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!!
It's been a few weeks since our last Universal Studios Hollywood update, and if the progress of work going on around the park is any indication, we're going to have to start doing more of them.
The park is starting to remind us of 2015 when the entire upper lot was being worked on for Springfield and Wizarding World. But this time there are three major projects happening on the upper and lower lot. Let's take a look!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Our first stop most days is of course Wizarding World. We got into the park right at opening and had about a 15 minute wait for Forbidden Journey.
Usually we just do single rider, but sometimes we go for the full experience.
It was a perfect day at the park, didn't get too busy until about 1 or 2 (as we were leaving).
We of course had to get some Butterbeer. What's your favorite kind?
Most of the people in our group hadn't done Kung Fu Panda yet, so we had to give that a visit. Really enjoy it.
Now that Lunar New Year is over they are doing some work in Universal Plaza. Not sure if it's just general refurbishment or if they're doing something for the next event.
Let's first take a look at "Unannounced Project #1" (or is this Unannounced Project #2). We have a hard time keeping track. =)
The pictures seen from the upper lot don't do the size of this area justice.
But on the lower lot, you can get a feel for just how big this addition is.
There is actually more room here than you might think.
A crane on-site can only mean one thing ... vertical construction.
As you can see they are starting to go down before they go up.
One of the walls is already taller than the tram.
Jurassic World is really starting to take shape, you can see the T-Rex on the outside very clearly now.
The most interesting thing though is this new build down near the former maintenance pool. Not sure if this is an extension of the ride or they're just re-doing this part of the backstage area.
But as you can see, there is a LOT going on in this area.
Further on the tour, Jaws is getting some love.
Back on the upper lot, "Unannounced Project #2" is getting bigger with each visit.
Alright all, that's gonna wrap it up for this update. As you can see, many new exciting things are coming to the park. They didn't move all those soundstages for nothing.
As for when these projects will be "officially" announced, your guess is as good as ours. They just officially announced the new coaster in Florida, and that opens in less than 4 months. So even though we all pretty much know what the construction is for, we think it's more fun to keep calling them "Unannounced #1 and Unannounced #2" for the time being. Kind of like Thing 1 and Thing 2. =)
Last weekend we were invited out to Universal Studios Hollywood to check out the holidays.
This year the event is expanding and is better than ever with an all new Grinchmas show, more food and treats in Wizarding World and of course lots of great decorations throughout the park.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the Holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood
It was an absolute gorgeous day
Our first stop of course
We did single rider, then got stuck for about 30 seconds and then got to ride again. Score!!
We hadn't done the Tour since April, so we had to make it a priority
The new soundstages look awesome
Heading back into the park. Jurassic World is getting a LOT of work done
A crane is on-site
We are getting even more excited about this than we were already
There's also a crane on-site for whatever this is going to be. =)
Let's head in and take a look at Grinchmas
Show times for your planning purposes
More construction going up upstairs for the rumored Secret Life of Pets ride
It's even invading the Walking Dead queue
The characters at Universal are amazing
Always nice to see new food options in Wizarding World
And of course old favorites
As the sun goes down, the snow shows up on the castle
(Really wish some other parks would do this as to not have snow on their castles in the middle of October)
Who's ready for Who-Bilation?!?!?!
Trying to get pictures of stuff in 2018. Lol.
We've got some great video of the tree lighting and other decorations throughout the park
It was even snowing in the Harry Potter store!!
Decorations all over the upper lot
We had a great day at the park and will be back before the end of the year
Out in CityWalk, some new (to us) Lego decorations (gonna guess this has been here since Jurassic World 2 came out?)
Santa photo spot
We had to also make a stop at Voodoo Doughnuts on our way out of course. =)
Thanks for checking out our update. For more info on the holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood, click here.