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How Universal Studios Hollywood uses Krusty Burger to keep theme park guests from peeking at Harry Potter
Tomorrow night, "The Simpsons" kicks off its 27th season on Fox with an episode entitled "Every Man's Dream." Coincidentally, West Coast-based fans of this animated Fox animated comedy have been dreaming for decades now about getting the chance to visit Springfield (i.e., that...
26 Sep 2015
Don't wear Green & Gold to Universal Orlando's Jurassic Park unless you want the raptors there to see red
Just a bit of advice to all your Green Bay Packers fans out there: On the heels of yesterday's season opener (when the Packers traveled to Chicago's historic Soldier Field (and then beat the Bears 31 to 23), you're probably feeling pretty proud right about now. Which is why -- most likely...
14 Sep 2015
Disneyland's new magic program allows some of Walt's oldest dreams for his theme park to finally come true
This past weekend, theme park fans around the globe collectively lost their minds as images of the Hatbox Ghost began to pop up online. The modern era Hatbox Ghost made his debut in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion this past Saturday. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved "And what's...
15 May 2015
Universal Orlando's "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" promises thrilling multi-experiential adventure through King Kong's domain
For almost 40 years now, there have been King Kong-themed attractions at the Universal theme parks. Whether it was the King Kong Encounter which was added to Universal Studios Hollywood 's tram tour back in 1986 ... Copyright Universal Studios Hollywood. All rights reserved ... or the King Kongfrontation...
6 May 2015
Universal Orlando's Lora Wallace is always at least one holiday ahead
You know the old saying -- "April showers bring May flowers" -- right? Well, that's not how Lora Wallace -- who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort -- looks at her calendar. Copyright Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved "You have to understand that -- here...
30 Apr 2015
Construction continues on Pandora: The Land of Avatar and "Rivers of Light" at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park
Given that -- late last month -- Disney Parks & Resorts released that shot of the model of Pandora's floating mountains ... Copyright Twentieth Century Fox Film Coporation / Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... I thought that it might be time to check out how far along construction...
17 Mar 2015
When Woody met Mickey: The day Universal's walk-around characters almost stormed WDW's Magic Kingdom
Picture -- if you will -- a WDW Security Officer in her vehicle, frantically waving her arm and honking her horn, trying to stop a caravan of Universal characters as they sped past the toll booths on World Drive and then made their way to the Ticket and Transportation Center. That sounds like something...
15 Feb 2015
Potter fans of all ages have a wand-erful time at Universal Orlando's "Celebration of Harry Potter"
I want you to take a close look at the photo below. These are three young men in their late teens / early twenties. Do you notice anything different about them? Photo by Jim Hill Each of them is carrying a wand box. When I snapped this photo of these guys on Sunday, February 1st, they were hurrying through...
11 Feb 2015
Macy's brings its Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons down to Florida to add some Big Apple spice to Universal Orlando's holiday program
Every year, after Santa's 60 foot-long sleigh float rolls up in front of Macy's Herald Square store on Thanksgiving morning, 50 million television viewers turn off their sets and say "Well, that's it for this year's parade." Not exactly. Though NBC's broadcast of this NYC...
7 Dec 2014
Hollywood creatives and theme park fans appreciate the Universal difference
It's often been said that if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. Harry Potter fans race up the red carpet to be among the first to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley when this new "land" at Universal Studios officially opened...
10 Nov 2014
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