Universal Studios Hollywood Announces Roster of “Top Chef” Alumni Participating in its First-Ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival
Universal Studios Hollywood Announces Roster of “Top Chef” Alumni Participating in its First-Ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival on March 19-20, 2020
Coinciding with the “Top Chef” Season 17 Premiere, the Inaugural Event Invites Guests to Sample Dishes, Experience Live Quickfire Challenges and Attend Panels with Series Alums
Click Here to Purchase Tickets and Here to See Sample Dishes
Universal City, CA, February 10, 2020 – Universal Studios Hollywood announces the roster of “Top Chef” alumni participating in its first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival along with a first look at some of the appetizing dishes guests will have the chance to sample at the event taking place on March 19-20.
“Top Chef” alum and Fan Favorite Chef Shirley Chung is at the helm collaborating with Universal Studios Hollywood’s Chefs on a specially-curated, eclectic menu inspired by the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Bravo series. Cheftestants from the upcoming “Top Chef” Season 17 – All Stars LA participating in the festival include Eric Adjepong, Jennifer Carroll, Stephanie Cmar, Lisa Fernandes, Kevin Gillespie, Jamie Lynch, Brian Malarkey, and Joe Sasto. Additional names will be announced at a later date.
Sample menu items featuring cuisines from around the world and inspired by the series include, Roasted Red Snapper with Green Tomato Salsa Verde, Lechon with Papaya Pico di Gallo, Drunken Doughnuts with Champagne Raspberry Jam, Yuzu Aguachile with Dragonfruit & Avocado and Liquid Nitrogen Chocolate Mousse. The all-inclusive event will feature a selection of fine wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails curated for the festival. A variety of vegan and vegetarian dishes will also be available.
The two-day, separately-ticketed event takes place at Universal Studios Hollywood and offers general admission, day/night combo tickets and VIP ticket options, which is currently sold out due to popular demand. The event is open to guests ages 21 and over.
General admission tickets provide access to culinary tastings, live Quickfire Challenges featuring cheftestants from “Top Chef” Season 17 – All Stars LA, “Top Chef” Alumni panel interviews, themed photo ops and merchandise, live entertainment, keepsake gift and commemorative credential.
The day/night combo tickets will enable guests to receive all general admission offerings plus early access to theme park.
While the VIP ticket is currently sold out due to popular demand, this premium option invites guests to experience several first-class opportunities including an exclusive culinary tasting and meet and greet hosted by a “Top Chef” Season 17 All Star, along with a wine pairing, an intimate sampling lounge hosted by a premium vintner, early access to the theme park and complimentary parking.
The inaugural Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival coincides with the Season 17 premiere of “Top Chef” returning Thursday, March 19 at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo with All Stars LA, featuring the fiercest group of competitors the show has seen with 15 finalists, front runners and fan favorites from seasons past who have all returned to finish what they started and battle it out for the coveted title.
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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, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
All Six Flags Theme Parks to Implement Specialized Training and new Accessibility Card to Better Serve Guests
JACKSON, N.J. — February 6, 2020 — Six Flags Great Adventure today announced that it will earn the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This initiative, across all 26 Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX) locations, will mark the first-ever family of parks to earn the designation. Six Flags is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America.
“We are proud to partner with IBCCES to ensure that guests on the autism spectrum have the best possible experience when visiting our parks,” said Six Flags Vice President of Safety Jason Freeman. “The certification process will equip our team members with the tools and training needed to better serve guests with special needs. We want them to know Six Flags stands ready to welcome them with open arms.”
Many individuals and families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities find it challenging when visiting new places or planning family trips. The potential for sensory overload combined with a lack of understanding and awareness at parks and other recreational venues can often be overwhelming.
The CAC designation from IBCCES, the only credentialing board providing these services for the amusement and attractions industry, requires that at least 80% of guest-facing staff at each park complete a training and certification program through IBCCES as well as complete onsite audits and make a commitment to ongoing training. The staff training focuses on understanding the autism spectrum and strategies for communication, guest experience, and safety, while the onsite audit will give each park techniques and guidance on additional updates.
