When NBC Universal isn't demolishing haunted Chinese restaurants to build a new hotel, it's doing some serious expansion and construction on attractions inside Universal Studios, as seen on InsideUniversal. The most anticipated addition is the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter compound, more of an experience than a ride, which is expected to include a replica of the Hogwarts castle. (The LA Times once said it's "generally considered to be the best ride in the amusement industry.") The Wizarding World recently went vertical and has reportedly been moving ahead of schedule. The magical attraction is built on the former site of the Gibson Amphitheatre (and the Curious George play area behind it) as but part of the NBC Universal Evolution long-term expansion plan.
Elsewhere in the park, it's out with the old and in with the new as the Terminator 2: 3D ride gets the boot and a Despicable Me-themed one moves in. The famous studio tour is being expanded and revamped, and sadly beaching the shark from Jaws in the process.
· March 15, 2014 Photo Update: Forbidden Journey, Despicable Me, and the Simpsons [Inside Universal]
· Spooky Old Fung Lum Restaurant to be Demolished Soon For Universal City Hotel[Curbed LA]