What's New at Universal Studios Hollywood for 2018

New Rides and Attractions, Looking Ahead, Looking Back

'The Walking Dead' Attraction 'Don't Open, Dead Inside' At Universal Studios Hollywood - Arrivals
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I’m really excited about everything that’s going on at Universal Studios Hollywood these days. In case it’s been a few years since you visited, this summary will catch you up on new additions and closings - and give you a preview of what to expect in the next couple of years.

What’s Ahead at Universal Studios in 2018

 All the new attractions in 2016 finished out an improvement plan that made 75 percent of the park new within the past five years.

In 2017, they may have taken a break from theme park expansion while they build some new sound stages for the studio. There are some rumors afoot about, but as of late 2017, they are unconfirmed:

According to Screamscape, there may a new musical show concept for the park based on the Pitch Perfect films. 

Also according to Screamscape, Universal is anticipating the film Jurassic World 2, which is scheduled to come out in 2018. There may also be some updates to the Jurassic Park ride, although the ride system will most likely be unchanged.

In 2018 expect to see a fun-filled new attraction based on Kung Fu Panda at the Dreamworks Theatre. 

In June 2016, the magazine Variety reported that a new theme park attraction located near “Transformers: The Ride” in the lower part of the theme park was expected to be announced soon.

What Was new in 2016

2016 was a huge year, with the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in April.

 Get all the details in our profile of Wizarding World

Universal also built a new parking structure to hold all the extra visitors - and a new freeway ramp to help them get there. And they introduced a new fleet of studio tour trams with ultra-comfy cushioned seats. 

Ending the year like a super-charged overperformer, they added a walk-through attraction called  The Walking Dead based on The Walking Dead television show.

Also important is that these new additions made it nearly impossible to do everything at Universal Studios Hollywood in a single day. If you're going, expect to spend two full days there. And think about paying extra for Universal Express passes or you'll be spending all your time waiting.

New Rides at Universal Studios Hollywood in the Past Few Years

2015: The new “Springfield” may make you feel like you were hurled through the television set and into the Simpsons' cartoon town.

On the backlot, the new Fast & Furious stop is a 3-D wrap around experience that make visitors feel like they’re being pulled through the streets at more than 100 miles per hour. And there's a new Nighttime Studio Tour. House of Horrors closed permanently.

2014: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem - Gru and his adorable minions moved into the former Terminator 2 space, and Super Silly Funland opened next door. House of Horrors closed permanently after Halloween to make room for a new dining area.

2013: A new Entry Plaza

2012: Transformers™: The Ride-3D - This ride is in the lower lot, where the old Backdraft and Special Effects stages were. Special Effects moved up to the Upper Lot.

2010: King Kong 360 3-D - Replacing the King Kong Encounter which was destroyed in a fire.

What Happened to...

If it's been a while, you may be wondering what happened to some of the more popular rides of yesteryear:

  • Back to the Future: Redone as The Simpsons Ride. You can find the BTTF DeLorean in the NBC Universal Experience (lower lot)
  • Terminator 2: Replaced by Despicable Me
  • Adventures of Curious George and the Gibson Amphitheater: closed to make room for Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • House of Horrors: closed and replaced by The Walking Dead attraction.