After months on top of months of waiting, California theme parks finally received reopening guidelines yesterday during the state’s weekly COVID-19 briefing. Governor Gavin Newsom along with other high-level representatives from the Golden State have decided to split up theme parks into “larger theme parks” and “smaller theme parks”. The placement of a theme park is based on its capacity. The state says it will allow smaller theme parks to reopen at 25% capacity (or 500 people, whichever is fewer) once the county the park resides in is placed into the orange tier. Reservations will be required, all park guests must live in the same county the park is in, and only outdoor attractions will be allowed to operate. For larger theme parks, the restrictions are even more suffocating, with the guidelines stating that the county the park resides in must be in the yellow tier in order to reopen. Like the smaller parks, reservations will also be required and the park capacity will have to be 25%. Continue reading “California Theme Parks – Where Do We Go From Here?”
Another week, another update! This time we’re getting to the exciting phase in which Universal Orlando Resort’s new launch coaster comes to life. In this update we’ve got landscaping, infrastructure, reveals, and much more! Enjoy this photo update of Jurassic World: VelociCoaster! Continue reading “VelociCoaster Update – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Late October 2020”
Another few days have passed since our previous update of the Jurassic World coaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This week we’re seeing the track pull-through, development of queue infrastructure, touches of theming, and changes to the supports for potential netting being added. That and more in today’s update! Continue reading “Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Jurassic World Coaster Update – Mid-September 2020”
Another few days have gone by and now we have more raptors around the ride, finished track work, and a new bridge connecting Jurassic Park with the Lost Continent. Today’s update highlights all that and we’ve got a ton of pictures for you. Continue reading “Jurassic World Coaster Construction Update – Universal Orlando Resort – Early September 2020”
Though we’ve had the quietest summer Orlando has had in years, this Labor Day Weekend brought relatively solid crowds. Universal Orlando Resort’s three parks all reached capacity early in the day. Let’s take a look at the wait times around the resort! Continue reading “All Universal Orlando Resort Parks at Capacity – Labor Day Weekend”
Another day, another major development with the Jurassic World roller coaster coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Every website is busy attempting to catch the latest news and developments regarding the project, and thus we decided to not just try and bring breaking news, but also to offer a large selection of pictures of the new ride. Join us for tons of pictures, dinosaur statues, the last piece of track, and the ride’s trains: Continue reading “Jurassic World Roller Coaster – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Photo Report Late August 2020”
Alexander: The day has finally come! Universal Orlando Resort is the first park to begin their staged-reopening, starting with CityWalk! Let’s take a look at all the changes in place! Continue reading “Universal CityWalk Re-Opening Trip Report”
Alexander: Greetings! Who’s ready for another Coaster Kings Top 5? This time we’re looking at one of B&M’s most enduring product lines, the Flying Coaster!
Preston: The Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood are in full effect, so we decided to power through the Los Angeles traffic in order to check out all the Christmas festivities. In this update, we’ll take a look at everything Christmas, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, as well as some CityWalk happenings.
Universal has been hard at work for over a year clearing and grading land for their new theme park, Epic Universe. Last week, they filed construction plans for the Nintendo section of the new theme park with the Orange County Government. Thanks to a public records request, we’ve obtained the area’s site plan, so let’s take a look!
Preston: Spooky season has arrived and with that comes my favorite haunt of the year: Halloween Horror Nights! Let me just say, before we get into the thick of the review, that this year was incredible! The overall ’80’s theme really works well! We were able to attend Fan Preview Night on Thursday the 12th along with a revisit on Saturday the 14th. I’ve done all the mazes and I’m ready to give you my full ranking of them all!
Derrion: I had a great opportunity to make it in to the park today. The Halloween season is almost here! Lets take a quick look on some new updates in the park.
Alexander: It’s been a while since we’ve done a standard Florida park update, so let’s take a look at things over at Universal Orlando!
Derrion: The anticipation builds around Universal Studios Hollywood’s 2019 addition: Jurassic World. There is still no word on when the attraction will open so I thought I would drop by the park for a quick update. Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood – Park Update Mid-June 2019”
Alexander: Good Morning!
It’s 5:45am on June 13th, 2019, and we’re here to try and snag a ride on the hottest new coaster on the planet: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure! There’s no telling what the day holds! Let’s go! Continue reading “How We Braved a “10 Hour” Queue for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure”
Preston: Another week, another Universal Studios Hollywood update! Today, we have Jurassic World construction, Secret Life of Pets, as well as some small around the park updates. Ready? Let’s go!
