Universal Studios Hollywood to Reopen on Friday, April 16, Kicking Off with Special Annual and Season Pass Member Bonus Days Beginning on Thursday, April 15
Grand Reopening to Introduce Guests to All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Ride and
“Jurassic World—The Ride’s” All-New, Stunningly Realistic Dinosaur, Indominus rex
Initial Tickets will be Available to CA Residents and Can be Purchased Online Beginning on Thursday, April 8
Universal City, California, March 30, 2021 – At long last, Universal Studios Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to resume operations and welcome guests back to the theme park beginning on Friday, April 16. The momentous occasion will commence with a special park preview for Annual and Season Pass Members starting on Thursday, April 15.
While most rides will be operational, some rides and attractions will reopen at a later date as the theme park complies with government restrictions. Universal Studios Hollywood continues to work in partnership with health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing and required face coverings. In accordance with government guidelines, only California residents may visit the theme park at this time
“We are incredibly thrilled to finally be able to open Universal Studios Hollywood, return team members to work and welcome guests back to enjoy our amazing rides,” said Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “It has been a very challenging year and we are overjoyed to have arrived at this moment.”
Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood will be available to California residents only and can be purchased online beginning on Thursday, April 8. The theme park will also celebrate Annual and Season Pass Members—who will be among the first to visit—with a series of complimentary Bonus Days on select days from Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, May 16; these Bonus Days can be reserved by Annual and Season Pass Members online starting on Monday, April 5. Annual and Season Pass Members will be able to resume regular use of their passes starting on Monday, May 17.
Due to capacity limits, until further notice, guests with unredeemed tickets purchased prior to April 8, 2021 will need to make an advance reservation at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for their visit dates.
For more information about Annual and Season Passes, including Pass Members Bonus Days and re-activation of Passes, reservations for previously purchased tickets or to purchase theme park tickets, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.
After more than a year of closure, Universal Studios Hollywood is ready for its close-up and set to call “action” on the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” and “Jurassic World—The Ride,” which features the spectacularly realistic new dinosaur, Indominus rex.
Here’s what guests can expect:
A stroll along the cleverly themed Pets Place will bring guests to the front of Katie’s NYC apartment building where the innovative “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” ride resides.
This all-new tech-savvy adventure inspired by Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films, answers the question, “What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?”
This impressive new ride combines 64 technologically-advanced animated figures with hyper-realistic media and projection mapping designed to take guests on a journey to meet some of their favorite Illumination characters from the movies, including Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends, who have all been transformed and transported into the live-action world. From blinking eyes to 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.
The grand reopening of Universal Studios Hollywood also brings guests face-to-face with “Jurassic World—The Ride’s” all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur, the Indominus rex, who stakes her claim at the ride’s finale in a forceful battle with her arch-rival, the Tyrannosaurus rex.
Breaking new ground with highly complex innovations, this fully-articulated lifelike Indominus injects intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue to the already dynamic ride. Spanning nearly 55 feet horizontally from head to tail and over 22 feet vertically, the Indominus’ imposing presence will be amplified by the fluidity of her motions and synchronized movements that deliver an unprecedented level of authenticity. From the subtle blinking of her eyes, the flexing of her arms and claws and clenching of her jaw as she bears her razor-sharp teeth, the colossal Indominus rex will lunge from her hillside setting, stalking guests just before they descend the giant waterfall drop to escape her grasp.
Of course, these new experiences are among the many welcoming attractions and themed environments that await guests upon their return to Universal Studios Hollywood, including “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and the critically-acclaimed rides, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride,” Despicable Me’s “Super Silly Fun Land,” and “Springfield, U.S.A.,” home of America’s favorite animated family, “The Simpsons.” The theme park’s signature attraction and world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of an authentic production movie and television studio and where they can experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D,” will also open.
Because the safety and well-being of guests and team members is a top priority for Universal Studios Hollywood, the following guidelines outline the theme park’s new health and safety protocols, also highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.
More information about Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.
Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk Health and Safety Guidelines
All Universal guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival. Guests should evaluate their own risk before they visit, and it is not recommended that older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit. People who are asymptomatic can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected. Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit. For information on CDC guidelines, click here. Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.
Update: We've included a video of our thoughts on the parks reopening!
ATTENTION FAMILY PLANNERS: READY...SET...PLAY!
LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT'S PARK RESERVATION SYSTEM IS LIVE!
CARLSBAD, Calif. (March 25, 2021) – With the state authorizing the opening of theme parks on April 1, LEGOLAND® California Resort is excited to announce that starting today guests can purchase tickets and reserve their spot along with pass holders and existing tickets holders through its new reservation system for their desired Park visit. Hotel reservations for stays at LEGOLAND® Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel can continue to be made online as well. The Park built for kids is excited to offer Park Preview Days beginning April 1 and is officially reopening on April 15, 2021.
