May 17, 2014 – Hey everyone, we’re back with another update from Universal Studios Hollywood – this time detailing the ongoing progress at Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Springfield and some miscellaneous work on Production Central, Special Effects Stage, International Cafe and more.
Let’s get started.
With Universal’s five-year transformation plan still underway, Universal has continued to develop the parking structure adjacent to Curious George.
Foundation for the lot has been poured as crews work to erect the initial stages of the new parking structure. It’s not exactly exciting stuff, but hey, more parking is always welcome and surely needed as Universal works to redevelop the theme park complex.
Heading over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, work on the Forbidden Journey ride building continues as crews look to enclose Universal’s next major e-ticket attraction. Meanwhile, steel structures have also arisen near Shrek 4D as Hogsmeade begins to take hold.
Looking right next door, the two story building for Springfield has also taken shape. Second floor dining, anyone?
Heading to the backlot, Fast & Furious:
Extreme Close-Up Supercharged continues to take shape as Universal looks to add another animation to the tour. Will we see a combination of practical effects and visual effects (say, similar to the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman at Islands of Adventure) or a rehash of King Kong 360: 3D? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Interestingly enough, construction walls have emerged in front of Production Central and Special Effects Stage. If we had a wage a guess, we’d assume they’re trying to relocate some of the canopy supports for Universal’s Animal Actors in an effort to clean the area up.
Finally, the Lower Lot arcade continues to be walled off as Universal transforms the location into a new Starbucks location.
International Cafe, meanwhile, continues to be shuttered in what we believe to be a retheme to match the surrounding French theming. It’s either that or yet another Starbucks – but hey, who doesn’t hate Starbucks?
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Bruce Babcock is a contributing editor for Inside Universal, specializing in Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights event in Hollywood.
Bruce is currently living in Southern California pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Cinema/Television Arts. He is a film fanatic with a specific interest in Universal classics and horror movies, and often attends local L.A. conventions looking for movie memorabilia and autographs. Bruce has been visiting Universal Studios Hollywood since he was merely 3 months old. A surprise VIP tour for his 15th birthday made him realize that movies are what he wanted his career to be in.
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