Universal Studios Hollywood Construction Update: Springfield and Hogsmeade Take Shape
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, where... wait a minute... what happened to the left side of the street?!?
Yep, the House of Horrors' soundstage 13 is gone, leaving a clear view to Gru's Lab behind it.
That's just the first of three major construction zones on Universal's Upper Lot. But while site grading's just getting started up front, work's progressing nicely on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter just up the street.
We can't wait to walk under that arch and into Hogsmeade!
Hogwarts Castle is beginning to look like, well, a castle, with the astronomy tower now taking shape.
This should give you an idea of how close Hogsmeade will be to the third major construction area in the park — The Simpsons' Springfield.
The Springfield skyline, which is being built to cover the back of Hogsmeade, is nearing completion for a planned opening in late spring or early summer thus year. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in 2016.
While all this construction is blocking a huge section of the Upper Lot, all of the park's traffic beyond the Universal Plaza is being routed through what up until recently was the Special Effects Stage queue.
That's a tight fit when the park's crowded. But be patient. Better things are on their way.
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Frankly, this is pretty irrelevant, to anyone who can hop on a plane to Florida.
I hope they change the scale of the Hogsmeade section for USH. I don't know WHAT they were thinking when they built TWWOHP at USF - it is ridiculously narrow which makes it seem more crowded than it is ... and THAT'S bad enough.
But that was the whole point. It was designed purposely narrow to give the authentic feel of the books and films! Having been there, although crowded, I don't think the atmosphere would feel right if they great ride pathways.
The best Wizarding World, BY FAR, is at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. It's so good, it's worth the flight.
Walking through the park yesterday felt more comfortable than I've felt in USH in a looooong time, possibly ever. With so much construction happening, you'd think one would feel the opposite. But I think that there's some "addition by subtraction" going on here.
People in California have a lot of theme parks to choose from nearby, but does that mean they shouldn't go to Florida at least once? I live in Montreal, and I visit both Orlando and California. By that logic, I should never go to California because Florida is closer to where I live?
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