Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces California Neighbor Pass

MEGATRON and OPTIMUS PRIME Transformers. Bart, Homer, Marge and Maggie Simpson.  Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor dinosaurs.  Gru and the Minions.  Walkers.  Wizards and wands…just a few of the most fun neighbors around sharing one awesome residence:  Universal Studios Hollywood. Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces California Neighbor Pass”

Super Poll Sunday – Best New 2016 Attraction in California

sps-2016-thumbnail001-largeWe’re back with another SUPER POLL SUNDAY! Today we let readers vote for the best new attraction of 2016, in California! We have selected seven new attractions around the state as nominees and it’s your turn to VOTE! This year brought us one of the world’s best steel coasters and dark rides, as well as several re-makes of older rides… read on and VOTE! 😀  Continue reading “Super Poll Sunday – Best New 2016 Attraction in California”

Jabbawockeez Returns to Halloween Horror Nights!

Jabbawockeez at USH-HHN 2016Jabbawockeez, the acclaimed, award-winning hip hop dance group, universally recognized as America’s best dance crew, returns to Universal Studios Hollywood for a new electrifying original series of performances, enhanced by spectacular multi-color laser projections and the addition of the first-ever female dancer, as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights.”


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Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2016!

 

unnamedUniversal City, CA, August 25, 2016 – Horror auteur Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and his digital network Crypt TV take the helm of the infamous “Terror Tram,” marking the first time ever that the signature attraction comes to life through the twisted mind of the filmmaker, as part of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood!

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Halloween Horror Nights 2016 – ALL MAZES, Show and Scare Zone

Trio of Slasher Films at USH-HHN 2016Universal Studios Hollywood started ticket sales for their Halloween Horror Nights event! In addition to which, all mazes, the show of the event, and the mega-scare zone have been announced. Only leaving this year’s Terror Tram to be a mystery. Check out all the mazes, the show, the scare zone, and how to get your tickets and fear passes below! Continue reading “Halloween Horror Nights 2016 – ALL MAZES, Show and Scare Zone”

American Horror Story is coming to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights!

image008One of the most horrifying and wickedly gruesome shows in television history is bleeding off the screen and into your nightmares.

“American Horror Story,” FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series that has terrorized viewers for five suspenseful installments, will come to life at “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 16. Continue reading “American Horror Story is coming to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights!”

California Coaster Kings SUMMER Q&A on August 9th

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After a successful Q&A earlier this year, we are now back with a new Q&A session on August 9th. It’ll be the start of more-frequent Q&A sessions. Each session will have a particular set of topics to stay current and fully get an opinionated discussion going. (Rather than very general questions). The first one is coming up on Tuesday night, August 9th! Continue reading “California Coaster Kings SUMMER Q&A on August 9th”

Terrifying new Halloween Horror Nights 2016 mazes!

Trio of Slasher Films at USH-HHN 2016Freddy Krueger. Jason Voorhees. Leatherface. Michael Myers.  The four most terrifying names in horror come together at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as the silver screen’s extreme serial killers bleed into a trio of all-new slasher-themed mazes, beginning Friday, September 16, 2016. Continue reading “Terrifying new Halloween Horror Nights 2016 mazes!”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – July 1st 2016

20160701_180958 (Medium)Another sunny day in Southern California! It was time for some Universal Studios Hollywood again. It seemed like the park was anticipating big crowds today, luckily lines remained short and we had a wonderful time. Sadly the Walking Dead did not soft open today as planned, but we’ll be back with more Walking Dead stuff soon!  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – July 1st 2016”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – May 20th 2016

20160520_180546 (Medium)Summer is right around the corner and there seem to be a few nice changes around Universal Studios Hollywood before the summer crowds hit. It was a very nice averagely crowded Friday with nice operating hours, so I made sure to spend some time at the park today. In today’s update we’ll look at a bunch of Jurassic Park related changes at the park and Studio Tour, as well as maze preparations for Halloween Horror Nights, the new Walking Dead Attraction, and more! Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – May 20th 2016”

First Look at the new Walking Dead Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood!

The Walking Dead Attraction is opening at Universal Studios Hollywood on July 4th this summer! As part of this exciting announcement, Universal Studios Hollywood is revealing its first image and behind-the-scenes look into the making of its new permanent walk-through attraction based on AMC’s record-breaking television series, featuring Greg Nicotero, executive producer and director of “The Walking Dead.” See the video below! Continue reading “First Look at the new Walking Dead Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood!”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – April 29th 2016

20160429_170102 (Medium)I was in need of another Harry Potter filled day at Universal Studios Hollywood! And I sure wasn’t the only one, as some of the heaviest weekday crowds (since the opening of the new land) joined me. There’s not too much to update on when it comes to the park in general, so there’s a sweet short update ahead, which includes a look at a FULL Forbidden Journey queue through the dark forest!  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – April 29th 2016”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – April 15th 2016

