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BROADWAY IS COMING TO DOLBY THEATRE IN 2020

CIM GROUP AND THE HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE SIGN AGREEMENT TO BRING BROADWAY PROGRAMMING TO DOLBY THEATRE

Agreement adds to the array of events and entertainment at the Dolby that includes live broadcast, concerts, movie premieres and the annual Academy Awards®

HOLLYWOOD, Calif – August 15, 2018 – CIM Group®, owner and operator of the iconic Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and The Hollywood Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles’ foremost presenter of first-class touring Broadway productions at the prominent location of Hollywood and Vine, today announced an agreement for The Hollywood Pantages Theatre to bring Broadway productions to Dolby Theatre beginning in 2020. Both theatres hold famed locations on Hollywood Boulevard and provide distinct entertainment options.

The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is a premier venue and an historic gem known for bringing exceptional Broadway productions to Los Angeles. Many of these productions have drawn heightened interest in recent years for long-term engagements in Hollywood, and partnering with Dolby Theatre, a richly appointed and technically sophisticated theatre, allows for these complementary venues to further cement Hollywood as the entertainment capital.

Dolby Theatre will continue to program and host a variety of live television productions, movie premieres, concerts, cultural, civic and arts events including the annual Academy Awards®. Recent programming at Dolby has included several seasons of America’s Got Talent; the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award – George Clooney; film premieres for Blank Panther and Solo: A Star Wars Story; showcases for Trevor Noah, Andrea Bocelli, Carol Burnett, and Neal deGrasse Tyson; and The Paley Center for Media’s Paleyfest.

Broadway is creating captivating productions that are enjoying sold-out runs in New York and on tour. This arrangement benefits Los Angeles and the region as audiences will be drawn to an expanded array of acclaimed productions available in Hollywood,” said Shaul Kuba, Co-Founder and Principal of CIM Group. “Dolby Theatre is internationally recognized and with its advanced technology that provides for state-of- the-art sound and projection, television production capabilities and stunning interior, it is a sought-after option for a host of productions. The Hollywood Pantages Theatre bringing Broadway shows to Dolby Theatre complements our program lineup.”

James L. Nederlander, President of the Nederlander Organization said, “My father first began investing in Hollywood in 1977 when he purchased The Pantages Theatre. Since then we have had one goal, which is to bring the best of Broadway to all of Los Angeles. That commitment is strengthened with our agreement to begin presenting shows at Dolby Theatre in 2020. Audiences from all over Los Angeles and beyond will be thrilled to have yet another terrific venue in which to enjoy the Best of Broadway on the West Coast.”

 

About Dolby Theatre

Opened in 2001, the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat Dolby Theatre® with cutting edge technologies sets the stage for entertainment technology as a host of the world’s biggest movie premieres, events, and performances. Dolby Theatre is an ongoing showcase for the latest innovations in Dolby entertainment technology, including Dolby® Atmos™, a breakthrough audio technology that delivers a natural, life-like sensory experience. Dolby Theatre also features Dolby 3D, a state-of-the-art imaging solution that provides audiences with a superior 3D experience. Dolby Theatre is located within the Hollywood & Highland, which consists of over 640,000 square feet of space featuring national, regional and local retail tenants, a variety of restaurants, several of Hollywood’s hottest nightclubs, a six screen state-of-the-art cinema adjacent to the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre and the 640 room Loews Hollywood

Hotel. www.dolbytheatre.com.

About The Hollywood Pantages Theatre

The Hollywood Pantages is part of The Nederlander Organization, which owns or operates venues on Broadway, Chicago, San Diego, San Jose, Tucson, Durham, Oklahoma City, N. Charleston, and London. The Hollywood Pantages is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in Los Angeles, with over 35,000 season ticket holders. Presentations include Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and The Phantom of the Opera. www.hollywoodpantages.com.

About CIM Group

CIM is a community-focused real estate and infrastructure owner, operator and lender. Since 1994, CIM has led more than $56 billion of projects in communities across the Americas on behalf of its own account and its partners, co-investors and shareholders. CIM’s broad in-house expertise includes decades of research, acquisition, credit analysis, development, finance, leasing and asset management experience in urban real assets, net-lease assets and other associated credit strategies. Utilizing its disciplined approach and extensive in-house expertise, CIM seeks to maximize value in projects, which ultimately enhances communities. For more information, visit www.cimgroup.com.

