It’s yet another exciting year for Universal Studios Hollywood as they begin to close up its “Epic Park Transformation” in 2016 with the highly anticipated opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter“. 2015 brought new attractions (Fast and Furious – Supercharged & Springfield) that shattered attendance records at the park. 2015 also brought in lots of new construction projects, including the construction of expanded Universal Studio Store (now called Universal Studios Store) at both the CityWalk and in-park location in order to accommodate larger crowds when Potter opens in April. Last but not least, an ongoing restructure of its ticketing options. Let’s take a look at what happened in 2015 in Universal City, CA.
- This isn’t exactly in January, but on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 – A small fire occurred inside of the Samba Brazillian BBQ restaurant. ARTICLE LINK
- The park announces its 50th anniversary plans. ARTICLE LINK
- Lunar New Year Celebration returns to Universal Plaza. ARTICLE LINK
- The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tapes a week’s worth of episodes. ARTICLE LINK
- Ticket prices raise. ARTICLE LINK
- Announcement of opening day for Fast and Furious – Supercharged. ARTICLE LINK
- Details for #WizardingWorldHollywood Revealed. ARTICLE LINK
- Park drops annual pass program and introduces Season Pass program, eliminating free parking and other benefits.
- Open Cast Call for New Studio Tour Guides. ARTICLE LINK
- “Road to Fast” Campaign begins for #FastFuriousRide. ARTICLE LINK
- Springfield Hollywood officially opened. ARTICLE LINK
- Nintendo announces partnership with Universal Parks and Resorts. ARTICLE LINK
- Feature Presentation Store to Become a #WizardingWorldHollywood merchandise hub months prior to official opening of Potter. ARTICLE LINK
- #WizardingWorldHollywood announced to open in Spring 2016. ARTICLE LINK
- Fast and Furious – Supercharged officially opened. ARTICLE LINK
- Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness announced for Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood. ARTICLE LINK
- Insidious: Return to the Further announced for HHN – Hollywood. ARTICLE LINK
- Raptor Encounter opens. ARTICLE LINK
- The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far announced for HHN – Hollywood. ARTICLE LINK
- Jabbawockeez announced to perform at HHN – Hollywood. ARTICLE LINK
- Halloween – Michael Myers Comes Home announced for HHN – Hollywood. ARTICLE LINK
- This is the End announced for HHN – Hollywood. ARTICLE LINK
- Terror Tram: Survive the Purge announced for HHN – Hollywood. ARTICLE LINK
- Halloween Horror Nights kicked off on Friday, September 18th.
- Halloween Horror Nights continues select nights in the month.
- WaterWorld show celebrates 20 years.
- Day of Giving event (Operation Home Base) occurred. ARTICLE LINK
- #WizardingWorldHollywood video series debut. ARTICLE LINK
- First annual “The Giving Tree” event at Universal CityWalk by NBC4 LA. ARTICLE LINK
- Grinchmas announcement. ARTICLE LINK
- #WizardingWorldHollywood countdown to opening day announcement ARTICLE LINK
- Restructured Annual Pass system debuts. ARTICLE LINK
- #WizardingWorldHollywood announces opening date. (April 7, 2016) ARTICLE LINK
As you see, the park has seen lots of exciting announcements and changes (along with the dreaded season pass program that has discontinued) that continues to amp up to the impending opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.