West coast HP fans rejoice- construction is well under way for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Hollywood! Many thanks to Theme Park Insider for the article.
Construction is getting underway on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood , where crews have demolished the Gibson Amphitheater, and work is continuing on preparing the site for vertical construction.
You'll first notice the Harry Potter construction site when you reach the Shrek 4-D attraction, which has a new entrance.
With the Curious George play area gone, as well as the Gibson behind it, you can see through to the mountains behind the park, which had been hidden behind those buildings before. If you take a peek over the construction walls, you can see equipment at work.
Walk around the construction site, back toward The Simpsons Ride and the Studio Tour entrance, for a more expansive view of the Harry Potter construction site, which extends from the Shrek theater (on the right) more than 400 feet across the Upper Lot, past the Waterworld theater (in the background, in front of the CityWalk offices), to the edge of the mountain, above the Studio Tour entrance (off to the left).
For some additional perspective, here's the Google Maps aerial view of Universal Studios Hollywood's upper lot. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter construction site is to the right, outlined in red. The Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and Super Sill Fun Land construction site is in red, to the left. And the new Universal Plaza site is the middle, outlined in aqua. The Shrek theater is the structure in the middle of the Wizarding World's "mouth."
That new Universal Plaza really contributes to the sense of open space in the park now. The Plaza Tower serves as the visual "weenie" drawing you into the park from as you enter. And plaza itself functions as the "hub" from which the park's lands emanate: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the east, Springfield to the north and International Street and Super Silly Fun Land to the west.