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Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Unprecedented Investment in Biggest Line-Up of New Attractions in Its History



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Dramatically Altering Universal Studios Hollywood Footprint to Reimagine

with Innovative Thrill Rides and Immersive Lands


Project Represents Biggest Five-Year Line-Up of New
Attractions in

Universal Studios Hollywood History, Solidifying Theme Park's Long-Term Commitment to Tourism and Economic
Vitality in


City, California, April 8, 2014
– Reaffirming its position as the #1 tourist
destination in Los Angeles with one of the most progressive and exciting theme
park experiences anywhere, Universal Studios HollywoodSM, is making an unprecedented five-year investment in revolutionary new
thrill rides and expansive themed environments that will radically alter the
familiar footprint and landscape of The Entertainment Capital of L.A.

This monumental transformation, the
most significant undertaking in the theme park's storied 50 year history, will
have substantial impacts across all facets of L.A.'s economic
spectrum from job creation to tourism.  Representing the single largest investment
ever made, this sweeping makeover began in 2012 with the introduction of the
award-winning mega-attraction, "Transformers: 
The Ride-3D" and will culminate in 2016 with the much-anticipated Los
Angeles debut of "The Wizarding World of
Harry PotterTM."

"This is a pivotal time in the
history of Universal Studios Hollywood as we build upon our extraordinary
success and expand our vision for the future of our world-class destination,"
said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood.  "This broad investment in our five-year transformation
will further strengthen Universal Studios Hollywood as an economic leader, significantly
contributing to long-term employment opportunities and tourism throughout L.A."

"This amazing investment by Universal Studios Hollywood
represents a dramatic boost for Los Angeles tourism, creating new world class
entertainment that will add new jobs, stimulate hospitality revenues and
contribute to the economic prosperity of our city,"
said Los Angeles Mayor Eric

From its humble beginnings 50 years
ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has remained true to its roots of immersing
guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic, providing remarkable
access to movie sets on a real working studio lot.  Its once celebrated "Glamour Trams" have
evolved to become the now world-famous Studio Tour and a hallmark attraction, bringing
millions of guests onto areas of an authentic movie and television studio
typically restricted to authorized movie production personnel and into that
elusive world motivated by three compelling words:  lights, camera, action.

The evolution of breakthrough, next-generation
thrill rides has continued to revolutionize the theme park renowned for its
innovative collaborations with top Hollywood filmmakers and the greatest
creative minds in entertainment – Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay,
Chris Meledandri – whose credibility contribute immensely to a ride's

Working in collaboration with
Universal Creative, the visionary design and development division of Universal
Parks & Resorts, Universal Studios Hollywood has crafted an ambitious blueprint
for the future of the theme park detailing its expansive redesign and
mega-attraction introductions.

RELATED STORYUniversal Studios Hollywood transforms its Lower Lot for the grand opening of "Transformers: The Ride-3D"

"Transformers:  The Ride-3D" set the stage for this epic
transformation in 2012 and raised the bar for immersive, technologically advanced
entertainment offered at Universal Studios Hollywood or elsewhere.  Working in partnership with award-winning
filmmaker Michael Bay and the technical luminaries at Industrial
Light & Magic, the ride infused an adrenalized multi-level ride-track and visceral
special effects with one of the most elaborate flight simulation ride systems
ever created.  Housed within a newly
built 60,000 square foot structure, the ride utilized the highest, most
sophisticated resolution of 3D-HD technology available to virtually launch
guests into the dynamic, action-packed robotic world of the Transformers.

summer 2013, the interior focal point of the theme park profoundly changed with
the installation of Universal Plaza, a visually aesthetic 37,000 square
foot art deco styled piazza.  This
impressive and versatile polygon-shaped entertainment venue sits at the heart
of the theme park as a welcoming open air courtyard, architecturally
reminiscent of classic Hollywood glamour.  Featuring a
soaring 70 foot tall tower emblazoned with the word Universal, the venue is large in scope, yet provides a warm and
inviting environment to host an array of special events and entertainment. 