ON YOUR FEET! – The Story of Gloria Estefan now playing at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, July 6 – July 29

Photos by Matthew Murphy
Photo Courtesy of Chelsea Lauren/Hollywood Pantages Theatre
Gloria and Emilio Estefan with the cast of ‘On Your Feet!’ on opening night at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, July 10, 2018. 

Hollywood, Calif. ON YOUR FEET! – the story of Gloria  and Emilio Estefan, who fled Cuba, settled in Miami and eventually attained the American dream, officially opened at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Tuesday, its latest stop after debuting on Broadway in summer 2015. 

Courtesy: Hollywood Pantages Theatre

The Estefans built a musical empire with a string of successes, including their signature song, “Conga.”the inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent—and each other—to become an international sensation: Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

Now their story has embarked upon a national Broadway tour in an exhilarating original production that’s already won the hearts of critics and audiences alike, with the Chicago Tribune declaring “IT’S A HIT!” and The New York Times cheering, “The very air in the room seems to vibrate in this undeniably crowd-pleasing musical!” “If you aren’t humming a Gloria Estefan hit when you leave the theater, it might be time to check your pulse!” raves the Associated Press.

Frightful Fun for Everyone: Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort Returns September 7

Disneyland, California Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is returning for even more days of wicked fun! Beginning September 7 through October 31, a spell will be cast at both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, transforming the Disneyland Resort into a frenzy of happy haunts.

This limited-time seasonal celebration will include special attraction

Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is returning for even more days of wicked fun! Beginning September 7 through October 31, a spell will be cast at both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, transforming the Disneyland Resort into a frenzy of happy haunts.

overlays, themed décor, seasonal treats and merchandise, plus spooky encounters with favorite characters.

Oogie Boogie will once again take over Disney California Adventure park with stylish Halloween decor along Buena Vista Street and a swarm of bats encircling Carthay Circle Theatre. Cars Land will celebrate Haul-O-Ween as Radiator Springs turns into Radiator Screams! For the occasion, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree will transform into Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree while Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters changes into Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween. In Hollywood Land, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will transform nightly into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark.

Over at Disneyland park, the Pumpkin Festival will greet guests as they make their way down Main Street, U.S.A. Fan-favorite attractions will also return, including the eerily delightful Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy.

Minnie and Mickey Mouse at Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Additionally, the highly anticipated Mickey’s Halloween Party will host 15 nights of fun. This separate-ticket, after hours event gives you the chance to make your Halloween Time experience even more fun with some exclusive entertainment, Disney characters in their Halloween attire and trick-or-treating throughout Disneyland park!

Be sure to purchase your Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets* early and mark your calendars for the dates below. Tickets may be purchased online at Disneyland.com/party (until the day before the event), at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400.

  • June 5: Tickets on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visa card holders and Disney Vacation Club members
  • June 12: Tickets on sale to general public
  • Mickey’s Halloween Party 2018 dates: Sept. 19, Sept. 21, Sept. 24, Sept. 26, Sept. 28, Oct. 2, Oct. 5, Oct. 9, Oct. 12, Oct. 16, Oct. 19, Oct. 23, Oct. 26, Oct. 29, Oct. 31

For more information about Halloween events at the Disneyland Resort, please visithttp://www.Disneyland.com/Halloween. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

*Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are subject to availability and are valid only for specific event dates and hours. Space is limited. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be resold. Ages 2 and under: no ticket required. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Jack Skellington and Haunted Mansion Holiday are inspired by Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

A Lot of Spooky Things are Happening at Universal Studios Hollywood: Beginning September 15, “The Horrors of Blumhouse” Takes Possession of Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” in Two New Mazes Inspired by Acclaimed Contemporary Horror Producer Jason Blum’s Blockbuster Movies

Beginning September 15, “The Horrors of Blumhouse” Takes Possession of Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” in Two New Mazes Inspired by Acclaimed Contemporary Horror Producer Jason Blum’s Blockbuster Movies.
Beginning September 15, “The Horrors of Blumhouse” Takes Possession of Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” in Two New Mazes Inspired by Acclaimed Contemporary Horror Producer Jason Blum’s Blockbuster Movies.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., ORLANDO, Fla.– Jason Blum, one of today’s most prolific producers of contemporary horror films, brings his signature movies to life in the uniquely distinctive “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” event at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 15.

