It’s time for October’s photo update around Universal Studios Hollywood! This month, we take a look at Jurassic Park continuing its transformation to Jurassic World, as well as a glance at the progress of other projects throughout the park.

Let’s get started!

Park Update Index

» CityWalk Hollywood
» Baker Street
» Globe Theater
» Jurassic World Refurbishment
» Lower Lot
» A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

CityWalk Hollywood

Continuing the mass publicity trend for their upcoming holiday film, the Universal Cinema now dons an exterior themed to Illumination’s animated feature, The Grinch.
Since our last update, Antojitos – a restaurant also found in CityWalk Orlando – has been announced as the future replacement of Camacho’s Cantina, continuing Universal’s latest trend of continuity between their CityWalk locations in their U.S. Parks. Similarly to its predecessor, Antojitos will also be serving Mexican cuisine.
Some new pieces of Halloween Horror Nights merchandise have arrived at the Universal Studio Store, including miniature figures of Eleven and the Demogorgon from Stranger Things, as well as signed Pop! figures of Mike and Lucas by Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin, respectively.

Baker Street

Construction on Baker Street continues as nearly the entirety of the street remains walled-off. However, access to the Baker Street restrooms is still available from the side of the street opposite the entrance to Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Globe Theater

Construction on the former location of the Globe Theater progresses unseen by the public eye aside from the exception of some beams towards the far end of the plot, indicating that it is quickly going vertical.

Jurassic World Refurbishment

Construction is significantly progressing for the transformation of Jurassic Park: The Ride into a Jurassic World overlay. A show building appears to be in the works at the top of the initial lift hill while doors of the main, original show building of the ride remain open as construction crews busily work inside.

Meanwhile, the iconic Jurassic Park arch remains intact alongside the still-operating Jurassic Outfitters gift shop and Jurassic Café.

Lower Lot

Ground has officially been broken on the P168 plot. All production vehicles have been moved to a nearby plot as construction cranes take their spot. Though the future of the plot has not been officially announced, speculation points to the plot being used for the previously-announced Super Nintendo World immersive land.

The former plot of Soundstage 28 also appears to have some movement following the breaking of ground at plot P168.

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

The Feature Presentation store located towards the front of the park has shifted back to featuring merchandise from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including new wands from the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as some returning Christmas ornaments.

The Animation Studio Store now features merchandise from the upcoming film The Grinch in the Illumination section of the store.

Characters in the park – including Hello Kitty and the Minions – meet and greet guests in their Halloween costumes.

In addition, Christmas lights have gone up at various locations across the park, including but not limited to Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, French Street, Plaza Grill, and Production Central.

While Park Lake still remains, new water fountains appear to have been turned on throughout it.

Humorous posters from the animated film The Grinch deck buildings in both the theme park and the Universal Backlot.

In part of an Amity Island restoration project, the fence just outside of the Studio Tour’s entrance to the Jaws attraction has been repaired.

The original wait times boards for Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, as well as Transformers: The Ride – 3D, have been changed to LED signs, giving the attractions a little bit of a more modern look to them.

In a surprise move, Soundstage 29, which had previously been renamed to Soundstage 55, appears to have been renamed Soundstage 29 again. At this time, we are not aware of the reasoning behind the move.

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