It’s time for February’s photo update around Universal Studios Hollywood! This month, we take another look at the many projects currently under construction around the park – including Jurassic World, the Lower Lot, and Baker Street.
Let’s get started!
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CityWalk’s Universal Cinema has been decked with a “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” exterior as the opening date of the Dreamworks film has approached. To the left of the entrance to the theater, a heart-shaped photo-op for “The Village” has appeared.
The former locations of the Flip Flop Shop as well as the Element apparel store remain empty without any visible progress since our most recent update, sporting the CityWalk logo across each of their respective storefronts without any current talk of future replacements.
Construction on the future plot of Antojitos is still unable to be seen from public view as progress on the exterior of the restaurant appears stagnant.
Baker Street continues to remain walled-off from guest access as rapid construction occurs on the show building for the future unannounced attraction rumored to occupy this location. Stretching all the way to the back of the former plot of the Globe Theater as well as the half of Baker Street to the right of The Walking Dead Attraction, construction crews appear to aggressively working day and night on this fast-paced project.
As the attraction’s projected opening approaches, construction progress continues to grow. The interior of the new show building beginning just after the first lift hill of the ride now remains completely closed off from an aerial perspective as roofing has been installed. However, from a frontal or side view, it is clear that there is still much work going on just inside the building.
The remaining main show building of the attraction, alongside the surrounding Jurassic-themed area, continues to be painted the grey and blue of the Jurassic World aesthetic. In addition, a massive sculpt of a Tyrannosaurus Rex is being applied to the side of the building facing the escalators to the Lower Lot, providing a sense of excitement for all upon seeing the iconic symbol of the franchise.
Construction continues on the unannounced P168 plot with mild progress since our most recent update. More permanent-looking walls than those there before surround the plot frequently passed by Studio Tour trams throughout the day, as well as some low beams on the corner of the plot closest to Soundstage 29.
The “Jaws” segment of the Studio Tour has been closed for its regular refurbishment with the entirety of the lake drained, though not without the Jaws animatronic itself posing for guests passing by.
Donkey’s waffle cart photo-op has been removed in lieu of a small trailer advertising the various “Shrek” characters that meet in its relative location. Just across the street to the left of the entrance to the DreamWorks Theatre, however, a new permanent meet and greet location for Donkey – as well as other DreamWorks characters – has been constructed.
At Feature Presentation on Universal Boulevard, Jurassic World returns as the central focus of the store, though offers a mixture of both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World merchandise available for purchase.
The photo-op picture car from “The Mummy” located just outside of the Universal Studio Store on Universal Boulevard has been moved backstage, where it currently sits outside of guest access.
A mural paying homage to a handful of the iconic Universal Monsters from the movie studio’s history is receiving its finishing touches on the backlot as guests on the Studio Tour pass by its bright colors and unique design in awe.
Just in front of the Hollywood sign photo-op at the Studio Tour unloading station, a digital How to Train Your Dragon experience has appeared, providing guests with a unique photo opportunity unlike any other throughout the park.
That’ll do it for this month’s photo update. Be sure to follow Inside Universal for continuing coverage of Universal Parks and Resorts.