Universal Studios Hollywood is a flurry of activity as a new attraction opens and another is under major construction. Today, we stroll through SoCal’s busiest theme park construction project since DCA 2.0 and see all of the jaw-droppingly huge projects that Universal Hollywood is undertaking at the moment: Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Super Silly Fun Land, Despcable Me Minion Mayhem, Springfield and a secret project on the world famous Studio Tour.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We begin at the site of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on the upper lot.  Taking all, and more, of the space left from the Gibson Amphitheater, the project is coming along nicely.

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The show building for Forbidden Journey is almost all framed up.

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Notice how the construction cranes tower over the movie theaters in City Walk. It’s going to be huge.

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The same crane from inside the park. (The crane was in motion at the time of these pics)
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From just below the top of the hill on the Studio Tour tram route.
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The Crane and show building from the backlot area below.

Below, near the load/unload area of the Studio Tour we can see more.  This is what will end up being the lower back side of the construction.

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From the left hand side of the construction we can see around the large show building into the center of the site.

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We are insanely excited for the WIzarding World of Harry Potter.  Who’s ready for a Butter Beer?

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

The Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction has been enjoying continuous soft openings since previews began on March 21st.  Just next door, Super Silly Fun Land is still under construction.  In fact, it will be a photo finish for this whimsical amusement area based on the seaside pier in the film, Despicable Me. The area is set to officially open on April 11th.

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Exiting Minion Mayhem, there is a dry playground area to the left.
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The Super Swirly flat ride is testing regularly and Team Members were being trained as we visited.
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To the right, we can see the midway games.

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Midway games. $5 per play.

Universal Plaza

As we walk through the center of the park, we see how the Universal Plaza is performing as the hub for the park.  Kids in particular seem to be loving the fountain.

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Springfield

As we head to the Studio Tour, we pass through what we believe will be the west coast version of Springfield.  I can just taste those Flamin’ Moes now.

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Studio Tour

Time for a ride on the world famous Studio Tour.  Everything looked great and was working perfectly on our trip through.  Here are a few highlights.

Jaws

The classic Jaws stop on the Studio Tour has finally returned.

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“See my clean, new choppers?”

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Mystery Project

The mystery project along the back of the tram tour continues to grow in scope and clarity.  We should be hearing something about this project soon.  Is it a new parking garage?  A new Studio Tour attraction? Is it the world’s largest Tram Drive-thru McDonalds? All should be revealed soon enough. For now, we are just amazed to see yet more construction at Uni Hollywood.

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That’s a wrap for our Universal Studios Hollywood update this week. As Uni ramps up their construction projects we’ll be increasing the number of updates from this park in our Friday column.

We will be back on Monday with a brand new Monday In the Parks from Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (while Andy Castro takes time off for a big school project).  See you Monday!