There is a ton of stuff happening at Universal Studios Hollywood right now. Claiming to be the entertainment capital of Los Angeles will be an understatement once all of the projects for 2015 and 2016 are finished. This year alone we will see the opening of Springfield USA in front of The Simpsons Ride and Fast and Furious Supercharged on the backlot. Then we will finally see the west coast debut of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2016. With all of these major additions the park is also adding flare here and there. Today we look at these projects and see how each are coming along. Along the way we stop to see the sights, smell the flowers, and say hello to Gru and the girls. It’s a gigantic picture update today, so settle in and enjoy . . .
Before we get on with today’s update we thought we would share a few beauty shots from the park.
Now, back to business . . . construction business. The parking structure that will add thousands more spaces at the far end of CityWalk is right on schedule.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
It’s really getting interesting over at the future Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The framework for the towers of Hogwarts have been installed and you can begin to get a clear idea of the scope of this massive new attraction. Folks that haven’t made it out to Florida to see Universal Orlando’s version of this ride will be in for a treat. Really, everyone is in for a treat as we are told that improvements that were made to the Osaka edition of the ride will be seen here as well as a few other changes.
Out behind the park, workers are still developing surface treatments and most everything is being kept under wraps.
Fast and Furious Supercharged
Thankfully we won’t have to wait too much longer for Fast and Furious Supercharged. Kind of a Kong 3D 360 2.0, the new finale of the tour will attempt to take guests into the high-octane world of car racing and action. The show building is nearly done as it really won’t be all that detailed on the exterior except for the entrance.
The fate of the Phantom of the Opera set may still be up in the air as it waits to be assessed and properly displayed. However, as we see here, the land that was the former home of the historic soundstage has been leveled, literally, and paved for now. It was said that it was handed over to Theme Park Operations, but really, what could that mean? Is it just going to be a storage space?
Production Central Store
A new store facade has debuted just under the Animal Actors Studio. It gives us an indication of what the future entry will look like once the retail and food locations are constructed closer to the front of the park.
Another exciting development is the addition of Springfield U.S.A. near The Simpsons Ride. The construction walls have been pushed out even further now as the more expansive portions of the land are worked on.
And that closes our report on everything happening at Universal Studios Hollywood. It would be a really good idea to grab you annual passes now as it stands to reason that the price for passes will go up with the opening of these two new additions.
Until next time, we will see you In The Parks!