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    Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    In what year do you think it will open?

    Will it replace the Gibson Universal Ampitheatre, Shrek 3D (there is no 4th D) and Waterworld?

    When will they break ground on construction?

    Will they break Disneyland's world record for the longest wait ever for a theme park attraction to open?
    (Six years for the Haunted Mansion.)
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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    This might not be new news to you, but it was to me:

    Ryan120420 [Note: Ryan wrote this in the comments section after Al Lutz's column today.]October 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm:

    "WWOHP is scheduled to start construction in May of 2013 with a target opening date of May or June of 2015. So its less than 3 years away. And next year you will have Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem."

    Thanks, Ryan!
    If Universal opens it in 2015, I'll get our Universal APs that year.

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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    Great News!!! XD
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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    they just got the okay from the city to do the vision plan, so i think they were waiting for that before groundbreaking. in case they needed to replan where wwohp needed to go

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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by s8ntmark View Post
    Great News!!! XD
    I'm more excited about this than I am about the (larger? & soon to be twin areas) WWoHP in Orlando because:
    1. I live in L.A. County.
    2. Universal did such a great job on the first Hogwarts & Hogsmeade Village
    and our Transformers attraction is so excellent
    that I now have great confidence in Universal to outdo themselves.
    (For example, I'm confident they'll have at least two rooms in Olivander's wand shop.)

    With the first WWoHP in Orlando, I had no idea they'd try to surpass anything Disney had ever done in America, but now that I know the extent of Universal's ambition, the time from the spring 2013 groundbreaking through the summer of 2015 opening will be a bit like getting to the Magic Kingdom at WDW in the 70s.

    (A freeway sign pointed three lanes to Walt Disney World and one to somewhere else. You read a "Welcome to Walt Disney World" sign, and THEN drove many--it seemed like many--miles across unspoiled Florida wilderness while listening to enthusiastically delivered info on WDW's own radio station. Fifty cents to enter a parking lot that Disneyland could fit in. Beautiful trees growing throughout the lot. Then the first ride: the parking lot tram. Free. Then the amazing monorail ride
    with that great monorail voice around that beautiful lake right through the Contemporary lobby and to the Magic Kingdom where you walked around the train station and then gawked in awe at a castle over twice as tall as Disneyland's landmark.)

    Waiting for Universal Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter feels a bit like that.

    I've already read HP books 1-4 outloud to my daughter (some twice,
    no rush to start the 870-page book 5--I already talk for a living) and I expect she will have read all 7 herself by 2015.

    Thanks, Universal, for giving me another reason to live
    and another reason to live in L.A.
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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    I, too, will be planning on renewing my pass about 3 months from its grand opening, so I can attend the technical rehearsal like they did for Transformers.

    Universal Studios Hollywood could have been one of the biggest theme park like Universal Orlando, if they were to purchase the golf course across the river channel a long long time ago.

    I recently took a trip to Orlando a month ago just to check out Universal Orlando and was blown away by this new land. I have never seen any of the Harry Potter movies, but this New land is huge and EPIC! and it gives me chills upon my first step into this brand new land.

    I recorded a full walking tour of Wizarding World of Harry Potter in HD if any of you guys want to check it out.
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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    I've been a USH Passholder for two years now, and I love it. I can't wait for them to break ground on Potter. I'm so anxious!
    Princess of Agrabah and Queen of Never Land

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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    I took this picture yesterday 11.24.2012. It seems that they have demolished the entire building in the middle where they used to sell drinks and a small shop behind it in preparation for the demolish of Shrek 3D show building and Curious George play area.

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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalbma View Post
    I took this picture yesterday 11.24.2012. It seems that they have demolished the entire building in the middle where they used to sell drinks and a small shop behind it in preparation for the demolish of Shrek 3D show building and Curious George play area.

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    There's something big coming in that area really soon.

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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    It's not Potter related, though. You'll have to probably wait for after Grinchmas to see what it is.

    Shrek 4D will be there through 2013, along with Curious George.

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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldenstate5 View Post
    It's not Potter related, though. You'll have to probably wait for after Grinchmas to see what it is.

    Shrek 4D will be there through 2013, along with Curious George.
    Yup. Big changes are coming to USH in the next couple of years!

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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    Any hints of what is coming to that location? shop? new facade?

    So I'm guessing we won't see the grand opening of Harry Potter until 2016/2017 at the latest
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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalbma View Post
    Any hints of what is coming to that location? shop? new facade?
    Neither of those two things, I can tell you that. The biggest hint I can tell you is: don't think too hard about it.

    Potter is most likely delayed til 2016 at this point.

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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldenstate5 View Post
    Potter is most likely delayed til 2016 at this point.
    Opening date or start date? Because I cant believe they'd wait 3 more years to start it....no way. Construction is supposed to start next May. (Rumored)

    As for the "Shrek Shack" that was removed, I doubt it was FOR Potter, but because of it. That area was a funnel on busy days. With the entrance for Potter possibly going into the Curious George area, they need to open that space up for the extreme crowds Potter is going to bring in. As for what they are putting there, who knows....I heard something about a "Central Park" looking area.
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    Re: Any Universal Hollywood Harry Potter updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by s8ntmark View Post
    Opening date or start date? Because I cant believe they'd wait 3 more years to start it....no way. Construction is supposed to start next May. (Rumored)

    As for the "Shrek Shack" that was removed, I doubt it was FOR Potter, but because of it. That area was a funnel on busy days. With the entrance for Potter possibly going into the Curious George area, they need to open that space up for the extreme crowds Potter is going to bring in. As for what they are putting there, who knows....I heard something about a "Central Park" looking area.
    Opening, of course. Construction begins next summer-ish I think.

    And you're definitely going somewhere with this (especially in one part)... yet that's not the entire puzzle. Go to the park, take a look at how they're utilizing the new extra space for Grinchmas and slowly you'll realize it.

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