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Subtle change is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood


While Universal Studios Hollywood’s biggest change in the last years was the addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it is receiving several smaller changes this year as well.

There are many changes coming to Universal Studios Hollywood within the next couple of months. The biggest change we know of thus far is the reconstruction of the previous “Cartooniversal” building which is now turning into the new Animation Studio Store. The new store will still hold merchandise that was previously sold in the “Cartooniversal” store but will add much, much more for fans to see and purchase. It will have an entire Hello Kitty store built in, a meet and greet location to meet various characters, and the park’s first ever family center. Construction is well under way in the park just next to Water World, and it is highly likely that more information will be revealed in the coming weeks as construction progresses.

September also welcomes back Halloween Horror Nights which will bring 8 mazes to the park this year. The mazes will include The Walking Dead, American Horror Story: Roanoke, Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Jigsaw, and more. The most recently announced “Jigsaw” maze is centered around the work of master craftsman Jigsaw from the Saw franchise, one of the biggest horror franchises in history. The maze will have a collection of his most infamous traps from Saw and introduce new ones from the next installment, Jigsaw, coming to theaters soon.


Apart from these large changes to the park, there are some small changes that are worth noting as well. For instance, the Hogwarts Express Photo Op in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be leaving the park and will be replaced by a new retail concept that hasn’t been released yet. While the photo op will be taken away, there will be a beautiful new Holiday overlay to make up for the photo op loss coming this year making Hogsmeade and the castle a winter wonderland. On another note, they are also continuing the construction of the escalators that bring guests down to the lower lot of the park. They have finished adding a glass covering to the fourth escalator, and are continuing to do the same to the remaining three sets.

Many fans of the Wizarding World wonder whether or not the Hollywood park will get a Diagon Alley section, but no plans are in the works just yet. For now, fans look forward to the Halloween spectacle in weeks to come and the new holiday overlay coming this November.

Sara Cormier