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.
Pop/R&B Sensation Jason DeRulo – In His Only Scheduled U.S. Appearance for His New Album – and NBC’s “The Voice” Finalists Headline Universal CityWalk’s
Free “Spring Concert Series” at the “5 Towers” Stage, which Kicks Off Friday, April 11
Universal City, CA (April 7, 2014) – As Los Angeles’ premier outdoor concert destination, “5 Towers” at Universal CityWalk celebrates the return of the “Spring Concert Series” this Friday, April 11, and will include an exclusive performance by the top 12 finalists of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning series “The Voice” on Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The concert series lineup also features international pop/R&B singer Jason DeRulo in his only scheduled U.S. concert for his new album, “Talk Dirty,” on Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Universal CityWalk’s free “Spring Concert Series” showcases live musical performances from many of today’s emerging and successful artists and will take place throughout April on the following dates: April 11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19, 25 and 26.
In their debut appearance at “5 Towers,” the top 12 finalists from NBC’s blockbuster vocal competition series, “The Voice,” will take center stage for a concert and screening event on Tuesday, April 15. The identities of these finalists will first be revealed during a special advanced screening of the show’s new episode. The top 12 selected artists will then rock CityWalk with an energetic “5 Towers” performance. Currently filming its sixth season on the Universal Studios lot, “The Voice” showcases some of the strongest vocalists from across the country as they compete for a grand prize of a recording contract and to be recognized as “The Voice.” Hosted by Carson Daly, the innovative performance series features celebrity musicians and coaches, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher.
A global, chart-topping sensation, DeRulo kicks off the debut of his new album, “Talk Dirty,” with a one-night only concert on Wednesday, April 16. Immediately following the performance, fans will have the chance to meet DeRulo and have him sign his newly released album, which also will be available for purchase prior to the concert at CityWalk, beginning at 3:00 p.m. This marks DeRulo’s dynamic return to “5 Towers,” now as the headlining act, following his special guest appearance a few years ago. Opening for DeRulo is hip-hop/pop musician Jake Miller, who is one of MTV’s Artists to Watch Class of 2014.
In addition to “The Voice” and Jason DeRulo, the lineup for the “Spring Concert Series” includes electrifying performances by pop/R&B artist Colby O’Donis and pop group W3 the Future on Saturday, April 12; hip-hop artist Dev and pop/rock singer-songwriter Pia Mia on Saturday, April 19; and indie rock group The Colourist and alternative rock group Ceasefire on Saturday, April 26.
More information on Universal CityWalk’s upcoming events is available atwww.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates also can be found on CityWalk’s Twitter@CityWalkLA, Facebook page Universal CityWalk Hollywood and Instagram @CityWalkLA.
Universal CityWalk is Southern California's dynamic entertainment, dining and shopping destination that reflects the area’s rich cultural diversity. The iconic open-air leisure and nightlife complex provides “Always Unexpected” entertainment options and has served as a prototype for similar destinations. Universal CityWalk includes the high-tech concert venue, “5 Towers,” L.A.’s best movie-going experience at the Universal Cinemas and unique venues such as the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, Infusion Lounge, iFly indoor skydiving and mechanical bull-riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House.
This week we continue looking at the ongoing construction of Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Wizarding World of Dirt ... err, Harry Potter, Springfield and whatever the heck they are doing where the Curse of the Mummy's Tomb was on the Studio Tour.
We also have some pictures of a production getting ready to take place on the Backlot for one very popular show.
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
A look at what Despicable Me looks like as of February 1st. It seems we are always a couple of days early as last update the sign was installed a day after our pictures were taken and apparently the wall in front of Gru's house was removed since Saturday.
We hope to have a couple of updated pictures of this later in the week.
A close up of the sign. No different than the one in Orlando.
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Due to some issues I was having with my camera this is the closest look we'll get at Super Silly Funland this update.
From down below (on the tram actually). Hopefully we'll get to see more soon.
All indications are that the ride and land will be ready to open sometime in April.
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Not really a whole lot of change with WWoHP since our last update. Once vertical construction begins in a few months it should get a bit more exiting than just "dirt".
Some more dirt and steel.
And lots more dirt for good measure.
For those fans of The Voice, here you go. If you thought the show was taped in some amazing concert venue and all of those pre-performance videos were shot on the streets of LA ... well, I'm sorry. They are all done on the Universal Backlot and the show is taped on Stage 12.
Peace Out ... or is that a "V"?
If you are in Southern California or will be visiting and would like tickets to The Voice (or many other shows) you can visit 1iota. Really great resource for free tickets. We've done a few live concerts for Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Something we missed on our last update, Fast and the Furious has thankfully been closed (looks like for good). No word on what may be replacing this.
It appears all of the "themeing" has been removed. Not sure if the cars and robot arms are still there.
Who says it never rains in Southern California?
A picture that nobody has ever taken before in the history of picture taking.
Sadly this is not in preparation for Halloween Horror Nights but for some new show they are filming on the backlot.
Jaws is still closed for what is a pretty extensive rehab. Reports are that the tilting pier effect is not coming back. Maybe something different?
They've cleared even more land where Curse of the Mummy's Tomb was. Still no indication if this is going to be a future attraction for the tram or for the theme park.
I see no reason why this can't be an expansion for Wizarding World utilizing the Hogwarts Express concept they are using in Orlando to get people out to this area of the park.
Around The Park
Decorations celebrating the Year of the Horse were up in Universal Plaza.
Even though it was bright and sunny it was a pretty chilly day. Not sure why they had the fountains on.
Still a temporary entrance for Shrek 4D.
Walls heading all the way around towards Flintstones BBQ which will hopefully be on it's way out soon.
We'll finish with one of the many amazing walk-around face characters at the park. We'll try to feature a different one for each update. These individuals are great and really are the heart of the park.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. We hope to have some updated Despicable Me pictures in the next few days and if anything major changes with either Despicable Me or Harry Potter we'll be sure to head to the park.