Universal’s new soundstages on the backlot will be named Soundstage 29 and 31. These new stages are expected to replace the existing Soundstage 29 and 31 facilities, which currently border Transformers: The Ride – 3D on the Lower Lot. These older soundstages are expected to be torn down for future theme park expansion.

Inside Universal has learned that both Soundstage 29 and 31 are currently in use – with sets and lighting already installed at the new facilities. Despite the soft opening of both stages, the offices and editing rooms (which flank the front half of the new combined structure) are still under construction. NBC’s production of Hairspray will be the first occupants of Soundstage 29 and 31, with the show expected to air live on December 7.

The stages connected to Transformers: The Ride – 3D are now known as “Old Soundstage 29 and 31,” and will serve as the home of Hairspray‘s catering services. These stages are expected to be demolished once Hairspray has finished production, but no specific timetable has been announced.

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