We’re back with November’s photo update around Universal Studios Hollywood! This month, we take a look at construction progress of the multiple projects throughout the park, as well as a glance at the setup for the upcoming holiday season.

Let’s get started!

Park Update Index

» CityWalk Hollywood
» The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!
» Grinchmas 2019
» Lower Lot
» WaterWorld Refurbishment
» Holidays 2019
» A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

CityWalk Hollywood

Howl at the Moon – which closed in late October – remains visibly unchanged as of this update.

Located a floor below Howl at the Moon, Tony Roma’s also recently closed in order to make way for Universal’s own NBC Sports Grill & Brew, slated to open in 2020. This announcement continues Universal’s recent trend of promoting synergy between the two coasts through replacing Hollywood-exclusive restaurants with others already located in CityWalk Orlando.

Construction continues on the Abercrombie Kids expansion to the Abercrombie clothing store, which will debut sometime later this month.

The exterior of IT’SUGAR remains under refurbishment without any visible progress.

The former locations of the Element Apparel store, Sublime Gifts & Finds, and ANGL still appear untouched. No announcements regarding their respective future replacements have been made.

The Universal Studio Store now sports a new facade themed to Grinchmas, in addition to other holiday décor. Holiday merchandise is also now available for purchase just inside.

Walkways between CityWalk and security have been expanded, allowing for improved crowd flow.

The plot of land that previously housed Saddle Ranch continues to be used for company parties and other small events.

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!

As its 2020 opening quickly approaches, the attraction’s colorful apartment building facade nears its completion. All scrim has come down from the side of the building facing Baker Street, and construction walls no longer encroach the entrance to Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

In addition, Baker Street appears to have been renamed “Pets Place”, according to a new street sign peeking out from behind construction walls.

Grinchmas 2019

With the Halloween Horror Nights season having come to a close, Universal Plaza now remains walled-off from guests as setup begins for Grinchmas.

Lower Lot

Rapid construction continues on the huge show building adjacent to Transformers: The Ride 3D. Ride track appears to be taking over much of the bottom floor of the building, while a number of miscellaneous stairways and ramps are also visible all throughout the plot.

WaterWorld Refurbishment

WaterWorld continues its estimated one-month refurbishment, scheduled to finish sometime later this month.

Holidays 2019

Christmas decor is going up all over the park as November 28 – the official start of this year’s holiday season at Universal Studios Hollywood – approaches. Additionally, holiday merchandise, primarily Grinch-related, is now available for purchase at the Universal Studio Store in CityWalk, the Universal Studio Store inside of the park, Feature Presentation, the Animation Studio Store, Production Central, and the Lower Lot Studio Store.

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

The Lower Lot Studio Store has been converted back to its original look after spending the past two months decked in Halloween Horror Nights-inspired theming.

Halloween Horror Nights mazes and props have begun to be taken down following the conclusion of this year’s event.


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