Happy Thursday everybody and welcome to what will probably be our last Universal Studios Hollywood update of the decade. Last weekend we were invited out to the park to check out Grinchmas, Christmas in the Wizarding World and all of the amazing Holiday fun.
In addition we took a look at the current construction projects around the park. Let's check it out!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood!
Looks like King Kong got mad at It's Sugar (the store is getting some work done)
It was a gorgeous day to be out at the park
Highlight video of Grinchmas 2019
We love little out of the way touches, the record studio outside of Mel's had a great Christmas album display
The real clouds look almost fake here
All the different things you can do at Grinchmas
Our advise, do the Wholiday Tree Lighting later in the evening
We met the mayor who wished us a happy Anniversary (our 24th was the day after our visit ... yes, we were VERY young when we got married, well, 20)
We decided to meet Max too!!
He's so awesome!
We love the look of this area at night
The lit up Wholiday tree
We also took some pics/video of Secret Life of Pets progress
We can't wait to try this out next year
And also a Super Nintendo Land update video. This was taken from the Studio Tour so it's kind of bumpy. Our apologies.
Lastly, we enjoyed a nice evening in Hogwarts and celebrated the Holidays there.
We had dessert out on the patio, enjoying some hot butterbeer and waiting for the crowds to die down a bit for the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle (you can see it from here too).
The shows they do here are truly magical, we love them.
Thanks for the amazing night Universal Hollywood!! We'll see you in the new year!
You can find out more information about the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood here.
Today we've got a quick Universal Studios Hollywood update for you as we take a look at stage deconstruction on the lower lot for whatever it is that they are going to be building.
This update is going to be short on words as I ran the LA Marathon yesterday and I need to get back to vegging and watching movies and napping and eating Voodoo Doughnuts. =)
Written by Gregg Condon
Photos by Matthew Nelson
As you can see, all of the stages they were tearing down on the lower lot are completely gone.
These were taken last Thursday so the rest of the rubble is surely gone by now.
They are also continuing work on the 4th Starway escalator
Lots of empty space for them to play with
You can see where the former stages were
An overview of most of the area, we'll have to see if anything else is on the way out to make even more room.
Wonder if we'll get some HHN mazes on these empty spots before construction begins on whatever it is they're building.
A closer look at the Starway construction. On the left you can see supports for the new escalator already.
Super Silly Funland just came back from a nice freshening up and looks great.
And finally we'll leave you with a few random Springfield pictures because why not.
Alright, that's it for this update, it's going to be interesting to see what's going on and what's announced in the next months. Truly another exciting time for the park.
This morning we're taking a look at Universal Studios Hollywood where construction is starting to pick up again after a slow-down after Wizarding World Opened.
We'll update you on the goings on and have some fun speculation as to what's happening on the lower lot
Written by Gregg Condon
Some of these pics are from Saturday (March 4) and some are from Wednesday (March 8). We'll point out the differences so you can see how much has changed in just a few days.
Work is still continuing around the globe out in front of the park (although it could be done by now ;) )
This definitely isn't done yet.
We totally love the Streetmosphere at Universal Studios.
More concrete work going on
On Saturday Stages 22 - 24 were still standing
By Wednesday it looked like this. Rumors are Stage 25 will be gone today.
To support whatever it is they are building on the Lower Lot they are also adding another Starway.
New wraps on the wall on the upper lot.
So what does this all mean and what's this all for?
At this point it's pretty clear this is for NintendoLand (or whatever it is they end up calling it). You now have a pretty big space where the soundstages were, rumors are the restaurants where Panda Express is will be gone after the summer and you also have the space that was cleared when Stage 28 was removed.
Now the original rumor was that the Stage 28 space was going to be for a Secret Life of Pets ride, based on absolutely no evidence we are of the opinion that this is no longer going to happen.
First off, the ride was never "officially" announced. Remember when Universal unveiled their new logo last year, that was when everybody thought they were going to announce Secret Life of Pets.
Let's look at the timeline here:
So let's assume that a Secret Life of Pets ride was in the planning stages and was going to be announced in either April or June 2016. Think it's a pretty safe assumption. But then something happened in May 2016, Universal announced a partnership with Nintendo.
Obviously Universal Creative is constantly working on new attractions and they were going to have "back up's" if Nintendo didn't happen. But then it did, and why not have MORE space for Nintendo instead of a Secret Life of Pets ride?
Now this isn't to say SLOP is never going to happen, it very well could. But the original rumor is that it was going to open THIS year in the former spot of Stage 28. There is still NOTHING there. Let's say they started building the ride today in that spot, you're probably talking 12-18 months before opening. That's a full 1 1/2 to 2 years after the movie came out.
On the other hand you have Nintendo which is all of a sudden relevant again after the disastrous Wii U, you've got a new Zelda game, new Mario later this year and an amazing new console (which we'll have a review of next week, so stay tuned). Seems like a no-brainer to us, you use as much space for Nintendo as you can.
We could be TOTALLY off-base here, but we don't think we are.
UPDATE: The following pictures were taken on March 10, as you can see all of the stages are gone.
Alright, enough with the fun speculation, back to stuff that's totally happening, like some nice work to keep Super Silly Fun Land looking Super and Silly.
Last Saturday Voodoo Donuts was still walled up and closed
This is going to be an awesome combo!!
Wednesday Voodoo Donuts is all ready to go, rumors of a soft opening today and public opening tomorrow. But we'll update when we have more info.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update, we hope you enjoyed some fun speculation about the future of the park, we sure enjoyed writing it up.
What do you think? Are we totally off-base here? Let us know in the comments below.