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!!
Last night was the grand unveiling of the all new Jurassic World The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. The stars and media were out in full force to cover the opening of this new attraction.
Let's check it out!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Jurassic World
It's a bit warm but we're ready for Jurassic World
The ride looks amazing after dark
A brief opening ceremony (be sure to check out the video of the opening celebration below)
And of course Fireworks!!
Blue was also out to greet people
Chris Hardwick and Blue coming to a prom near you
Enough of the heat, it's time to cool down!!
As we mentioned last night, videos and pictured don't do the additions to this ride justice. You have to see it in person.
Some fun B-Roll sent to us from the park. Everybody kept asking if we were going to live-stream riding last night, we were under strict instructions to not film on the ride (although some others were). We like the good relationship we have with the park. =)
Even though we only saw it at night, through the magic of email (from the park) we also have some daytime images. =)
The Aquarium scene was AMAZING
The special love I have for you, my Baby Blue
Got a chance to say hi to Colton Dunn from Superstore. Super nice guy.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Our old pal Yvette Nicole-Brown
We of course had to take a look at Isla Nu-Bar
We'll definitely be getting these on our next visit to the park
We also got a chance to check out the new menu at the Jurassic Cafe
We did try the Guava Glazed Pound Cake and the Tres Leches Cake. Both were fantastic.
There's also some great merchandise to add to your Jurassic collection
These things are super cute
You can also get some collectibles
You're my boy blue!!!
A behind the scenes shot from our buddy Matt. Glamorous no?
Thanks to Universal Hollywood for having us out. We had a great time!! Can't wait to get back to the park and ride some more!!
Today we have a quick look at the "now open for technical rehearsals" Jurassic Park the ride.
Media Night isn't for another 12 days but we're glad to show off some pics of the ride courtesy of Andros.
Pics by Andros Gonzalez
Welcome to Jurassic World!
Only a 10 minute wait for Platinum passes. Otherwise, it's an insane 180 minute wait!
Ahh, so good to have you back!!
The new indoor portion of the ride
The ride has been getting pretty rave reviews so far
Still some things left from "Park", which is great!!
Could you always see the top of the show building when it was Jurassic Park: The Ride?
Anybody catch any other park references yet?
That's not good
Definitely not good
Oh, we should be safe in here!!
Danger, Danger, Danger!!
Welp, that's our preview. We will be at media night on the 22nd, we'll definitely remind you before then. Hoping we will be able to get some POV's, etc to share. We've been avoiding them pretty well so far.
Thanks for reading!! Have a great Thursday!!