As a Certified Autism Center, Six Flags parks will provide:
“IBCCES is extremely excited to work with a family of parks with this level of commitment,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman. “So many families just need more communication and understanding from parks and other attractions, so they can make those memories together that we all cherish. In some cases, small changes can make a huge impact, and our certification program ensures each park is committed to long-term growth and understanding, not just a one-time training.”
"As a person on the spectrum, it is exciting to see more parks taking the extra steps to accommodate all guests," said Dr. Stephen Shore. "The commitment Six Flags is making to a true certification process is impressive and means so much to millions of individuals and families. Creating family memories and recreation are essential for both individuals with ASD and their families as a whole."
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare, education and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel options. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for the attractions and travel industry. While many destinations tout “autism-friendly” options, this phrase means something different to everyone and does not necessarily indicate a true understanding or commitment to serving these guests.
Theme Parks Introduce Accessibility Card to Assist Guests with Cognitive and Physical Impairments
Six Flags will also be the first network of theme parks to implement IBCCES’ Accessibility Card. It is designed to help individuals with cognitive disorders or physical impairments identify and receive helpful accommodations at certified attractions worldwide. The cards are free and may be used during all Six Flags theme park visits. Guests will register for the card at www.accessibilitycard.org. After obtaining the card, they can visit Six Flags Great Adventure’s Ride Information Center for attraction access information that best serves their individual needs. For more information, visit https://www.sixflags.com/greatadventure/plan-your-visit/guests-with-disabilities
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 $1.5 billion in revenue and 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 water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are the only training and certification programs endorsed by the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, The Autism Society of America, and recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders.
PEACOCK LIVE! ADDS MORE STARS, PANELS AND ACTIVATIONS TO PROGRAMMING LINEUP MARCH 28-29
Panels from Hit NBC Series “This Is Us” and “Good Girls”
Sneak Peek at Peacock’s Highly Anticipated Reboot of “Saved by the Bell”
Plus Special Appearances by Jay Leno, Al Roker, Derek Hough, Lilly Singh, Kate del Castillo and More
Click Here to Purchase Tickets to Peacock Live!
February 5, 2020 – New York – NBCUniversal has announced a robust slate of new show panels, celebrity appearances and interactive activations at Peacock Live!, its first-ever two-day fan festival taking place March 28-29, 2020 on the legendary Universal Studios backlot.
In addition to 2-Day tickets currently available, fans can now purchase 1-Day General Admission adult tickets starting at $99 at www.PeacockLive.com. Plus, fans who purchase their tickets before Sunday, February 16 are eligible for pre-mailed custom credentials, offering an expedited arrival experience at the event. Peacock Live! ticketholders will receive general admission entry to Universal Studios Hollywood, including exclusive after-hours park after dark access, offering a great value for the ultimate NBCUniversal insider weekend. Plus, Peacock Live! guests will be among the first to experience the spectacular new ride inspired by Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets.”
Confirmed panels include:
Saturday, March 28 (panel times TBA)
“This Is Us” – Join stars of NBC’s mega-hit drama including Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley and creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman for a look inside the award-winning show. The panel will be moderated by “Access Hollywood” co-host Kit Hoover.
“Saved by the Bell” – Get an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming Peacock reboot of the beloved sitcom, followed by a discussion with stars/executive producers Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley and showrunner/executive producer Tracey Wigfield.
“Good Girls” – Stars of the popular NBC comedy-infused drama Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman, along with series creator/executive producer Jenna Bans and executive producer Bill Krebs, discuss what to expect as they head into the rest of season 3.
Universal Parks & Resorts Global Preview – Peacock Live! guests will get an exclusive first-look at the exciting new experiences coming to the Universal Parks & Resorts theme parks around the world.
“Halloween Horror Nights” – Get insight from the global teams behind the world’s most successful Halloween event, and how they collaborate with filmmakers to bring iconic horror films to life as interactive, dimensional haunted houses and mazes.
Sunday, March 29 (panel times TBA)
2020 Tokyo Olympics – NBC Olympics primetime host Mike Tirico leads a conversation with Olympic icons Mary Lou Retton, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Rowdy Gaines, all of whom were medalists at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Plus, fans can get a preview of athletes to watch in Tokyo this summer.
