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Robert Niles
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Universal Studios Hollywood: March 2015 Harry Potter and Simpsons Construction Update

Published: March 5, 2015 at 7:18 PM

It feels as though we can almost taste the Butterbeer as construction continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Entrance to Hogsmeade

The arch leading into Hogsmeade Village is complete, and we can see the frame of Hogwarts Castle's astronomy tower behind it. Elsewhere in the village, buildings have gotten their roofs and quite a bit more exterior detail.

Hogsmeade Village construction

The framing of Hogwarts Castle is now complete, too.

Hogwarts Hollywood

Okay, the American flag flying atop the astronomy tower is out of theme, but that is the traditional symbol in the United States of building construction reaching its top height. Hogwarts has topped out.

Hogwarts has topped out

Next to that entrance arch, we find The Simpsons' hometown of Springfield nearing completion. The Lard Lad has arrived.

Lard Lad Donuts

And we can see abundant detail in the new land, which is located directly behind Hogsmeade Village and across from The Simpsons Ride. You can see Krusty Burger and Moe's Tavern in the foreground, and the facades of many favorite Springfield landmarks behind and above them.

Springfield construction

Cletus' Chicken Shack is here, too.

More Springfield construction

How close are these two new lands to each other? Let's walk around the bend to the literal intersection of The Simpsons and Harry Potter. One wall is Springfield and the other Hogsmeade.

Intersection of Hogsmeade and Springfield

Universal's trying to have some fun with all the construction disrupting and transforming its Upper Lot. I found this construction worker giving directions and chatting up a group of visitors. Then I realized that construction workers in theme parks never spend that much time talking with guests.

Universal 'construction' worker

Yep, it's one of Universal's street atmosphere actors, dressed as a construction worker, entertaining visitors in the park. That's a fun touch.

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Robert Niles
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Disney World Confirms New Soarin' Theater, Plus Midway Mania Expansion

Published: March 5, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Walt Disney World confirmed the news we told you last summer — that it would be adding a third theater to its Soarin' attraction at Epcot's Land pavilion, to add more capacity for that popular travel film.

Soarin' theater building

In addition, Disney will be using some of the space recently vacated by the closing of the Backlot Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios to add a new track to Toy Story Midway Mania, to expand the capacity on one of Disney World's other hard-to-get-Fastpass attractions.

Both expansions are scheduled for completion in 2016. Construction work on the new Soarin' theater has begun already.

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Universal Orlando Begins Vacation Package Sales for Halloween Horror Nights 25

Published: March 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Universal Orlando Resort has announced the dates for its Halloween Horror Nights 25 this fall, and today has started selling vacation packages that include tickets to the annual Halloween event.

This 25th version of Halloween Horror Nights will run Sept. 18-19, 24-25, 26-27, Oct. 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-31, and Nov. 1. Three-night vacation packages that include two days in the Universal Orlando theme parks and one night's admission to Halloween Horror Nights are now on sale on Universal's website.

Here's Universal's new promo video:

Individual tickets for the event are not on sale yet.

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'That's No Moon. That's a Space Station... Made Out of Legos'

Published: March 4, 2015 at 10:43 PM

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Something BIG is coming to Cedar Point... Sometime

Published: March 3, 2015 at 2:45 PM

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Where to Eat: Breakfast at 1900 Park Fare in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

Published: March 3, 2015 at 9:53 AM

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Weekly Top 10: The World's Best Motion Base Rides and Shows

Published: March 2, 2015 at 11:53 AM

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Anna and Elsa Return to Epcot for the Flower & Garden Festival

Published: March 1, 2015 at 12:27 PM

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Fire Strikes Near Disneyland's Small World

Published: February 28, 2015 at 11:55 PM

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Vote of the Week: Are You Priced Out of an Orlando Vacation?

Published: February 27, 2015 at 1:58 PM

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Getting a Look at the Magic Kingdom's New Hub

Published: February 27, 2015 at 9:34 AM

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