CoasterMatt headed up to Universal Studios Hollywood yesterday and sent us some construction pictures and more preparations for Grinchmas, which opens on Dec 6th.
If you'd like to see more of Matt's amazing pictures, be sure to check out his Flickr page.
The biggest change this week is that walls are up around House of Horrors and the Blues Brothers stage. The Blues Brothers will be back in the Universal Plaza after Grinchmas (not the lower lot as previously reported ... thanks Inside Universal).
Lots of work done in Hogsmeade this week as well.
Rock-work has begun!!!
The amount of walls around the upper lot at the moment is astounding. But it's going to all be awesome when it's done.
And a quick look at Forbidden Journey. Doesn't look like too much difference from last week.
Moving onto the Holidays, before you even get in the park you'll find that CityWalk is all decked out.
Be sure to check out the kick-off of the Holidays at CityWalk this Monday with The Voice finalists.
More decorations are being added to various buildings around the park.
Even heading down to the Studio Tour
Interesting that there's nothing on the Starbucks building ... yet.
Lampposts are decorated on the Lower Lot
That's going to wrap it up for this quick update. We'll be back at the park after Thanksgiving for the beginning of Grinchmas.
It's once again time for Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood as the park kicks off it's annual event on December 6th.
In addition, next Monday, November 24th there will be a special concert with The Voice finalists at Universal CityWalk to kick off the holiday festivities.
It’s that time of year again… for the Grinchmas™ festivities to begin!
Grinchmas™ at Universal Studios Hollywood officially opens its doors on December 6th for theme park guests to meet and greet the The Grinch and his dog Max, Cindy Lou-Who and more!
In addition to story time, cookie and ornament decorating, fans can journey to Whoville aboard Universal Studios Hollywood’s world-famous Studio Tour where Whos sing and dance amid the original sets from the classic, “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” movie.
Enjoy an extra helping of Who-bilation this holiday season with Grinchmas™ at Universal Studios Hollywood. Guests can treat themselves and their families to fun filled photo ops with The Grinch and his dog Max, story time with Cindy Lou-Who and cookie and ornament decorating. After standing beneath the 60-foot Grinchmas tree and soaking in the festive park holiday decorations, theme park guests can journey to Whoville aboard Universal Studios Hollywood’s world-famous Studio Tour where Whos sing and dance amid the original sets from the classic, “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” movie. Select dates December 6, 2014 to January 3, 2015.
Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more information.
Universal CityWalk Sets the Stage for the Holidays with 200,000 Sparkling Lights, Joined by Carson Daly, the Top 10 Finalists from “The Voice” and Santa Claus in a Spirited Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Free Concert at “5 Towers” with “The Voice” Artists Immediately Following
WHAT: Universal CityWalk celebrates the start of the festive holiday season with a spirited tree lighting ceremony by bringing to life a towering 40-foot Christmas tree, entwined with more than 200,000 brilliantly colored LED lights that will radiate throughout the destination.
To help Universal CityWalk ring in the holiday season, Carson Daly and the top 10 Finalists from the Emmy Award-winning television series, “The Voice,” will join Santa center stage to light the soaring Christmas tree, amid a flurry of sparkling confetti.
Immediately following the tree lighting ceremony, “The Voice” artists will host a free concert performance at “5 Towers.”
Throughout CityWalk’s holiday festivities, “5 Towers” will feature free concerts, and glimmer with hourly snowfall at Santa’s Snow Zone, where guests may take photos with Kris Kringle himself aboard his giant sleigh. Event dates are Friday, November 28 to Thursday, December 25, 2014. More info is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also may be found on CityWalk’s Twitter @CityWalkLA, Facebook-Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram@CityWalkLA.
Last week was the Universal Studios Hollywood Day of Giving (Click link for more info) so we were at the park for the tail-end of the event. It's always great to see parks going out of their way to help the community.
So while at the Day of Giving we decided to head into the park to get a quick update.
We'll start off with Christmas decorations out at CityWalk, which isn't a part of "Grinchmas" but just regular Christmas stuff. You've gotta go into the park to get Grinch'y with it.
Even Andy Dick thinks it's too soon for Christmas decorations
Some new decorations under the Universal arch. Wonder how these have been holding up with the high winds we've been having here in Southern California
The Universal Plaza is closed as they prepare to set up trees and other things for Grinchmas
More decorations and icicles have been added to the various buildings on the upper lot
Not sure if we'll see any additional decorations around Despicable Me
The Whoville sets on the tram are getting decorations as well as a MUCH needed paint job.
Not too much different on Springfield and Wizarding World since our last update, but enough for a few pictures.
Coming soon to a theme park near you ... Panels!!
Sorry, Panels AND Windows
Ben & Jerry's and Louie's are still standing
They've started expanding Wizarding World to the empty area
And lastly, since there was no other place to put it, the water play area for Super Silly Fun Land is closed for refurbishment.
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