Universal Studios Hollywood to announce new development next week
Universal Studios Hollywood next week will announce the next step in its ongoing transformation. The park just sent out a press release announcing the announcement, which will happen next Tuesday, June 21, at 7:30am PT on its YouTube channel
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Stop the presses. On Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT, Universal Studios Hollywood will share exciting news as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. invites everyone to tune in for the latest happenings at the world-class theme park and adjacent Universal CityWalk.
What will the announcement reveal? We know from Universal's "Evolution" site development plans filed with local government that the park has planned a new hotel for near its entrance, as well as a new attraction on the site of its Waterworld show. There's a newly vacated lot next to Transformers on the Lower Lot, awaiting a new attraction installation. And Universal has been tipped to remove other old soundstages near the theme park for conversion to attraction space.
So it's not as if there's an obvious candidate for which of the many possibilities Universal would be announcing next week. Hit the comments for your best guesses.
My best guess is:
I hope some e-ticket Nintendo attractions are announced!
Turkey legs 1/2 off....
Probably Diagon Alley.
Most likely Secret Life of Pets. It would be awesome if they announced phase 2 of their transformation plan.
Secret Life of Pets is a film that still won't have come out by June 21st, and it's the start of summer. It makes zero sense to announce that yet.
Universal Hollywood has space if it wants to take away a few sound stages.
Probably new multi-year, multi-phase projects will be announced. I predict a hotel or two, more CityWalk replacements, a parking garage expansion, a new Tram Tour addition (or Kong 4K upgrade), a vague Nintendo timeline (opening 2021?), etc.
According to a friend somewhat in the know, it is supposed to be an announcement of the second phase of the expansion plan. Things that will reportedly be covered include:
"You thought we dumped the old Hulk track when we removed it in Orlando. Surprise! We really just moved it to Hollywood and are installing it here!"
Considering that The Wizarding World attendance has under performed due to the messed up ticket and annual pass policies, I wonder if this has any bearing to future plans. The lower lot needs massive improvement.
Merlin do own a lot, the Legoland franchise, three other major parks in the UK, I think another one or two on the continent, Sea Life, The Dungeons, Taussads, and a range of other attractions too, whereas Universal is just what, three parks, with a fourth on the way?
Hopefully they build a off the chart Rolla coater for adults, all disappointed with Harry Potter World roller coaster and a roller coaster that lasts longer than 20 seconds
-Update the Jurassic area to be more like the area from Jurassic World
Universal actually has 4 parks not 3. With a 5th on the way. @Chad
I'm hoping for a Nintendo ride or land in the lower lot or a retheme of the current lower lot space to Jurassic Park/World. A Diagon Alley announcement would be sweet too but I think its too early for that. I'm surprised a lot of people thinks there's going to be a Secret Life of Pets ride as that movie still hasn't even come out yet.
Fingers or wands crossed it's Diagon Alley. While I'm a huge Harry Potter fan, and that got me to visit USH for the first time in over 20 years to see WWoHP, I wasn't compelled to return. Having only 2 rides in WWoHP at USH is a huge mistake by USH. I thought they'd at least have the train ride, but no just a photo op. My fellow Potter super fan who went with me said the same thing I did - lets come back during Christmas to see the decorations. Until then, no reason go to back. Diagon Alley is a MUST.
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