April 12, 2014, "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" and "Super Silly Fun Land" will open at Universal Studios
Hollywood.  Based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's Academy
Award® and Golden
Globe Award-nominated film franchise, and created in collaboration with Chris
Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment, "Despicable Me
Minion Mayhem" will resonate with the same endearing qualities and characters
that catapulted the franchise to international blockbuster fame.

The footprint for "Despicable Me
Minion Mayhem" and "Super Silly Fun Land," however,
will serve as a crucial turning point for the theme park, as the adventure
represents its first foray into fully expansive themed environments aimed at
immersing visitors from the moment they enter the space.  From experiencing Gru's neighborhood to Miss
Hattie's Home for Girls and the imaginative seaside carnival, this
all-encompassing approach is a decisive departure from the park's more commonly
used vignette ride exteriors to create holistic experiences and transport
guests to that imaginary place. 

will be a momentous year for the theme park with two spectacular attractions
debuting as part of the 50th anniversary.  "Springfield" an immersive land surrounding "The
Simpsons Ride" will open in Spring 2015 and in Summer 2015, "Fast &
Furious-Supercharged," based on the blockbuster film series, will be introduced
as the grand finale to the celebrated Studio Tour.

former layout of the park will become unrecognizable when "Springfield" hometown
of America's favorite
family, The Simpsons, breathes new life
to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding "The Simpsons Ride." "Springfield" will
capture the spirit of the town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the
intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series' 25

"Springfield" is being designed
to make guests feel as if they are being propelled through their television
sets into the accurately depicted city, complete with signature eateries from
Krusty Burger to Luigi's Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat's 5600 Flavors Ice
Cream Parlor to iconic watering holes like Moe's Tavern and Duff's

Universal Studios Hollywood concept art of Fast and Furious Supercharged Ride"Fast
& Furious-Supercharged" will be a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled finale
to the world-famous Studio Tour.  This
technologically advanced thrill ride, will catapult guests into
the high-stakes underground world of fast cars where they'll join the cast in a
harrowing escapade.   The ride will be situated within a newly constructed
50,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot and will reunite stars
from the Fast & Furious series in
a groundbreaking mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic
film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.  

The dynamic hydraulic-motion based
ride will tell an original Fast &
story, incorporating hyper-realistic special effects and
state-of-the-art 3D-HD imagery projected onto the world's longest and most
expansive 360-degree screen spanning nearly 400 feet in length to encircle
Studio Tour guests in the Fast &

2016 will be a magical year for
Universal Studios Hollywood as the theme park's epic
transformation becomes fully realized with the highly-anticipated arrival of "The
Wizarding World of Harry Potter."

Inspired by the magical
world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films,
"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood will be a
fully immersive land designed for the entire family that brings the Harry
Potter fiction and films to life with impeccable detail and authenticity.  Similar to the dynamic Universal Orlando
Resort themed land that opened in 2010, the Hollywood
experience will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films,
including Hogwarts castle that will serve as the iconic focal point of the
impressively themed environment.  "The
Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Warner
Bros. Entertainment and Universal
and Resorts. 

This evolution of Universal Studios
Hollywood will also include the addition of two newly constructed parking
structures that, combined, will accommodate thousands of additional vehicles.
Construction on the second parking structure will be completed in late 2015.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.,
includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal
CityWalk Cinemas and the "5 Towers" state-of-the-art outdoor concert
venue.  World-class rides and attractions
include the intense, award-winning ride, "King Kong 360 3-D" on the famed
behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, "TransformersTM:  The Ride-3D," "The Simpsons RideTM," "Revenge of the
MummySM-The Ride," "Jurassic Park® -The Ride," and the much
anticipated 3D Ultra-HD movie motion-simulator adventure, "Despicable Me Minion
Mayhem" and "Super Silly Fun Land." 

Jim Hill is an entertainment writer who has specialized in covering The Walt Disney Company for nearly 40 years now. Over that time, he has interviewed hundreds of animators, actors, and Imagineers -- many of whom have shared behind-the-scenes stories with Mr. Hill about how the Mouse House really works. In addition to the 4000+ articles Jim has written for the Web, he also co-hosts a trio of popular podcasts: “Disney Dish with Len Testa,” “Fine Tooning with Drew Taylor” and “Marvel US Disney with Aaron Adams.” Mr. Hill makes his home in Southern New Hampshire with his lovely wife Nancy and two obnoxious cats, Ginger & Betty.