Derrion: It is so exciting to see all of the new changes at Universal Studios Hollywood. Today we will take a look at the City Walk, general park updates, and the progressing construction of the parks newest additions including Jurassic World:The Ride set to open this summer!
Derrion: Its that time again! Universal Studios Hollywood is on the rise to remaining the entertainment capital of LA. On this visit we are going to take a look at some of the changes currently going on in the park. Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Park Update-Late April 2019”
Derrion: Universal Studios Hollywood has so many different projects on the horizon. I appreciate the time the park has taken to continue to expand. Lets see what is going on this week in the park! Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Park Update – Early April 2019”
Derrion: It is great when I get a little time to visit the parks. It has been a very busy month and I love how theme parks make all your problems seem to disappear. Needless to say I needed amusement park therapy and decided to head to Universal Studios Hollywood. It was a very busy day in the park but let’s take a look at some new changes and more construction progress on the new additions coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update- March 25, 2019”
Alexander: Look what’s coming to Hogsmeade this year!
A brand new nighttime show!
Derrion: There are so many exciting changes going on at Universal Studios Hollywood and I could not have been more excited to show you them. The Lunar New Year celebration has concluded and the park has moved into full swing on the new 2019 addition(s). Lets take a look!
Alexander: It’s 1999. A decade of national prosperity is poised to usher in a new millennium. Everyone is excited. Everyone is spending money. Everyone is ready to grab the 21st Century by the reins.
In Orlando, eyes are cast upon the birth of an unparalleled industry marvel: Universal Studios Islands of Adventure.
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Nick: We already knew Halloween Horror Nights 29 would run longer than ever this year – from September 6th – November 2nd. Now, with the first tickets on sale, Universal has confirmed the event will run for a whopping 41 nights!
Derrion: With not many changes this time around, I need a bit of liquid luck from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so why not pop in for a bit. Here’s a quick update on some neat things I look forward to seeing in the future at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Sean: As we’re finally local we’re logging a bunch of visits to the Universal Orlando Resort. This week we take a closer look at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter coaster, as well as the Jurassic Park- River Adventure refurbishment. Continue reading “Universal Orlando Resort Update – January 11th 2019”
Alexander: For years we’ve been compiling a list of the top coasters/attractions in the state of California to cap the end of each season. With 2018 came the introduction of our Florida branch, and so too comes a Top 10 list for the state of Florida.
Alexander: We’re bringing it home with a bang! Our last park update was one of the most highly-anticipated parks of the trip, attendance juggernaut Universal Studios Japan! Continue reading “Universal Studios Japan”
Derrion: There are so many exciting additions coming to all Universal parks in the coming years and I could not be more excited to see my home park begin to reach it’s true potential. Amid the holiday season I was able to get into the park and enjoy it for a bit. Let’s take a look at some of the entertainment you will find in the park and construction updates on future projects.
Sean: A beautiful but cold day in Orlando (cold and Orlando don’t usually belong in the same sentence) was spent at the Universal Orlando Resort! We had just recently visited Universal Studios Japan and were excited to visit the largest resort in the chain. Continue reading “Universal Orlando Resort – Early December 2018”
Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in 2019 with EVE, Hollywood’s Most Dynamic New Year’s Eve Celebration, Featuring Live Music, Fireworks and Non-Stop Fun on Rides and Attractions! Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Rings in 2019 with EVE”
Derrion: Hello coaster royalty! I have been eager to get back to Universal Studios Hollywood as a guest after my recent impromptu trip to the Universal Orlando Resort for the first time. Universal Studios Orlando was a larger park but I noticed the quality and aesthetics of the buildings here at Universal Studios Hollywood were less outdated and more welcoming. Rather than focus on the positives and negatives of both Universal parks, this update will include recent updates and changes to Universal Studios Hollywood with a hint of contrast between the two Universal parks.
Nick: Want to take a lights-on, 360° virtual tour through select scenes from some of the best houses at Halloween Horror Nights 28?! Read on to find out more and check out the tours!
Nick: I absolutely love Halloween, so it should be no surprise that Fall is my favorite time of year here in Orlando. All the major theme parks offer excellent Halloween events, but my favorite has to be Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando. I’ve attended the event several times already this year, so I figured it was time to share my thoughts on this year’s haunted houses and scarezones – read on for the full review!
Universal Studios reveals first look images from the “Stranger Things” haunted mazes coming to “Halloween Horror Nights” 2018.