With priority access to Hotel guests, pass holders and existing ticket holders impacted by COVID-19 Park closure, Park Preview Days offers access to select rides and attractions including Driving School, LEGO® TECHNIC™ Coaster, Fairy Tale Brook and Coastersaurus. Kids and families can also enjoy socially distant character meet and greets, live entertainment, a wide variety of food options and Miniland U.S.A. The Resort officially reopens April 15, offering access to SEA LIFE® aquarium, LEGO® CHIMA™ Water Park, and some of the Park’s more than 60 rides, shows and attractions.
For more Resort information and to make reservations, visit: www.legoland.com/california.
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. 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 River 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™! North America’s first 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).
About Merlin Entertainments
Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe's number one and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin operates 129 attractions, 21 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. Merlin’s purpose
is to deliver memorable experiences to its millions of guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its employees.
See www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information and follow on Twitter @MerlinEntsNews.
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, SLIDE! WITH ENHANCED HEALTH & SAFETEY MEASURES AND LIMITED CAPACITY, RIPTIDE RACE, THE WORLD’S TALLEST DUELING RACER, LAUNCHES ON APRIL 3!
Riptide Race Doubles the Splash Factor and Fun - Florida’s First Dueling Racer Offers Thrills for the
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 24, 2021)-- Aquatica, Orlando’s most thrilling waterpark, is racing into Spring with a splash by introducing Florida’s first-ever and only dueling racer. Riptide Race, new for 2021, is an adrenaline-pumping waterslide race that pits teams against each other in a splash to the finish line. Guests of all ages will delight in challenging their friends and family members to see which team feels the rush of victory. Speeding through each turn in a down-to-the-wire finish, this fast-paced, high-speed adventure is one that guests will want to experience again and again!
Aquatica, boasting more waterslides than any other waterpark in Orlando, offers something fun for everyone with high-speed adventures that get hearts racing, kid-friendly water play areas, a vibrant selection of dining experiences, and white-sand beaches offering the perfect spot to relax. Modified with enhanced health and safety protocols, each park experience includes increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face covering requirements, and limited capacity.
“We are thrilled to introduce Riptide Race, an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica is the first waterpark in the state to have a dueling racer and we know our guests are going to love the fun of challenging their friends and family in a race to the finish,” said Kyle Miller, Park President. “Riptide Race is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando. Health and safety continue to be a top priority for our parks, and we can’t wait to see our guests enjoy this new ride.”
About Riptide Race:
Riptide Race is the world’s tallest dueling racer waterslide. Starting atop a 68-foot tower, riders grab a two-person raft before racing along the 650-foot slide—with low walls, so they can keep an eye on their opponents. It’s a dash to the splash as guests compete in this side-by-side raft run through high-speed tunnels, twists, and turns. Riptide Race features a height requirement of 42 inches to appeal to families with children.
Also New: Ke-Re’s Bar and Papa’s Cantina!
Guests are invited to refuel between races at two NEW dining experiences at Aquatica.
Step out after a thrilling ride on Riptide Race and unwind at Ke-Re’s Bar, a brand-new dining experience for 2021 (with physical distancing measures). Guests can relax on island time at this open-air bar. Soak in the sun, enjoy unbeatable views of the park, or catch a game on the flat screen. Refreshing, handcrafted cocktails include:
Guests can also discover bold new flavors at Papa’s Cantina, opening soon at Aquatica Orlando. With a menu fit for a Riptide Race champion, Papa’s Cantina offers guests a vibrant, one-of-a-kind dining experience with limited capacity. New and exclusive to Aquatica Orlando, the menu features crave-able bites and fresh flights, including:
Best Way to Play:
Be among the first to ride Riptide Race with an Annual Pass. Right now, guests can save up to 20% on Annual Passes starting at low as $11 per month (offer ends March 28).
Get the latest updates on Riptide Race and all things Aquatica by following Aquatica on Facebook, Instagram and the SeaWorld Blog, or by visiting www.aquaticaorlando.com.
Aquatica Orlando is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.
About Aquatica Orlando
A vibrant aquatic landscape, splashed with South Seas spirit and dotted with towering, colorful slides, Aquatica Orlando delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 50 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Aquatica isn’t all about dashing and splashing though. This lush, laid-back playground is perfect for going with the flow. Wade into lazy rivers and wave pools without waiting in line and watch cares float away. Or grab a cozy lounge chair on one of Orlando’s loveliest beaches and sip a refreshing cocktail. Two large play areas just for kids make Aquatica the perfect spot for family fun. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark®, offers exclusive attractions that promise unlimited fun, sending guests on amazing undersea adventures.
Partnership allows park staff and guests additional peace of mind with easy-to-use sanitization and disinfection product.
STEVENSVILLE, MD – Ride Entertainment, the gold standard in the attractions industry for safety, sales and support, is proud to announce a new, strategic partnership with disinfectant manufacturer, Clear Gear. Together, they seek to provide amusement parks of all sizes with Clear Gear’s EPA-tested and approved disinfectant – known to eliminate the Coronavirus on high-touch surfaces in just 3-minutes.
