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This Saturday’s Summer Concert Series Peformance has been Cancelled

Universal Orlando Resort regrets to inform guests that Saturday’s Summer Concert Series performance featuring Drake has been cancelled due to a death in his family. Universal Orlando sends its condolences to Drake and his family during this difficult time.

Universal Studios will remain open until 9pm on Saturday night.  Universal’s Islands of Adventure will remain open until 10 pm.  There will be no substitute performance due to the last-minute nature of this development.

Drake’s representatives provided the following statement for his fans:

                                    “We regret to announce that Drake will not be able to take the stage at Universal Orlando Resort due to a death in the family. He hopes that his fans understand the situation he finds himself in and know that he fully intends to return to the area in the future. He thanks Universal Orlando Resort and his fans for their continued support.”

First Look at Hollywood Drive-In Mini-Golf Logo

We finally have a piece of concept art for Universal’s new Hollywood Drive-In Mini-Golf courses.

Yesterday, Orlando United member JokerMan0925 grabbed a photo of the logo for the courses, that now adorns the construction walls.

Today, we have the first picture of construction going vertical. Photo courtesy of SeanHuck27.

Scheduled to open in CityWalk by early 2012, the experience is being designed by Universal’s creative team to do for miniature golf what a blockbuster theme park attraction does for a movie:  bring it alive in an entirely new way. The two state-of-the art 18-hole courses will be unlike any other mini golf experience.

Inspired by the classic drive-in movie era, guests will be whisked into an elaborately-themed environment based on the vintage horror flicks and “little green men” science fiction films of the 1950s. As they experience two family friendly courses, “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt,” guests will putt their way through elaborate movie-style scenes, passing through a cemetery, under a giant spider, through a flying saucer and into the basement lab in a haunted house. Cutting-edge interactive elements and special effects will immerse guests further into the “double feature,” and with LED course edge-lighting they can play day, night and late night.

Pictures from Cee Lo Green’s performance at CityWalk


Cee Lo Green’s performance at CityWalk

Cee Lo Green’s performance at CityWalk

Cee Lo Green’s performance at CityWalk

Universal City, CA, July 7, 2011 – Multi-talented music sensation, talk show host and coach of NBC’s “The Voice,” Cee Lo Green rocked center stage at Universal CityWalk® to officially unveil its new, state-of-the-art outdoor concert plaza, “5 Towers,” before an enthusiastic, standing room only crowd of L.A.’s metropolitan hipsters.

Cee Lo Green, singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer, was also joined by “The Voice” winner Javier Colon to help kick-off CityWalk’s free “Plugged In” summer music series, which features an eclectic array of L.A.’s hottest artists performing weekends, through August 28.

The debut of “5 Towers” marks Universal CityWalk’s most ambitious expansion in over a decade. The interactive “5 Towers” concert arena features a new technologically advanced staging system equipped with thousands of LED fixtures, motion capture sensory, five soaring 42-foot light tower sculptures, a massive video monitor and a cutting-edge audio system. The elaborate stage serves as the structural and artistic centerpiece of the “5 Towers” visually aesthetic outdoor concert venue.
“Plugged In” performances kick off on Friday nights from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. and will feature 98.7FM’s new “Close to Home” music showcase, highlighting a collection of the stations top picks of L.A.’s most promising local bands. “Close to Home” performances begin on July 8 and continue July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12.

Saturday night “Plugged In” concerts will feature a diverse line-up of energetic artists performing an array of music genres. Two bands will perform nightly: Chasing Avalanche and Alien Ant Farm (July 9), Carolina Liar (July 16), Jessie Payo and Shytown (July 23), Stealing Heather (July 30), Evolove and Dilana (August 6), the a capella sounds of Vybration and NBC’s “The Sing Off” finalists The Backbeats (August 13), Ernie Halter and Thomas Nicholas Band (August 20).

