Now that the last night of Halloween Events for 2015 is over it's time to start turning our attention back on the attractions coming for 2016, and that of course means Wizarding World.
It's been almost 2 months since our last full update for Hogsmeade, Hogwarts and all things Potter, so let's get right to it today.
Written by Gregg Condon
We'll start off where we've been starting off for awhile and that's with the entry to Wizarding World, which looks a bit different than it did just a couple of months ago.
As you can see in the background, Hogwarts has had a LOT of detail added to it.
Moving back a bit you can start to see much more detail on the buildings of Hogsmeade. The clock in the middle and of course the Hogwarts Express on the far right.
Moving around near the Studio Tour
Apologies for the sun glare in some of these pictures, it was very bright
The amount of detail there is amazing
They're still working on the Greenhouse
A look at Flight of the Hippogriff which has been testing
Moving around to the other side, the trees that will be between Wizarding World and Shrek are filling in nicely
I want to go now!!!
Hippogriff. Looking forward to this since it will be different than the others.
We obviously have no idea when Wizarding World is going to open but they are working feverishly to get it done.
But Wizarding World isn't the only thing going on at the park ...
New banner up in Springfield ...
The other side ...
This has been there for awhile, but again it's been awhile since our last update. =)
On the lower lot, work is being done on what was the Universal Experience. I want to say they announced that this was going to be a food location now but it's early, it's Monday and Coffee hasn't kicked in yet. =)
Back up top, considering Halloween Horror Nights ended about 7 hours prior to the park opening on Sunday there are still a lot of props up, but they did put up a few walls already.
They finally caught Michael Myers ...
The new Retail/Dining megaplex is coming along nicely. No idea when it will be finished but it will be nice when it is.
Grinchmas Stuff has started showing up in the stores ... #TooSoon =)
And Minion stuff too ...
Real quick, a couple of CityWalk notes ... they are getting ready for Santa's Arrival
Smashburger is now open
Jody Maroni's (that I think we ate at once in 20 years of going to CityWalk) is closing and will be replaced by Ludo Bird (good call). Just hope the prices are more reasonable than the Ludo Bird at Staples Center.
The new (much needed) parking structure is looking close to being done. Let's hope they have more booths open when it opens too because the lines to get in when I left at about 10:30 were crazy.
And lastly we'll leave you with a picture of a couple of the great characters at Universal Studios Hollywood. They really are the heartbeat of the park. I could listen to these two argue all day. =)
Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed the update.
We are fast approaching the time where there won't be much to update on as far as Wizarding World is concerned but we should be able to get another update together in the next few weeks.
We also have no idea when the parks Season Pass prices will be announced and what their grand scheme is going to be, we've only heard rumors at this point.
So stay tuned.
And as always, as soon as opening dates, pass prices or anything is announced we will be bringing it to you.
Have a great week!!!