Wizarding World of Harry Potter ready for Universal Studios Hollywood construction, Gibson Amphitheatre, Curious George out

in Entertainment, Theme Parks, Universal Studios Hollywood

It’s been more than a year since Universal Studios Hollywood announced they would be building their own version of the highly-successful Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a phenomenon since its Universal Orlando grand opening in 2010.

NBC Universal finally announced today plans to begin construction of the Wizarding World in late summer of this year, part of the first projects of its 25-year Evolution Plan. “After nearly a decade of work on the Evolution Plan, today’s vote sets the stage for our next 100 years in Los Angeles,” said Ron Meyer, president and COO of Universal Studios. The Evolution Plan represents a $1.6 billion investment in tourism and production.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed land at Universal Studios Hollywood theme park, as well as new and upgraded television production facilities, office space and infrastructure on the Universal Studios lot. These projects represent a nearly $500 million investment in the Los Angeles economy and the creation of more than 2,000 construction jobs.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be similar, but not identical, to that of the Universal Orlando Resort, including Hogwarts castle that will serve as the centerpiece of the themed environment.

With limited space available at Universal Studios Hollywood, it’s been confirmed that two existing areas will be closed. According to a Universal spokesperson both the Gibson Amphitheatre and the park’s Curious George attraction will be closing to make way for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Beyond Potter, NBC Universal Evolution Plan forms a blueprint for the 391-acre Universal City property, including upgrades and improvements to production and post production facilities, a revitalized entertainment destination and modern office space.

Meanwhile, Universal Orlando is working on an expansion to their Wizarding World of Harry Potter, currently under construction in the Universal Studios Florida theme park – though not yet officially announced there.


  1. Anonymous.

    Let’s hope common sense lessons have been learnt and that they make the stores in the attraction a lot bigger than in Florida.

    “Sardines in a Can” sprang to mind as my family and I had to exit Ollivanders via the Owl Post store (more like a broom cupboard) back in 2010.

  2. Alix

    I am so excited for this! I traveled to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida for the first time last year and had the time of my life. I can’t wait for this one to be built though because it’s only about a five and a half hour drive from me! I’ll be getting an annual pass once it’s complete!! I do think the shops could be a bit bigger, but then again, the shops in the movie weren’t that big. Let’s not take too much away from the magic! I think they should add the Hogs Head too…with some firewhisky for those of us who are over 21 😉

  3. Jeff Lynch

    I want them to have the Hogwarts banquet hall. I want to eat in there like I am a student. I would sit at the Hufflepuff table because that is where the sorting hat would put me. I want to drink my pumpkin juice in there at that table and look at the candles floating in the air. That is my dream come true.

  4. EricJ

    Potter aside, Hollywood’s Curious George area is a LOT of children’s play-area, a relic from back when Universal thought George would end up being a bigger movie than just the PBS pilot.
    I’m sure the preschoolers will have somewhere new and more out-of-the-way to climb around, but Hogwarts won’t lack for space on the West coast.
    (What was the Gibsons theater used for, btw? Only been to USH one or two times in the last few years, so not sure of the geography.)

    1. Lionel

      The Gibson is used for award shows like the MTV Movie awards and its Video music awards. Other awards are often shot there. It’s mainly a concert venue with big acts from all around the world come to play. Hope that clears it up for you


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