January 20, 2015 – We are back with another photo update, focusing on the Lankershim projects, the new parking structure, Things From Another World, Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Springfield, and Fast and Furious: Supercharged.There are a lot of changes going on both inside and outside the park. With progress being made every day, it is definitely an exciting time for Universal Studios Hollywood.
Let’s get to it!
There is a lot of construction going on on Lankershim Boulevard as Universal prepares for the new 500 room hotel.
Since our last Lankershim Boulevard update, it appears that substantial progress has not been made.
Universal Studios Hollywood prepares it’s visitors for an “epic transformation.”
A glimpse at the construction between the Hilton Universal and the Frankenstein parking lot.
Not a lot of progress has been made here. A temporary sign points guests in the direction of the Sheraton Universal.
The construction extends all the way down to the tram loading zone with a temporary pedestrian walkway in place.
This looks like the beginning of some new landscaping along Lankershim Boulevard.
Universal has taken on a huge project with the new parking lot structures, with the entire endeavor being among Universal’s largest construction projects on the lot. The construction is inching along at a slow, but steady, pace.
With the Grinchmas season over, the traffic has become much more manageable despite all of the construction. Here’s a glimpse at their progress.
Pavement has been put down on the newest level since our last update. It also appears that they have begun working on another level in the background.
Traffic is still being diverted to the Frankenstein and Curious George parking lots.
Another look at the progress Universal has made since our last update. It seems that they are moving much more quickly now that Grinchmas is over.
Things From Another World has officially begun its move to the previous Game Stop location, as we initially reported last September.
With a much bigger venue, it will be exciting to see the changes that happens to Things From Another World. For now, we have some great facade teasers for what to expect.
The now previous location of Things From Another World announces its relocation next to the Cinema.
Things From Another World is officially moving into its new location!
With all the progress being made to Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it is hard to believe we still have to wait another year. Here we have another glimpse at what we can expect in Hogsmeade and Hogwarts.
A view from the New York Street set of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The Shrek 4D line is extended along the wall surrounding the Wizarding World sets.
A temporary sign has been put in place to help with Shrek 4D crowd control as the line is diverted through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Somewhat surprising that Nestle is still sponsoring the attraction in the midst of all this work.
The entrance to Hogsmeade is making a lot of progress. We now have a large walking space between Production Central and Hogsmeade.
The Shrek 4D queue gives us a great look at the progress being made here. We can now see building details such as roof shingles and windows!
Foot traffic is still being funneled between the Simpsons ride and Wizarding World. However, we now can see the new Studio Tour entrance sign hidden behind construction walls.
The tower has been built!
A look at the tower from the Studio Tour loading area.
With Springfield’s opening only a few months away, Universal has made some drastic progress.
With progress, however, comes foot traffic diversion; both a blessing and a curse. Guests are now routed between Special Effects Stage’s queue as the main block remains blocked while Universal works on transforming the former Louie’s structure. Let’s take a look!
Traffic is now being diverted through the Special Effects Stage queue area. In the morning, the congestion was not terrible. However, as the afternoon went on and the crowds increased, it became absolute madness in this small area. There was an employee directing traffic every five feet.
Some Simpsons-like signs have been placed around the construction walls to help guide guests to their locations.
A look at Springfield from ground level.
A better look at Springfield from the Simpsons exit. We’re almost there!
Here we have another look at construction progress near Louie’s Pizza and Pasta.
Fast and Furious: Supercharged is coming 2015 and it is very clear that we have something great to look forward to.
With most of the exterior work finished, we can only guess what is going on inside!
One of the main show buildings as seen from the Studio Tour.
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Kaley Cyrino is an editor for Inside Universal.
Kaley is a Southern California native who grew up within miles of all the greatest theme parks. As a nursing student, Kaley finds her peace and sanity by visiting Universal Studios whenever she gets the chance. Her dream is to be able to visit Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Japan, and Universal Studios Singapore.
Kaley currently resides in Orange, California. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.