UNIVRS – A New Retail Destination with Limited-Edition, Character-Inspired Merchandise Now Open at Universal CityWalk Hollywood
The exclusive location embraces drop culture with merchandise inspired by Jurassic Park, E.T., JAWS, Universal Monsters, Felix the Cat and more for entertainment and fashion tastemakers
Universal City, Calif. – September 28, 2022 – Universal UNIVRS – a new, first-of-its-kind retail destination is now open at Universal CityWalk Hollywood. This brick-and-mortar store brings favorite brands from across NBCUniversal to life in a unique shopping destination that leans into the “get it before it’s gone” drop culture shopping mentality. Open in time for Halloween Horror Nights and seasonal holiday celebrations at Universal Studios Hollywood, UNIVRS is open 7 days a week.
Tapping into entertainment and fashion tastemakers through their style-driven offerings, merchandise at UNIVRS marries popular brand designs with current fashion silhouettes and trending styles, driven by favorite characters and iconic on-screen moments – such as Illumination’s Minions, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic Park and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and classic characters like Felix the Cat, Universal Monsters and more. Exclusive merchandise will be released in limited quantities; from tees and hoodies, to track suits and hats, to tote bags and skate decks, products will range in price from $30-$100 and in size from XS-2XL, across the mens, womens and unisex categories.
Developed by Universal Products & Experiences – a new division of Universal Parks and Resorts – the store aims to “drop” new styles in limited quantities every few months, with products available only at the UNIVRS store, which is located in the Universal Studio Store adjacent to the theme park’s main entrance.
“Universal UNIVRS celebrates casual and super fans who are looking for elevated, character-inspired merchandise that’s influenced by popular fashion trends seen around the world,” said Vince Klaseus, president of Universal Products & Experiences. “With new, limited-edition collections released every few months – and only available at Universal CityWalk – shoppers will continue to be surprised by new styles and the store’s fresh take on apparel, accessories and collectibles.”
With a focus on culture and creatives, UNIVRS also serves as a way to highlight international and local artists through exclusive merchandise. Artists from the UK and Korea – Marylou Faure and SAMBYPEN, respectively – worked with Universal on designs inspired by Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru that have been applied to various streetwear styles, such as bucket and corduroy hats, crop tank tops, matching sweatshirt and pant sets, track suits, tees and more. Additionally, Los Angeles-based artist, Jason Keam created a selfie wall mural in the UNIVRS store to celebrate the 40th anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; this mural art will also inspire designs for exclusive apparel and totes – coming soon!
“This is a one in a million opportunity for me to celebrate the epic classic, E.T., through my creative lens,” said Jason Keam. “Growing up in Southern California, much like the kids in the film, I craved inspiration, friendships and adventure all the while staying connected to my family and community. My hope is that my artwork and involvement in this project conveys a playful spirit, sense of wonder and connection to our homes, no matter the galaxy.”
UNIVRS merchandise highlights include:
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Brick-or-Treat Presents Monster Party Kicks-off September 17!
CARLSBAD, CA. (September 15, 2022) – Park guests received an early Halloween “treat” as LEGO® Monsters began to arrive for LEGOLAND® California Resort’s Halloween celebration, Brick-or-Treat presents Monster Party. Witches, ghouls and vampires made their way to the entrance of the family theme park to join LEGO® Zombie Cheerleader and Monster Rocker just in time to boogie down as the Park transforms into the ultimate children’s Halloween celebration. Beginning Sept. 17, families are encouraged to grab their festive costumes and join in on the fun!
In addition to the new LEGO® characters, Brick-or-Treat features the debut of the all-new 4D movie “The Great Monster Chase,” a kid-friendly scare trail, elaborate décor, LEGO building activities, new entertainment and treat stations. For even more electrifying excitement, the Park’s signature roller coaster has been transformed into the Disco Dragon Coaster with a groovy soundtrack and festive decorations.
Brick-or-Treat is included in a general admission ticket and select annual passes. The Halloween festivities begin Saturday, Sept. 17 and continue every Saturday through Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.legoland.com/california.
About LEGOLAND California Resort
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 The LEGO MOVIE WORLD based on the blockbuster films The LEGO® Movie™ and The LEGO® Movie™ 2: The Second Part. The new land fully immerses guests into the LEGO® Movie universe and places them onto the streets of Bricksburg. 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 more than 140 attractions, 23 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 24 countries 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.
