PREPARE TO PLAN AN EPIC VACATION:
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RELAUNCHES POPULAR TICKET OFFER FOR U.S. AND CANADA RESIDENTS – BUY 2 DAYS, GET 2 DAYS FREE
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 21, 2020) – Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back a popular ticket offer exclusively for U.S. and Canada residents to plan an epic getaway in 2020. Now, guests who purchase a 2-Day, 2-Park ticket (as low as $234.99 per adult) will receive TWO EXTRA DAYS FREE to enjoy the thrills & excitement of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. And for only $40 more per adult, guests can upgrade their ticket to include Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, giving them four days of access to all three of Universal Orlando’s theme parks.
This limited-time offer is valid for travel through Dec. 18 and will give guests the opportunity to truly explore and experience all that Universal Orlando has to offer – making this the perfect deal for their 2020 vacation.
Guests will have access to more than 50 incredible experiences across two amazing theme parks, where they can come face-to-face with Blue the velociraptor at Raptor Encounter; rock out to hit songs while reaching speeds up to 65 mph on the thrilling coaster Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit; and take on what many are calling the “Best. Ride. Ever” – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the new story coaster in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. Plus, guests can witness the all-new action-packed adventures of Jason Bourne in The Bourne Stuntacular – a cutting-edge, live-action stunt show debuting in spring 2020 at Universal Studios Florida.
And if they upgrade to a 3-Park ticket for only $40 more per adult, they can add all of the thrilling and relaxing experiences Universal’s Volcano Bay has to offer, like taking in spectacular views of a 200-foot volcano while relaxing on the sands of Waturi Beach, braving a 125-foot drop on Ko’okiri Body Plunge, winding along a gentle river on Kopiko Wai Winding River and so much more.
This offer is also valid for access to upcoming Universal Orlando seasonal events that are included with admission to the parks, including Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration, a family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash that features Cajun-style cuisine, an incredible nightly parade, live concerts (on select nights), and more running through April 2; and the destination-wide Holidays celebration, featuring festivities that put a twist on the traditional such as Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic during Grinchmas and more.
Vacationing in one of Universal Orlando’s resort hotels will add even more fun with exclusive theme park benefits like Early Park Admission and convenient complimentary transportation across the destination. And with a hotel for every style and budget, including two all-new Value category hotels, guests can take advantage of rates as low as $79 per night, plus tax at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort on five-night stays now through December 17, 2020.
For more information about these incredible offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.
Exciting All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27, 2020
Exciting All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27, 2020 Enhanced with Virtual Line Technology
Innovative Ride Debuts 64 Animatronics Inspired by Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films
Universal City, CA, February 20, 2020 – “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 27, bringing an astounding 64 animated figures to this all-new tech-savvy ride based on Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films, which answer the question, “What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?”
The entertaining new ride features original voice talent from The Secret Life of Pets films who will unleash their animal instincts to reprise their roles for this exciting theme park attraction. The talent and their alter egos include Patton Oswalt as Max, Kevin Hart as Snowball, Eric Stonestreet as Duke, Jenny Slate as Gidget, Tiffany Haddish as Daisy, Lake Bell as Chloe, Dana Carvey as Pops, Chris Renaud as Norman, Hannibal Buress as Buddy, Bobby Moynihan as Mel, and Jessica DiCicco as Princess.
“The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” is a heartfelt experience that transforms guests into stray puppies as they journey to become loved and adopted. After all, adoption day is the ultimate rite of passage for every domesticated animal and, as such, the perfect theme of this engaging new ride as these beloved puppies find their forever homes.
Combining 64 technologically-advanced animated figures, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” invites guests to meet some of their favorite characters from the movies, who themselves have transformed into dimensional beings. From blinking eyes to eye and eyebrow movements, from head tilts to head nods, from moving mouths to smiles, from ear curls to lip curls, from full torso twists to physically walking, the depth of mobility and function programmed within each of these loveable characters creates an experience unlike any other theme park ride.
With the addition of hyper-realistic media and projection mapping, this impressive new ride is designed to fully immerse guests in a dynamic New York City landscape. Seated within ride vehicles that resemble cardboard boxes—reminiscent of where Katie first finds her beloved Max as a puppy—guests will travel along a track towards the Pet Adoption event and the ultimate happy ending: forever homes.