Click HERE for a video of the terror that await!

Based on The PurgeSinister and Insidious franchises, as well as the upcoming thriller Happy Death Day, Blumhouse Productions (Split, Get Out, Whiplash ), is teaming with the creative minds behind the nation’s most intense and immersive Halloween event to unleash three twisted Blumhouse films in one bone-chilling experience at each Halloween destination.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, legions of terrified guests will come face-to-face with the most iconic and unnerving moments from the blockbuster The Purge franchise, Sinister movies and soon-to-be released Happy Death Day. In The Purge, guests will attempt to survive the night as they are immersed in the film’s depraved world, where all crime is declared legal as part of the government’s annually sanctioned 12-hour Purge. In what can be described as a living trailer for Happy Death Day, guests will experience a deja-vu scenario as they are forced to relive the last day of their lives over and over again in an attempt to escape a masked killer. The final nightmare will unmask itself in Sinister, where guests will encounter an ancient pagan deity who is determined to trap them in the sordid shadow world of the dead…for all eternity.

“It’s a privilege to collaborate with Jason Blum and his team at Blumhouse Productions to create ‘The Horrors of Blumhouse,’” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.”  “The decisive, inventive way in which he interprets underlying issues plaguing today’s society into his films provides us with a plethora of content to create truly captivating, one-of-a-kind modern horror experiences for our guests.”

Upon entering “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze at Universal Orlando Resort, guests will attempt to survive three of the most menacing anthologies in the Blumhouse assemblage. First, guests will face the horror of becoming stars in the next home murder movie of the menacing demon Bughuul, from the infamous Sinister franchise. Then, they’ll run for their lives to escape the gang of bloodthirsty home invaders from the first installment of The Purge saga.  Finally, guests will be thrust into the Further from the Insidious legend, where they’ll come face-to-face with the paralyzing Lipstick-Face Demon from Chapter 1 and witness Dr. Elise Rainier’s own personal hauntings from her nightmarish childhood in a first-look at Insidious: Chapter 4 – in theaters January 5, 2018.

“We’re thrilled to bring the terrifying vision of Jason Blum and the Blumhouse Productions team to life on an even grander scale at Halloween Horror Nights 2017,” said Charles Gray, Show Director for Creative Development, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort. “He is the modern voice of horror, whose films run the gamut of intense, in-your-face terror – and this year, we’re taking our guests deeper into the horrific world of Blumhouse than ever before.”

“We are so excited to expand our collaboration with the terrific creative team at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ this year,” commented Blum. “With ‘The Horrors of Blumhouse’ maze, people will be able to fully immerse themselves into the cinematic worlds of our most terrifying films – with bone-chilling results.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood are available online at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood and on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Watch videos on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube and join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

 

“The Horrors of Blumhouse,” is the final maze in Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” lineup, featuring frightfully fun films from acclaimed horror producer Jason Blum. In this immersive experience, The Purge, Sinister and the all-new Happy Death Day will come together to terrify guests and excite horror fanatics.

 

Click HERE for a video of the terror that await!

 

Below is the full list of mazes and shows at this year’s event. From Stephen King’s The Shining to FX’s award-winning television series “American Horror Story,” this list proves guests are in for a trick and treat this Halloween season.

  • The Shining, inspired by the iconic psychological thriller.
  • “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” based on FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning television series.
  • “ASH vs. Evil Dead,” based on Starz’s comedy horror television series.
  • “Saw,” based one of the highest grossing horror film franchises of all time.
  • “Insidious: Beyond the Further,” based on the latest Blumhouse Productions’ thriller, Insidious: Chapter 4.
  •  “The Horrors of Blumhouse,” based on Jason Blum’s blockbuster movies, The Purge, Sinister, and upcoming film, Happy Death Day.
  •  “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood new permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series.
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew return by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights.”

