At 5 O’Clock on March 30, Universal Hollywood CityWalk celebrated the official opening of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant with live concert performance by singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band. [Read more…]
Parrotheads will flock to their new California roost when Jimmy Buffett himself performs at the Universal Studios Hollywood Margaritaville grand opening on March 30. [Read more…]
Visitors to Universal Orlando have long had the option of staying off-site in a selected partner hotel using a package that includes perks like early park admission. Now Universal Studios Hollywood is getting in on the act with their own Preferred Hotel program, which includes one hour of early entry into their newly opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
By Patrick Santos and Gavin Hatch
This week we explore the Hollywood Blvd area of Universal Studios Florida [Read more…]
Universal Orlando has revealed the second of nine houses coming to Halloween Horror Nights 25, bringing the Insidious trilogy to life. [Read more…]
By Gavin Hatch
I’m back after a magical week in California. This episode we take a look at some of the decor around Disneyland Resort and stop over at Universal Studios Hollywood to check out their Harry Potter construction. Before all that though, we look at some of the offering at SeaWorld’s Summer nights event.
Several new behind-the-scenes videos for SyFy’s upcoming movie “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” have surfaced online, showcasing a lot of footage shot at Universal Orlando back in February. [Read more…]
Welcome to the 9th installment of Magic City Mayhem! As Mikey says in the introduction, this week should be called “Magic City Messy Mayhem”. [Read more…]
Sanrio and Universal Parks & Resorts have announced a partnership to develop Hello Kitty interactive retail experience shops at Universal Orlando Resort this year and in the future at Universal Studios Hollywood.
This will mark Hello Kitty’s official retail debut at theme parks in North America and offer specialty merchandise including stationery, home goods, apparel, accessories and collectibles. The majority of merchandise will be devoted to Hello Kitty; Sanrio properties Chococat, My Melody, Badtz-Maru, Purin and Keroppi will also have a presence. Hello Kitty confectionery and specialty co-branded Hello Kitty Universal park-exclusive products will also be available.
The Hello Kitty stores at Universal will also offer enhanced interactive retail experiences. Customers can shop for custom designed merchandise, enjoy photo opportunities with Sanrio properties, create souvenir versions of Hello Kitty’s signature bow, and even meet Hello Kitty herself.
“Our partnership with Universal brings Sanrio’s experiential entertainment presence to a new level,” said Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio, Inc. “We look forward to this introduction into Universal theme parks to offer new connection points to Sanrio fans of all ages.”
There is no word on where the new retail experience will go. Currently there is a Hello Kitty merchandise cart located in Universal CityWalk (pictured above).
For more information, visit Sanrio.com.
Photo by @MagicCityMayhem on Twitter
Universal Studios Hollywood has released a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride and revealed the opening date as June 25, 2015. [Read more…]
During a brief test this morning at Universal Studios Florida, metal detectors were placed at the entrance to Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster to help keep loose articles from being taken on the coaster. [Read more…]
The Sharknado movies have been a cult phenomenon for the SyFy channel since the first one debuted in 2013, so when it came time to make a third one, Universal Orlando became both a filming location and a setting in the film itself. [Read more…]
Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Goldman bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
A new character meet and greet has debuted at Universal Orlando, featuring the title characters from the upcoming film “The Boxtrolls”. [Read more…]
Guests will experience a primal war between two of the most deadly species at Halloween Horror Nights as AVP: Alien vs. Predator invades Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.
The annual Purge will take place every night at Halloween Horror Nights 2014 as a new scarezone debuts, inspired by the new Universal film “The Purge: Anarchy.” [Read more…]
Not many details have been announced yet, but Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts have announced a ‘Significant expansion’ for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. The Universal Studios Hollywood park in California will also be getting its own Wizarding World of Harry Potter. [Read more…]
It’s fun to spot differences and similarities between the original Hollywood Chinese Theater in California and the version seen in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Above left is the original theater, and at right is the replica in Florida. Can you spot at least 12 differences between the two theaters? [Read more…]
Column by Andy Guinigundo
Universal City, Calif. – Saturday Night Live alum and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon is the newest addition on the famous Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour. [Read more…]
Article, photos and video by Don Gworek
I’ve been to all of the Universal Studios theme parks (Orlando, Osaka, Singapore and Hollywood) and it’s interesting to see the similarities and differences between them. [Read more…]