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Construction continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Greetings from Universal Studio Hollywood. Where there's an epic transformation underway. And no, I'm not just talking about what's going on up the Upper Lot. Everywhere you look around Universal City, there are teams of construction workers taking down trees and/or trimming brush ...


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... or building massive new parking structures (which is deliberately being built now so that -- when USH' next set of attractions all come on line in 2015 & 2016 -- this theme park will then be ready to handle all of the new Guests that will be heading its way).


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And speaking of new attractions, construction of "Fast & the Furious Supercharged" (i.e., the new finale scene for the USH tram tour) ...


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... is coming along nicely.


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By the way, this multi-million dollar addition to the USH tram tour will be contained inside of two massive structures.


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And to give you an idea how truly huge the "Fast & the Furious Supercharged" show buildings are ... Check out this close-up / recropped version of the photo above. Which shows the full-sized trams parked right alongside this still-under-construction structure.


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And speaking of construction, work on Springfield (i.e., that Simpsons-themed expansion of the Upper Lot which -- when it opens in 2015 -- will help turn "The Simpsons Ride" and the gaming that surrounds this attraction into a full-fledged land) has reached the point where you can actually finally figure out what shops & restaurants are going where.

Take -- for example -- this photograph.


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You see that little white round thing towards the top?


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That will eventually be used to support this piece of set dressing in this new USH "land."


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Which means that this stretch of USH's Springfield construction site will eventually look like this once all the work is done next Spring.


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Likewise this grouping of already-framed-out structures ...


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... if you compare the placement of the "A" & "Z" in this close-up / recropping of the above photograph ...


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... you'll see that they line-up perfectly with this piece of concept art ...


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... which means that we're now looking at this stretch of Springfield.


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Mind you, right next door to Springfield, hundreds of construction workers are hard at work on USH's version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


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Since I last walked about this construction fence, they've pushed it out a wee bit further. Which means that this Flintstones-themed fast food stand has served its last ginormous turkey leg.


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And since they've begun putting sheet metal roofs on a number of the buildings in & around Hogsmeade Village ...


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... it's also time to install the underlying supports for many of the twisty chimneys that will sit on top of these structures.


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The worksite for USH's version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is just massive. You can not only see it as you walk around the Upper Lot, but also as you make your way down to the tram tour-loading station.


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Though I have to admit that the structures back here don't look quite as finished as the ones towards the front of the theme park.


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And speaking of massive ... Check out the work that's being done on Hogwarts Castle.


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It's really hard with mere photographs to get across the sheer size of this show building. But let me provide a few close-ups that (I'm hoping) will then give you a sense of its real scale. Below is an image of full-sized construction workers ...


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... exiting the theme park at the end of their workday via that walkway you'll see in the middle of the photo below.


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As you can see, that walkway is already three to four stories off the ground. And that there's then an additional five or six stories of show building above that walkway.


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I've included this close-up of the temporary stairway that the construction workers use to reach what's now the top of Hogwarts Castle. Just so you can then see -- in the below photo -- the very same stairway to the far left in the below photo.


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As you can see, this is a genuinely massive structure. Which only get even bigger when they begin installing the various turrets & towers on Hogwarts Castle.


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Speaking of which ... What do you folks make of the material which is now sitting in this backstage staging area?


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Are these pieces of faux wood & wall headed for the nearby "Fast & Furious Supercharged" construction site or up the hill to the Wizarding World worksite?


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Anyway ... That's the latest on what's going on (construction-wise, anyway) in & around Universal Studios Hollywood. We'll be sure and follow up with other photos. Especially when USH rolls out its new night-time version of its venerable tram tour. Which will feature new character-driven vignettes like Doc Brown & Marty McFly hanging out in Courthouse Square with their time-traveling Delorean ...


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... or Marilyn Monroe attending a movie premiere on New York street. But, for now, that's JHM's back ...


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... to front take on what's currently going on with the construction of USH's versions of Springfield and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


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  • To be honest sprinfield has looked the same in the past year, just metal sticks and structure. although im very excited that we are finally seeing how it compares to the concept art, i dont undertsand why its taking so long with such little progress seen or how it is going to look. by looking at the art it seems to me that it just looks too crowded with buildings on top of buildings. it looks like a crammed city with buildings stacked on top of each other. but im excited to see how that comes out. as far as wizarding world land, the construction is coming along great and i like how they are progressing very fast. its like they actually want to get it done (unlike springfield bc its been under construction for way more than a year and its just a building with restaurants inside). but where in the park do you take the backastage pictures at? ive tried finding that lot with all of the props but i cant find it anywhere!!

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