Hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood Employee Volunteers Pay it Forward by Welcoming 300 Homeless School Children from Operation School Bell in Support of Theme Park’s 15th Annual “Day of Giving” Philanthropic Event
Hundreds of employee volunteers band together in support of Universal Studios Hollywood’s 15th annual “Day of Giving” community outreach event as the destination once again plays host to 300 homeless children from Operation School Bell.
The inspirational “Day of Giving” event is a yearly Universal Studios Hollywood tradition designed to connect employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation whose mission is to empower individuals and families to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
As part of the event, children will receive a selection of new clothing and school supplies, followed by an afternoon of fun at the theme park that includes a visit to “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” a chance encounter with Minions to experience the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride and “Super Silly Fun Land” play zone, and a behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made on the world-famous Studio Tour.
The day-long event will also support several other non-profit organizations across Los Angeles, including Project Angel Food, Tree People, Habitat for Humanity and Shane’s Inspiration.
Last weekend we said goodbye to two of our favorite Halloween events. We first headed up to Halloween Horror Night's late on Friday night specifically for one of our favorite things ever, Chainsaw Chaseout.
We then headed back to HHN on Sunday to say goodbye to the event for a few hours. We also got some pics of construction happening around the park, since we are a theme park update site too. =)
Written by Gregg Condon
Hi HHN!! We usually like to get here for early entry, but tonight we had a different agenda.
We honestly hadn't really planned on doing mazes, or at the very least, 1 or 2, but wait times were pretty low so we decided to do a few.
After quick walk-on at House of 1000 Corpses, we decided to celebrate the holidays!
And then through Pandora's Box, which I have to be honest, we wish we'd gone through more during the season. Every night we had a different favorite (weird how that happens) and on Friday this was our favorite.
We then headed downstairs to visit our Killer Klown friends and then back up top for Chainsaw Chaseout, which we love so much.
Sunday afternoon we found ourselves back at Universal after seeing Jesus Christ Superstar at the Pantages.
Side note, if you get a chance to see the 50th Anniversary Tour, DO IT!! It's amazing.
We decided to have a late lunch/early dinner at Antojitos.
The Torta was amazing
As was the Quesadilla
Having lived our entire lives in SoCal we're VERY picky when it comes to Mexican food. This isn't just "good for CityWalk" Mexican food, it's good Mexican food.
Also, have had a couple of tweets from those in Orlando about their Antojitos and the service there. I'm happy to say that our service here on Sunday couldn't have been better. Yay!!
Headed in for one last night ...
Secret Life of Pets is coming along nicely on the outside
Super Nintendo Land is bigger each and every time we visit
They were having a HUGE sale
I got this for $3.96.
After tackling all 3 backlot mazes by about 6:30, we headed to Killer Klowns.
This dude brought it, each and every night. Kudos!!
20 minute waits for both Us and Pandora, don't mind if we do.
We decided to live stream our last maze of Haunt Season 2019, Holidayz in Hell. Enjoy!!
And with that, we say a sad farewell to Haunt Season 2019.
Our final maze counts for the season and our visits with the frequent fear pass. We really did love being able to go multiple nights and see the progression of each maze. We will definitely be getting it again next year.
And just because this made us laugh way more than it should have. It's still HHN specific. =)
Hope you all enjoyed reading our Halloween updates, we'll see you at Midsummer Scream on July 31st!!
And just because people have been asking, below are all of our maze videos, in order of favorite to least favorite.
1 - Ghostbusters
2 - Killer Klowns from Outer Space
3 - Holidayz in Hell (we never did get a full video, see the live-stream above)
4 - Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman
5 - Creepshow
6 - Pandora's Box
7 - Us
8 - House of 1000 Corpses
9 - Stranger Things 2
We REALLY did love being able to experience the event multiple nights and I think you kind of need to in order to really see everything.
The other night we were invited out to Universal CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood to try some yummy food from two of their newest restaurants, Vivo and Antojitos. And while we aren't a "food blog" we definitely like food. Having more options available either before or after visiting the park (or even before heading down to Hollywood to see a show at Pantages) is always a good thing.
As such, we're going to approach this as a "theme park blog who likes to eat food" vs just as a "food blog". We'll let them do their thing. =)
Written by Gregg Condon
After checking in, our first stop was Vivo Italian Kitchen
As soon as we headed in we were greeted with wine, pasta and some nice looking dessert displays. We quickly made the decision to have "dinner" samples at each restaurant and then come back to Vivo to end our night with dessert.
All of this was amazing, and shout out to the diners photo-bombing us. Didn't even notice this at the time.
Ricotta Cheesecake. Wow!!!
Mini Chocolate Vasi. I don't know what a Vasi is, but I know what chocolate is. And I know good chocolate something when I taste it.
The restaurants mixologist was on-site to make some yummy drinks. We had the Old Fashioned and a Strawberry Rye (not pictured). Both were amazing.
Some of the amazing food on the menu.
We got to try the Sausage Ragu, it was to die for.
Oh yeah, some of what the restaurant actually looks like. =)
Our dessert sample with coffee of course. It was all fantastic.
After stuffing our faces at Vivo, it was time to head over to Antojitos. This has always been a favorite of our readers in Florida so we were excited to see one coming here. And it didn't disappoint.
Lots of amazing drinks. Seeing that it was a Tuesday night, and the Old Fashioned at Vivo was super good, didn't take more than a few sips here. But we WILL be back.
Made a mental note that I NEED the Mexican Mule on our return visit.
Let's get to the food
I LOVE spicy food. Like, love, love it. This had a tremendous kick. And I loved it. I think I had 3 or 4 of these mini tacos. But be warned. You'll need something to wash it down with. =)
I'm probably the farthest thing from a Vegan that there is, well, maybe not the farthest. But this Vegan Chorizo was all kinds of amazing. Definitely am going to add some of this "Impossible" stuff to our shopping list to try it out.
Had no idea that they could make Chicharrones out of chicken. Says the Guero.
I'm getting hungry again
As somebody who is not a fan of tomatoes (but can eat non-chunky salsa) I love that they have guacamole with additives other than tomatoes. The Pomegranate seed one was amazing.
Being born and raised in Southern California and having some of the best Mexican food within miles of our house for most of our lives we are VERY particular when it comes to Salsa.
We are very happy to report the Salsa at Antojitos is amazing.
The salsa roja (on the left side of the plate) was our favorite.
So what's the final verdict?
We really loved the food at both places, and for very different reasons. For us, Antojitos is definitely the more "casual" of the two places, as such, we will be more likely to eat there more in the future.
On the other hand, for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc) I could definitely see us choosing Vivo.
And on the third hand, we totally talked about having dinner at Antojitos and then dessert at Vivo. =)
Thanks again to Universal Studios Hollywood for inviting us out. We had an amazing time.
Now about getting Antojitos to open for Breakfast after the Running Universal Events. I bet they'd make some amazing Chilaquiles.