“Plugged In” on Sunday nights will heat up with Latin appeal as “Descarga en CityWalk con Telemundo y mun2” (Jam on CityWalk with Telemundo and mun2), grooves to the smooth sounds of Cumbia, Reggaeton, Pop, Urban, Alternative and Regional Mexican. This family-friendly, televised event will also feature signings by popular “telenovela” stars plus contests and giveaways. Event dates are July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21, 28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

More information on CityWalk’s “Plugged In” concert including the full concert calendar is available at www.CityWalkHollywood.com. Regular updates on CityWalk, including “Plugged In” artist announcements and “5 Towers” concert arena developments, can also be found on Twitter @CityWalkLA and Facebook-Universal CityWalk Hollywood.

Universal CityWalk is Southern California’s dynamic entertainment, dining and shopping destination that reflects the area’s rich cultural diversity. The iconic open-air leisure and nightlife complex provides “Always Unexpected” entertainment options and has served as a prototype for similar destinations. Universal CityWalk includes the new high-tech concert arena, “5 Towers,” provides L.A.’s best movie-going experience at the Universal Cinemas and offers such unique venues as the “Jon Lovitz Comedy Club,” the “Infusion Lounge,” iFly indoor skydiving and mechanical bull-riding.

Universal’s Summer Concert Series concludes with a Live Concert from Drake

Universal Orlando Resort’s 2011 Summer Concert Series concludes this Saturday, July 16th, with hip hop superstar Drake. Named “Best Male Hip Hop Artist” by the 2010 BET Music Awards, Drake is one of only two musical artists to have his first two Top 10 songs occur in the same week. His first-ever studio album, “Thank Me Later,” went platinum with hit singles like “Over,”  “Miss Me” and “Find Your Love.” The rapper has written for and collaborated with several other hit artists like Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Jay-Z, and he plans to release his second album, “Take Care,” in October.

The concert is set to being at 9pm, however we advise guests who plan on attending to get to the Music Plaza Stage incredibly early. Drake will undoubtedly be the Summer Concert Series most popular performer this year and the park is expected to be busier than normal.

Currently in its third year, Universal Orlando’s Summer Concert Series is included in regular admission to Universal Studios Florida, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy world-class thrills by day, and a concert by a chart-topping artist by night. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/summer.


July 9, 2011 Park Update – Universal Studios Hollywood

Just a small update featuring Transformers and CityWalk.

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

July 9, 2011 Park Update - Universal Studios Hollywood

The Historic Tale of Universal Studios Released

Our friends over at Theme Parkology have just released a new DVD detailing the history and development of Universal Studios Hollywood. I’ll be receiving a copy in a few weeks, so stay tuned for my first impressions.

For now, head on over and check out their stuff.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to be shown on all 20 Screens at the AMC Universal Cineplex

To celebrate the final chapter of the Harry Potter movies, Universal has announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be shown on all 20 screens at the AMC Universal Cineplex 20 in CityWalk at Midnight on July 15.
If you are interested in grabbing a bite to eat before the movie, you can add the Meal and Movie Deal for $21.95 per person. You can find more information on the deal here.

To get the full Potter effect, make sure to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter during the day and enjoy some Butterbeer until showtime!

For movie times, and theater information, check out the Cineplex website here.

Summer Concert Series Contiunes with Boys Like Girls Performing This Saturday

Universal Orlando Resort’s Summer Concert Series is going to rock this weekend as platinum punk band Boys Like Girls takes the stage at Universal Studios Florida on Saturday, July 9, at 9pm. Originally from Massachusetts, Boys Like Girls has recorded hit singles such as “The Great Escape,” “Love Drunk” and their most recent hit, “Two is Better Than One” featuring country superstar Taylor Swift. The band participated in the first-ever MTV World Stage Live concert held in Malaysia and has toured with other hit acts like Good Charlotte, 3OH!3 and Third Eye Blind. They are currently working on a third album.

Currently in its third year, Universal Orlando’s Summer Concert Series is included in regular admission to Universal Studios Florida, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy world-class thrills by day, and a concert by a chart-topping artist by night. For more information, visit www.universalorlando.com/summer.

“Halloween Horror Nights” Short Film Competition!

