We headed up to Universal Studios Hollywood this week to bring you a long overdue update from one of the biggest construction zones in any park in the U.S.. The amount of work going on in this park is amazing, and all three of the major projects are just getting started.
We also saw the first bit of Halloween Horror Nights set dressings on the Studio Tour.
We'll start our update on the upper lot and a look at the Springfield and Hogsmeade construction area. Now that the buildings are taking shape, it's a bit easier to get an idea where both Springfield and Hogsmeade will be, even though they'll be opening a year apart.
The pole is pretty much the dividing line between the two area's. Springfield will be on the left, Hogsmeade on the right.
Pointy roof = Hogsmeade. Square roof = Springfield.
Disregard the Flintstones BBQ ...
An aerial view. The buildings are HUGE when you are close to them.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Moving beyond Springsmeade (I think we'll call it that) we see the HUGE show building for Forbidden Journey.
Every time I see this I'm amazed that just 9 months ago (on September 6) the last show was held at the Universal Amphitheater.
Once the building is closed in we'll start seeing Hogsmeade construction spread to this area.
Extreme Close-Up ... wooaaaahhhh!!!
From the other side on the Tram Tour
A few more up-close shots
From the parking structure you can see the other side of the building. It's massive. And remember, Hogwarts Castle still needs to be built.
First wooden frame for Hogsmeade or something else?
Fast and Furious: Supercharged
Since it was announced, construction on Fast and Furious: Supercharged has started moving along pretty quickly as well.
The best spot to get pictures of Fast and Furious isn't in the parks.
Super Silly Fun Land
It seems like it's taken forever to finally show you all of the parts of Super Silly Fun Land, but here it is. The water-play area is now open.
Rules are good MmmKay
Even the trash cans are Super and Silly and Fun (and Land?)
The Super Awesome Despicable Me characters were all out and were very popular.
Just a couple of quick Studio Tour notes including some set-dressing for Halloween Horror Nights for the Terror Tram
The Collapsing Bridge is back open
♪ I bless the rains down in Africa ♪ ...err Mexico (talk about a reference that ages me)
On the War of the Worlds set, we noticed a couple of new set pieces that weren't really "War of the Worlds" but could be for some event this fall. =)
Car ... not War of the Worlds
Fence ... not War of the Worlds
Thunderbird Motel (Rooms by the Hour) ... DEFINITELY not War of the Worlds. Anybody know what this could be in reference to? I Googled it but nothing came up.
Also don't forget, voting for the new Halloween Horror Nights Scare Zone starts today (June 6). Click the link for all of the details. It could be the most important vote you cast this year!!!
Around The Park
Just a couple of minor notes from the rest of the park.
Krusty's tongue is getting a refurb (insert your own joke here)
Whoever said they don't like no parfait?
Probably my favorite picture of the day (along with the one of Agnes)
That's going to wrap it up for this update, hope you enjoyed it.
We didn't head down to the lower lot but I assume the construction of the Starbucks is progressing nicely. We'll make a point to head down there next time.
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