Photo Update: October 25, 2016 – CityWalk Hollywood, Universal Backlot and More

We’re back with a relatively short update – this time detailing work occurring in CityWalk Hollywood, the Universal backlot and more! So without further ado, let’s take a look at the latest construction projects occurring at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Park Update Index

» Lankershim Entrance
» CityWalk Hollywood
» Park Entrance
» Universal’s 5-Year Plan


Lankershim Entrance

Since our last update, the former Fung Lum restaurant location has been re-purposed into a parking lot, signaling no immediate plans to transform the plot of land into a hotel as noted in the NBCUniversal Evolution Plan. Also in the same vein, the Sheraton Universal Hotel has yet to receive its permanent sign, with a temporary decal held up by wooden supports still flanking the hotel’s main entrance.

Moving further down the hill, crews have begun erecting a new support structure that will reinstate Lankershim’s navigational signs to help guide guests towards the toll gates.

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood


CityWalk Hollywood

While the Lankershim projects are nearing completion, CityWalk continues to host the bulk of construction occurring on property.

Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville continues to show extensive progress, with crews working both internally and externally to prepare for an impending opening. In contrast, posters for a fall 2016 opening for Voodoo Doughnut have been replaced with a vague “opening soon” notice, suggesting that the doughnut shop might open later than originally anticipated. Universal Cinema, meanwhile, continues to see heavy construction on the theater’s main entrance, with guests being diverted to the left side of the building through a temporary entrance to enter.

Finally, walls have been erected in the area behind the CityWalk Universal Studio Store to cover what looks to be infrastructure work.

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood


Park Entrance

While nothing major, new floor plates have been spotted near Universal Boulevard and Cartooniversal, suggesting that construction crews are working on the park’s underground infrastructure. Will we be seeing additional construction around this area Halloween Horror Nights? Let’s wait and see.

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood


Universal’s 5-Year Plan

Looking at Universal’s 5-year plan, work on the studio’s two newest soundstages is nearing completion. The front half of the structure features offices for production, while the back half features two massive stages with improved sound proofing due to the building’s close location next to the metropolitan sets.

Finally, it’s worthwhile to note that construction has occurred around the entrance of the Red Sea. As a reminder, Universal’s 5-year plan calls for the Red Sea’s demolition as the studio continues to add studio facilities to the backlot.

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood

Photo Update: October 25, 2016 - Universal Studios Hollywood


That does it for this relatively short update. Things are sure to gear up as Halloween Horror Nights concludes and Grinchmas begins, so stay tuned as we cover all the latest developments occurring at Universal.

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About Jon Fu
Jon Fu is the editor-in-chief of Inside Universal. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, and may be reached at jon@insideuniversal.net.

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