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.
The framing of Hogwarts Castle is now complete, too.
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.
Next to that entrance arch, we find The Simpsons' hometown of Springfield nearing completion. The Lard Lad has arrived.
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.
Cletus' Chicken Shack is here, too.
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.
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.
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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I do appreciate Universal being able to laugh at themselves with a construction worker street performer. I've been telling friends and relatives to stay away from the park this winter and spring because of all the construction. It's a painful process, but I think the results will be well worth it for a park that has needed a makeover for a long time.
Media invites haven't gone out yet, but Springfield is up next with a planned opening sometime this spring. This summer brings the new nighttime version of the Studio Tour, along with the Fast and Furious encounter on the Studio Tour. We definitely will cover all of those when they open.
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IS this just going to be Hogsmead and I assume not Diagon Alley....
Are you going to attend the Opening day or Media day?