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at their “Halloween Horror Nights” events. Each park will feature its very own maze that will give guests the chance to brave the Upside Down and encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from season one of the critically-acclaimed series. Continue reading “First Look at Stranger Things at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights!”
Derrion/Sean: As peak season comes to and end, I decided to provide a quick update on the changes taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood. Including new updates for Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) 2018, which begins September 14! Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – Late August 2018”
Nick: Yesterday, we took a walk around Universal Studios Florida to check out the progress of Halloween Horror Nights 28 scare zone construction. We also popped into Islands of Adventure to see the new coaster being built in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmede. Let’s take a look!
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights Unmasks Haddonfield’s Infamous Slasher in All-New Terrifying Mazes Based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” Beginning September 14 Continue reading “Halloween 4 – The Return of Michael Myers Coming to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights”
MGM’S SUPERNATURAL CULT HORROR FILM POLTERGEIST COMES TO LIFE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN ALL-NEW HAUNTED MAZES AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS
They’re Here. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will bring guests “into the light” as part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights events featuring terrifying new mazes inspired by Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ (MGM) iconic supernatural horror film, Poltergeist, beginning September 14. Continue reading “Poltergeist Announced for Halloween Horror Nights!”
Sven: After years of looking forward to California’s theme parks, I finally took the flight to Los Angeles in February to discover some of the States’ most interesting theme parks. Yes, European Coaster Kings visited five of LA’s major parks to ride its coasters and more. Get ready for my experience at the several parks and how I compare them to our parks in Europe. I start off with Universal Studios Hollywood. Continue reading “ECK goes CCK: Universal Studios Hollywood”
Nick: Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration is now officially open at Universal Studios Florida. This new nighttime show combines fountains, water screens, and pyrotechnics with clips and music from some of Universal’s biggest franchises. It’s an excellent addition to the park and provides the perfect way to end your day. Read on for our thoughts and photos!
Nick: Hello everyone! My name is Nick, and I’ll be joining the California Coaster Kings team to bring you updates and coverage from the Florida theme parks! I’ve been a huge fan of theme parks all my life, so I can’t wait to start creating and sharing content with all you CCK readers!
Continue reading “California Coaster Kings Goes Florida!”
Behind every tradition lies a revolution. This year, “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood bears witness to “The First Purge” with an all-new maze based on Universal Pictures’ all-new thriller that unleashed the country’s inaugural government-sanctioned lawlessness, making all crime legal once a year for 12 hours.
“Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 14, 2018.
The First Purge is now in theatres.
Murder, mayhem and pandemonium are alive and well every year as the annual Purge grips the country, suspending all police, fire and emergency services for 12 consecutive hours as law abiding citizens are transformed into anarchists. Inspired by The First Purge—the movement that began as a simple experiment, this terrifying new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze aligns with the film in establishing the motives that launched the country into chaos. Continue reading “The First Purge Coming to Halloween Horror Nights!”
Universal CityWalk Hosts a Free Concert Featuring Rising Stars from its Renowned Street Performers Program for One Night Only at the “5 Towers” Stage. Continue reading “Free Universal CityWalk Concert – Friday July 13th!”
In 2019, colossal, dimensional dinosaurs will once again roam the Earth and astound guests when Universal Studios Hollywood debuts an all-new technologically-advanced epic adventure inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film franchise: Welcome to the “Jurassic World Ride.” Continue reading “Jurassic World Ride Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood in 2019!”
Beginning September 14, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will bring Legendary Pictures’ cult Halloween classic Trick ‘r Treat to life in all-new Halloween Horror Nights mazes that dare guests to live by the rules or suffer the consequences. Continue reading “Trick ‘R Treat Coming to Halloween Horror Nights!”
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events. Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series. Continue reading “Stranger Things Coming to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights”
Universal Studios Hollywood Debuts the All-New DreamWorks Theatre With the Technologically-Advanced, Immersive Attraction “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” in Summer 2018
On the heels of the recent acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios Hollywood is setting the stage for the Summer 2018 debut of the all-new DreamWorks Theatre presenting the premier attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Debuts “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” in Summer 2018”
Chad: This year brought some interesting mazes.
I had the unbelievable experience of trying out the RIP Experience. And it was worth it. The price is a very steep one, but with a MASSIVE buffet, two free beers (if you are over 21 years of age), unlimited front of the line for everything in the park and free valet, it was not too bad. Continue reading “Halloween Horror Nights 2017”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk deck the halls for a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.
The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts. Continue reading “The 2017 Holiday Season at Universal Studios Hollywood!”