We're back this week at Universal Studios Hollywood as their "EPIC TRANSFORMATION" continues. And really, it is quite epic to think that in just a couple of months the walls around Wizarding World are going to be open and we are going to be inside.
Of course, prior to that, there is LOTS to be done, and it's some of that we're going to spend some time with on this update. It's a big one, you may want to grab a snack. =)
Written by Gregg Condon
We'll start off down on Lankershim as the pedestrian bridge from the Metro Red Line is coming together nicely.
Probably not the best idea to be taking pictures while driving next to CHP. Ooops. =)
The video board is getting some much needed upgrades. Can't wait to see it all done.
Heading up the hill. Because new lands and new parking structures are great, but if you have no way for people to get up the hill ...
Now that we're all parked let's head into the park, but wait, lots more epic transformations going on here too.
The entire right side of the entry plaza is being redone. But FYI, the gates on that side are still open, and people don't really notice. Score!!
Once inside the park, the work is still just beginning.
The new retail location is looking really great and should complement the entry of the park very well.
This is the main way into the park ... and they are still holding people prior to 9am. They may want to move that into the park a bit more as this was as far back as people were lined up.
Some great details on these buildings.
Even around the corner the buildings are looking great.
Hollywood Grill is also getting some work done. You may remember there's a pretty big seating area behind these walls, not sure if it's coming back or not. It's kind of in what is going to be a VERY high traffic area.
Moving down to the lower lot, Jurassic Park:: The Ride is getting a very extensive rehab. Lots of the track after the drop has already been replaced.
Don't piss off the supervisor. He's got some pretty sharp teeth.
The new dining location across from Transformers is under tarps still. No details have emerged yet.
Just a couple of quick tram notes. The building between the front lot stages and the backlot NY sets is gone. This is a pretty big plot of land, no way to know what's coming but it's plenty big enough for another soundstage.
Work is continuing in earnest on Little Europe. Apologies for the bluriness, the tram didn't want to stop for us. ;)
How awesome would it be if they used this area for HHN?
And that's gonna wrap it up for ... oh, wait, that's right, Wizarding World. ;)
Ticketing systems for Wizarding World are ready to go.
This is going to be Lunar New Year soon, and then it's going to be a queue. A very long, very magical queue.
It was quite overcast today, very Hogwarts'y
Walls have started to come down and we can now see into Hogsmeade.
And a new view of Hogwarts.
Oh yeah, we can still see this old view too. ;)
There were lights on and everything!!
Later in the day they were testing music and other things in Hogsmeade.
We did take a little video while at the park as well, so if you like your updates in video form, here ya go. Be sure to give our YouTube page a subscribe too!!! =)
And one last look at Hogwarts from CityWalk.
Alright, that's for real going to wrap it up for this update. It was really long, but there is so much going on at the park right now. Let's just hope they can get it all ready for Wizarding World. It's going to be insane, VERY insane, but still awesome.