New General Manager Arrives from LEGOLAND® Malaysia to Lead Multi-Day Vacation Destination
CARLSBAD, Ca. (February 25, 2020) – LEGOLAND® California Resort names Kurt Stocks new General Manager of the family theme park built for kids. Stocks joins LEGOLAND California from LEGOLAND®Malaysia Resort where he served in the same position. Stocks succeeds Peter Ronchetti, who recently retired after serving 11 successful years at LEGOLAND California Resort where he led the openings of many exciting attractions including the LEGO® Chima™ Water Park, LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel.
Now taking the reins, with more than 15 years of experience in Sales, Operations and General Management fields, Stocks brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the team at LEGOLAND California Resort. Under his leadership at LEGOLAND Malaysia, Stocks lead strategic development efforts for the Resort which included the opening of SEA LIFE Malaysia in April 2019, one of the biggest milestones for the resort to date.
A native of Australia, Stocks began his career as a professional rugby player before transitioning into a career in the health and fitness industry where he rose to the role of Managing Director at Fitness First Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
He has relocated to the San Diego area with his wife, Melissa, and their three children, Archie (6), Ayda (3) and Spencer (1). The family is excited for their new adventures in the U.S., and they look forward to taking advantage of all the wonderful outdoor activities their new home has to offer.
For his first big milestone as General Manager, Stocks will lead the charge for the opening of the Resort’s largest expansion to date, The LEGO® MOVIE™ World opening on March 27, 2020.
LEGOLAND® California Resort includes LEGOLAND® California, SEA LIFE® aquarium, LEGOLAND® Water Park, LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel. All are geared for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. At LEGOLAND California, you’ll find more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the new LEGO® City: Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride where guests experience more than 2,000 real sea animals including real sharks, rays and tropical fish. The Park also includes LEGO® NINJAGO: Master of the Fourth Dimension 4D film, NINJAGO™ The Ride where guests experience 3D imagery, high-tech sensors and use hand movements in a striking motion to master their skills before battling the Great Devourer, LEGO® Star Wars™ Miniland Model Display and The LEGO® Movie 4D A New Adventure™. SEA LIFE aquarium is home to more than 5,000 living creatures and incorporates LEGO® models into a child’s voyage to the depths of the ocean featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails. LEGOLAND Water Park features more than seven slides, sandy beaches and the unique Build-A-Raft Rive plus Pirate Reef and LEGO Legends of Chima Water Park comprising 10 acres of water fun! The nation’s first LEGOLAND Hotel features 250 rooms, all themed either as pirate, adventure, kingdom, LEGO® Friends and LEGO® NINJAGO™! New this year, LEGOLAND Castle Hotel features 250 rooms, fully themed as Knights and Dragons, Royal Princess and Magic Wizard. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).
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Best Way to Play – Time is Running Out!
The best way for guests to experience Adventure Island all season long is with an Annual Pass or Fun Card. Annual Pass Members receive 12 months of unlimited visits, FREE parking, priority access to Solar Vortex, merchandise and dining discounts, and special limited-time perks throughout the year. Or for a limited-time, Florida families can purchase a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2020 Fun Card and get an Adventure Island 2020 Fun Card for FREE. This limited time buy-one-get-one FREEoffer provides unlimited access to TWO parks until December 31, 2020.¹
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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.