20160415_173104 (Large)Now the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has officially opened, and I had a free day, of course I made my way out to Universal Studios Hollywood again, as for some reason I simply can not get enough of Forbidden Journey. And I’m sure some of you know exactly why, and how awesome that ride is… In addition, I took some pictures around the park to create a quick park update, which is found below! Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – April 15th 2016”

Wizarding World Hollywood – Construction Throwback

20160219_151731 (Large)It’s been exactly one week since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood opened, and what better throwback article to throw your way than one that looks at the past two and a half years of construction. The amazing theme park experience costed a whopping $1.6 Billion to construct and sure was impressive to see during construction. Let’s have a look, shall we?  Continue reading “Wizarding World Hollywood – Construction Throwback”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – April 2nd 2016

20160402_101422 (Large)We’re only a few days away from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening here at Universal Studios Hollywood, we had to check out the last technical rehearsals of course. Here’s a little update from our visit to the park this weekend, including potter sight-lines, back lot construction, new LudoBird on CityWalk, and other changes around the park! WE ALSO INCLUDED IMPORTANT OPENING DAY INFORMATION.


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Universal Studios Hollywood Update – March 20th 2016

20160320_081332 (Large)It’s time for another Universal Studios Hollywood Update! As we all know not a single park is ever so changing as Universal Studios Hollywood, so we’re back with another content filled update including the new security measures and checkpoints, the Walking Dead maze, (re)opening of restaurants, some Wizarding World of Harry Potter Updates, and way more! Check it out! 😀 Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – March 20th 2016”

The 5 Best Coasters in California to go Backwards

20160312_143435 (Large)California is home to a wide variety of different coasters, including about a dozen that feature some form of backwards motion. In the tradition of this series, we will be ranking the top five coasters with excellent backwards sections and elements, not just the coaster as a whole. As a result coasters with a brief or uneventful backwards section may not be included. With that in mind, let’s begin. Continue reading “The 5 Best Coasters in California to go Backwards”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – Jurassic Park 2016 Refurbishment

20160304_170441 (Large)After the tour I took at Six Flags Magic Mountain for The New Revolution (which will be posted later today), I headed to Universal Studios Hollywood to take a look at the newly opened retail center in front of the park, as well as the newly refurbished Jurassic Park- The Ride. In this (quite short) update we’ll be focusing on these two, with a complete look at some of the upgraded Dinosaurs!  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – Jurassic Park 2016 Refurbishment”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – February 27th 2016

20160227_083221 (Large)It’s been almost another week since our last visit, and with all these Wizarding World of Harry Potter soft-openings we just can’t stay away! Here’s this week’s update with some Jurassic Park progress, more on the new Hollywood Boulevard, new stores, refurbishment of the entry plaza in front of the park, and a whole lot more!  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – February 27th 2016”

The 5 Best Water Ride Drops in California

20130817_162118 (Large)Although some of the most famous and talked about drops are found on massive roller coasters or drop towers, there’s something uniquely thrilling about a relatively unrestrained drop that ends in a splash, especially on a hot sunny California day. This list will be counting down the top five drops found on water rides throughout our wonderful state of California. Continue reading “The 5 Best Water Ride Drops in California”

Universal Studios Hollywood – New Dining and Retail Complex Update

20160221_122005 (Large)After quite a period of construction at Universal Studios Hollywood, the new 2016 Dining and Retail center is finally in its final stages of construction, where some more touches are added on the outside and the interiors of the building are being prepared for opening. In this quick update we’ll take a look at that new complex, as well as a very quick look at Jurassic Park and studio construction.  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood – New Dining and Retail Complex Update”

Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

20160219_171749 (Large)After six long hours of baking in the sun in front of Hogsmeade… The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened for guests to enjoy for the rest of the day. As it was ‘soft’ opened there are still tweaks that will be made… but let me start off with saying that the experience was already incredible! Immersive, exciting, and so intensely detailed you will discover amazing book and movie references in every direction you look. Let’s take a look! Continue reading “Exploring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – February 5th 2016

20160205_124231 (Large)Another week, another Universal Studios Hollywood Update. And another big one while we’re at it. With the final Wizarding World of Harry Potter touches and the Chinese Lunar New Year that Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating, there’s plenty to update on. Not to forget the countless construction and changes around the park!  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – February 5th 2016”

EZ Rez – Universal Studios Hollywood

Starting today and for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing EZ Rez™, an innovative, easy-to-use online ticket purchasing system featuring an array of new consumer benefits designed to enhance visits to The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as the world-class destination continues its unparalleled investment in an ambitious epic transformation. Continue reading “EZ Rez – Universal Studios Hollywood”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – January 29th 2016

