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January 15, 2011 Park Update

Hey folks, we’re back with another park update. Besides a few updates regarding Transformers, there’s not much else happening at the park.

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

January 15, 2011 Park Update

Mardi Gras 2011 Acts Announced!

It is the biggest, best, party in the country – and Universal Orlando Resort brings it straight from New Orleans to you this February 12 through April 23.
Nationally renowned musical acts combine with an authentic Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic Cajun cooking, and hand-picked New Orleans bands to capture the look, feel and fun of New Orleans – all inside Universal Studios Florida.

Universal Orlando has been creating its special Mardi Gras celebration for more than 15 years – bringing the perfect combination of the Big Easy and spectacular theme park entertainment to its guests all for the price of regular admission.

“If you can’t be in New Orleans or if you can’t get enough of Mardi Gras, then Universal Orlando is the place to be,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. “We bring all of what makes Mardi Gras great together with national-level musical artists to create a family-friendly celebration that fills the entire theme park.”

This year’s special Mardi Gras concert line-up features some of the biggest names in Rock, Country, Pop and R&B.  Together, the headliners have had more than 100 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and more than 20 Grammy nominations.  Performers include Pitbull, also known as “Mr. 305,” who will perform songs from his hit album, “Rebelution,” Neon Trees, who will perform their hit “Animal,” One Republic and country-super-star Blake Shelton.  Also performing will be Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys and Ne-Yo. For a complete list of this year’s performers and dates, see the attached.

Along with top-name talent comes the world-famous parade – straight from the streets of New Orleans.  One-dozen elaborate, hand-crafted floats designed and built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that creates floats for New Orleans Mardi Gras – will make their way through the streets of Universal Studios along with dozens of colorfully costumed performers and hundreds of float riders – all of whom throw beads to eager guests.   The parade, with its Fire, Air, Water, Earth theme, also features music and a nightly King and Queen of Mardi Gras.

Nearby, in the Universal Studios “French Quarter Courtyard,” the celebration continues.  This area will feature New Orleans-inspired food creations by Universal’s chefs – including jambalaya, Po Boy sandwiches and more.  And nearly one-dozen hand-picked, authentic New Orleans bands will perform the best of The Big Easy’s Blues, Jazz and Zydeco.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.
Mardi Gras Concert Dates and Performers

2/12 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
2/19 The B-52s
2/20 KC & The Sunshine Band
2/26 Pitbull
3/5 Lynyrd Skynyrd
3/12 Foreigner
3/18 Neon Trees
3/19 The Roots
3/25 OneRepublic
3/26 Blake Shelton
4/1 Sean Kingston
4/2 Ne-Yo
4/9 Lifehouse
4/16 The Beach Boys
4/23 Thirty Seconds to Mars

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Infusion Lounge coming to Universal CityWalk!


Looks snazzy.

Universal City, California – Infusion Lounge, the world-class dance club and “ultra lounge” that has been entertaining sell-out crowds since first opening in San Francisco just two years ago, will open its second location at Universal CityWalk in Spring 2011.

Announcement of the major new addition to CityWalk’s entertainment mix was made by Chris Rosas, CEO and President of C-Two Group, the parent company of Infusion Lounge, and Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood.

Max Out: A Shooting Guide to Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Are you ready to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg?

Orlando United considers itself to be Galactic Heroes and has concocted a guide to help you max out your score on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

Please keep in mind this is not a “guarantee” to help you achieve the coveted 999,999, but a guide to help you improve your game. Good luck!

First off, let’s start off by learning the basics. This is your vehicle:

This little bad boy is equipped to hold 2 guests, however only one person can control the spin at a time. We highly suggest to select one person as the official “spinner”. This will avoid any possible interference of movement while you’re trying to hit the targets. Also, make sure to communicate during the whole attraction. Let the other person know what you’re doing, and what direction you’re going to spin to as you try to hit each of the big targets.

Speaking of targets, this is what you will be shooting at:

You will only score if you hit the middle of the target, which as you can see, is that black circle right in the middle of the “Z”.

Compared to other shooting attractions, you can easily max out in the first room of Space Ranger Spin, but you have to be on your game. The first room alone has 2 targets worth 100,000 points each, so it can happen. The first 100,000 point target is located on a robot on your left hand side.

The robot’s right arm has a target, but it is moving. If accurate, your score can already be up to 400k-500k. As you pass by the arm, move your focus onto the palm of the claw that’s located on the other side of the room. This target is also worth 100,000 points.

As you enter into the 2nd room, make sure to continue aiming at the target on the claw. By now you should be real close to the max score. This room is full of targets that’ll get you some small points, but the one you want to concentrate on is the target at the top of the volcano.

This target is worth 25,000 each hit, so shoot away! By now, you should be maxed out. In the event you aren’t – worry not cadets, as there is one last target that’s worth 100,000 points.

This target is located right at the bottom of Zurg’s ship in the Battery Room. You can try to shoot at the target as you enter the room, but you will get the most success of hitting it as you are passing by it.

In the event you still haven’t maxed out, you have one last chance for some big points, however it’s going to take a sharp eye to catch it.

In the video room, the room where Buzz is battling Zurg for the final time, there are 2 small boxes on either side of the exit to the room worth 25,000 points. Although they are targets, they do not have the big “Z” to identify them as such.

The best way to catch the target is to wait for the ship to cross over it. Once spotted, just shoot away since you’ll probably only be able to hit it a few times due to the degree of difficulty of spotting it, and hitting it as you’re moving.

