Test Trains are Running at Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Let's check the construction at Universal Studios Hollywood
, where we're getting closer to the opening of the west coast's Wizarding World of Harry Potter next spring. Construction continues on the new restaurants and merchandise locations that will line the park's entrance plaza.
But it's Harry Potter that we've come to see today. The Village of Hogsmeade is now free of scaffolding, with workers making touch-ups on the exteriors.
You can see Hogwarts Castle in the background.
Walk through Springfield, toward the Studio Tour entrance, for a clearer view.
But it's on the pedestrian bridge to the Studio Tour where you'll find the best view of Hogwarts Castle and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride building.
Keep your eyes peeled, because between the trees, you can see the Flight of the Hippogriff ride track. And what's this? The coaster is running test trains!
Universal Studios Hollywood's version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be a copy of Universal Orlando's original Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, with a couple of slight tweaks, most notably being the omission of the Dueling Dragons roller coaster. In fact, Flight of the Hippogriff will be the first outdoor roller coaster at Universal Studios Hollywood.
The park has not announced a specific opening date, but no new USH seasonal passes are valid after February 1, 2016, so we are expecting the land to open sometime between then and the start of the summer vacation season in May.
Can't wait for December!
Is the coaster a clone of the one at IOA, and is it a Vekoma?
You can see the test trains all the way from Mulholland Drive.
Jaiden, USH got a Mack Youngster Coaster instead of a Vekoma Junior Coaster for their version of Flight of the Hippogriff. The layout is different but the ride experience should be fairly similar.
Nice to see the progress they're making on Hogsmeade. My only complaint is that I hope they do a better job of hiding the ride building when the final product comes out.
A moving coaster is a good sign. The big unknown is still whats going on inside that castle. The Hogwarts in Florida looked finished from the outside for a good while before the ride was working.
Isn't that blank wall the view from the studio tour? If that's the case then leaving it unfinished would be so bad because it all part of showing the illusion of film making. As for Dueling Dragons. Well neither coaster at IOA were originally built for Wizarding World and were only rethemed later so I could not care less about DD coaster. And as excited as I am about Potter coming to the West Coast I honestly rather not see Diagon Alley come here but would like to see something else.
Aaaaahhhhh!!!! The best news for my birthday. I've already booked my vacation to come here during spring break and I was worried that it wouldnt be open yet (since some sites were theorizing the opening to be about 2 weeks after our school break). As a teacher I can't just go when ever, I'm limited to school breaks and as a parent these trips need to be booked well in advance so I wish they would just confirm the opening date already.
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