“This strategic partnership with Clear Gear gives our customers and their guests even more confidence that not only is their ride safe, but also sanitized for their protection,” said Ed Hiller, CEO of Ride Entertainment. “Our team is always seeking out the latest in innovative partners and products. This partnership could not have come at a better time for our industry as it emerges from one of its most challenging moments.”
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to get back to having fun safely, with the right precautions in place,” said Allyson Delius, CEO of Clear Gear. “We are happy to support Ride Entertainment and attractions across the United States in bringing back joy and thrills this summer!”
Clear Gear’s disinfectant is easily applied as a liquid spray and left to air-dry making it ideal for higher capacity rides in which wiping down every seat could be inefficient. It is EPA-registered, non-bleach, kills 99.9% of germs - including COVID-19 - all while eliminating odors and being safe/non-corrosive for use on all surfaces and equipment.
Special Pricing: Ride Entertainment is proud to offer its customers a 10% discount off select Clear Gear products including custom pricing on large bulk orders: www.cleargear.com/rideentertainment
About Ride Entertainment: For over 20 years, Ride Entertainment has been the global leader for industry innovation and customer satisfaction in the attractions industry. Founded as a sales company focused on bringing the best thrill rides in the world under one roof, the company has expanded to serve every sector of the industry, including sales, service and operations. Visit RideEntertainment.com to learn more.
About Clear Gear: Clear Gear EPA-registered, non-bleach disinfectant spray kills 99.9% of germs, including COVID-19, while eliminating odors. Made in the USA, Clear Gear contains no bleach, alcohol, chlorine or peroxide and leaves no noxious fumes behind. Its special formula is non-corrosive and won’t damage the wide-ranging gear, equipment and surfaces it’s used on. For more than 10 years, Clear Gear has helped everyone from peewee and pro athletes, schools and gyms to at-home consumers, first responders, healthcare professionals and a multitude of facilities with infection prevention and control. Visit cleargear.com for further information.
Theme Park Will Operate Daily for Spring Break
March 27 through April 11
JACKSON, N.J. ─ March 23, 2021 ─ Six Flags Great Adventure, the World’s Ultimate Thrill Park, will kick off the 2021 season as it celebrates Spring Break March 27 through April 11. The park will operate daily and feature cutting-edge thrills like Kingda Ka and JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis, family favorites like Bumper Cars and SkyWay, and chart-topping coasters like El Toro and Nitro.
Guests can visit Adventure Seaport to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most anticipated, new coasters – the triple record-breaking Jersey Devil Coaster. Beginning this summer, riders will straddle the thin, monorail track as they soar through the foreboding woods on the tallest, fastest, and longest single-rail coaster in the world. Inspired by infamous New Jersey mythology, the cutting-edge coaster will feature five intense elements including three dramatic inversions.
This season, the park will debut three new restaurants:
Safety Remains Six Flags’ Top Priority
Six Flags remains laser-focused on safe park operation during the pandemic. The parks’ extensive safety protocol that was developed and implemented in 2020 remains in place for 2021. This plan, which the company developed in consultation with epidemiologists, meets or exceeds federal, state, and local guidelines for sanitization, hygiene, and social distancing protocols. Masks are required. Advance ticket purchase and reservations manage attendance and stagger arrivals. Other newer technologies include:
As part of Six Flags’ comprehensive safety procedures, all employees are required to wear masks and are temperature-checked and health-screened each day. Gloves are worn as appropriate, per guidelines.
Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure Begins Daily Operation May 27
Six Flags Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will begin daily operation March 27. This spring, the Animal Care Team looks forward to welcoming an array of adorable babies, and introducing a new species – the rare African bongo, the world’s third largest antelope.
Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure will take guests on a self-guided journey through 1,200 exotic animals from six continents. From the safety and privacy of their own vehicles, guests will slowly wind through 11 simulated natural habitats seeing animals such as giraffes, elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, bears and baboons. While most animals roam freely in the safari, predators are safely kept behind fences. All animals are clearly visible from car windows. Information is available at www.sixflags.com/safari
Now Hiring: Six Flags is Filling 4,000 Positions
Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor waterpark are currently hiring for 4,000 fun and fast-paced positions in more than 10 diverse departments. Due to a recent wage increase, many positions now pay $15 per hour. Interested candidates will begin the process by completing an application online. All interviews, communication, and onboarding paperwork are completed virtually. New in 2021, Six Flags Great Adventure offers curbside drop-off for document verification. All trainings are conducted live through interactive, classroom-type, virtual meetings. Candidates can explore opportunities and apply at www.sixflagsjobs.com
For theme park operating calendar, reservations, tickets, and more, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
About Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari & Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Great Adventure is the World’s Largest Thrill Park with world-class, award-winning rides like Kingda Ka, El Toro, Nitro, and Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. The park offers two areas for kids and great family rides for the whole family, plus entertainment, shopping, and a wide variety of dining options. Its Wild Safari Drive-Thru Adventure is the largest self-guided drive-through safari outside of Africa and gets guests up-close to more than 1,200 animals from around the globe in the privacy of their own vehicles. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is one of the Northeast’s largest waterparks with more than 25 refreshing attractions for the whole family.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 59 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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