team at Universal Creative is and how all-out they tend to go when it comes to theming. The Universal Tribute Store is no different. Once you step in the front door, you're completely immersed in another world, a different time period, etc.

For the Summer 2024 Tribute Store, Universal has erected The Tribute Store Plaza. This strip mall pulled straight from the 1980s is home to three retail locations that will send you skipping hoppily down memory lane: the nostalgic Mega Video Rental video store where mascot Mr. Tape has a no-nonsense return policy, the retro Mega Castle Arcade where the wise wizard watches over his coin-operated kingdom and the majestic Tribute Theatre where the greatest movies to grace the silver screen are Now Playing.

Must-Have Merch at the Universal Tribute Store

Universal Tribute Store - Ghostbusters Slippers

This summer, Universal Orlando is spotlighting some fan-favorite films from the Disco Decade to the Early Aughts. Get ready to stock up on some adorably nostalgic merch and chow down on some adorably tasty treats featuring "Jaws," "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Ghostbusters," "Back to the Future" and "Shrek." (Don't froget to swing by and add some swamp style to your wardrobe to celebrate the opening of DreamWorks Land!) Here are some of the must-have merchandise and decadent dessert items you need to grab this sizzlin' summer:

Jaws

  • "Amity Island Shark Tours" Straw Hat — $35
  • "Jaws" Shark Cap — $28
  • "Jaws" Open Back Tank — $37
  • "Jaws" Shark Headband — $22
  • "Jaws" Cake Roll — $7

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Universal Tribute Store - ET Plush Hat

  • "E.T." Bomber Jacket — $100
  • "E.T." Cap — $30
  • "E.T." Moon Crossbody Bag — $50
  • "I'll Be Right Here" Tank — $37
  • E.T. in Basket Trifle Cake — $18

Ghostbusters

  • "Ghostbusters" Bluetooth Plush Speaker — $39
  • "Ghostbusters" Slippers — $27
  • "Ghostbusters" Ecto-1 Statue — $75
  • "Ghostbusters" Fleece Throw Blanket — $35
  • "Ghostbusters" Pom Pom Beanie — $25

Back to the Future

  • "OUTATIME" Denim Jacket — $100
  • "Back to the Future" Waist Bag — $30
  • "Back to the Future" Tumbler — $27
  • "Back to the Future" Spirt Jersey — $75
  • "OUTATIME" Chocolate Brownie — $7

Shrek

Universal Tribute Store - Shrek Onion Cheesecake

  • "Not My Gumdrop Buttons" Spirit Jersey — $75
  • "You Were Expecting Prince Charming" T-shirt — $27
  • "What the Shrek?" Drawstring Backpack — $28
  • "Get Ogre Yourself" Cap — $27
  • Onion Cheesecake (Key Lime) — $13

Easter Eggs at the Universal Tribute Store

Bar none, my favorite part of every Universal Tribute Store is all the cleverly placed Easter eggs that pay homage to park icons, memorialize former attractions, call back to past events and tease future offerings. Die-hard, eagle-eyed Universal fans may be able to spot these right away but, to more casual park-goers, these secret treats are hidden in plain sight.

Literally, everywhere you look, there's sure to be a plethora of Easter eggs — so many that we'd never be able to locate every single one of them. Therefore, we're going to share just a few of our favorites from each mega room.

Community Information Board

Universal Tribute Store - Community Information Board

  1. Possible Halloween Tribute Store Tease — Tribute Store's Haunted Estate; Open: Aug. 30 - Nov. 3 select nights
  2. Jaws — Amity Island Presents Marine Biologist Matthew Hooper with his International Seminar Titled "The Stillness in the Water"
  3. Animal Actors on Location! — Pet Services: animals on location; Pet Care and Training Classes
  4. Poseidon's Fury — The Global Discovery Group is Now Hiring: Archaeological Tour Guide, Back-Up Archaeological Tour Guide
  5. Labby the Cabby — The Best Cabs Come in Yellow; Ask for Labby
  6. Disaster! — 8.3 Magnitude Earthquake Traps Passengers
  7. Swamp Snacks — Duloc's Favorite Breakfast: Chef Donkey's Waffles; Millions Made Every Morning
  8. Ghostbusters Spooktacular — Strange noises in the middle of the night? Feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? If the answer is "yes," call the professionals: Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz, Dr. Egon Spengler
  9. All Hallows Eve Monster Hideaway in The Lost Continent — Laguna Lounge
  10. Twister ... Ride It Out — Welcome to Wakita: Twister Safety Rules

Mega Video Rental

Universal Tribute Store - Pumpkin Guts VHS

  1. Slaughter Sinema from Halloween Horror Nights 28 — "Amazon Cannibals From Planet Hell," "Cult of the Beast Baby," "Pumpkin Guts" VHS tapes on Horror shelf
  2. Back to the Future: The Ride — Case of Plutonium underneath gumball machine in supply closet & Marty and The Pinheads poster on the wall
  3. Universal Great Movie Escape — Escape Into the Movies Like Never Before flyer on the wall
  4. Universal Mega Movie Parade — Universal's Largest Daytime Parade Ever! flyer on the wall
  5. Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster — The Latest Antics of the Nation's No. 1 Laugh Bird! poster on the wall
  6. Fievel's Playland — "An American Tail" and "American Tail: Fievel Goes West" VHS tapes in Kids section
  7. Blood Moon: Dark Offerings from Halloween Horror Nights 32 — Blood Moon on the wall in the supply closet
  8. Skull Island: Reign of Kong — "King" of Movies in display case
  9. 2022 Holiday Tribute Store — I Met Gerg the Llama at Earl's North of the Border card on the wall
  10. Mel's Drive-In — "American Graffiti" poster on the wall

Mega Castle Arcade

Universal Tribute Store - Tribute Brawler IV

  1. Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate from Halloween Horror Nights 32 — Lazer Dungeon & dragons banners on the wall
  2. Jaws — Shark banner on the wall
  3. Back to the Future: The Ride — Hoverboard banner on the wall & Universal Quest 5: Battle for the Time Pixel arcade game
  4. Ghostbusters Spooktacular — Slimer banner on the wall
  5. Universal Monsters: Legends Collide from Halloween Horror Nights 31 — Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights: The Game Part 1 arcade game
  6. 2022 Holiday Tribute Store & E.T. Adventure — Gerg's Alien Adventure arcade game (based on "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" 1982 Atari game)
  7. Universal Creative team — Characters in Tribute Brawler IV arcade game
  8. 1981 arcade urban legend, Polybius — Polybius arcade game (Quite the interesting Google search if you want to go down a conspiracy rabbit hole!)
  9. ??? — Arcade game covered in a tarp with a sticky note reading "NEW GAME Coming Soon!!!! — Mgmt" (We'll be keeping our eyes on this to see if anything gets revealed!)
  10. Not an Easter egg, per se, but be sure to look down at the colorful retro arcade carpet for a fun throwback!

Tribute Theatre

Universal Tribute Store - Earl the Squirrel Walk of Fame Star

  1. Earl the Squirrel Hollywood Walk of Fame Star at the exit!

There's pretty much the only "Easter egg" in here, but we could spend hours staring at the incredibly impressive set pieces that represent "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," "Back to the Future," "Jaws" and "Ghostbusters." If you want to take a look at this mind-blowing retail experience yourself, check out our vlog below! The Universal Summer Tribute Store has no set closing date but we expect it to be gone a few weeks before Halloween Horror Nights begins Aug. 30, 2024.

What room at the Universal Tribute Store are you most excited to see? Which merch are you planning on snagging? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Our Festive Guide to Universal Orlando Holiday Food and Drinks

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