After this room, smile for the camera, as you should have a final score of 999,999 points, making you a Galactic Hero. In the event you did not max out, here is a list of the rankings, based on how many points you have accrued.

  • Space Cadet – 1,000 to 9,999
  • Space Scout – 10,000 to 99,999
  • Space Ranger 1st Class – 100,000 to 199,999
  • Planetary Pilot – 200,000 to 299,999
  • Space Ace – 300,000 to 599,999
  • Cosmic Commando – 600,000 to 899,999
  • Galactic Hero – 900,000 to 999,999

Useful tips

  • Targets up high and further away are worth more.
  • ALWAYS keep your finger down on the trigger. Don’t tire out your finger by constantly pressing it.
  • Most targets can be hit over and over. This is essential.
  • Remember to smile for the camera, as you should be happy with your max score.
  • Make sure to communicate with your Space Cruiser partner. Lack of communication may cost you a max score.
  • Look out for a couple of Hidden Mickeys in the queue of the attraction, as well as Stitch’s Escape Ship in the exit area.
  • If you do end up with the max score, and want to brag, make sure to let one of the Cast Member’s know. You will receive a small prize for your accomplishments.

Make sure to let us know who you did in our Buzz Lightyear High Score Thread on our Forums!

Max to the Rescue: Whoville’s Have A Heart Animal Adoption Fairs

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — They answer to Dusty, Dexter, Buster and Scrapper, but visitors to Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual “Grinchmas” holiday event know them better as the Grinch’s sidekick and best friend, “Max the Dog,” the one-horned pooch with tousled fur, a perpetually quizzical look and an unfailingly good spirit. Not so long ago, all four of these dogs were living in animal shelters, abandoned by owners or taken in by animal control officers as strays without tags.

In true Hollywood style, the four “Max the Dogs” were “discovered” by trainers who recognized qualities of playfulness, intelligence and, yes, a certain “look” that fit the bill for roles in the “Grinchmas” celebration as well as for TV and film productions.

“We’re looking for animals that have tremendous energy and want to play,” said animal trainer John McCormick. “The same ‘hyper-energy’ that may have led an owner to abandon their pet may make the animal well-suited to movie and TV work, and for a role in Universal’s ‘Grinchmas,'” he added.

“We love our animals and take great pride in giving them a warm and caring environment. The dogs love interacting with people during ‘Grinchmas’ and it’s a terrific feeling to see the faces of young guests when they finally get that chance to meet Max. It’s a win-win for us, the dogs and the kids.”

December 11, 2010 Park Update – Grinchmas

Hey folks! We’re back with another photo (and video – link is below) update from Universal Studios Hollywood – this time, focusing on Grinchmas. So let’s get started.

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

December 11, 2010 Park Update - Grinchmas

We also have a short video of the tree lighting ceremony
click here to watch.

Max to the Rescue: Whoville’s Have a Heart Pet Adoption Fair

Universal City, California – With the Grinch’s faithful dog Max serving as the official event mascot, a throng of dogs will appear at Universal Studios Hollywood to audition for roles as prized pets for caring families as Universal and The Amanda Foundation and the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services partner to hold “Max to the Rescue: Whoville’s Have A Heart Animal Adoption Fairs” on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12 during opening weekend of Universal Studios’ annual “Grinchmas” celebration. “Grinchmas” will continue daily from December 18 through January 2, 2011.

A shelter rescue himself Max the Dog will be on hand to greet visitors to the “Max to the Rescue: Whoville’s Have A Heart Animal Adoption Fairs,” which will be presented in an area adjacent to the theme park’s main entrance. Max will also officiate each pet adoption with a souvenir paw print certificate.

Within Universal Studios Hollywood, “Grinchmas” will enliven the holiday season with the Grinch, tons of fresh snow and a “Whoville Whobilation” at the original movie sets where the classic “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was filmed.

“Grinchmas” will immerse guests in a festive holiday atmosphere. A whimsical, curving “Grinchmas” tree will tower 60 feet above the center of a snow-covered “Grinchmas” winter wonderland and will be lit in a nightly tree-lighting ceremony that will feature a colorfully costumed “Whoville” choir caroling and spreading holiday cheer. The Grinch and Max will be on hand to meet fans and take memorable holiday photos. Families will also be able to enjoy traditional winter fun, romping together in a playground of snow and building their own snowmen.

Celebs Celebrate Grinchmas with Readings At Universal Studios Hollywood!

Universal City, California – Celebrities from the worlds of film, television and music will help Universal Studios Hollywood guests celebrate the holiday season—and encourage families to read together—with nightly readings of “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” during the theme park’s 18-day “Grinchmas” celebration, beginning December 11 and 12 and continuing daily from December 18 through January 2, 2011.

Among the first celebrities set to appear at the event are “True Blood” star Stephen Moyer on Dec. 11 and Jeffrey Tambor, who portrayed the Mayor of Whoville in the blockbuster film, “Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” on Dec. 12. Other stars include recording artist Brandy on Dec. 18, actor Fred Willard and “Tonight Show” band musical director, Rickey Minor on Dec. 19, and Joey Lawrence and Tippi Hedren on Dec. 20. More information, including the celebrity reading schedule and holiday promotional offers, will be available at www.universalstudioshollywood.com.

“Grinchmas” at Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A., will enliven the holiday season with the Grinch, his faithful dog Max, tons of fresh snow and a “Whoville Whobilation” at the original movie sets where the classic “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” was filmed.


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