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Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is Under Refurbishment

Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is now down for it’s annual refurbishment. Ripsaw Falls closed on January 2, 2012 and is scheduled to re-open on January 19, 2012. Unlike previous years, there will be no major work to the drop or the ride vehicles. Expect to see all effects outside to return to full operation and some repainting all around.

 

Universal Announces Mardi Gras 2012 Line-Up

This spring, the fun and excitement of The Big Easy makes its way to Universal Orlando Resort for Mardi Gras 2012 – an authentic celebration that completely transforms Universal Studios Florida into a family-friendly version of the famed New Orleans street party.
On Saturdays and select nights starting February 11 through April 14, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration combines unparalleled theme park entertainment with an elaborate Mardi Gras parade, dozens of colorfully costumed performers, authentic New Orleans bands, delicious Cajun cuisine and live concerts by some of today’s most popular artists.

With a combined total of more than 350 million albums sold, guests will rock out to 14 of the biggest names in music. On Feb. 18, pop superstar and Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson will take the Music Plaza Stage to perform major hits from her recent album, “Stronger;” Hot Chelle Rae will please crowds with their hit “Tonight, Tonight” during their performance on March 23; and singer-songwriter and Grammy Award nominee B.o.B, known for his multiple top singles “Nothin’ on You,” “Airplanes” and “Magic,” will perform on March 24. Additional performances include Billboard magazine’s “Female Entertainer of the Century” and disco diva Diana Ross; Boyz II Men, the most successful R&B group of all time with more than 60 million albums sold worldwide; teen sensation Big Time Rush; 2012 Grammy nominee for “Best New Artist” J. Cole; and four-time Billboard Latin Music Award winner Prince Royce. For the complete line-up, see below.

With four Grammy nominations, more than 10 million albums sold and 13 Top Ten hits including “Name,” “Slide” and “Black Balloon,” Goo Goo Dolls has become one of the most globally recognized and influential forces in pop music history. Their hit “Iris,” from the “City OfAngels” movie soundtrack, spent nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and held the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks. 

Sugar Ray first gained fame in the music scene with the hit “Fly.”  Since then, lead singer Mark McGrath and his band mates have taken their combination of sunny pop and lightly funky hip-hop grooves and created several of the most infectious summer singles of the late ‘90s, including “Every Morning,” “Someday” and “When it’s Over.”

Before enjoying the live concerts, guests can experience all the fun and excitement of The Big Easy as Universal Studios Florida is transformed into a family-friendly version of New Orleans’ famed Mardi Gras. The celebration includes an elaborate Mardi Gras parade, where guests can dance along with street performers and collect beads by the handful as colorful floats wind down the street of Universal Studios. This year’s parade will take guests on a journey through the earth’s different ecosystems with elaborately themed floats including: bayous and swamps, rainforest, coral reefs, the deep blue sea and Polar Regions. Every year, the parade’s hand-crafted floats are built by Blaine Kern Artists – the same company that designs the floats for the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.

The heart of Mardi Gras is Universal Studios’ French Quarter Courtyard, where guests can groove to the soulful sounds of authentic New Orleans bands every night before the headliner concert. Since 2006, more than 20 bands have traveled straight from The Big Easy to Universal Orlando to perform Blues, Jazz and Zydeco music for partygoers – adding to the authenticity of Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration. The French Quarter also features delicious Cajun cuisine, including jambalaya, gumbo, beignets and much more.

For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/mardigras.

 

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ MARDI GRAS CONCERT SERIES

 

2012 MARDI GRAS TALENT LINE-UP

Mardi Gras Event Dates

Headliners (performing in the Music Plaza)

New Orleans Bands (performing in the French Quarter)

Saturday, February 11 The B-52s The Daddy Mack Blues Band
Saturday, February 18 Kelly Clarkson Lil Malcolm and the House Rockers
Sunday, February 19 Boyz II Men Lil Malcolm and the House Rockers
Saturday, February 25 Diana Ross John Lisi & Delta Funk
Saturday, March 3 Goo Goo Dolls Beth McKee & The Sliders
Saturday, March 10 Big Time Rush Gravy
Friday, March 16 J. Cole Lil’ Brian & The Zydeco Travelers
Saturday, March 17 Sugar Ray Lil’ Brian & The Zydeco Travelers
Friday, March 23 Hot Chelle Rae J.J. Caillier & The Zydeco Knockouts
Saturday, March 24 B.o.B J.J. Caillier & The Zydeco Knockouts
Friday, March 30 Plain White T’s Soul Project
Saturday, March 31 Prince Royce Soul Project
Saturday, April 7 Cyndi Lauper Rockin’ Jake
Saturday, April 14 KC & The Sunshine Band Big Al & The Heavyweights

 

Mardi Gras is included in regular admission to Universal Studios. Guests can take advantage of this special offer:

 

MARDI GRAS SPECIAL OFFER

Mardi Gras Getaway


  • 3-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel
  • 2-day Base ticket to both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
  • Early park admission to select attractions in Islands of Adventure
  • Complimentary scheduled transportation from hotel to Universal Orlando Resort
  • And more
  • Starts at $249 per adult, tax inclusive
  • Upgrade to an on-site hotel and receive complimentary Universal Express access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks (a free benefit worth up to $87 per person, per day)

Video: Grinchmas 2011 (Tree Lighting and Backlot)

Now that Grinchmas is officially (or has been for the past 7 days), here’s our official video for this year’s ‘Whobilation’.

