It's been a few weeks since our last Universal Studios Hollywood update, and if the progress of work going on around the park is any indication, we're going to have to start doing more of them.
The park is starting to remind us of 2015 when the entire upper lot was being worked on for Springfield and Wizarding World. But this time there are three major projects happening on the upper and lower lot. Let's take a look!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Our first stop most days is of course Wizarding World. We got into the park right at opening and had about a 15 minute wait for Forbidden Journey.
Usually we just do single rider, but sometimes we go for the full experience.
It was a perfect day at the park, didn't get too busy until about 1 or 2 (as we were leaving).
We of course had to get some Butterbeer. What's your favorite kind?
Most of the people in our group hadn't done Kung Fu Panda yet, so we had to give that a visit. Really enjoy it.
Now that Lunar New Year is over they are doing some work in Universal Plaza. Not sure if it's just general refurbishment or if they're doing something for the next event.
Let's first take a look at "Unannounced Project #1" (or is this Unannounced Project #2). We have a hard time keeping track. =)
The pictures seen from the upper lot don't do the size of this area justice.
But on the lower lot, you can get a feel for just how big this addition is.
There is actually more room here than you might think.
A crane on-site can only mean one thing ... vertical construction.
As you can see they are starting to go down before they go up.
One of the walls is already taller than the tram.
Jurassic World is really starting to take shape, you can see the T-Rex on the outside very clearly now.
The most interesting thing though is this new build down near the former maintenance pool. Not sure if this is an extension of the ride or they're just re-doing this part of the backstage area.
But as you can see, there is a LOT going on in this area.
Further on the tour, Jaws is getting some love.
Back on the upper lot, "Unannounced Project #2" is getting bigger with each visit.
Alright all, that's gonna wrap it up for this update. As you can see, many new exciting things are coming to the park. They didn't move all those soundstages for nothing.
As for when these projects will be "officially" announced, your guess is as good as ours. They just officially announced the new coaster in Florida, and that opens in less than 4 months. So even though we all pretty much know what the construction is for, we think it's more fun to keep calling them "Unannounced #1 and Unannounced #2" for the time being. Kind of like Thing 1 and Thing 2. =)
Last weekend we were invited out to Universal Studios Hollywood to check out the holidays.
This year the event is expanding and is better than ever with an all new Grinchmas show, more food and treats in Wizarding World and of course lots of great decorations throughout the park.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood
It was an absolute gorgeous day
Our first stop of course
We did single rider, then got stuck for about 30 seconds and then got to ride again. Score!!
We hadn't done the Tour since April, so we had to make it a priority
The new soundstages look awesome
Heading back into the park. Jurassic World is getting a LOT of work done
A crane is on-site
We are getting even more excited about this than we were already
There's also a crane on-site for whatever this is going to be. =)
Let's head in and take a look at Grinchmas
Show times for your planning purposes
More construction going up upstairs for the rumored Secret Life of Pets ride
It's even invading the Walking Dead queue
The characters at Universal are amazing
Always nice to see new food options in Wizarding World
And of course old favorites
As the sun goes down, the snow shows up on the castle
(Really wish some other parks would do this as to not have snow on their castles in the middle of October)
Who's ready for Who-Bilation?!?!?!
Trying to get pictures of stuff in 2018. Lol.
We've got some great video of the tree lighting and other decorations throughout the park
It was even snowing in the Harry Potter store!!
Decorations all over the upper lot
We had a great day at the park and will be back before the end of the year
Out in CityWalk, some new (to us) Lego decorations (gonna guess this has been here since Jurassic World 2 came out?)
Santa photo spot
We had to also make a stop at Voodoo Doughnuts on our way out of course. =)
Thanks for checking out our update. For more info on the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood, click here.
On Tuesday Universal Studios unveiled a new mural by Kelsey Montague in CityWalk which is sure to be a popular photo spot.
We also headed into the park to take a look at all of the projects going on inside.
Written by Gregg Condon
Kelsey Montague showing off her new mural, lots of amazing detail.
Some nice detail shots of the new mural
Let's head into the park and see what's going on.
As announced last week an all new nighttime show is coming to Wizarding World starting in June. Here you can see the projection mapping do-dad's.
For those who think the Shrek building is going anywhere when it closes, think again.
Speaking of Shrek, as we reported last week Shrek 4D is closing in August.
We'll definitely do a full walk-through of the ride, queue and more before it closes for a future update (minus the actual film of course).
There are a lot of small projects going on around the studios. Here you can see the land being cleared for new soundstages to replace the ones that were removed for future theme park use.
Speaking of future theme park use ... they are continuing to expand the Starway in anticipation of new attractions on the lower lot. Imagine that, once again, a park expanding their ability to get people around before new things open. =)
You can start to see the new Starway taking shape
One of the new escalators is already being installed.
The new covering is starting to take shape on the upper-most level of the Starway. It looks a bit odd at the moment, sure it will look fine when it's done. It's totally just my OCD. =)
So why are they doing all of this?
Because something is going on here.
They are digging some holes
They are also doing some some work near the Metro sets, couldn't get close enough to see what's going on. Could be for HHN as they did announce two mazes are currently being constructed.
Here is the maze that we know is being constructed
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. We'll be back at Universal next week for the "Grand Opening" of Voodoo Donuts. So I'm sure we'll have another update with that.
Mummy says what's up and be sure to check out my new movie in a few weeks.