December 20, 2015 – Welcome back to another photo update from Universal Studios Hollywood! This update focuses on the many of the construction projects, Grinchmas, and more!
» Lankershim Projects
» E.T. Parking Structure
» CityWalk Fountains / Universal Studio Store
» Park Entrance
» House of Horrors Replacement Project
» NBCUniversal Experience Replacement Project
There has been substantial progress on the Lankershim Pedestrian Bridge since our last photo update. With the connection across the intersection complete, you can start to see how the final product might look.
Conversely, the road leading up to Universal appears to have not made much progress in recent months. This is concerning, considering the very quick arrival of Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opening in April of 2016.
The brand new E.T. parking structure appears to be very near completion. With construction crews putting the final details on, it is starting to come together nicely – with crews adding a new entrance and facade matching the nearby Curious George and Jurassic Parking structures. It is likely that this structure will be open to the public very soon given how much work has progressed.
Walls still remain around the City Walk fountains located in front of the Abercrombie and Fitch store. However, it looks as if significant progress has been made in this area.
The walls surrounding the Universal Studio Store on CityWalk have come down. However, the main part of the store is still closed to the public. Instead, guests are able to access the store through the old Things From Another World location.
Since our last update, the front entrance to the park has seen a lot of change. There is new brickwork and palm trees lining the ticket area, and two ticket booths have been removed. Unlike the construction on the road leading up to Universal, the team has made very quick progress on this area as we approach the opening of Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
More walls have been erected in the middle of the entrance walkway, causing a major traffic jam as guests enter the park. However, it is not likely that these walls will be up for very long, as it appears they are just repaving the floors.
The scaffolding is down and we can finally catch a glimpse of the House of Horrors replacement project. With what appears to only be a few final details left on this project, we are hoping that these walls will come down soon and we can see the inside.
Grinchmas is in full effect over at Universal Studios Hollywood! With Whos, snow, and Christmas decorations galore, the holiday season has officially taken over the park. Despite all of the construction, there is an overwhelming sense of happiness and joy as we are finally in the Grinchmas season.
More progress continues to be made on the previous location of the NBCUniversal Experience. The building’s exterior walls are starting to be placed, bringing us one step closer to knowing its purpose. At this point, it is most likely that this location will become a “grab and go” type of food area for guests. Stay close to Inside Universal as we continue to update you on this and the other projects at Universal Studios Hollywood.
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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.