Universal Studios Hollywood unveils some detail about theme park expansion plans
Published: July 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Take a look at this map of the proposed development, paying close attention to the buildings in pink. Those are to be the new theme park/entertainment buildings. They include expanded parking garages, but also new attraction developments, as well. Then compare that with a current aerial-view Google Map of the property.
Here's what appears to be going away in the Universal Studios Hollywood plans, to be replaced by new development:
- Terminator 2: 3D
- The Castle Theater (currently home to Special Effects Stage)
- The Gibson Amphitheater
- The Studio Tour station
That doesn't necessarily mean that Universal won't rebuild some of these attractions. In fact, the plans explicitly call for a new, expanded tram tour stop down the hill, just above the current site of the Tokyo Drift segment. And the car graveyard next to that will be replaced by some sort of entertainment building. The plans are also consistent with what we've heard about the development of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, that it will be centered around the current site of the Gibson and of Waterworld.
There's lots of space devoted toward theme park expansion in these plans, something that got a bit shortchanged in previous plans. Coupled with the aggressive new development we're seeing in Orlando, Universal's new owners (Comcast) appear to have bought in to the idea that investing money in theme parks is a great way for NBCUniversal for earn new business down the road. That's great news for theme park fans. Now, we'll just have to wait and see what Universal does with these new plans.
And to speculate about them, of course. ;^)