March 24, 2015 – With the all-new Springfield food court debuting in the coming days, we thought we’d take a look at some of Universal’s biggest projects to date, including an update on the progress of Fast & Furious, the Psycho House restoration project, Wizarding World West, and more.
Let’s jump in.
» Parking Structures
» Fast & Furious
» Psycho House
» The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
After months of brisk progress, work on the parking structures have seemingly stalled – with construction crews appearing to pay particular attention to the second level of the unfinished lot.
Regardless of the perceived slowdown, there’s still a substantial amount of time till the opening of Wizarding World West, allowing Universal to focus any potential construction obstacles.
To promote the upcoming tram animation and film, Universal has added a series of promotional items to CityWalk and the theme park from the franchise. Picture cars now line the entrance of the AMC Universal CityWalk 19 theaters, with a photo opportunity (featuring a wax figure of Vin Diesel) and backdrop also lining a section of Universal Plaza.
On the tram animation front, work on the show building continues as Universal themes the animation building as an abandoned garage.
In preparation for the new nighttime tours and the theme park’s 50th anniversary, Universal has continued to restore the famous Psycho House with crews continuing to replace deteriorated pieces of wood.
By now, crews have already begun polishing the building’s facade, giving the house a new layer of paint and reinforcing the Psycho House’s roof with new tiles.
With construction crews continuing to work on completing Springfield, progress on Wizarding World West has not yet diminished with Hogsmeade’s entrance and shops nearing a very recognizable state.
Scaffolding has been taken down near the Studio Tour entrance revealing the Three Broomsticks facade while snow continues to be added on the rooftops of Hogsmeade. Heading over to the Forbidden Journey show building, crews continue to add the building’s faux-brick facade to ease the transition from Wizarding World to the remainder of the park.
With Springfield gearing up to open officially in early April, crews are continuing to add some last minute details.
The bulk of scaffolding has already been removed, and walls in front of Cletus’ Chicken Shack and the Springfield Police Station have already been taken down. In addition, new popcorn lights have appeared in front of Duff Gardens alongside both domes in front of the Simpsons Ride building.
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Christopher Tillman is an editor for Inside Universal.
Christopher is a California native who grew up visiting all of the Golden State’s theme parks. While studying theatre in college Christopher bounced around working at a few different attractions in Orange Country and Los Angeles. Now the father of a two year old, he is experiencing theme parks in a whole new way and has become the old man saying things like; “I remember when KITT and the A-Team van used to be here.”
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