20160129_142058 (Large)I was craving a ride on the Studio Tour and couldn’t wait to take another look at the magical new expansion called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter… So here was I again, back at Universal Studios Hollywood! In this update we’ll be looking at the progress made on Jurassic Park- The Ride, Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the new dining/retail complex. In addition there are some other noteworthy things going on at Universal Studios Hollywood, I made sure to include some more ‘trip-report’-ness in this update as well. Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – January 29th 2016”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – January 13th 2016

20160113_143250 (Large)It’s been a week since our last Universal Studios Hollywood Update. Which was a rain-update with quite some interesting content, this update is the follow-up update thereof with lots of interesting progress! Here’s a more sunny Universal Studios Hollywood Update including Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Jurassic Park The Ride progress! Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – January 13th 2016”

A Rainy Day at Universal Studios Hollywood – Update January 6th 2016

20160106_105903 (Large)It was one of those ‘I should’ve probably not visited a theme-park on this stormy day’ sort of day. Yet I had more fun than perhaps ever before. With a totally deserted park there were no lines of course, and with the pouring rain I almost slipped a bunch of times (always fun) in addition I got to see the more of Wizarding World of Harry Potter as walls are pushed back and there’s a lot more visible. In addition Jurassic Park- The Ride seems to be undergoing more serious work than anticipated, we’ve got a clear look for you in today’s Universal Studios Hollywood Update! Continue reading “A Rainy Day at Universal Studios Hollywood – Update January 6th 2016”

A Day Turns Into A Year – 2015 Turns Into 2016

CCK new logo 001It’s December 31st 2015. It’s hard to believe that another year has passed. 2015 was one heck of a wild ride, what a year it was for us here at California Coaster Kings, and the amusement industry as a whole. Let’s celebrate the great memories of the year past, while also looking for even better things to come. Please join us as we look back at 2015 and all the amazingness it brought and as we look into the magical future of 2016, which seems to be another amazing year for parks and park-goers in California! Continue reading “A Day Turns Into A Year – 2015 Turns Into 2016”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – December 17th 2015

20151217_130140 (Large)It’s only been a week and half since our last visit to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Hollywood Update. But if any park is ever changing, it’s Universal Studios Hollywood. So during a leisure trip to the park today I noted enough construction and changes for a fun update. So here we are!  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – December 17th 2015”

Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood 2015!

DSCN2332 (Large)It’s the Theme Park Holiday season and that means… MORE Holiday stuff! Let’s take a look at Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual Grinchmas event, themed after… the Grinch. The park looks wonderful this time of year, and there are a bunch of activities for families during Grinchmas. Let’s take a look.  Continue reading “Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood 2015!”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – December 6th 2015

DSCN2327 (Large)As we visited Universal Studios Hollywood to check out this year’s Grinchmas, there was a pleasant amount of change around the park to create an update for you guys. This update won’t be focused on Grinchmas, but rather on general changes around the park, the revealing of the new retail and dining facilities near the front of the park, decorations around the park, and of course Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – December 6th 2015”

LOOK INSIDE THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER!

20151111_162750 (Large)Universal Studios Hollywood just released a wonderful look inside the magical new Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Universal Studios Hollywood debuts a series of virtual tour videos showcasing the Spring 2016 opening of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, beginning with today’s insider’s look at the land hosted by the Hogwarts™ Express conductor.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Update – November 11th 2015

20151111_152627 (Large)Veteran’s Day. Everyone has the day off almost, so that meant for major mid-week crowds at Universal Studios Hollywood. Not summer-esque crowds, but more than I anticipated. Studio Tour seemed off, with several attractions not running or malfunctioning. Nonetheless I had a pretty good day at the park. Mainly because there’s a lot going on to report on today. From crazy Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Grinchmas preparations to a bunch of changes and construction around the park. Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – November 11th 2015”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – October 5th 2015

20151005_133009 (Large)I had the chance to step by Universal Studios Hollywood for most of the day. It was a tad busier than I anticipated, nonetheless, I had a great time! It’s been a little while since our non-Halloween Horror Nights related work has gone LIVE, so here is an update filled with Jurassic Park- The Ride upgrades, new/renovated buildings, Studio Tour renovations, and of course the almighty Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – October 5th 2015”

Halloween Horror Nights – Scare Zones, JABBAWOCKEEZ, and Terror Tram Reviews

DSCN2042 (Large)California Coaster Kings was at the Opening Night of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2015, and with Front of the Line passes visited every maze, every scare zone, and of course… the Terror Tram and the brand new JABBAWOCKEEZ show. In this particular review article, we’re looking at the 4 Scare Zones the event had this year. As well as the JABBAWOCKEEZ show and the Terror Tram!  Continue reading “Halloween Horror Nights – Scare Zones, JABBAWOCKEEZ, and Terror Tram Reviews”

