November 9, 2008 |
For the first time since opening in 1964, Universal Studios Hollywood will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. "Universal Studios Hollywood has always been a favorite destination for families to celebrate special occasions and also an ideal place to visit with out-of-town friends and family," Larry Kurzweil, president of the theme park, said in a statement. The holiday openings mean Universal Hollywood will be open 365 days a year. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September 29, 2012 |
As we slip into October, I decided to assemble my first-ever Fantasy Halloween League of the Top 13 haunted mazes at theme parks around the world. Think of the Top 13 list as a nightmare fantastic park with the most demented, disturbing and disgusting collection of haunted attractions ever gathered in one virtual place. Or my definition of a dream vacation if I had a bottomless budget and unlimited vacation time to jet around the world to the best and most bizarre haunts.
September 23, 2013 |
Success has finally caught up with Universal's Horror Nights as the gold standard of Halloween theme park events has grown too predictable, complacent and popular for its own good. After years of defining and redefining the bleeding edge of theme park terror, a combination of overwhelming crowds, shrinking space due to construction and a weak collection of haunted mazes delivered a triple whammy to Halloween Horror Nights this year at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood Crowds have become an increasing problem as Horror Nights has grown in popularity, but this year was unbearable.
April 13, 2012 |
I took a behind-the-scenes tour Friday of the new Transformers ride opening in a few weeks at Universal Studios Hollywood. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes tour of Transformers ride For those of you who have never experienced Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or the rebooted Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Florida's Universal Orlando (or traveled to Universal Studios Singapore where Transformers opened in December), you're in for a real treat when the new motion-simulator dark ride with high-definition 3-D images officially debuts on May 25. For the better part of a decade, the Spider-Man ride was widely considered the best theme park attraction in the world, until the Wizarding World of Harry Potter came along and the Forbidden Journey reset the bar for attraction supremacy.
April 24, 2013 |
A celebrated musical venue will close at Universal City to make way for a new magical venue. The Gibson Amphitheatre, a 6,100-seat hall that has hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, will close in September, clearing the way for construction of a Harry Potter-themed attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. Live Nation, the venue's operator, announced the closure Wednesday, citing the end of an agreement under which the site has been leased from Universal.
January 3, 1990 |
More than 5.1 million visitors poured through the turnstiles at Universal Studios in 1989, shattering the 1987 record of 4.2 million. Based on attendance, Universal Studios Hollywood has become the top tourist attraction in Los Angeles and the third largest in the United States, according to a studio spokesman. Park officials attribute the dramatic upturn to the March debut of Earthquake, a man-made attraction that recreates "The Big One"--an 8.3 temblor.