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So how are Toy Story Land & the Star Wars Experience supposed to link up at Disney's Hollywood Studios?
So I -- like a lot of you, no doubt -- have spent the last day or so sifting through all of the info that came out of this week's "Awaken Summer" media event down at the Walt Disney World Resort . And there was something that caught my eye about this new piece of The Star Wars Experience...
21 Apr 2016
Universal Creative tweaked the magical formula it used to create Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Given that there are already Wizarding Worlds in Orlando & Osaka, why should Harry Potter fans now travel to Hollywood to experience the third theme park incarnation of that magical realm which J.K. Rowling dreamed up? Because -- as Professor Flitwick (who teaches the Charms class at Hogwarts School...
7 Apr 2016
How the Grinch gave Universal Studios Hollywood a Christmas to call its own
So now that the ball has dropped in Times Square and all those flower-covered floats have rolled through downtown Pasadena, that then means we can officially put the 2015 holiday season behind us ... right? Not according to the folks who run the Disney and Universal theme parks. Where Christmas will...
1 Jan 2016
Don Hahn shines a spotlight on Disney Legend Richard M. Sherman with 'Songs of a Lifetime"
Given that he's the guy who produced " Beauty and the Beast ," the first animated film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, as well as " The Lion King ," Don Hahn is used to getting the lion's share of the accolades. But these days, Don is more concerned about making sure that...
17 Dec 2015
Everything's big about Universal Orlando's opening-in-2016 Skull Island: Reign of Kong
For nearly 30 years now -- ever since King Kong Encounter was first added to Universal Studios Hollywood 's tram tour back in June of 1986 and that 7 ton, 30 foot-tall animatronic figure began blasting tourists with his banana breath -- theme park goers have been going ape for this massive movie...
6 Nov 2015
Universal Orlando mixes hi-tech & simple tricks to serve up scares at Halloween Horror Nights 25
With October 31st just a few days away now, millions of people are in the process of putting the finishing touches on their home Halloween displays. All with the hope that they'll then be able to impress the neighbors and/or thrill some trick-or-treaters when they come a-knockin' on All Hallows'...
28 Oct 2015
How Universal Orlando sets the stage for Halloween Horror Nights 25 in just 60 minutes
One hour. 60 measly minutes. That's all the time that Show Director Lora Wallace and her team are given to transform the streets of Universal Studios Florida . Change these highly themed but family-friendly thoroughfares into a setting better suited for the hundreds of scareactors who work the nation's...
16 Oct 2015
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 Paris previews new "Jedi Academy" show, debuts clever reimagining of stateside Disney Parks' "Frozen" sing-along
For the past few years now, Disneyland Paris hasn't been so lively. At least when it comes to live stage shows. You see, of the three sit-down theatres that this Disney theme park originally opened with back in April of 1992, one -- the Fantasy Festival stage, to be specific -- was transformed into...
31 May 2015
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