Hey there Superfriends!
So a little while ago (January) I shared an article with y’all about the construction of Springfield at Universal Studios Hollywood. I also promised I’d be going in February to take pics and let you know how everything was going. Well, move over Superheroes, it’s time for this fuzzball to fulfill his promise. One things for certain… I am SUPER excited by all this.
So along with some of my dear loved ones, I set off to activate my annual pass and find out what I could find out about the construction of my favorite cartoon home town being completed near where I live. I’ve been monitoring this ever since I first heard about it but was super stoked to see it for myself.
Before we even entered the theme park gates, you could see all the additional merchandise theyve added. So cool. Let’s just say seeing all this excited me even more than I expected. I already like going to USH but fear my social life may be ruined in the near future by frequent visits to Universal City. Once through the gates, I was literally tingling with anticipation. Right after passing the central area of the upper lot, I saw my first glimpse of Springfield in Hollywood.
Not only Channel 6 Studios but the Android’s Dungeon. This is gonna be good. I immediately departed from my company, camera in hand, to get a bunch of images. First off, just geeking over the construction walls.
The article I’d shared had taken images from a much different angle due to how traffic was being routed. This time I was able to walk right down the throughfare which will be a complete immersive world when it’s done.
You’ll walk right past some of your favorite buildings as you head towards The Simpsons Ride. Want to see the buildings on the right… wait just one tick. To the left of the above image is the construction still underway for Luigi’s, Duff Gardens and Bumblebee Man Tacos from what I was told. Now to the buildings on the right.
Another view of Channel 6 and the Dungeon. Springfield General Hospital, Springfield Elementary, Krusty Burger, Moe’s, the Power Plant and of course the requisite Springfield Sign! Wahoo… I was thrilled. Had to go click more pics while my family lingered behind laughing at my excitement.
King Toot’s, the Penitentiary, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Aztec Theater and Police Station! They literally took Matt Groening’s concept drawing and made it real life.
Lard Lad and the Bowlarama weren’t to be seen but it must be said you could see armatures on a lot of the buildings for signs, etc. to be added. I identified all the buildings just from memory and comparing it to the image I had on hand. But wait dear reader, there’s even more.
The DMV made it in too right next to the Kwik-E-Mart. I’m told it’s for all the storage they needed for all the additions. Universal built a nice new bathroom too for the expected crowds. As I expected, all four walls of the KEM are painted uniform now. The front entrance is where you can take the obligatory pictures with your favorite characters. I of course had to hug Homer I was so stoked.
You can catch Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Krusty and Sideshow Bob at different times.
It took all of my willpower to drag myself away from all this goodness and enjoy the theme park with my family. I seriously could have just lingered here enjoying the partial completion but sacrifices had to be made. I did come back later to get night shots. Only one really turned out ok but you can get an idea of the scale of it all. This view is what folks coming back to the upper lot from the skyway will see.
Those construction walls in front of it are the befire mentioned Luigis, Duff Gardens and taco stand. You can see a bit of Bumblebee Man’s Tacos… it’s that yellow bit sticking up over the wall. The Simpsons Ride also looked super sweet at night.
And you can’t beat your little ewok winning big at Sideshow You to add items to your Simpsons collection.
All in all, Universal Studios Hollywood has amazingness coming. Springfield this March, additions to the Studios Tour for summer and of course, Harry Potter stuff in 2016. The castle and buildings have started to be framed.
Wowza wowza wowza… is it March yet? Hopefully you liked seeing all the new images and are as excited as me. For sure, we’ll have to do some sort of Addicts event in the future even if it’s a come have a Duff with the Wookiee kind of deal. Peace out and much love and all that goodness.
TTFN… Wookiee out!