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Hey everybody!

 

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Universal Studios Hollywood, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

 

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Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!

 

--Robb

 

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2005

April 21st, 2005 - USH to offer ALL YOU CAN EAT plan - SEE BELOW!

 

2007

May 17th, 2007 - USH to enhance some rides (Jurassic Park, Revenge of the Mummy)

 

2008

May 16th, 2008 - Simpsons: The Ride media day coverage

June 1st, 2008 - USH backlot catches fire

October 20th, 2008 - Transformers: The Ride announced

November 18th, 2008 - Escalator accident injures 8 people

 

2009

June 18th, 2009 - Backlot Media Day, re-opening of Courthouse Square

 

2010

June 30th, 2010 - King Kong 3D Media Event coverage

November 24th, 2010 - USH 20 year plan revealed

December 10th, 2010 - Grinchmas Media Event coverage

 

2011

June 30th, 2011 - New Tram Tour opens with Jimmy Fallon

November 30th, 2011 - News of Wizarding World of Harry Potter leaked

December 7th, 2011 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter announced

 

2012

May 25th, 2012 - Transformer Grand Opening Media Event

November 7th, 2012 - rumors of Terminator closing are confirmed

 

2013

March 11th, 2013 - After much speculation USH announces Despciable Me: Minion Mayhem for 2014

April 23rd, 2013 - USH announces construction start date for Wizarding World of Harry Potter

April 24th, 2013 - closing of Gibson Ampitheather announced

June 11th, 2013 - more info on Despciable Me: Minion Mayhem and Super Silly Fun Land

August 16th, 2013 - More HHN news announced

September 22nd, 2013 - Halloween Horror Nights Grand Opening coverage!

October 4th, 2013 - Comcast buys Universal City Tower for $420 million

November 28th, 2013 - Bill & Ted rights renewed for HHN for five years!

 

2014

March 21st, 2014 - Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem opens

April 8th, 2014 - Fast and Furious: Supercharged, Springfield & more announced!

August 28th, 2014 - Sound Stage 28 to be demolished for park expansion

September 21st, 2014 - HHN opening night review

December 21st, 2015 - General construction update

 

2015

January 30th, 2015 - Fast and Furious "ride" announced

February 17th, 2015 - 50th Anniversary Celebration details announced

March 27th, 2015 - Springfield Opens

May 2nd, 2015 - Fast and Furious: Supercharged preview released!

June 24th, 2015 - Fast & Furious: Supercharged media day!

July 11th, 2015 - Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak" coming to Halloween Horror Nights!

July 30th, 2015 - Walking Dead returning to Halloween Horror Nights

August 13th, 2015 - "This Is the End 3D maze for Halloween Horror Nights

August 17th, 2015 - Purge "Terror Tram" for Halloween Horror Nights

December 8th, 2015 - Opening Date of April 7th, 2016 established for Wizarding World of Harry Potter

December 25th, 2015 - Universal Hollywood becomes the first major US theme park to offer dynamic pricing

 

2016

February 13th, 2016 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter soft opening report

March 10, 2016 - Wizarding World of Harry Potter guided tour

March 14th, 2016 - Universal announces year-round "Walking Dead" attraction

June 22nd, 2016 - Universal 5-year plan released. Increase footprint of theme park by re-organizing sound stages

August 4th, 2016 - Krampus coming to Halloween Horror Nights in 2016!

November 29th, 2016 - Nintendo-themed area confirmed for the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

2017

March 9th, 2017 - Jimmy Buffett to perform live at Margaritaville!

May 18th, 2017 - Harry Potter Nighttime Lights show debuts June 23rd!

May 19th, 2017 - 'The Shining' maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights!

June 6th, 2017 - DreamWorks Theatre, DreamWorks characters, Hello Kitty & Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter announced!

August 7th, 2017 - Freddy, Jason, Leatherface & Chucky coming to Halloween Horror Nights!

