May 11, 2011
Universal to build miniature golf attraction at CityWalk
Universal Orlando announced plans Wednesday to open a movie-themed miniature golf course at its CityWalk entertainment district by early next year.
"Hollywood Drive-In Golf" will be themed after the drive-in movie era, with elements from vintage horror... Read More »
April 07, 2011
Universal Studios wonders how and when to expand Wizarding World of Harry Potter
With the unprecedented success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios executives are already wrestling with the question of how and when to expand the perpetually congested 20-acre theme-park-within-a-theme-park at Islands of Adventure... Read More »
March 28, 2011
Universal Studios: Big Time Rush set for May 14 performance
The quartet Big Time Rush, stars of a Nickelodeon series of the same name, will perform at Universal Studios theme park’s Music Plaza on Saturday, May 14. The concert will be included in regular theme-park admission.
The foursome play high-school stude... Read More »
March 16, 2011
'Hop' to it: Universal add 'Hop' characters to park
Universal Studios has added characters from the upcoming live action/animated film “Hop” to its theme park lineup. Through April 5, characters will perform on the French Quarter stage then meet-and-greet theme park guests. The Universal Pictures film, wh... Read More »
January 21, 2011
Wizarding World sends Universal Orlando's attendance through roof in 4th quarter
Universal Orlando ended 2010 with its best fourth quarter on record and its highest annual attendance since 2004, thanks to the success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Attendance at the resort's two theme parks skyrocketed 46 percent during the... Read More »
January 04, 2008
SpongeBob defeats Spiderman at Universal Studios
At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, Shrek and SpongeBob vanquished Spiderman and his fellow Marvel Comics superheroes from Universal Studios Hollywood.... Read More »
August 11, 2007
Universal matches Disney's price hike
The same day it reported a rise in corporate profits and a continued slide in theme-park attendance, Universal Orlando raised many of its ticket prices Friday, matching Walt Disney World's $71 for a one-day adult admission.... Read More »
July 23, 2007
Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Guests to Be the Final Time-travelers on 'Back to the Future - the Ride' and Take a Chance at Winning a Collectible DeLorean as Doc Brown Sets the Ride on a Countdown to Its Last Mission on Labor Day, September 3, 2007
After thrilling over 61 million visitors with wild rides across "the space-time continuum," the ground-breaking "Back to the Future - The Ride" attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will soar into the future for the very last time on Labor Day, Septem... Read More »
June 12, 2007
Univeral Studios and Wicked Announce
Carol Kane, Academy Award nominee and Emmy-winning actor and star of "Wicked," joins Universal Studios Hollywood on June 27 to introduce The Entertainment Capital of L.A.'s new summer series, "Wicked Wednesdays," offering fans of the smash musical block... Read More »
June 04, 2007
Block Party at Universal CityWalk Hollywood
Universal CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., kicks off summertime fun with a high energy "CityWalk Summer Block Party" showcasing a Latino music festival, an indie band showcase series, a teen idol talent search, a... Read More »
May 09, 2007
Universal Studios Hollywood Enhances VIP Experience
Universal Studios Hollywood has raised the bar for its star-treatment “VIP Experience,” granting limited parties of guests expanded behind-the-scenes access to previously “off-limits” areas of the famed Hollywood dream factory, pampering them with an eleg... Read More »
February 07, 2007
GE taps Zucker to run NBC Universal
General Electric Co. promoted Jeff Zucker to president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal Inc., charging him with reviving revenue growth at its television and movie studios and increasing sales from the Internet.
Zucker, 41, takes over immediately, GE said Tuesday. He replaces Bob Wright, who expanded the division in television, movies and theme parks over the past two decades. Wright, 63, will remain a GE vice chairman through this year and assist with the transition.
February 06, 2007
Universal makes pitch for visitors
A torch held to the Mummy flares full-screen, then becomes a match held by chef Emeril Lagasse; after he lights candles, the dining table glosses over and becomes a swimming pool at a resort hotel, where a Frankenstein character lounges.
Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its "Do the Extraordinary"-themed, 2007 advertising campaign Monday with two commercials airing nationally on 25 cable TV networks. They're aimed at convincing viewers that Universal is much more than amusement park attractions.
December 11, 2006
Universal Studios to Revamp California Theme Park - Voice of America
Universal Studios in Universal City, California is already the world's largest movie studio lot. Now Universal's parent company wants to add a major residential and business complex to its 158-hectare studio and theme park.
NBC Universal plans to add 24,000 square meters of space, including high-tech sound stages and a residential development to be called "Universal Village."
September 11, 2006
Universal Studios Hollywood tram tour gets mega-makeover
In recent years, riders familiar with the backlot Studio Tour at Universal Studios Hollywood may have thought they could take over for their tram guide, chatting away about the Little Europe set and feigning fear of the "Jaws" shark and collapsing bridge.
But the tour has added some horsepower, getting its biggest revamp in more than a decade.
The centerpiece is a fiery mechanized stunt sequence from "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." Its one of a half-dozen new or improved elements in the tram tour that debuted this summer.
"I don't think there's ever been that many elements that were done at once," Thierre Coup, the Orlando, Fla.-based creative director of Universal Creative, said while showing off the "Fast & Furious: Extreme Close-Up" project.
August 14, 2006
Universal raises price to $67
On the heels of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando increased its basic, one-day, one-park adult ticket price to $67, starting today.
Universal on Friday announced a host of ticket price changes, keeping most of its prices in line with Disney's, which went up Sunday. Previously, Universal's one-day ticket cost $63. Universal runs two theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
February 15, 2006
Universal Orlando does away with Express Passes
Universal Orlando is getting rid of its Express Pass system that allows guests to skip a line at a designated time in favor of a system letting them skip any of a group of lines at any time.