Pictures and Words by Gregg Condon
This past weekend after a lot of "media" stuff over the last few weeks I took a well deserved break to have just a "family" day at Universal Studios Hollywood. The rest of the family had yet to see Springfield and hadn't seen Harry Potter construction in person since Halloween Horror Nights, so we were LONG overdue.
That said, I did take the Point and Shoot and got some pics, but they won't be "fancy" like the rest of our updates. =)
The biggest addition since our last update is the new Wizarding World store at the front of the park. While this isn't EVERYTHING that will be offered in Wizarding World, it features a LOT more than we thought it would.
They've done a great job converting this store from Minions to Harry Potter.
Hedwig ... =(
Platform 9 3/4
What, the poster on the shirt doesn't move? =)
Hedwig, Fang, Fawkes, Buckbeak, Frog, Rat (Scabbers?)
House Robes, scarves and more. We're waiting to get these when WWHP opens. =)
Lots of cool notebooks and journals for each house
Overall the store is great. They also have the wands, but again, we're waiting until we can go into the wand store and have our wands choose us. =)
I was sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore (yes, I'm that much of a Harry Potter dork) but I loved all of the house hats so I may end up getting them all at some point.
Ok, let's go check out what's going on with Wizarding World construction.
At this point most of the stuff going on towards the park side is cosmetic.
Most of the major construction is going on at Forbidden Journey and the other side of Hogsmeade.
Lots of cranes over here
An overview, looking great.
A look into where Flying Hippogriff is going.
A look at the amazing detail
Just a few things going on around the rest of the park.
It's time for Universal to ban selfie sticks on their rides. While in this particular section it's not a big deal, you start using them going down drops or on Mummy or Transformers, you've got a problem.
Hopefully we won't get the metal detectors though. =)
Great thing about having a waterproof camera ... Jurassic Park splash!!! LOL
The Springfield version of The Kitchen Sink.
Framework going up for the even bigger Potter store (we've heard).
New signs for Hand Stamp requirements
Out in CityWalk they are of course promoting Jurassic World, which arrives in just a few weeks.
I'd like one please. =)
Alright, that's enough for this update.
Just as an FYI, they are currently doing some night tours on the weekends prior to their official opening around July 4th. Not all elements may be working during this soft open period however.
We'll try and get out there on a weekend night soon to get some pics and video.
Today we're taking a break from Media Day updates (although we'll be at another one later today) to take a look at something awesome coming for 2016, and of course, we all know what that is at this point.
Today let's take a look at the latest from Wizarding World. We'll also have more later this week as the Harry Potter store will be opening later in the week.
Written by Gregg Condon
Potter store ... coming soon.
Something else ... coming soon. =)
Never will get tired of this view.
Hogwarts ... you can start to see some of the forced perspective elements.
The trees really make it look like it's high up on a mountain. Which it is. =)
The Great Hall
Lots of amazing looking rock work
Coastery stuff ... coming soon.
It'll be nice to have another coaster in the park.
Still a lot of work being done on the other side. They finished up the outside portions near Springfield for obvious reasons.
From the Shrek queue. They really did blend both area's really well. And there are Ogre's in Harry Potter. =)
The detail is great
The other side of Hogwarts
Lots of work going on around the other side of The Great Hall.
And how about a night shot ... just because. =)
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. Now that most of the major rides are open (other than Fast and Furious next month) Wizarding World is really going to be the major news coming out of SoCal parks until Halloween stuff and new attractions are announced. And then everything starts all over again. Yay!!!
Thanks for all of your support and be sure to be following along all week as we'll have lots of fun stuff to bring you.
After a month or so of soft openings and adding a few tweaks here and there, Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood officially opened yesterday. To kick off the grand opening the park held a great "Taste of Springfield" event on Tuesday night.
Below we'll show you some highlights of the event and some of the new touches they've added to Springfield.
Written by Gregg Condon
Before the event, signs were up indicating there was a special event. By 5:00pm all of Springfield and The Simpsons were closed in preparation.
Yay, it's finally open!!!
Universal doesn't mess around with their special events.
After spending some time in the park it was time to head out and check in for the event.
The Yellow Carpet
New movie coming to The Aztec!!
Larry Kurzweil and Al Jean did some great speeches opening Springfield.
Unfortunately we apparently had the GoPro on "Picture" mode instead of "Video" mode. We are apparently still learning how to do this whole website thing. We'll figure it out one of these days. =)
And here come all of the residents of Springfield!!
And the great staff of Springfield.
Fireworks make everything more awesome!!
Be sure to check out the making of the Flaming Moe below.
Springfield looks so great at night.
Sideshow Bob is escaping!!!
The Springfield sign has been changed out to promote Simpsons Tapped Out. A little cross promotion is a good thing, as I'm totally addicted to Tapped Out. =)
We had a great night at Universal Studios Hollywood enjoying the food, hanging with friends, playing the games and generally just enjoying a relaxing night. Low key events like this are fantastic and allows the Universal Staff to just celebrate the great area they've created.
Great job by Universal Creative and everybody else who had a hand in creating Springfield. It's amazing!!!
We'll have a regular Universal Studios update in a few days.