As we get closer to the holidays we start to wrap up our holiday season coverage and today we are checking out one of the best events in SoCal, Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood.
The event has definitely changed over the years due to the huge changes at the park. Most of the events are centered in Unviersal Plaza and the Studio Tour which is great. Lots of great fun to be had.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood
Not only were we there to celebrate Grinchmas, but also our 21st anniversary. Did I marry up or what? ;)
Woah, Cartooniversal is GONE which gives a unique view of Wizarding World. For now.
It was a busy morning in Wizarding World.
One of the coolest things about Wizarding World ... no matter how many times we visit we always see one person each time in house robes and in tears being overwhelmed by Wizarding World. It's awesome to see. And people still think they don't need Wizarding World on both coasts.
We decided to take it easy and have some breakfast and Hot Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks.
So many Wholiday Events in Universal Plaza.
We had already had tickets for the LA Kings game that afternoon so we took a little break from the park to head down to Staples to take in the Hockey game. A look at the decorations in CityWalk.
Down at the Hockey game, which is just a short 8 mile drive from Universal. Of course, with LA Traffic it still takes awhile to get down there.
After a fun game (lots of goals and fights) it was time to head back to Universal.
The new Cinema looks fantastic
Absolutely love the entry plaza all lit up
It's still just amazing how much this park has changed over the past few years.
Even Shrek 4D looks great all lit up.
We had to go check out the Grinchmas show on the Studio Tour, and were greated by a special guest while in line.
Believe it or not, this was the first time we'd done the Studio Tour at night.
Looks so great at night.
The Grinchmas show is lots of fun.
Of course the Grinch has got to come out and try and ruin Christmas.
Always such a weird transition from Grinch to Psycho.
Let's check out the rest of the holiday decorations on the upper lot.
Grinchmas Tree Lighting show
Lots of fun Who stuff to do
A private party was about to happen, our invite must have been lost in the mail. ;)
Back in CityWalk, Kong with his Santa Hat
We were reminscing that when we first started dating shortly after CityWalk opened it was never busy, they've really turned this into a destination place for locals and tourists and it's great to see.
And that's gonna wrap it up for our Grinchmas update from Universal Studios Hollywood. It's definitely a great event that you should definitely check out. Click here for more info on Grinchmas.
After the first of the year we'll get back to having normal updates from goings on around the park. Happy Wholidays!!
Halloween Horror Nights ended just about 3 weeks ago and at this point is pretty much gone from all of the area's of Universal Studios Hollywood. In it's place is lots of candy canes, christmas trees and holiday cheer.
And of course, there's Wizarding World which is getting closer to opening with each passing day.
Written by Gregg Condon
We'll of course start off with Wizarding World, get used to this view because it's pretty much done at this point. Was quite surprised to see that at least one person was surprised Wizarding World is being built. I guess us nerds just take it for granted that everybody should know by now.
But no worries, I have the feeling we'll be inundated with Wizarding World everywhere very soon. Probably around the same time we're done being inundated with Star Wars stuff.
Speaking of Wizarding World, the park released the first Virtual Tour video last week. Be sure to check it out.
The view from the Studio Tour Bridge. Don't think we'll ever get tired of this view.
View from the Shrek queue ... once those trees grow in you won't be able to see the castle much.
I see wings!!!
Moving on, the Holiday's are taking over the park now
And of course the CityWalk Christmas Tree
And of course there are plenty of other smaller projects going on around the park to get ready for the influx of Potterheads.
Lastly, we always like to feature a picture of one of the amazing in-park characters, but this is a new one for us. =)
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for today's update, we hope you enjoyed. Be sure to check back in a few weeks for our full coverage of Grinchmas.
This past Saturday we stopped in for a quick trip to Universal Studios Hollywood as we were in the area and were hoping to just bring you a short update today. That turned into quite a large update as you'll see below. There's lots of great stuff going on at the park that we wanted to let you know about.
Hope you've got your red-cup of coffee ready today. ;)
Written by Gregg Condon
UPDATE: Universal Studios Hollywood has releases pricing for the 2016 prices, see below.
Note: All of these passes contain blackout days, which isn't a surprise. Considering we'd heard rumors of there possibly being NO Annual Passes for 2016 (or the first half of 2016) this is likely the best we were going to get.
Also, none of these passes contain parking, so prepare to have to pay or use Metro.
Before we get started, I'm not sure if most people even realize USH has a France section of the park. We didn't notice any kind of tribute or anything to the events going on in Paris but we did notice the music a lot more than on previous visits. And it seemed a lot more people were spending time in this area of the park than usual.
Our thoughts are with all those impacted by the senseless violence.
Moving on to Wizarding World, not really a whole lot of change from last week as at this point most of the changes are going on inside and to show elements outside.
Speaking of show elements, some of the window animation is working now and they are testing pretty much everything that needs to be tested.
They've also been lighting Hogwarts at night. We'll be sure to get some pics of it when we go for Grinchmas in a few weeks.
Flight of the Hippogriff was testing. We saw about 4 or 5 trains go in the few minutes we were getting pics.
The greenhouse appears to be done, or very close to being done.
The Ford Anglia is back and outside the Wizarding World store.
A view from CityWalk
Now that Halloween Horror Nights is over, Christmas has definitely come to Universal Studios Hollywood
The Grinchmas Tree is being constructed
Last week this was all ExterminatorZ and now it's Candy CaneZ ... ;)
On the studio tour they are getting ready for the Whovilation show
It's always so interesting to see the contrast between Whoville and Bates Motel
Even CityWalk is getting ready for the holidays
There are still a LOT of construction projects going on both inside and outside the parks.
The retail dining location is starting to get a LOT more detail.
All of the work going on is creating some VERY narrow walkways
Some nice details seen through the scrim
The Special Effects Stage is closed as they prepare for a new show in the theater next year
Outside the park, the re-design of the front entry of the park is underway. Everything on the right side of the entry is closed, making for a VERY narrow walkway between CityWalk and the park.
Walls, Walls, Walls ... everywhere walls.
Even walls around Saddle Ranch, which is still open BTW.
As you can see, it gets quite crowded in a narrow walkway.
Back inside the park, a few remnants of Halloween Horror Nights remains, mostly on the Studio Tour.
They were filming on the backlot with a huge US Airways plane set, which led us to the conclusion that it's for the Sully Sullenberger movie starring Tom Hanks. No, we didn't see Tom on set. =(
And lastly, Jaws recently came back from a refurb and it looks great!!
Thanks for reading, we weren't expecting the update to be too big this week but there turned out to be more going on at the park than we figured.
Our next update for USH will likely be for the opening of Grinchmas as we've got Holiday events starting up this weekend with Chill at Queen Mary and Knott's Merry Farm this weekend.
And don't forget, we'll be at IAAPA all week, so be sure you are following us on all of our social media to get up to the minute updates. Team Park Journey will be working hard to bring you all the latest cool stuff from this years event.