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Local Name:
Universal Studios Hollywood
Former Name(s):
Harry Potter Expansion
Budget:
400M
Announced:
Construction Start:
Opening:
2023
Area:
2 ha
  1. Here it states construction will commence in LATE summer:

    Starting in late summer, NBCUniversal will begin construction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed land at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park
    http://www.presstelegram.com/breakingnews/ci_23090912/harry-potter-coming-universal-studios-hollywood

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    NBCUniversal has been given the greenlight to move forward with plans to build a Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood.

    Company will spend nearly $500 million to build the park, as well as upgrade its studio backlot with new office space, TV production facilities and other infrastructure.
    The Harry Potter theme park will begin construction later this summer.
    The park is expected to replace the space occupied by the 6,000-seat Gibson Amphitheater and surrounding areas like the park’s shuttered Terminator 2 3D attraction.
    (...) will essentially replicate the Wizarding World of Harry Potter that opened in 2010 at Universal’s Orlando resort (...)
    Source and more info:
    http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/l-a-county-gives-harry-potter-park-the-greenlight-1200409977/

  3. Where does a Harry Potter attraction fit there?!



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    http://nerdreactor.com/2013/02/05/universal-studios/


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    Harry Potter fans probably thought they’d seen the last of the boy wizard on the big screen but a ninth film is reportedly being secretly shot.
    However, you’ll have to visit a theme park in America or Japan to view it.

    Witching hour: Actress Helena Bonham Carter (far right) will reprise her role as Bellatrix Lestrange in the new 'mini movie'
    The ‘mini movie’ is understood to be have been commissioned for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando.
    It will also be shown at two new Harry Potter theme parks currently under construction in Japan and California.
    Actress Helena Bonham Carter – who played Bellatrix Lestrange - is one of the stars said to be reprising her role.
    The actors have been filming at Warner Brothers’ studios in Hertfordshire but details of the plot are being kept under wraps.
    Source:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2246357/New-Harry-Potter-movie-filmed-Universal-Studios-theme-parks.html

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    Source and full article here:
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118056644

    The company said Monday that after months of gathering feedback from residents and local officials to its 20-year-plan to update the 391-acre property in Universal City, NBCU will not move forward with a proposed housing project that would have involved the construction of nearly 3,000 homes around the studio backlot.

    Instead, the company has revised its Final Environmental Impact Report to grow its studio facilities from 1.24 million square feet to 1.45 million square feet. It also has requested more entitlements from the city to build new rides, attractions and parking facilities at its Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, as well as addtitional retail outlets at Universal CityWalk, and two new 500-room hotels, rather than just one, as was first envisioned.

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park already was factored into existing plans. But the requeste 327,000 square feet at the park -- up from 134,000 square feet -- gives NBU greater flexibility in revamping Universal Studios Hollywood's existing offerings without changing the footprint of the park.

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    And another Wizarding World of Harry Potter announced for Universal Studios' Osaka theme park:
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118053731

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    Meyer also spoke briefly about Universal's previously announced plans to add a Wizarding World of Harry Potter — already a huge hit at Universal's Orlando resort — to his company's theme park in Los Angeles. For the first time, he estimated when it might launch, saying "I hope it won't be much more than three years.
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    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/

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    Re: Harry Potter (Universal Studios Hollywood)

    Harry Potter is going Hollywood.

    "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," the theme park attraction that has become a huge source of profits for the Universal Orlando Resort, will become a staple of the studio's West Coast park.

    At a press conference Tuesday, the studio said it will spend several hundred million dollars to bring the boy magician west.

    Also read: Comcast to Buy Blackstone's Stake in Universal's Orlando Parks (Exclusive)

    Universal Studios President and COO Ron Meyer, California Governor Jerry Brown and Warner Bros. president of home entertainment Kevin Tsujihara were among those raising a glass of Butterbeer at the announcement.

    The attraction is expected to create as many as 1,000 jobs, but could take as long as three years to construct. The original Potter ride was announced in 2007, but didn't open until 2010.

    Studio officials did not immediately reveal if all of the rides and features from the Florida park will make the journey westward or if the Los Angeles branch will sport new Hogwarts inspired attractions.

    It's easy to see why Universal is so eager to expand. Thanks in no small part to Potter, Universal's theme-park revenue jumped 33 percent from a year ago to $1.49 billion through the first nine months of 2011.

    As TheWrap reported exclusively last spring, Comcast paid over $1 billion to buy Blackstone Group’s 50 percent stake to become the full owner of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

    The move will also ratchet up the competition with Walt Disney's theme parks. Universal Studio's major rival announced last fall that it will build "Avatar" themed attractions at its properties, with construction beginning in 2013.

    Even though Potter's big screen adventures have wrapped up, there's still likely enough magic left in the franchise to compete with James Cameron's blue-skinned aliens.

    After all, the final film in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," grossed $1.3 billion worldwide after debuting in theaters last summer.
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/06/idUS49245363920111206

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    Universal Studios Hollywood expansion

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