From Universal:

Universal City, Ca -–Universal Studios Hollywood invites aspiring filmmakers to compete in its annual “Halloween Horror Nights” short film competition, offering budding directors an opportunity to have their most disturbing horror short films judged by a panel of industry insiders, including horror film auteur Eli Roth, Daily Variety senior writer, Marc Graser and “Halloween Horror Nights” Creative Director John Murdy. The winning film will be awarded a premiere showing on Chiller, a posting on Syfy.com, a cash prize of $1,000, and a trip for two to “Halloween Horror Nights’” opening night “Eyegore Awards” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Contest entries will be accepted from June 27 through August 1, 2011. Prospective filmmakers can submit short films from 90 seconds to three minutes in length on DVD (two copies of each film must be submitted). Films will be judged based on storytelling skill, originality and scare factor. The top 10 horror shorts, as determined by the panel, will be posted online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com from August 22 to September 9, 2011 for public voting. The winning film will be announced on September 12, 2011.

Eyegore Award recipient and horror filmmaker, Eli Roth said: “As a producer I’m always looking for new talent, and happy to help a first time director get their big break. New blood, so to speak, is vital for the continuation and growth of our beloved genre, and programs like this one can help deserving people get noticed. I am excited to see the competing films, and whoever makes me lose the most sleep will win.”

Returning film contest judge, Marc Graser, Daily Variety, said: “As a studio known for bringing the horror film genre to life, it’s a thrill to help Universal Studios identify the next generation of filmmakers that will scare audiences. I can’t wait to see who steps forward with their creepy visions this year.”

John Murdy, Creative Director, Universal Studios Hollywood, said: “Just as ’Halloween Horror Nights’ interprets horror filmmakers’ visions into living horror movies for the most ardent fans, our film competition provides a platform for future horror film directors to showcase their work to an audience of influential entertainment industry professionals.”
Entries must be sent to: “Halloween Horror Nights” Short Film Competition, 100 Universal City Plaza, Building 5511-5, Universal City, CA 91608. Additional information on the contest, including a complete list of rules and regulations, is available online at the Halloween Horror Nights website.

Last year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” Eyegore Award recipient, Eli Roth is a renowned award-winning, horror-genre filmmaker and actor. His credits include “Cabin Fever,” “Hostel,” “Grindhouse,” “The Last Exorcism” and “Inglorious Basterds.” For the past 10 years, Marc Graser has been a reporter at Daily Variety covering the entertainment industry. John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Creative Director, oversees the theme park’s attractions, including its very intense annual “Halloween Horror Nights” event.
Universal Studios Hollywood hosts the Eyegore Awards annually on opening night of the theme park’s popular “Halloween Horror Nights” event to honor individuals for their significant contributions to the horror film genre.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a unit of the Universal Parks & Resorts division of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

R&B Sensation Trey Songz Kicks off 4th of July Weekend with a Live Performance

Still don’t have any plans for the 4th of July this weekend? Universal and Trey Songz has you covered.
Universal Orlando Resort’s Summer Concert Series continues this weekend with the smooth R&B sounds of Trey Songz performing live at Universal Studios Florida on Saturday, July 2. With more than two million albums sold in the U.S., Trey Songz has written and performed smash hits like “Can’t Be Friends,” “Love Faces” and the multi-platinum single, “Bottoms Up” featuring Nicki Minaj. BET chronicled his musical career in 2010 in a widely popular, 10-part docu-series titled, “Trey Songz: My Moment,” which gave fans insight into his headlining music tour and the development of his fourth studio album. Named BET’s “Best Male R&B Artist” in 2010, Trey Songz has also collaborated with other chart-topping hip hop artists like Diddy-Dirty Money, Mary J. Blige and Drake. 

With a combined total of 30 platinum albums, this year’s concert lineup features artists who have each led the U.S. music charts and continue to be some of the most popular names in music today. The celebration features the most dynamic musical lineup in the event’s history with chart-topping recording artists taking center stage every Saturday night through July 16. The full lineup can be viewed below.

WHEN: Saturday, July 2, 2011
9:00 pm: Trey Songz Concert Starts


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