The ride will feature state-of-the-art optical enhanced gesture-tracking technology, which helps to identify each guest as a unique stray puppy for the duration of the ride. With an option to be transformed into one of 15 stray puppies, guests will enjoy a unique experience each time they ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!”
Virtual Line technology is another component of the experience, designed to help guests maximize their leisure time at the theme park. Guests can access Virtual Line via the official Universal Studios Hollywood app, available for free in the App Store and on Google Play or they can visit the Virtual Line kiosk located in the New York City subway station, situated adjacent to the ride. Both provide guests with options to experience the ride based on the next available times and will be available to guests within the theme park as needed.
Virtual Line complements the ride’s non-traditional queue which invites guests to explore the area at their leisure and freely roam the ride’s corridors—reminiscent of Katie’s NYC apartment building—explore dachshund Buddy’s apartment, Snowball owner Molly’s living room as well as Max and Duke’s apartment, until they reach the ride’s boarding station.
“The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” will be located on Pets Place, previously referred to as Baker Street, and adjacent to the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” attractions. With the installation of store front facades, Pets Place will capture the charm of a busy New York City street, including an iconic NYC subway station, which serves as the in-park location for the Virtual Line.
With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, an Annual Pass invites guests to experience the theme park’s thrill and adventure over and over again. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details and to save up to $60 on an Annual Pass when purchased online. Offer valid through April 23, 2020. Restrictions apply.
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About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride,” and the soon to open all-new ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.
Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominee Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of event-animated films. The company’s releases include three of the top-eight animated films of all time, and its iconic, beloved franchises—infused with memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance—have grossed more than $6.6 billion worldwide.
Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the hugely successful world of Despicable Me, which includes Minions, the third-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the most profitable film in Universal’s history, as well as the Academy Award®- nominated Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3, which made more than $1 billion at the global box office.
Illumination recently launched two original properties that captivated audiences worldwide: The Secret Life of Pets, which achieved the best opening for an original movie, animated or otherwise, in U.S. history, and the global smash, Sing. And in 2018, Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch had the biggest opening weekend of any Christmas-themed movie in history. Illumination’s upcoming films include Minions: The Rise of Gru in July 2020 and Sing 2 in Summer 2021.
Silver Dollar City, the internationally awarded theme park in the Ozark Mountains, breaks notions of a traditional Spring “Break” with the awakening from winter hibernation of 40 themed rides & attractions – including 2 world record-breaking roller coasters.
Spring Ride Days also marks the opening of the Rivertown Smokehouse, the largest investment in a restaurant in both Silver Dollar City’s and the company’s history, with over 10,000 square feet of area, patio and 450 seats. new Clara Belle's Cinnamon Bread
Time Traveler roller coaster that vaults guests over a 10-story, 90-degree drop Time Traveler the title of “Fastest, Steepest & Tallest Spinning Coaster in the World.” Outlaw Run, a record-breaking wood roller coaster, Guinness World Record-holder for “Steepest Drop on a Wooden Coaster” (2015).
specific areas designed and constructed for smaller children. The ten family adventures in Fireman’s Landing with rides themed to a variety of “training” activities. Ten additional young-family rides are presented at the park’s own version of an 1880s World’s Fair—The Grand Exposition. a junior-sized roller coaster, spinning swings, swinging wooden ships and more.
the Rivertown Smokehouse Mystic River Falls, a new river raft water ride at Silver Dollar City, set to open in early summer 2020. Upon opening, Mystic River Falls will feature the “Tallest Drop on a Raft Ride in the Western Hemisphere,” making the 4.5 story drop “The Wettest Splashdown in the Park’s History.”
Silver Dollar City opens for the 2020 season on March 17, marking the beginning of Spring Ride Days, open through March 29 (closed March 23). Young Christians’ Weekend adds an additional weekend of fun April 3-5. A full schedule may be found at silverdollarcity.com.
