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High Roller has gone from $45 to $10 to $25 to multiple package deals to who the heck knows what anymore. The pricing for the damn wheel even changes depending on what property you purchase a ticket at. They lost a lot of potential revenue because it turned customers away to the multitude of other entertainment options in this city.


The amount of inaccuracy in this is mind boggling...

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So, to be clear, they actually lowered the price from the current standard ticket price on low-attendance days, correct? Down from $95 to $80? That sounds like a win to me, from a customer perspective. If we were able to be flexible, we would go out of our way to schedule our trip around the cheaper days, for sure.


What's ironic is that you're paying higher prices for more crowded days, which means your paying more money to wait in bigger lines.

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Universal is owned by Comcast. Not surprised at all by this.

"Sorry, to see this ride in 3D you have to have to be on a two-year contract with a $10 monthly glasses fee."

$10 would just be the monthy 3D technology fee. You'll also need to pay $10 for each eye for which you want to be able to see the ride in 3D. Or if you don't care to see the whole ride in 3D, even though you're also paying $10 a month for said 3D technology, you can pay $3 per eye and only see part of the ride in 3D.

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They are a Hospitality company. Hospitality companies have been doing this for years. I'm surprised the all year round parks have not done this before. What better way to move demand from one part of the week to another. From one part of the year to another. This is why I fly mid week and go on vacation when kids are in school. It is cheeper and less crowded. All parks should do this.

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Universal Studios Hollywood just became the first major park in North America to implement dynamic pricing on single day tickets.
Didn't Sea World offer dynamic pricing this fall?

Six Flags did as well. For tickets and for THE FLASH PASS.


Since it has been introduced at Six Flags, everyone I've talked to (being dozens of people) understood it and actually liked it. It encouraged a lot of people to visit during the week when possible. However, with Six Flags parks, it is only online. With saying that USH is the "first major park in North America" to go this route, I could see it as semi-fair if Universal uses the same pricing strategy at the gate, which I believe they probably will.


And as other people have explained, it's just like buying tickets to sporting events and hotels. I'm glad to see USH take this route, as it will hopefully decrease a bit of the craziness coming up with the opening of Potter.

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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today and for the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is introducing EZ Rez™, an innovative, easy-to-use online ticket purchasing system featuring an array of new consumer benefits designed to enhance visits to The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as the world-class destination continues its unparalleled investment in an ambitious epic transformation.


In addition to affording guests the unique opportunity of booking date specific tickets, EZ Rez ticket holders will be able to benefit from early entry to "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™" when the immersive land officially opens on April 7. Early admission to the land will begin one hour prior to park opening.


As an added benefit, guests purchasing admission tickets and annual passes via EZ Rez will also enjoy premium savings with all advanced online transactions. Anytime admission tickets will continue to be available.


The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new experience and theme park.


With the much anticipated arrival of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™" opening on April 7, and the recent addition of "Fast & Furious: Supercharged" as the grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour, expansive themed lands including "Springfield" and "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem," next generation thrill rides such as "Transformers: The Ride 3D," and amplified experiences such as the recently introduced "Nighttime Studio Tour" and the new "Special Effects Show," Universal Studios Hollywood is continually exploring new, groundbreaking ways to ensure guests have the best possible experience, both in advance and upon their arrival.


More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.


Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the renowned, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour featuring the intense "King Kong 360 3-D" attraction and the all-new "Fast & Furious—Supercharged" thrill ride as the Studio Tour's grand finale. Other popular rides include the 3D-HD adventure, "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" and immersive "Super Silly Fun Land," the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, "Transformers™: The Ride-3D," "Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride," "Jurassic Park® —The Ride," "Springfield," hometown of America's favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning "The Simpsons RideTM" and the "Nighttime Studio Tour."


Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160202/328779

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TPR was invited to check out Universal Studios Hollywood's Lunar New Year Celebration and see the new and improved Special Effects Show!





All of Universal Plaza's been transformed for Lunar New Year!


Mandarin-speaking Megatron is one of the highlights of the event.




Curious George approves of the year of the monkey!


Guests are encouraged to share a wish on the "Wishing tree."



Hidden Mickey


The Lunar New Year Celebration runs now through February 14th!



Time to check out the new "Special Effects Show!"




This version of the show feathers for stunts than in the previous one.



But still lots of looks at real movie effects such as the fake blood knife.




Only two more months until Wizarding World officially opens on the West Coast!

















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Went to the park for the first time in 2 years to try the Harry Potter rides before it gets really crowded... and WOW!!! I was blown away at the quality of the area (on par with Disney's best theming, which is probably Cars Land). The butterbeer was amazing. The coaster was an okay family coaster.

Forbidden Journey was absolutely INCREDIBLE. I think it may have the best queue of any ride, ever. It's a really immersive ride. USH better be ready to deal with record crowds! 2019 Diagon Alley anyone?

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I was able to attend the first soft opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood yesterday! The land is fantastic! highly detailed and immersive. The only negative on the entire land is the amount of outside intrusion on the land. Universal did not fully theme the Forbidden Journey Show building and it is very visible in many areas of the land. Also parts of Citywalk can be easily seen as well.


The Forbidden Journey was OUTSTANDING! BY FAR the best dark ride in SoCal, nothing comes close! The use of 3D screens, physical sets, and animatronics made this the most impressive and immersive ride I have ever experienced! By the end of the day, I had gotten 7 rides on it thanks to the awesome single rider line which was a walk-on most of the day! Cannot wait to go back and ride this!


Flight of the Hippogriff was a fun little family coaster by Mack Rides!


Overall great day, cannot wait to go back!


Congrats to Universal Studios Hollywood on nearly 5 years of planning and construction. This land is a game changer for this park. The park will never be the same again!






The PotterWatch crowd. Most people, myself included, were here since park opening at 9am!


The golden ticket! The land finally opened at 3pm!



first thing I did is went straight to the Forbidden Journey!



Note: Forbidden Journey has a Single Rider Line as well as a Gate A (Universal Express) Line!




Once you are seated with restraints down and locked, a Team Member will hand you your 3D glasses. The 3D Glasses are exactly the same as the ones used on Despicable Me and Transformers.


WARNING! this ride IS NOT friendly to larger guests! I saw a lot of people taking the walk of shame. Make sure you use the test seat if in doubt!


Hogwarts from Flight of The Hippogriff queue


Some of the visual intrusions into the land:



Exposed show building.




Olivanders queue!


Olivanders "Pre Show". Unlike Orlando, Hollywood has two wand fitting rooms!



The wand show is exactly the same as Orlando.


My First Butterbeer! I thought it was good, but a bit over rated. Not something that I need every visit. Just once every few years for me.


Butterbeer is .35 each tax included. 21 more for frozen and .99 + tax in a plastic stein. No Annual Pass discounts.




NEW CREDIT! Flight of the Hippogriff!


Flight of the Hippogriff is a Mack (not Vekoma) family coaster. I thought it was a fun little ride that gave a better ride than the Vekoma Rollerskaters!


Exactly what this park needed. A family coaster with a low hight requirement! I think it was 38-48 inches to ride with a companion and 48 inches to ride alone.


Time for some night time shots!




Flying Ford in the extended queue for Forbidden Journey



I didn't spend too much time in the shops as I was busy getting my fill of rides on FJ. Next time.





Honey Dukes

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