August 14th, 2017 - SAW: The Games of Jigsaw HHN house revealed!

November 2nd, 2017 - Harry Potter Christmas & Grinchas begin 11/24/17

 

2018

May 10th, 2018 - Jurassic World replacing Jurassic Park - The Ride

May 23rd, 2018 - New offerings at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

July 13th, 2018 - 'The First Purge' maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights!

August 10th, 2018 - Poltergeist is coming to Halloween Horror Nights!

August 15th, 2018 - Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers at HHN!

August 20th, 2018 - The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two coming to HHN!

August 22nd, 2018 - "Universal Monsters" HHN maze announced!

September 14th, 2018 - Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Report!

October 24th, 2018 - Kid-friendly Halloween celebration & "lights-on" Stranger Things walk-through experience announced!

December 2nd, 2018 - EVE event details & ultimate EVE package announced!

 

2019

March 4th, 2019 - Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle projection show announced!

March 13th, 2019 - Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle Premiere Event details

March 13th, 2019 - Secret Life of Pets Ride Announced!

April 29th, 2019 - Universal Monsters: Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man

May 23rd, 2019 - Jurassic World cast reprises roles for updated ride

July 4th, 2019 - Halloween Horror Nights 2019 scare zones revealed!

July 26th, 2019 - Killer Klowns from Outer Space HHN maze announced!

August 5th, 2019 - "Creepshow" Halloween Horror Nights maze announced!

August 8th, 2019 - "Us" Halloween Horror Nights maze announced!

August 14th, 2019 - Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses maze announced!

September 2nd, 2019 - HHN specialty tickets & R.I.P Tour details released!

September 13th, 2019 - HHN Photo Trip Report!

 

2020

January 24th, 2020 - Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash details released!

February 20th, 2020 - Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash opens 3/27/2020!

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This just in from Universal Studios Hollywood:

 

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD SERVES UP

 

"ALL YOU CAN EAT & DRINK....ALL DAY LONG,"

 

INVITING GUESTS TO DINE TO THEIR HEARTS CONTENT,

 

Universal City, California-Universal Studios Hollywood serves great food value with a new "All You Can Eat & Drink....All Day Long" offer, inviting guests to dine to their hearts content at two of the theme park's most popular restaurants, Mel's Diner and Jurassic Cove Café,.

 

Special "All You Can Eat" passes can be purchased at the Universal Studios Hollywood ticket booths or on site at either one of these restaurants. The price is $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for guests 48" or less, and is available for a limited time only though June 30.

 

Mel's Diner caters to theme parks guests in a restaurant reminiscent of a typical 1950's style diner with such tasty fare as hamburgers, French fries, chicken sandwiches and salads along with soda fountain chocolate, strawberry and vanilla shakes. Jurassic Cove Café dishes out popular brand name foods from Pizza Hut, Panda Express and Starbucks along with traditional hamburgers, French fries, salads and fruit bowls. Mammoth-sized goodies include chocolate cake, cookies and gargantuan custard filled cream puffs.

 

I know that certain members of a certain organization are going to be VERY happy about this!

 

--Robb

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In other news...

 

"entire enthusiast community buys USH Season Passes"

 

Seriously though this is a great idea! I know they've been testing it for a few months so hopefully all the bugs are worked out. Heck, it's worth the price on a hot day just for drinks!

 

Elissa "looking forward to trying this out!" Alvey

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^ Wait a second...aren't you the one that just posted about being worried that you might not be able to participate in the Fear Factor Live show because of the weight limit???

 

--Robb "Think about it...." Alvey

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^ See, we're just looking out for our fellow members so that we don't suffer the embarassment of having to be told we can't ride something!

 

--Robb "Who remembers a time when I came close to not fitting on some rides back in my ACEr days!" Alvey

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^ Yup. I was totally an ACEr all the way!

