Universal Studios Hollywood announces the closing of Curious George and the Gibson, to clear way for Harry Potter
Written by Robert Niles
Universal Studios Hollywood yesterday got its final local government approval for its $1.6 billion "Evolution Plan" makeover of its theme park and studio property. And today, the other shoe's dropping, with swift announcements of attraction closings as Universal take the next step in building its west coast Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The Gibson Amphitheater will close in September to make way for the new Harry Potter land. And Universal also just emailed this news: "The Curious George attraction will be closing at the end of the summer to make way for ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ groundbreaking."
Say your goodbye to Universal Studios Hollywood's 'sprayground' soon.
According to public documents submitted by Universal as part of its Evolution Plan, we know that a new attraction will be going into the space currently occupied by the Waterworld stunt show, too, though Universal's not yet officially confirmed that show's closing, much less given a closing date. The Special Effects Stage also will close to make way for a new attraction at some point, and the Studio Tour will be relocating to a new loading area.
The old, long-closed Wild West stunt show area is already on its way to becoming a new "Central Park" landscaped area, and work is proceeding on the transformation of the old Terminator show into Despicable Me. Universal's also adding two hotels next to the park: on the sites of the VIP parking lot and the old Chinese restaurant next to the Frankenstein parking garage.
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