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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. USHToday is offline Park Investigator
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    We are exactly 3 months and 2 days until Universal Studios Hollywood officially opens The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! This post won't entirely pertain to Potter, but there are other park developments currently to accommodate more crowds soon. Here's a few photos from ParkJourney.com



    In the photo above, a sign was put up about work in progress, plays nice with the theme of Harry Potter.



    Like in my previous post, the construction walls were pushed back inside of the arch.



    What you are looking here is the new refreshed front entrance, and this building will be home to a huge expansion of the existing Universal Studios Store, with a dedicated Potter section in the middle of it.



    They have made their entry plaza a lot more open, as they anticipate large crowds coming in the next couple of months. And they have installed extra security measures like at the Disneyland Resort.

    Original article: http://www.parkjourney.com/universal-studios/142016-wizarding-world-hollywood-update

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    Happy 2016 everyone! We are about 3 more months until the official grand opening of #WizardingWorldHollywood!

    There aren't many photos in my opinion that need continual updating, since at this point all the stuff is internal.

    The latest update so far is they have moved the main construction wall behind the main entry way to the land (still not accessible to public). It's one step closer for tourists to be immersed inside the Wizarding World!

    Tweet by @ryanthemepark: https://twitter.com/Ryanthemepark/status/682303636022673408



    Also, the return time ticket systems have been installed between Shrek 4D and Universal Plaza, which is essentially Disney's Fastpass System technically, but for a land.

    It was reported earlier today that more walls were pushed back more, revealing more of #WizardingWorldHollywood between Springfield and the Studio Tour entry plaza.

  3. After Orlando and Osaka, this is the third time Comcast Universal opens the exact same Harry Potter land elsewhere once again. No incentive for fans to visit all three. Bad planning.

  4. CarlySX is offline themeparX Top Investigator
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    Good quality video with Harry Potter footage mixed in (skip through to 7:46:00 for the most substantial footage of Wizarding World)
    Was taken on 1/1/2016 and looks like new signs have been added since last month. I doubt we will see much more now until opening as it's looking complete and especially if we are expecting soft opening this month.







    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtynSg2dHeE

  5. They also filmed the Hippogriff trains testing on the track on Twitter @UniversalCore11

    January 10th is most likely the soft opening...

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    Filmed on December 12th this video by Universal Core shows a complete looking Hogwarts and the track of Flight of the Hippogriff. If I didn't know better this looks open for guests, fans working in the queue line and everything looks ready to go.







    Source: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR84lWtezLJA5jV4C7uSSwg

  7. USHToday is offline Park Investigator
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    @ryanthemepark on Twitter tweeted out a screenshot regarding #WizardingWorldHollywood annual pass previews:

    It says "you'll get an invitation to join us for our Annual Pass Event to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter".

    So can this dictate soft openings to the public before the April 7th opening?

    Original link to tweet: https://twitter.com/Ryanthemepark/status/682041100970807296



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    Some new updates...





    Flight of the Hipogriff



    Source:
    http://micechat.com/117227-parks-christmas-miracle-universal-studios/

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    The Hoarding outside has changed to Brickwork as work near completion. I love the attention to detail on the "muggles at Work" proclamation here.

    Source: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/wizarding-world-gets-opening-date-hollywood/?utm_content=buffer8ac7f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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    So not exactly a Theme Park Construction Pic but check out this image from The Grand Opening trailer.

    Have to say the video gives me chills when Evanna Lynch says "Lumos Maxima" and the Castle lights up.



    Full details and video's for commercials and The Grand Opening can be found here...
    http://behindthethrills.com/2015/12/harry-potter-and-the-april-7-2016-wizarding-world-hollywood-opening-date/

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