Happy Monday, we hope you enjoyed your weekend and for all of those in the Eastern half of the country, hope you were able to stay safe and warm with all of the ice and snow.
Out here on the West Coast, we still have parks open and Universal Studios Hollywood hasn't been slowing down on their construction since our last update.
Written by Gregg Condon
Pictures by Gregg Condon and Scott Linder
Today we'll start off with a look at Springfield, because really, that's the part of the park that really has taken shape since our last update. We are so excited for this new addition.
A great new sign is up on the construction walls promoting Springfield.
Not sure what the insides of the buildings currently look like, but the outsides appear to be almost done. Just a few more signs and themed elements to go.
We are super excited to see this all completed.
A little bit of an aerial view, you can see some of the signs that have been added.
It was kind of hard to see the "SPRINGFIELD" on Mount Springfield with the overcast skies.
Mmmm, Flaming Moe.
I'll take a Clogger Burger please.
While Springfield might look to be close to being done remember that these aren't just facades, but all of the yummy food stuff will be inside. We simply can't wait to try all of our favorite Springfield foods.
Moving over to the other major upper lot construction area, Wizarding World continues to chug along.
Trees have been added so they can start growing prior to next years opening.
The outsides of the buildings are really looking great.
It's going to be pretty awesome to walk through those arches.
This is where Springfield meets Hogsmeade. Really hoping they do "something" with this.
The other side of Springfield/Hogsmeade.
More pointy things have been added to Hogwarts.
A closer look, you can really start to see the towers taking their shape.
Still a lot of work to be done.
The backside of Forbidden Journey. Really wish they were doing something with this.
As you approach the new Studio Tour, signs are already up promoting the Nighttime Tours and of course, Fast and Furious.
The new entry plaza for the Studio Tour looks REALLY nice. They did a great job on this.
The entry heading towards the bridge.
The exit is now completely walled off from the entrance. This should REALLY help with crowding in this area, especially once Fast and Furious opens.
Speaking of Fast and Furious, they are continuing work on the entry facade.
As you can see, there are two show areas.
Is that a tram I see? Perhaps for testing?
Hopefully this will put to rest any doubt that Fast and Furious is indeed a part of the tram tour. =)
A look from outside the park
There are a few new video features on the tour promoting the 50th. They were actually pretty clever. We'll try and get video next time we are at the park.
Psycho house is currently undergoing a "restoration", not refurbishment. So nice to see this part of cinematic history getting some love.
Jurassic Park is also closed for Refurb.
Outside the park, the new parking structure is really coming along nicely. Imagine that, taking care of parking issues BEFORE adding all kinds of new things. =)
On the other side, the hill coming up to the park from Lankershim is continuing it's "EPIC" transformation.
Lunar New Year
Last, but certainly not least, let's take a look at the great Lunar New Year Celebration the park put on.
Universal Plaza looked really beautiful.
Lots of fun stuff to do
Mandarin Speaking Megatron was very popular. Be sure to check out the video below as well.
I'm guessing most kids don't know who Woody and Winnie Woodpecker are, but it's always nice to see them out.
And of course, what kind of special event would it be without food.
We tried the red cinnamon donuts and they were really tasty and not too heavy.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update, we know it was long, but there are so many changes going on at Universal Hollywood.
Once we get some firm opening dates for Fast and Furious and Springfield we'll be sure to pass them on.
Also, thanks to Scott for the additional pictures. It's always much appreciated.