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Universal Studios Hollywood Takes Annual Pass Members
On an Immersive, Behind-the-Scenes Adventure,
Including Top Picks to Original, Premium Special Events from “Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival” to “Halloween Horror Nights”
Become an Annual Pass Insider to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood…Any Time of the Day…Any Day of the Week…All Year Long
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Universal Studios Hollywood’s Popular Annual Pass
Universal City, CA, February 18, 2020 – It’s always a thrill to visit Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk. With unparalleled, technologically-advanced thrill rides that must be experienced to be believed, premium restaurants, eclectic shopping and a state-of-the-of-art Cinema, the world-renowned destination offers an array of incomparable entertainment the whole family can enjoy. And with the addition of new rides, one-of-kind special events, exciting seasonal programs and new dining options, a one day visit just isn’t enough time to experience it all.
So, with so much to see and do, anAnnual Pass is the ticket of choice to spend quality time at the place where movies are made. Where else can movie buffs and thrill seekers get up close and personal with Blue the Velociraptor, the star of the Jurassic Worldfilms and “Jurassic World—The Ride,” embrace their inner witch or wizard while sipping a Butterbeer in Hogsmeade village at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” or create a little mischief with Illumination’s Minions at “Despicable Me, Minion Mayhem.”
But it’s the moments, custom designed by each Pass member, that elevates membership to a whole other level. From catching the latest blockbuster at the Universal Cinema an AMC© Theatre, and grabbing a bite at CityWalk’s Antojitos Cocina Mexicanarestaurant before heading over to the theme park to experience a few rides at their leisure, it’s the flexibility of their visits that truly define the ultimate value of an Annual Pass.
In addition to dynamic rides and memorable moments, Universal Studios Hollywood is also the purveyor of uniquely created special events that come to life with Annual Pass members in mind. From specially-priced tickets to its first-ever “Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival” and Running Universal events to its wildly popular “Halloween Horror Nights,” or programs included with the price of admission, such as “Lunar New Year” and “Grinchmas,” Pass members are in a league of their own when Universal Studios Hollywood rolls out the red carpet with first-come, first served offers catered just for them.
And just like stepping into a scene from a movie, Universal Studios Hollywood shines a spotlight on valued Annual Pass members by putting them among the first….to experience new rides including the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!,” among the first…to receive discounted offers on special events, among the first…to receive insider updates on what’s new and exciting, among the first…to enter sweepstakes to attend red carpet movie premieres and screenings; first…to win blockbusters movies on DVD; among the first…to enjoy free offerings, and of course, leisurely access to the theme park to experience favorite rides over and over again.
Because Universal Studios Hollywood shares real estate with Universal’s movie and television production studio, a spin on the world-famous Studio Tour is chock full of adventure for friends and family, that couldn’t be experienced anywhere else. With a chance to peek behind the “velvet curtain” for a glimpse at Hollywood movie-making in action, every Studio Tour journey is ripe with opportunity. Celebrities come and go routinely, so sightings may be just a tram ride away.
And as part of its commitment to its valued Pass members, Universal Studios Hollywood recently introduced Pass Member Appreciation Days. This program, hosted over a six-week period in late summer and early fall, celebrates Pass members with a variety of exclusively created perks.
So, why become an Annual Pass member? Recent conversations with new and repeat Annual Pass guests helped convey the why, in their own words:
There are several unique Annual and Season Pass options to choose from designed to meet a variety of needs and budgets, but all serve as a passport to fun: Platinum Annual Pass, Gold Annual Pass and Silver Annual Pass as well as the California Neighbor Season Pass. All 12 month passes also offer FlexPay™ with low monthly payments options with an auto-renewal feature. More information can be found here.
Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.comfor more details and to save up to $60 on an Annual Pass when purchased online. Offer valid through April 23, 2020. Restrictions apply. Like Universal Studios Hollywood onFacebook and follow @UniStudios onInstagram and Twitter. Download the official Universal Studios Hollywood app, available for free in the App Store and on Google Play.
About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride,” and the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” ride. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacentUniversal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
ARTIST CONCEPT ONLY: Cinderella Castle is about to become even more magical inside Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Disney Animation classic film “Cinderella,” the princess’ namesake castle at the heart of Magic Kingdom Park will receive bold, shimmering and regal enhancements. The royal makeover begins in the coming weeks and continues throughout summer. (Disney)