Future Theme Park Resort and Studio Development Rumors
- (12/3/12) Screamscape has been hearing some very early rumblings claiming that possible new and major changes may be on the way to set up the future development of Universal Studios Hollywood over the next decade and beyond, as supported by the new owners at Comcast. With Disneyland’s latest efforts really shining a focused beam of light on what can be achieved by a quality theme park resort experience in California, as well as what they’ve see taking place in Orlando, there may be early plans in the works to try and find a way to expand the Hollywood park in a way that it can stay competitive with the Disneyland Resort. After all, with Disney’s California Adventure now firing on all cylinders, and the rumors of Disney eventually building a third park in Anaheim looking more clear each year, Universal Studios Hollywood needs to find a way to remain competitive against the Mouse.
We’ve already see the Evolution plan completely turned on it’s head, with a renewed focus revising the existing property for the business interests of the Studio itself as well as the theme park side of things, abandoning the odd previous plans to sell off large tracts of land for residential use.
According to the early rumors, the next possible phase of development to create a Universal Resort experience in Hollywood may involve buying the massive private Lakeside Golf Club
that lies right behind the studio backlot. The exact intentions of this purchase are not entirely clear, but the site could be used to allow for future expansion of the lower backlot area and studio production facilities. If the studio were to relocate some production elements to this property, it could also allow for the expansion of the theme park itself to extend more into the lower lot, allowing for not only more pedestrian access, but more attractions as well.
One such rumored development may already be linked to the impending Wizarding World of Harry Potter project, which may force the Studio Tram Tours to move the boarding area to the lower lot once again. If you recall your park history, the massive “Starway” down to the lower lot was first installed to give guests access to the new ET Ride, walk-up access to the Cinemagic show area, and they also moved the entrance to the Tram tour down there as well. It was moved back to the upper lot into the current location when they built the Jurassic Park ride, which blocked off the road access to the lower lot tram depot. With the Wizarding World needing to take over as much land as they can free up on the upper lot, it is conceivable that the backlot tram tour entrance could be moved down to the lower lot once again in the next five years.
If the rumors are true and things move smoothly, I’ve heard that a possible announcement that may include some new future development ideas for the Studio property could be released as early as Spring 2013. Anyone else know more?