“The Making of a Theme Park Attraction” – How does a global blockbuster film franchise like “Jurassic World” become a mega-hit theme park thrill ride? Guests will have a chance to hear first-hand from the creative minds at Universal theme parks around the globe responsible for bringing favorite films from the silver screen to groundbreaking, next-generation thrill rides.
Notable talent appearances include:
“A Little Late with Lilly Singh” – A meet and greet opportunity with the host of NBC’s newest late-night talk show and social media sensation Lilly Singh.
“American Ninja Warrior” – Hosts Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Zuri Hall of the hit NBC competition show will be on hand to provide color commentary on Peacock Live! guests who compete on the full-sized obstacles seen on the show. Plus, get tips and tricks and take a photo with some of the all-time top Ninjas.
“The Biggest Loser” – Show host Bob Harper and trainers Steve Cook and Erica Lugo from the revamped USA version of the original hit series will lead special fitness and wellness activities.
“Days of our Lives” – Join the iconic stars of NBC’s record-breaking daytime drama for a special meet and greet opportunity, complete with a cast lunch.
“Ellen’s Game of Games” – Television personality tWitch hosts the fan-favorite “Hot Hands,” the high-pressure, fast-paced final game from Ellen DeGeneres’ hit NBC primetime show.
“Jay Leno’s Garage” – Legendary comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno takes a tour of the largest vehicle collection ever assembled from the blockbuster “Fast & Furious” saga and will interview Dennis McCarthy, Picture Car Coordinator for the franchise, for his popular CNBC primetime series “Jay Leno’s Garage.”
“La Reina del Sur” – International superstar Kate del Castillo, from Telemundo’s most successful series ever, joins fans for an engaging conversation, plus meet and greet.
“World of Dance” – Emmy winner and judge of NBC’s dance competition series Derek Hough will teach fans his best moves in an instructive dance class, and answer questions during an insightful fan Q&A.
Plus, additional talent appearances throughout the weekend include “TODAY” weather anchor and co-host of the “3rd Hour of TODAY” Al Roker, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer and comedian Amber Ruffin and more. *Schedule and appearances are subject to change.
These new events join previously announced programming, such as a special preview screening of DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls World Tour” before it hits theaters, the largest vehicle collection ever assembled from the “Fast & Furious” franchise, an archival exhibit with props and costumes from beloved films and shows, and much more. For all previously announced programming and more information, visit www.PeacockLive.com.
About Peacock Live!
Peacock Live! is a first-ever fan festival showcasing the best of NBCUniversal’s past, present and future. Taking place March 28-29, 2020 on the legendary Universal Studios backlot, Peacock Live! will give fans insider access to the latest and greatest film, television, sports, lifestyle and theme park experiences only from NBCUniversal.
NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.
NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a division of Comcast Corporation.
ORDER UP! NEW FLAVORS AND CONCERTS SERVED FRESH THIS SPRING AT THE 6th ANNUAL BUSCH GARDENS® TAMPA BAY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
Come back for seconds or as many times as you like - buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE, and get unlimited admission to both parks for the entire 2020 season
Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 6, 2020) – The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival kicks off earlier than ever, starting February 29! Featuring dozens of ALL NEW menu items, including delicious food, wine, craft brews, specialty cocktails such as the Iron Gwazi Gimlet, and a fantastic line-up of world class musical acts – the 6th Annual Food & Wine festival runs every weekend February 29-April 26 and is included with park admission.
World-Class Entertainment to Satisfy All Tastes!
The Food & Wine Festival line-up reflects musical genres of all tastes – from nostalgic bands to modern favorites. Concert headliners include:
Feb. 28: Pass Member Exclusive Preview with “Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band!”
This exclusive event is available ONLY for Pass Members to preview the all-new menu of sips and samples at the 6th Annual Food & Wine Festival. Visit buschgardenstampa.com to learn more or purchase your Annual Pass to gain access to this VIP opportunity!