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Disney’s New Trailer Reveals How Ralph & Vanellope Get to the Internet in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”



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When “Wreck-It Ralph” opened on Nov. 2, 2012, it turned in the highest opening weekend ever for a Walt Disney Animation Studios film at the time of release. Now Disney is hoping Ralph will not only break the Internet but the 2018 Thanksgiving boxoffice records as well.

The film re-teams the original director, producer and co-writer behind “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The screenplay is currently being written by Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon. Director Rich Moore, producer Clark Spencer, and co-writer Phil Johnston partnered with fellow director Byron Howard and co-writer/co-director Jared Bush to create the Academy Award®-winning blockbuster feature “Zootopia.”

ROYAL REUNION – In “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2,” Vanellope von Schweetz-along with her best friend Ralph-ventures into the uncharted world of the internet. When she finds herself surrounded by Disney princesses, she’s surprised to learn that she actually has a lot in common with them. The scene, highlighted in a new trailer for the film (below), features several of the original princess voices, including Auli’i Cravalho (“Moana”), Kristen Bell (Anna in “Frozen”), Idina Menzel (Elsa in “Frozen”), Kelly MacDonald (Merida in “Brave”), Mandy Moore (Rapunzel in “Tangled”), Anika Noni Rose (Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog”), Ming-Na Wen (“Mulan”), Irene Bedard (“Pocahontas”), Linda Larkin (Jasmine in “Aladdin”), Paige O’Hara (Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”) and Jodi Benson (Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”). Featuring Sarah Silverman as the voice of Vanellope, “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2” opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 21, 2018. 





U.S. Release Date:  Nov. 21, 2018

Voice cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Taraji P. Henson, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk

Directors: Rich Moore, Phil Johnston

Producer: Clark Spencer

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Marvel Fans: See Props, Costumes, New Games, Exclusive Content and More at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim





BURBANKCalif. (June 1, 2017) – Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­-16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including Thor: RagnarokBlack Panther, and more.

In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 2017, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok-the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization-at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela., played by Cate Blanchette. 

But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger-the Incredible Hulk. 

Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from this highly anticipated movie as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film. 

The incredible costumes from Black Panther will also be on display. 

Black Panther follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War,where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. 

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B.

Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more! 

LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes 2 is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit LEGO®Marvel Super Heroes.Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor,the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.

Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. 

Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. 

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Gazillion will offer a chance to play Marvel Heroes Omega and win fantastic prizes.

Marvel Heroes Omega combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards,Marvel Heroes Omegacomes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.

Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with MARVEL: Future Fight.

Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.

Marvel Puzzle Quest is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC.

Marvel Puzzle Questcombines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 p.m. in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel!

That same day at 6 p.m. on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 forchildren 3-9. Membersof D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3-9. Multi-day tickets are also available. 

For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit

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Shanghai To Host World Premiere Of Disney’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”



First-ever Mainland China Hollywood Movie World Premiere Will Take Place at Shanghai Disney Resort with an

All-star Lineup of Special Guests on May 11

BURBANK, CALIF. (April 25, 2017)-Disney announced today that Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have its World Premiere in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai Disney Resort on Thursday, May 11, marking the first time a Hollywood movie will premiere in Mainland China. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend the gala event.

The red-carpet event will take place in Disneytown at Shanghai Disney Resort. After the red carpet, the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” screening will be held in Walt Disney Grand Theatre at Disneytown. Shanghai Disney Resort is also home to Shanghai Disneyland, featuring Treasure Cove, the first pirate-themed land at a Disney park, inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. 

Premiere guests will enjoy a stunning presentation of the film in Dolby Vision laser projection and Dolby Atmos immersive audio provided by Dolby and delivered through QSC speakers and amplifiers with Q-SYS control at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre.

Samsung is the title sponsor of the World Premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which will be released on May 26 in China, day and date with its release in the U.S.

About the Movie:

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.  

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. The story is by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.     

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