As you can see above, we've just started dating our Universal Studios Hollywood updates, there are only so many adjectives you can use to describe the incredible volume of work they are doing at the park. But work is continuing to progress at a ridiculous pace. Springfield and Fast and Furious are well on schedule for their Spring openings.
We'll also take a look at the Studio Tour and elsewhere in the park to touch on a couple of things.
* Pictures and Words by Gregg Condon
This update we'll start off with Wizarding World, because we can.
Welcome to Wizarding World. Can't wait to walk through this arch.
A couple of close up shots
The great hall ...
The part of Hogsmeade that's not as done
The part of Hogsmeade that's really not as done. So while the front side is looking great, there's still a LOT to be done. And that doesn't even include all of the interior work.
This side is basically as done as the front side was a few months ago.
Moving over to Springfield, the walls have moved again as they are working on the area between the Duff Brewery and the rest of Springfield.
You now basically go just outside Stage 56 (the Special Effects Show) to get to the other side of the park.
Kent Brockman reads the news ... "Yeah, I know I'm on ... but I don't care! I don't read the news until I get my danish. Go ahead, try to find a replacement"
Krustylu Studios ... coming soon.
Mmmm ... Donuts
A little better shot of the Springfield sign that we couldn't get in our last update
Facades for the Aztec theater and Cletus' Chicken Shack appear to be done.
A week? Still 5 days longer than it took to write the movie they are making fun of. =)
Anybody know if the smoke stacks are going to have actual smoke? Because we weren't sure, but now we want to see it.
The walls were down around Disco Stu's ... which looks pretty close to being done as well.
Lisa is so Prim and Proper ...
The main reason we went by the park was to check out Dig: The Escape Room. Unfortunately we were unable to visit due to some bad organization.
We arrived shortly after 10:00am and were told the first group of the day had already pre-reserved a time (VIP's we presume). We have no problem with that and were told to come back after 11:00. Once we came back at that time we were told the next available time was 2:45.
Now, it wasn't a busy day in the park, at all. But it seemed like people were able to reserve times between 11:00 and 2:45, yet we were unable to.
But it is what it is. We would have liked to try it out. Perhaps they should come up with a reservation system should they do anything like this again. I don't think we were the only ones who had issues.
Groot and his Minion were kind of confused as well ...
The Palace Cafe is back open and looks great.
Universal Plaza is back to normal after the Lunar New Year celebration
Signs for Jurassic World on the backlot. Is it June 12 yet?
Speaking of the Studio Tour, apparently the awesome Mindy Kaling from The Mindy Project took the tour a few days ago and sent out a Facebook post about how her show (which currently films on the backlot) was only mentioned once, yet shows like The Ghost Whisperer were mentioned repeatedly. She's kind of got a point, but we did hear them mention her name a few more times than usual during the tour on this visit. Maybe they need to update the script more often?
While we're talking about things on the tour that have worn out their welcome, can we stop calling Colonial Street "Wisteria Lane"? That show has been off the air for how long now? People don't care anymore. And don't get us started on War of the Worlds. =)
Back to the awesome stuff on the tour, The Psycho House is getting a pretty extensive Restoration, which is awesome.
And lastly, Fast and Furious. Looks like the front of it is going to resemble a warehouse of some kind?
The door was open. Nothing to see here. =)
EDIT: Apparently there IS something to see here. Kolby from the awesome Kolby Konnection caught that the screen that is visible in the last picture for F&F has a cut in it very similar to the door in Gringotts.
Hmmm ... very interesting indeed.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. We'll likely be back at the park in the next couple of weeks and hopefully we'll start hearing about some opening dates for Supercharged and Springfield soon.