Halloween Horror Nights 2015 – MAZE Ratings and Reviews

DSCN2055 (Large)California Coaster Kings was at the Opening Night of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2015, and with Front of the Line passes visited every maze, every scare zone, and of course… the Terror Tram and the brand new JABBAWOCKEEZ show. In this particular review article, we’re looking at the 6 mazes the event had this year. Each is rated in 4 categories: Length, Scare, Set, and Experience. Each will also have a quick review!  Continue reading “Halloween Horror Nights 2015 – MAZE Ratings and Reviews”

Raphael’s Universal, Ghost Town, and Radiator Springs Adventure.

iCCK logo 001Raphael, our special correspondent from Brazil, visited California for the first time this July. As a Florida park-fan, he decided to visit the opposite coast, and visited almost every single park in the state. His enthusiasm and great re-telling of his Californian adventures continue in the third of many iCCK articles. Let him take you to the Disney’s California Adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Knott’s Berry Farm, in this brand new article! Continue reading “Raphael’s Universal, Ghost Town, and Radiator Springs Adventure.”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – August 18th 2015

20150818_121626 (Large)We just did a Universal Studios Update a few days back, nonetheless the rapid construction never ends, and there is enough Wizarding World things we wanted to show you. In addition, we’ve got a few other things around the park we thought was worth showing you all. Oh… and we’ve got some Halloween Horror Nights of course. 😉 Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – August 18th 2015”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – August 13th 2015

20150813_180200 (Large)It seems as if the real summer crowds are slowly dying down, as this is also the last week that the park is open late into the night all week, and crowds were noticeably lighter than other days this summer. In today’s update we’re looking at the crazy Wizarding World of Harry Potter development, including some awesome news. We’ve got Halloween Horror Nights prep as well, in addition we’re discussing a couple of things going on around the park, such as the new Shrek 4D pre-show.  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – August 13th 2015”

‘Halloween’ at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

HHN Halloween Maze 2015Universal City, California, August 10, 2015 – Michael Myers, aka “The Boogeyman,” takes a stab at Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” beginning Friday, September 18, 2015 in a startling and terrifying new maze, “Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home,” inspired by the unparalleled, original classic slasher film, Halloween, directed by renowned horror filmmaker John Carpenter, Continue reading “‘Halloween’ at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights”

The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far – Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights

The nation’s insatiable appetite for AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will continue to terrify Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort when the most intense moments from season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series take a bite out of “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginningFriday, September 18, 2015. Continue reading “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far – Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – July 16th 2015

20150716_133340 (Large)Wow, another crazy summer day! There aren’t many park updates that include significant changes in the summer period, but Universal Studios Hollywood begs to differ. There’s a Wizarding World update included, of course. In addition, we’ve got some Studio Tour things, some Jurassic World/Jurassic Park additions to the lower lot, and a new Halloween Horror Nights maze announcement! Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – July 16th 2015”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – June 24th 2015

20150624_140931 (Large)Today was the first day that Fast & Furious – Supercharged was officially opened to the public, or let’s say officially part of the Studio Tour. In addition, there’s a bunch of Wizarding World of Harry Potter development of course, with the completed Flight of the Hippogriff track, some other things around the park… and more!  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – June 24th 2015”

Fast & Furious – Supercharged opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

20150623_124839 (Large)Today was the red carpet premiere event of Fast & Furious – Supercharged at Universal Studios Hollywood! The event took place on the back lot, trams dropped off the invited media and guests on New York street, after which we walked into the iconic Court House Square, where the ‘stunt’ opening was held. This post includes a little review of the experience.  Continue reading “Fast & Furious – Supercharged opens at Universal Studios Hollywood”

California TOP 50 – 2015 – Part FOUR (20-11)

TOP 50 TNail001 YESCalifornia Coaster Kings rated many coasters, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 20-11 in the 2015 California TOP 50!  Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2015 – Part FOUR (20-11)”

Universal Studios Hollywood Update – June 12th 2015

20150612_184359 (Large)Today was quite a day at Universal Studios Hollywood, the summer tourist crowds are kicking in, and Jurassic World’s premier had a big influence around the park. Fast and Furious Supercharged starts running for guests very soon, and there’s a crazy amount of promotion… and then there’s the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter… and we’ve got a Flight of the Hippogriff construction update for you!  Continue reading “Universal Studios Hollywood Update – June 12th 2015”

California TOP 50 – 2015 – Part THREE (30-21)

TOP 50 TNail001 YESCalifornia Coaster Kings rated many coasters, and although we’re usually not fans of listing/ranking rides or parks, we do create an annual California TOP 50! You might, and likely will, disagree, that’s totally fine! That’s what this TOP 50 is all about! Of the many rides in the state, we selected the 50 we think are best! Here are places 30-21 in the 2015 California TOP 50!  Continue reading “California TOP 50 – 2015 – Part THREE (30-21)”