THE 5th ANNUAL ‘NIGHTS OF THE JACK’ IMMERSIVE HALLOWEEN EXPERIENCE ANNOUNCES FOOD TRUCK LINEUP & NEW ATTRACTIONS
2022 Updates Include Live Trick or Treating with Costume Characters, Face Painting, New Immersive Scenes & More
Tickets on Sale Now at NightsOfTheJack.com
LOS ANGELES (September 13, 2022) – LA’s leading immersive event, Nights Of The Jack, the ultimate Halloween experience for the whole family, is back this year for the 5th year and promises to be bigger and brighter than ever. Welcoming over 100,000 people every year, greater LA area residents and celebrity fans alike are expected to visit Calabasas for the annual event, that includes thousands of hand-carved pumpkins, immersive scenes and walking trail, premium food, beverages and cocktails and much more. Today, the ultimate immersive Halloween experience is announcing the food truck lineup as well as new features for this year, including live trick or treating with costume characters, face painters and brand-new immersive scenes. Tickets are on sale at NightsOfTheJack.com, and opening night is Friday, September 30, 2022.
2022 Nights Of The Jack Food Truck Lineup:
New for the 2022 season, Nights Of The Jack is adding 4 nights of trick or treating with live costume characters, taking place October 28-31. Also new for this year, there will be live face painters and a brand-new jungle animal scene added to the immersive walking trail.
Nights Of The Jack is Halloween fun for everyone. Adults, families and children alike are welcome and won’t want to miss this hair-raising feast for the senses. Spooky but never scary, kids will love the enchanted renditions of their favorite characters in pumpkin-form and have fun amongst the big multi-sensory scenes. Adults will appreciate the artistry and craftmanship of the elaborate sets and be able to enjoy alcohol from two full bars. Everyone can enjoy picking out Halloween gifts and light-up items from the souvenir shop.
Nights Of The Jack is hospitality-forward and offers a premium food and beverage experience, including some of LA’s best food trucks. The Spookeasy is a high-end full bar and will have ample Halloween treats for adults, including top shelf spirits, cocktails, craft beer and wine. There will also be sweet treats, coffee, hot cider and cocoa nightly for everyone, with special additional dessert trucks on Wednesdays.
Thirty miles northwest of Hollywood, tucked in the Santa Monica Mountains, there’s a strange and shadowy wonderland that everyone’s been whispering about. This year, the immersive walking trail is back, and guests are encouraged follow the nearly a mile long trail at King Gillette Ranch, glimmering at every turn with blazing gourds around every corner. This season, the Nights of the Jack creative team has summoned jack o’ lanterns from every mystical sphere and devised a spook-tacular illuminated light show under the autumn sky and created new carves, new installations and tons of new photo moments.
"We are thrilled to be celebrating our 5th annual Nights Of The Jack this year in Calabasas," in a joint statement said by Nights of the Jack co-founders, Ben Biscotti and Tony Schubert. "We look forward to entertaining everyone again with an immersive Halloween event that appeals to adults, families and children of all ages!”
Guests can also celebrate a little bit of Calabasas’ history from this very location that inspired the event. According to legend dating back to 1824, a rancher from Oxnard spilled a wagonload of pumpkins in Calabasas while on the way to Los Angeles and later, hundreds of pumpkins sprouted alongside the road.
Nights Of The Jack is committed to ensuring the safety of all patrons and staff. To see what health and safety measures the staff will be taking, visit here.
About Nights Of The Jack
Nights Of The Jack is a Halloween Jack O’ Lantern event tailored for all ages. The immersive experience
showcases thousands of hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins, situated throughout the stunning property at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas, CA. The team behind this Halloween happening is a partnership
comprised of production and hospitality industry veterans Ben Biscotti, Co- Founder & President of 1iota
Productions and Award-winning event producer & designer Tony Schubert of Event Eleven.