(Part 2) December 20, 2011 Park Update – Universal Studios Hollywood

December 20, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios HollywoodHi folks. As always, we’ve provided a photo update detailing this year’s Grinchmas – as well as some ongoing developments occurring with up-and-coming Transformers attraction. Hit the “Read more…” link to view the rest of our update!

Note: Because of its size, we’ve split this update into two parts. You’re currently viewing Part 2, so view Part 1 here.

(Part 1) December 20, 2011 Park Update – Universal Studios Hollywood

December 20, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios HollywoodHi folks. As always, we’ve provided a photo update detailing this year’s Grinchmas – as well as some ongoing developments occurring with up-and-coming Transformers attraction. Hit the “Read more…” link to view the rest of our update!

Note: Because of its size, we’ve split this update into two parts. You’re currently viewing Part 1, so view Part 2 here.

Photos from Universal’s Harry Potter Event

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“This is an incredible moment for Universal Studios and the millions of guests who visit our theme parks,” said Ron Meyer, President & COO, Universal Studios. “The Harry Potter stories are some of the most powerful of our time and we are honored to expand our Orlando experience and bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood, forever changing family tourism in Los Angeles.”

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an entirely new level of themed entertainment that brings the stories of Harry Potter to life in incredible ways,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks and Resorts. “We are thrilled to be able to share this experience with our guests in Hollywood. And we are thrilled to take what has been created in Orlando to even greater levels.”

Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood!

Hollywood, CA (Dec. 6, 2011) – Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts today announced a partnership to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – the enormously popular themed entertainment environment which debuted in Orlando in June 2010 – to Universal Studios Hollywood.

The two companies also announced their plans to significantly expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be as impressive as what has been created in Orlando – and is expected to transform tourism in Los Angeles for decades to come. It will be a fully immersive environment for the entire family that brings the stories of Harry Potter to life and is faithful to the visual landscape of the films, including a majestic Hogwarts castle to serve as the centerpiece of the themed environment. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be created with the same commitment to authenticity and the same level of talent and resources as its Orlando counterpart.

“I am delighted that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting,” said J.K. Rowling.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort opened in June 2010 and immediately captured global attention. It is a spectacularly themed land that includes Hogwarts castle, Hogsmeade and multiple themed attractions. Specific details of its expansion will be announced over time.

“The announcement of our partnership with Universal to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood and expand what already exists in Orlando is probably the best holiday gift we could give to the legions of Harry Potter fans worldwide,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. “Everyone involved with these projects is committed to continuing the enchantment of J.K. Rowling’s masterful books as they were brought to life on screen in our eight films and dedicated to extending the magic of the experience for generations of fans to come.”

Harry Potter – Announcement on Tuesday (edit: confirmed!)

Edit: News has been confirmed. Here’s a link to the original story on our discussion forums.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Universal is set to make an announcement about its plan to bring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be officially unveiled Tuesday. In these times of sluggish state job growth and an unemployment rate stuck in double digits, Gov. Jerry Brown is highlighting the project as a California job creator.

While I haven’t received word, given that it’s from the L.A. Times, it’s safe to say it’s confirmed.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at CityWalk with performances by Smashmouth and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy

On Dec. 31, Universal Orlando Resort guests can ring in 2012 at one of the hottest parties of the year – Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration. As the clock approaches midnight, partygoers will rock out to live concerts by Smash Mouth and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, dine on gourmet cuisine and dance the night away at some of Orlando’s best nightclubs.

The night will begin with a performance by contemporary swing sensation Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who recently released their eighth studio album, “HOW BIG CAN YOU GET? A Tribute to Cab Calloway.” Their signature, big band swing sound has captivated millions of fans and been featured in television sitcoms, films and even reality shows like “Dancing With the Stars.” With hits like “Go Daddy-O” and “Mr. Pinstripe Suite,” their breakout musical sound will send guests swingin’ to the dance floor.

To top off the celebration, multi-platinum rock band Smash Mouth will hit the stage with their nonstop party vibe and hits like “Walkin’ on the Sun” and “All Star.” With more than 10 million albums sold, Smash Mouth has also brought new life to popular classics like “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby” and “I’m a Believer” – which was featured on the “Shrek” motion picture soundtrack. Smash Mouth continues to play headlining events across the country and is currently working on their sixth studio album.

In addition to live concerts by some of today’s most popular bands, guests can enjoy access to seven of CityWalk’s hottest clubs, including CityWalk’s Rising Star, the groove and Red Coconut Club. Partygoers can also indulge in all-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine and decadent desserts and raise their glass to 2012 with a midnight champagne toast and celebratory confetti burst.

Admission to Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration includes:

  • Access to both live concerts, featuring Smash Mouth and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • All-night admission to seven of Universal CityWalk’s hottest clubs
  • All-you-can-eat gourmet cuisine – including filet mignon, jumbo shrimp and decadent desserts
  • Midnight champagne toast

If purchased by Dec. 15:
Tickets are $119.99 plus tax per person

If purchased between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31:
Tickets are $139.99 plus tax per person

Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve celebration takes place from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.universalorlando.com/newyears.           

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