This isn't so much aimed at what the park is *now* so much as where ComCast is guiding the park to in the future.
Right now it'd be hard to argue that the park is not in transition. In a physical sense, what really feels like the majority of the upper lot is being removed and replaced with a variety of themed attractions. There's a definite feeling of transformation to the additions as well.
The nature of those additions is what I'm wondering about.
USH *used* to be very easily defined as a "studio park". You showed up, did the studio tour, took your picture in studio-themed picture spots, ate in "movie magic" themed restaurants, shopped in generic stores and went home.
Now? I would argue strong pretensions towards "theme park". The studio elements seem to be falling by the wayside - some such as the Special Effects show are geared towards the 'behind the scenes' feel, but elsewhere the shift is fairly pronounced. As an example of an attraction retconned into "themed ride", look at Mummy. It started as Brendan Fraiser presenting a warning that the set was cursed etc., but that has been removed and now it's essentially you in the Tomb, period. It's set in the sterile Lower Lot, but inside up until launch the theme's pretty immersive. Past attractions - Twister and Backdraft pop to mind - were very specifically 'behind the scenes views' and have been removed for 'you are there' attractions such as Mummy, Jurassic Park and Transformers.
Despicable Me seems to be furthering this as well - it's not just a structure with a "demo" going on inside, it's an entire 'miniland' with a paired ride a la Springfield at USO. WWOHP is the giant, themed beast that it is. Neither of these is presented as "welcome to the sets".
So to sum up - do you feel USH is trying to transform into a full time legitimate theme park, complete with the themed areas and attractions as the centerpiece, or do you feel this is a distraction that will eventually see a return to the "behind the scenes" nature of the studio tour? If the former, where will this leave the backlot and tour? If the latter, how do they blend all these disparate parts together?