To learn more and join the conversation, use the hashtag #NightsOfTheJack and follow Nights of the Jack on social media:
THE DARKER SIDE OF MAGIC CLOAKS HOGSMEADE IN THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT THIS FALL WITH THE RETURN OF “DARK ARTS AT HOGWARTS CASTLE”
On Select Nights September 16 through October 31, Guests will Encounter Death Eaters in the
streets of Hogsmeade and Watch as a Powerful Dark Spell is Cast on Hogwarts castle – highlighting
Unspeakable Creatures and Sinister Villains from the Wizarding World
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2022) – The darker side of magic comes to life this fall in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort with the return of Death Eaters and the breathtaking experience “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” – a sinister spectacle of state-of-the-art projection mapping, special effects, lighting and more that brings awe-inspiring moments and creatures from the Harry Potter films to life on the majestic Hogwarts castle. “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” will run select nights September 16 through October 31 from dusk until park close in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
As darkness falls, an ominous presence will fill the land as the Dark Arts begin to take over the streets of Hogsmeade and cloak the stone walls of Hogwarts castle. Guests will come face-to-face with Death Eaters – devoted followers of Lord Voldemort known for their allegiance and practice of the Dark Arts – as they appear and eerily roam and lurk throughout Hogsmeade. Then, guests will watch as “Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle” unleashes the unspeakable creatures and sinister villains of the Wizarding World – including Dementors, Mountain Trolls and even a visage of Lord Voldemort – on Hogwarts castle until a Patronus – the result of a powerful defense charm of concentrated happiness and hope – is produced.
Guests can also shop new Dark Arts-themed merchandise featuring the Dark Mark during their visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including mugs, hats, lanyards, tees – and even a Death Eater mask.
For more information about Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.universalorlando.com.
Costumes, Candy, and Family-Friendly Halloween Fun Return at SeaWorld San Diego’s Spooktacular Celebration
SAN DIEGO, CA (September 7, 2022) – SeaWorld San Diego is celebrating Halloween with family-friendly fun at this year’s annual Spooktacular. Children of all ages will love trick-or-treating for ghoulish goodies during this daytime event as they explore SeaWorld San Diego in their Halloween costumes, walk through the decorated candy trail and meet a cast of colorful and not-so-spooky characters. The event runs every Saturday and Sunday from September 17 through October 30, plus Halloween Monday on October 31. The days will be full of immersive and family-friendly activities to get into the Halloween spirit.
Trick-or-Treating Around SeaWorld San Diego
Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat for candy and snacks along the park’s trick-or-treat candy trail. Each candy station along the trail features an assortment of sweet and salty favorites. A SeaWorld trick-or-trick bag is required and will be available to purchase to participate in trick-or-treating. Please note that guests who are ages 13 and older may not wear costume masks or hoods, and all costumes are subject to the normal dress code for the park. In addition, face painting is not permitted on any guests unless it is done by park artists.
Family-Friendly Halloween Experiences
Spooktacular will feature a variety of fun, family-friendly Halloween activities perfect for a spooky, fall day. Children of all ages will love meeting friendly Halloween mermaids in a special immersive experience along the trick-or-treat trail. Guests can also join a cast of silly characters for a Halloween Dance Party featuring popular Halloween-themed songs and family-friendly games like limbo, freeze dance, and more. Next to the dance party is a festive hay maze where families can explore and meet some fun fall characters along the way.
Families can also participate in a fun Spooktacular Pumpkin Hunt throughout the park! A map can be purchased at The SeaWorld Store to help track down SeaWorld and Halloween inspired painted pumpkins – plus, families that participate can exchange the completed map for a special prize!
Back by popular demand, SeaWorld Spooktacular will also include the celebration of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos. Large, beautifully dressed Catrina statues will welcome guests as they discover ofrendas (offerings) of mementos and flowers honoring loved ones who have passed. There will also be traditional food options available for purchase in the park.
Kids Visit for Free During September and October
For a limited time, kids ages 3 to 9 can receive FREE admission with a full price paid adult admission. The free child ticket is redeemable for one visit to SeaWorld San Diego through October 31, 2022, making it a perfect way to have the whole family enjoy SeaWorld San Diego’s Spooktacular!
One of the best ways for guests to experience SeaWorld San Diego at the best value is with a 2023 Fun Card for $99.99. The Fun Card offers unlimited park admission for all of 2023 plus the rest of 2022 for free. For even more unbeatable benefits, guests can purchase an Annual Pass for as low as $12.50/month. With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, savings on merchandise and more.
For more information on SeaWorld and to purchase Annual Passes and Fun Cards visit SeaWorldSanDiego.com.
About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Company is one of the world's foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 40,000 animals in need over the last 55 years. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens®, Aquatica®, Sesame Place® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 55-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The Company's theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.