It’s time for May’s photo update around Universal Studios Hollywood! This month, we take a look at some of the park’s projects that are wrapping up, and others that are just getting started!

Let’s take a look around!

Park Update Index

» CityWalk Hollywood
» Globe Theater
» Grad Bash
» DreamWorks Theater
» Studio Tour
» StarWay Refurbishment
» Lower Lot
» Halloween Horror Nights 2018
» WaterWorld
» Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
» A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

CityWalk Hollywood

In CityWalk, the big change was the demolition of Saddle Ranch, which is now completely gone. There is still no word on what will be built in its place. Walls are still up around the future home of Vivo – with no visible changes to the exterior. Over at the Hard Rock Cafe, they recently finished refurbishing the huge guitar to give it a completely new look.

Globe Theater

It was recently announced that the Globe Theater will no longer be accepting reservations past July 1, sparking conversation about what the future holds for the location.

Grad Bash

During our visit, Universal was setting up for a night of Grad Bash around the park – especially around Universal Plaza.

DreamWorks Theater

The finishing touches are being put on the newly-redone theater as it gears up for its opening in June. DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” will officially open June 15. The look of the theater is inspired by Mission revival architecture and harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood’s Art Deco period of the 1920s.

Studio Tour

The Studio Tour queue refurbishment has been completed, so all is normal again.

StarWay Refurbishment

The refurbishment continues on the StarWay escalators. Universal placed a sign right before StarWay advising guests of the closure of Revenge of the Mummy.

Lower Lot

Sound Stage 21 hasn’t changed a lot since our last update. Sound Stage 28 is sitting idle with a pile of dirt, and work seems to have halted for the time being.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Parisian Courtyard has the first signs of Halloween Horror Nights construction in the park. Expect this area to be closed for the next few seasons.


WaterWorld has returned from a brief refurbishment and is ready to bring the explosions for the summer.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

As the movie gets ready to be released in theaters this June, Universal has begun its marketing push around the park – especially around CityWalk and Jurassic Park.


A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

The main gate Studio Directory has been removed completely and The Mummy vehicle has returned as a photo op in the area. Since our update, the Directory has now appeared near the Animation Store on the opposite side of the street. The new Banana Cabana at Super Silly Fun Land is still walled off. Finally, Revenge of the Mummy has been closed intermittently, with the ride opening on weekends. During the closure on Tuesday, TM’s were outside having some fun with guests and allowing for photo opportunities

That’ll do it for this month’s update. Be sure to follow Inside Universal for continuing coverage of Universal Parks and Resorts.