Overlook of USH Trip — 20th of December 2013

California Coaster Kings went to Universal Studios Hollywood on the 20th of December, although we went mainly for Grinchmas, we were there for an entire day, thus we created a little overlook of our day. Ride Reviews and recaps will follow soon.

We arrived when the park opened, and the first thing we went on is the popular Studio Tour. Luckily there was no line, and we were on the first tram/bus to leave. A review will follow. 20131220_091539Next up, we decided to visit the lower lot, since it wasn’t crowded yet. We rode ‘Revenge of the Mummy’ first. There were no lines, so that was good. We rode it twice in a row. It’s a fun ride, a little short, but very smooth with a nice launch. It’s definitely a ‘must-do’ when at the park. A review of this ride will follow.

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Next up, Jurassic Park. Luckily we didn’t get wet on it. The ride has very well been put together, we ended up riding it 3 times. A review of this ride will follow.20131220_104239The last ride on the lower lot was the all new Transformers: The Ride 3D. Which was amazing! Definitely one of our favorite rides, good story line and pretty long line. Fast movements make the ride even better.  20131220_104359

It was interesting to see the interaction between ride-related characters and guests, such as characters from ‘Transformers’ and ‘Revenge of the Mummy’.20131220_161639 20131220_105355

We then returned to the upper lot, where we rode all other rides and went to see Waterworld and the Special Effects Stage. Waterworld was very good. It was interesting to see the show both at night and during the day. 20131220_133646 20131220_140135

Shrek 4D was awesome, and hardly had any lines all day. Simpsons on the other hand had about the longest line with Transformers all day, except for the 70 min Studio Tours line. We ended up riding all rides at least twice.20131220_091207

The main reason we came to the park was of course Grinchmas, which we totally loved. The park was beautifully decorated, and the tree lighting ceremony was a hit! Click here to read the Grinchmas Report!20131220_091132

Grinchmas Report

California Coaster Kings went to Universal Studios Hollywood on the 20th of December to cover Grinchmas! Short reports of our trip outside of the Grinhmas event will follow soon, with full coverage of all the rides, some of the shows, and of course Studio Tour! So stay tuned!

The park’s entrance and streets are wonderfully decorated!

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Universal Plaza was dedicated to offer everyone a variety of Grinchmas activities. Guests could decorate cookies, design tree ornaments, take pictures with the Grinch and his dog ‘Max’. As well as observe the tree, and all Who-Ville friends!

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The tree looked wonderful, and from 5-8PM, there was a tree lighting ceremony every 30 minutes, with music, artificial snow and performances of the characters walking around the plaza! There were also several performances around the park at night, related to the holiday season!

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Watch our video below of the plaza at night, the ceremony, the other live entertainment, and the artificial snow! Combined creating an awesome holiday event for young and old!

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem

dmmmDespicable Me: Minion Mayhem is a motion simulator ride in Universal Orlando, that is planed to be built in the California park in April of 2014.  Guests will experience themed queues, preshow videos and comedic dialogue that set up the fundamental plot: Gru schemes to create more mischievous Minions from human recruits.  Guests will be transported into Gru’s house as they meander through his living room and encounter visual elements as seen in the film, including the moon-shrinking SR-6 shrink ray and then zig zag into his lab.  The exciting journey continues as they swerve, bounce and plunge to get through the frantically humorous Minion training mission while donning specially designed 3D Minion goggles.  The fun continue in a post-show dance party where Minion walkaround characters invite guests to strut their stuff in an impromptu Minion-inspired dance party.  This ride, although not as thrilling as most of our articled rides, definitely will be quite an immerseive experience.

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Opening of Grinchmas!

Yesterday, Wednesday the 27th was the official opening of Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood! It was also the award ceremony for the Who-Manitarian of the year! Florence Henderson, the famous TV Mom, from Brady Bunch was handed the award this year! Below you’ll see pictures of the event Universal Studios Hollywood! We’ll be going to Grinchmas this winter, and a detailed update will follow soon!

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Universal Studios Hollywood- Day of Giving

On November 14th, 2 days ago, Universal Studios Hollywood hosted the ‘Day of Giving’. An event in which homeless people, and especially children, could come out to receive school supplies, clothing, backpacks, and books. There was a lot of media attention for this great event!

This year’s Day of Giving was; ‘Operation School Bell’, thus all the school supplies for the 250 homeless children. ABC7 and NBC4 came out to cover the event live, and so did our partners from USHFans.com. Universal Studios Hollywood had characters come to the event, to entertain the children. Some characters walking around the event were; Frankenstein, Shaggy, Scooby Doo, and Beetlejuice. There were lots of volunteers at this event, as well as park employees who decided to give a helping hand, creating an amazing group of people giving back to the community!

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Photo credits to; Anthony Santavenere of USHFans.com

For the only full-photo coverage of this event, please visit our partners of USHFans.com by clicking here.

 

2014 CA Season Pass prices.

For today’s Tomorrow Tuesday we are looking ahead, and we are showing you all the Season Pass prices for the major CA Theme Parks. Please note that these are the regular passes! For more detailed info go to our Quick Links page, or our Current Ticket Prices page, or click on the name of the park below.

Universal Studios Hollywood Future Plans

USH is planning on demolishing half of the park, and flattening out the top lot for Harry Potter expansion. The Simpsons-Springfield area will be enlarged and will be a deluxe version of the one in Florida. For more future info please check out the clip below explaining it all. *These plans are not confirmed and are considered rumors.

Speculation on a Replacement of the Simpsons Ride

After a few months of some speculation, it might be that the Simpson’s Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood will be closed down and replaced.  IMG_7740

Now, although the park hasn’t announced any hints on what might replace it, many Universal fans have been posting there ideas of a new thrill ride. (NOTHING HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN RELEASED) One of the most popular ideas is a motion simulator ride, so the Simpson’s Ride structure could be kept and just re-themed, featuring a theme from the new Universal film, Pacific Rim.  For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it is a science fiction thriller in which aliens begin to attack from underground earth, and humans must build giant, human controlled robots to destroy the aliens.  The movies 2 tag lines were “Go Big or Go Extinct” and “To Fight Monsters, we Created Monsters”.     Continue reading “Speculation on a Replacement of the Simpsons Ride”