Happy Thursday everybody and welcome to what will probably be our last Universal Studios Hollywood update of the decade. Last weekend we were invited out to the park to check out Grinchmas, Christmas in the Wizarding World and all of the amazing Holiday fun.
In addition we took a look at the current construction projects around the park. Let's check it out!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood!
Looks like King Kong got mad at It's Sugar (the store is getting some work done)
It was a gorgeous day to be out at the park
Highlight video of Grinchmas 2019
We love little out of the way touches, the record studio outside of Mel's had a great Christmas album display
The real clouds look almost fake here
All the different things you can do at Grinchmas
Our advise, do the Wholiday Tree Lighting later in the evening
We met the mayor who wished us a happy Anniversary (our 24th was the day after our visit ... yes, we were VERY young when we got married, well, 20)
We decided to meet Max too!!
He's so awesome!
We love the look of this area at night
The lit up Wholiday tree
We also took some pics/video of Secret Life of Pets progress
We can't wait to try this out next year
And also a Super Nintendo Land update video. This was taken from the Studio Tour so it's kind of bumpy. Our apologies.
Lastly, we enjoyed a nice evening in Hogwarts and celebrated the Holidays there.
We had dessert out on the patio, enjoying some hot butterbeer and waiting for the crowds to die down a bit for the Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle (you can see it from here too).
The shows they do here are truly magical, we love them.
Thanks for the amazing night Universal Hollywood!! We'll see you in the new year!
You can find out more information about the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood here.
Yesterday we headed out to Universal Studios Hollywood to cover the Jurassic World 5k (we promise, one of these times we'll actually run the race) and of course stayed after a bit to do a park update.
Lots of activity at the park as they prepare for the Holidays and Grinchmas, as well as Secret Life of Pets and Super Nintendo World.
Let's head in!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Jurassic World 5k
Something truly magical about heading into a theme park before it even opens.
It was in the low 50's and perfect at the start of the race. It got up to the 90's later in the day. Winter in SoCal!!
They used the digital boards to help the runners which was awesome.
And of course, no theme park race would be complete without characters!!
Lots of runners heading down to the lower lot. Be sure to check out our highlight video too.
Some were going for a fast time, others were just enjoying the park and course.
I'm sure people were flying down this hill!!
We moved over to the finish
The kids race medals
Congrats runners!! We didn't hear that the T-Rex caught any of you, so that's good.
Let's head into the park and check out what's going on.
Now that HHN is over, the park has quickly switched to Holiday mode.
Lots of awesome Holiday merch
A collection of shirts, hoodies, characters and more.
It snowed at the park apparently.
Always love the Minion tree
They're getting ready for Grinchmas
Taken before the park opened as we were headed to the finish of the 5k, but totally loved this pic.
Even the Wizarding World is celebrating the holidays
Secret Life of Pets is coming along quite nicely
The amount of detail on the building is impressive
Super Nintendo Land is growing each and every time we visit the park
Impressive, most impressive.
The decorations are also all around CityWalk
Tony Roma's is closed, NBC Sports Grill/Brew is coming.
Cool new (to us at least) mugs at Voodoo Doughnuts
And even some Universal Running doughnuts
King Kong wishes you a GrrrGrrr Grrrrrrmas.
We'll be back in a few weeks for Grinchmas!! Hope you enjoyed the update!!
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.