Fans can book the ultimate festival experience with one of two exclusive VIP packages available for each act, including reserved concert seating and a 5-item Food & Wine Festival Sampler Lanyard. NEW for 2020, upgrade to the ultimate concert-goer experience with Unlimited Food & Wine Festival VIP Seating which includes VIP seating for EVERY concert of our 2020 Festival!
All-New Menu, All-New Flavors!
Busch Gardens’ new award-winning Executive Chef, Ernie Reyes brings a fresh approach to this popular event. With 25 NEW food items in addition to fan-favorite dishes and over 80 wines, beers and cocktails to choose from, the Food & Wine Festival offers an endless variety of flavors to sip and savor! Guests can tempt their taste buds with the following NEW items:
Click here to view the entire menu and pick your perfect upgrade or purchase your Food & Wine Festival Sampler Lanyard – the best way to savor and save on everything the event has to offer!
Guests can purchase a 5, 8 or 12-item sampler lanyard to use at each festival cabin to explore sample-sized dishes and drink offerings with ease, starting at just $32. Pass Members can purchase an exclusive 15-item sampler for the same price as a 12-item sampler and SAVE 20%!
Reminder: New 2020 Thrills!
Busch Gardens has something for everyone with two NEW thrills launching in spring 2020. Thrill seekers can take on Iron Gwazi, North America’s TALLEST hybrid coaster and the FASTEST and STEEPEST hybrid coaster in the world. At Adventure Island this season, guests can spin and splash on Solar Vortex, America’s FIRST DUAL TAILSPIN waterslide.
Best Way to Play:
The best value to visit Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival and year-round events is with an Annual Pass that includes 12 months of unlimited visits, FREE parking, FREE Serengeti Safari, merchandise and dining discounts¹, and special limited-time perks throughout the year. Or for a limited time, buy a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 2020 Fun Card and an Adventure Island 2020 Fun Card FREE - Florida families can take advantage of this limited time buy-one-get-one FREE offer and get unlimited year-round park admission to TWO until December 31, 2020².
Fans can learn more about new events, special deals and future announcements by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and live shows and events, providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens and Adventure Island are part of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.
¹All events and attractions listed are included with park admission. Upgrades, specialty food and beverage items are sold separately.
²Some restrictions apply; Blackout dates may apply
ORLANDO, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2020) – Universal Orlando Resort is bringing a new way to entertain guests to this year’s Mardi Gras celebration. Not only can guests enjoy a spectacular nightly parade, authentic Cajun-style cuisine and live concerts on select nights, but also, for the first time in the event’s 25 year history, a Mardi Gras-themed tribute store has made its debut in Universal Studios Florida. Located just outside the French Quarter inside the New York area of Universal Studios Florida, the immersive tribute store serves as a homage to authentic New Orleans tradition. It offers exclusive photo opportunities for guests and specially-designed Universal Orlando Mardi Gras merchandise for purchase.
As guests step into the tribute store they will be transported into a dusty forgotten jazz hall where ghostly trumpets echo throughout the room. A few steps later, guests arrive in the “The Cemetery” room – inspired by New Orleans’ famous Lafayette Cemetery – where they will pass through a Universal Studios archway surrounded by eerie tombs and statues. After some quiet moments amongst the crypts, guests leave the Big Easy and find themselves in the musty backwater bayou of rural, Southern New Orleans. “The Bayou” room places guests in the heart of the swamp with shacks and sounds of the bayou.
The Mardi Gras tribute store is an immersive destination unto itself that highlights a layer of dark beauty and long held traditions that can only be found at Universal Orlando’s 2020 Mardi Gras celebration. In addition to the highly-themed rooms, guests will have the opportunity to purchase exclusive Mardi Gras merchandise at the tribute store – including unique masks, themed apparel with the 25 Years of Party design, Voodoo doll charms, hand painted skulls and skull walking sticks, collectible cups and more. There is also an exclusive Annual Passholder t-shirt available for purchase as part of this year’s event.
The store is now open to guests at Universal Studios Florida during park hours until the end of Mardi Gras on April 2. All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. To learn about all of Universal Orlando’s ticket, vacation package and Annual Pass options and for more information on Mardi Gras, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.