WaterWorld 2.0

WaterWorld closed for refurbishment a couple of months ago, and all the following was changed;

– The entire set has been repainted, looking sharp!20140630_120523 (Large)

– New microphones were added, allowing some characters to use the microphones and speak live to the audience. Also, some lyrics have been changed throughout the show, definitely beneficial to the show.

– Due to the microphones, and new costumes, and perhaps due to new guidelines, there is a more interactive pre-show.20140630_122842 (Large)

– Less time is spent on the ‘eye’ scene, where a smoker pokes the Deacon’s fake eye.

– Several characters were replaced by others.

– Another fall is put in, towards the beginning of the show, when the Deacon enters.

– The fight between Helen and a smoker on the tower no longer results in a jump into the nets over the audience. Bu, another fight between a smoker an Helen is put in the show, before Mariner can save Helen.20140630_123634 (Large)

– The sea-plane is not shot by the Deacon earlier during the show, but the Mariner is fighting with the Deacon at the end of the show, and accidentally shoots at the seaplane, causing it to crash later in the show’s sequence. Instead of the sea-plane being hit earlier, the Deacon now accidentally hits one of his own men, that falls off the main tower with the Mariner.20140630_124131 (Large)

– Pyrotechnic effects have been redone by Action Horizons, more fire, more fire, more fire! YAY!20140630_123034 (Large) 20140630_124321 (Large) 20140630_124317(0) (Large)

– In addition to it all, to boost the capacity of WaterWorld, the park is currently adding several additional rows of bleachers in the arena!20140630_120507 (Large) 20140630_120433 (Large) 20140630_120437 (Large)

– New turnstiles have been added at the entrance.20140630_114905 (Large)

And here’s us, the California Coaster Kings Crew! First pic; Sean (right) and Ryan (left), and James took the picture. (Look at the seaplane being put back in position after the show! Awesome post-show presentation).20140630_130003 (Large)

Fast and Furious – Supercharged Construction

2015 is sure going to be a year to LOVE at Universal Studios Hollywood, as the big brother of Tokyo Drift and King Kong 360 3D will come to the Studio Tour! Construction has already started for this mega sound stage, and we’ve got some pictures for you! But first, let’s have a quick look at what will be inside the building;  8829666_orig

The dynamic hydraulic motion-based ride will tell an original Fast & Furious story that fuses sophisticated hyper-realistic special effects with a state-of-the-art 3D audio system and 3D-HD imagery, projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen.  Spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests within a newly constructed 50,000-square-foot structure on the legendary backlot, the sprawling custom-built screen will employ 18, 4K projectors and a never-before-used front-projection system to fully envelope guests in unprecedented realism.
 Coupled with an intense blend of thrilling visceral effects, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” will take guests on a wild ride that begins the moment they board the Studio Tour.  Exclusive interstitial content, filmed with the cast members, will be featured on the tram monitors highlighting interactions with their interactions as they engage guests en route to the ride’s climatic scenes.  Along the tram route, sightings of numerous prop cars from the Fast & Furious series, including Dom’s iconic Dodge Charger, will enhance the story. 
 The adventure will culminate with spectacular action sequences that send guests spiraling through the streets of Los Angeles—at perceived speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour—aided by the elite team of unforgettable heroes.

Here are some of the construction pictures we were able to take from the Studio Tour!20140630_094659 20140630_094846 20140630_094836 20140630_094831 thisCopy

For more info on the all new fast and Furious Supercharged (2015), Night time Studio Tours (2015), and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (2016) Click here.

Universal Studios Hollywood Major Expansions 2014-16!

On April 12, 2014, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” will open at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s Academy Award(r) and Golden Globe Award-nominated film franchise, and created in collaboration with Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” will resonate with the same endearing qualities and characters that catapulted the franchise to international blockbuster fame.

The footprint for “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land,” however, will serve as a crucial turning point for the theme park, as the adventure represents its first foray into fully expansive themed environments aimed at immersing visitors from the moment they enter the space.  From experiencing Gru’s neighborhood to Miss Hattie’s Home for Girls and the imaginative seaside carnival, this all-encompassing approach is a decisive departure from the park’s more commonly used vignette ride exteriors to create holistic experiences and transport guests to that imaginary place.Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

2015 will be a momentous year for the theme park with two spectacular attractions debuting as part of the 50th anniversary.  “Springfield” an immersive land surrounding “The Simpsons Ride” will open in Spring 2015 and in Summer 2015, “Fast & Furious-Supercharged,” based on the blockbuster film series, will be introduced as the grand finale to the celebrated Studio Tour.
The former layout of the park will become unrecognizable when “Springfield” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding “The Simpsons Ride.” “Springfield” will capture the spirit of the town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ 25 seasons.
“Springfield” is being designed to make guests feel as if they are being propelled through their television sets into the accurately depicted city, complete with signature eateries from Krusty Burger to Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s 5600 Flavors Ice Cream Parlor to iconic watering holes like Moe’s Tavern and Duff’s Brewery.20131220_091329

“Fast & Furious-Supercharged” will be a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.  This technologically advanced thrill ride, will catapult guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars where they’ll join the cast in a harrowing escapade.   The ride will be situated within a newly constructed 50,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot and will reunite stars from the Fast & Furious series in a groundbreaking mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.o-FAST-AND-FURIOUS-facebook

The dynamic hydraulic-motion based ride will tell an original Fast & Furious story, incorporating hyper-realistic special effects and state-of-the-art 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world’s longest and most expansive 360-degree screen spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle Studio Tour guests in the Fast & Furious universe.
2016 will be a magical year for Universal Studios Hollywood as the theme park’s epic transformation becomes fully realized with the highly-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”.photo (96)

Inspired by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood will be a fully immersive land designed for the entire family that brings the Harry Potter fiction and films to life with impeccable detail and authenticity.  Similar to the dynamic Universal Orlando Resort themed land that opened in 2010, the Hollywood experience will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle that will serve as the iconic focal point of the impressively themed environment.  “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts.

–This evolution of Universal Studios Hollywood will also include the addition of two newly constructed parking structures that, combined, will accommodate thousands of additional vehicles. Construction on the second parking structure will be completed in late 2015.–

Tomorrow Tuesday — Minion Mayhem Update

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem sounds like it will be CA’s best new simulator-ride, and perhaps the most interesting family ride! Our partners at USHFans have made a more recent visit, thus the photo credits go to them. 

The brand new ride is to open in April, and as we look at it right now, they seem to be well on their way. 3222548_orig The following will likely be a part of the waiting line, it looks very similar to the line at Universal Studios Orlando.4189426_orig The detail of this project is amazing, look at the houses below, and how the cut-out 2D trees look with the blue background that’s actually a building. Very impressive.5040138_orig Another picture showing the great details that will go into the ride’s look!5263110_orig Take a closer look at the 2D cut-out of the tree!5599122_orig

We, will keep you posted on the progress Minion Mayhem makes! So check in with us regularly! Also, check out our Minion Mayhem post giving more details of the ride itself here.