 

Just take a look at a picture taken in early 2001:

 

Compared to a picture taken a couple of weeks ago:

 

 

--Robb "No 'All You Can Eat' Pass for me!" Alvey

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Yea, from watching the videos each year you could see less and less of Robb...It was like he was wasting away to nothing.

 

Then theres Elissa. Actually, with her diet Im suprised shes as healthy looking as she looks.

 

 

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I just read on Screamscape that USH has decided that they are going to get rid of "landmarks" like the famous "PSYCHO" house, the War of the Worlds disaster set, the European Village, and other things. To me, this is MADNESS!! Especially since it's for APARTMENTS! Here's the link: http://www.screamscape.com/html/universal_studios_hollywood.htm

What do you guys think about this bizarre decision?

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^ Uh. Does anybody actually give a rats ass about Charlie Sheen? Or where he may potentially live?

 

And this is really bizarre news. Downsizing a world-famous movie studio lot for...lofts, homes, and hiking trails? In Hollywood? WHAT? Why!? That 351-acres could've been the Islands of Adventure West. UGH! [sarcasm] Rather, let's build more homes, 'cause Los Angeles isn't already dotted with homes and countless housing projects. [/sarcasm]

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I think that they're trying to get rid of those sets because:

a) USH isnt the most popular park out in California.

b: Saving money somehow.

 

But it still blows that they want to make appartments out of a movie theater.

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I think that they're trying to get rid of those sets because:

a) USH isnt the most popular park out in California.

b: Saving money somehow.

 

But it still blows that they want to make appartments out of a movie theater.

 

why, that's brilliant!

Problem: The park isn't popular enough

Solution: Tear more of it down!

 

 

That's bound to bring in guests by the truckload.

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but the psycho house? Come on! I think that's one of the very few sets that IMO, USH HAS to keep, forever and ever. And if they would like to remove it, then they should at least relocate it, imo.

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And this is really bizarre news. Downsizing a world-famous movie studio lot for...lofts, homes, and hiking trails? In Hollywood? WHAT? Why!? That 351-acres could've been the Islands of Adventure West. UGH! [sarcasm] Rather, let's build more homes, 'cause Los Angeles isn't already dotted with homes and countless housing projects. [/sarcasm]

 

1. 351 acres?!?! The entire property is only 415...

 

2. Downsizing? They will actually be expanding the lot...and the theme park by at least 80,000sqft (which as screamscape is pointing out...is not very much, but it's something), noted in the plans that the Amplitheater may be removed to accomodate further growth of the "entertainment (read: theme park) area," and the studio tour would be revitalized again...

 

3. Los Angeles may have plenty of houses (and plenty more under construction), but there are not very many developments that are positioned in the heart of a key employment area (Universal/Burbank/etc=production central!) next to a transit hub (the metro station). Just look at how Downtown LA is being revitalized. Better public transportation+jobs=booming condo/loft market for an area that previously no one really wanted to live in...

 

I suggest everyone freaking out take a visit to www.ucvision.com and realize that this plan is far from final. They have to present it now to be ready for the expansion over the next 25 years, instead of waiting till it is too late to get the permits/fights with public/etc. out of the way.

 

So relax. Wait until they actually start bulldozing those sets before you freak out.

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Besides, Psycho really isn't that great of a movie anyways. I hate it when people OMFG over "the classics" just becuase they are "classic". I mean, come on, it's JUST a movie set, not the end of the world. Besides, movie sets are torn down all the time, right after the movie is over. Personally, the Batman Begins city set would've been much more amazing than some old hose from a movie that is outdated and not very good at all. The "classic" movie sets are all gone anyway, so why bother caring at all... It's just a movie set, which, if you own the damn movie (which I doubt you watch enough to merit such dissapointment over a silly house), it will still live on. If they demolish the set, deal. If they don't, throw a freaking party for an empty shell of a house that stands for an outdated movie that doesn't do anything worthwhile for its audiences anymore.

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