About Universal Orlando Resort 
Universal Orlando Resort is a unique vacation destination that is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family.  For more than 25 years, Universal Orlando has been creating epic vacations for the entire family – incredible experiences that place guests in the heart of powerful stories and adventures.

Universal Orlando’s theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, are home to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative theme park experiences – including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. And now open is Universal Orlando’s third park, Universal’s Volcano Bay – an entirely new water theme park experience.  Universal’s on-site resort hotels, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, feature a total of 5,600 rooms and are destinations unto themselves.  Its entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled more than 20 new guest experiences since 2010 – powerful attractions, incredible dining opportunities and dramatically themed hotels. Now open is Skull Island: Reign of Kong, a groundbreaking attraction in Islands of Adventure, and CityWalk’s newest, unique dining experience, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of NBCUniversal, a Comcast company.  Follow us on our blogFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Blumhouse Productions
Blumhouse Productions, founded by Academy Award®-nominated and two-time Emmy and Peabody award-winning producer Jason Blum, is a multi-media company known for pioneering a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality, micro-budget films. In 2017, Blumhouse produced the critically-acclaimed blockbusters Get Out from Jordan Peele and Split from M. Night Shyamalan, which have grossed more than $500 million worldwide off combined budgets of less than $15 million. In addition, Blumhouse is the producer of the highly profitable The PurgeInsidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises, which together have grossed more than $1.7 billion worldwide. Blumhouse’s films also include the Academy Award®-nominated Whiplash, as well as The GiftUnfriended and The Visit. In 2017, Blum launched an independent TV studio with investment from ITV Studios. Current projects include Sharp Objects, a mini-series for HBO starring Amy Adams, based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel of the same name, and a mini-series for Showtime based on journalist Gabriel Sherman’s reporting on former FOX News chief Roger Ailes.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Elevates “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” to 4K-HD with State-of-the-Art Imagery Projecting at Four Times the Frame Rate for an Even More Immersive Experience

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Elevates “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” to 4K-HD

Universal City, Calif– The spectacularly captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride at Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” takes a technological bow with the introduction of enhanced 4K-HD ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second and designed to offer guests an even more immersive glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

This progressive enhancement replaces the earlier 3D film component of the ride to create a seamless integration between the ride’s elaborate sets and its spellbinding media. The attraction’s storyline remains the same.

Originally projected at 60 frames-per-second, the new ride media now displays at four times the frame rate offering superior clarity and remarkably sharper images than previously shown, with imagery that is stunningly ultra-realistic.

Hailed by press across the globe as a tour-de-force, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” has enjoyed a vast array of critical acclaim, such as:

“The combination of the stunningly detailed queue and the state-of-the-art ride make Forbidden Journey the best dark ride in the world.”

“All roads lead to Hogwarts castle, home to possibly the most immersive, amazing and utterly convincing dark-ride and queue ever invented. The detail at every turn is exquisite.”

An achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” is a multidimensional thrill ride located within Hogwarts castle. It features a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects designed to take guests on a once-in-a lifetime whirlwind adventure.

Spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees upon an elevated ride track, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ushers guests on a journey alongside Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as they venture through some of the most memorable scenes from the movie, including a Quidditch match where they narrowly escape a dragon attack, as well as close encounters with Dementors and the Whomping Willow.

A spectacular attraction unto itself, the iconic and picturesque Hogwarts castle sits at the heart of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” providing access to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Hogwarts castle is a breathtaking reproduction from the movie, housing narrow stone passageways and chambers that invites guests to walk in the famous footsteps of the film’s heroic character where they will encounter many familiar places along the way, including the Mirror of Erised, Professor Sprout’s Herbology class and a selection of baby Mandrakes, Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Hall of Talking Portraits, the Fat Lady portrait at the entrance to the Gryffindor Common Room and the Sorting Hat.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they read about in the stories or watched on the silver screen.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potter’s world with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.

The architecturally stunning land also features Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster, Flight of the Hippogriff™.

Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Flight of the Hippogriff™, Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM.” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction.  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, completely redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment: Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms.  A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product, and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park: Beloved Attraction Celebrates 50 Years of Swashbuckling Fun and Adventure

ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 13, 2017) – Since its debut at Disneyland Park in California in 1967, Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean adventure has thrilled hundreds of millions of guests from around the world. An immersive and engaging entertainment experience, it’s steeped in detail and rollicking pirate fun. It debuted as a technological marvel and storytelling masterpiece and, for decades, this award-winning attraction has been considered one of the pinnacles of theme park experiences worldwide.14-No_Escape-331x248-1

The original Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, which inspired a global phenomenon and launched a highly popular film franchise, celebrates its 50th anniversary at Disneyland on March 18, 2017.

Today, guests enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at five Disney theme parks around the world: Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort; Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort; Tokyo Disneyland Park at Tokyo Disney Resort; Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris; and Shanghai Disneyland at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Here are some of the fun facts, trivia and milestones associated with one of Walt Disney’s greatest entertainment achievements.

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean was the last Disneyland attraction personally supervised by Walt Disney. It was designed by WED Enterprises (now called Walt Disney Imagineering).
  • The attraction originally was envisioned as a New Orleans-themed Blue Bayou Mart featuring a Pirate Wax Museum, housed in a 70-foot deep basement. The basement now serves as the grotto section of the attraction.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean was loosely inspired by such Hollywood films as “Captain Blood,”
    “The Sea Hawk” and “The Buccaneer,” plus Disney’s “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped” and “Swiss Family Robinson.”
  • It cost $15 million to build New Orleans Square, the home for Pirates of the Caribbean. This is equal to the amount the United States paid for the real New Orleans in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
  • The attraction façade was partly inspired by the Cabildo building in Jackson Square in New Orleans that served as the seat of the Spanish colonial government in 1799. It is also noted for being the site where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.
  • Guests ride through the attraction in a 1,838-foot canal.
  • Approximately 120 animated characters (human characters plus nine different types of animated animals) appear in the Audio-Animatronics cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Several original designers and Imagineers for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction have since become Disney Legends, an honorary title bestowed on individuals by The Walt Disney Company.
  • Disney Imagineer X Atencio, who wrote the attraction’s memorable tune, “Yo-Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” is the voice of the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones, seen just before guests plunge down the waterfalls.
  • In the lyrics of the song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” the phrase “Yo Ho” is uttered 18 times.
  • Guests ride through the attraction for approximately 15 minutes, on one of the longest rides at Disneyland Resort.
  • Approximately 400 million guests have ridden Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Park since its opening in 1967.
  • In 1997, Pirates of the Caribbean won the Thea Classic Award from the Themed Entertainment Association. The Thea Classic Award is given to an outstanding “compelling place and experience” which has been in operation for a minimum of 20 years.
  • The Blue Bayou restaurant in New Orleans Square allows diners to observe passing boats traveling through a bayou, which is the first scene of the attraction. This table service restaurant continues to be the only dining establishment that looks into a dark ride attraction at Disneyland Resort.
  • The concept of Pirates of the Caribbean has come full circle with the attraction initially inspiring the successful film franchise and then the films (starting with the release of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2003) inspiring exciting additions to the attraction.
  • Both Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa from the blockbuster films appear in the attraction and the ghostly image of Davy Jones appears on a waterfall.
  • Guests can spot Captain Jack Sparrow at three different points during their journey.
  • Approximately 400,000 pieces of gold coins and set pieces were added to the attraction during a lengthy refurbishment in 2006 when some of the film characters were added to the story.
  • The Aztec pirate chest used in the film “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” appears in the Treasure Room as the last thing guests see in that scene.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

January 3, 1965 Walt Disney talks about models for the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean attraction on an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” called “Disneyland 10th Anniversary.”
March 18, 1967 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction has a soft opening for guests of Disneyland.
April 19, 1967 Official Grand Opening ceremony of Pirates of the Caribbean attraction takes place at Disneyland.
December 15, 1973 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Magic Kingdom Park, Florida.
April 15, 1983 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Tokyo Disneyland Park.
April 12, 1992 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction opens at Disneyland Paris.
June 28, 2003 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” the first in a series of highly popular films inspired by the attraction.
July 9, 2003 “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” opens in theaters.
June 24, 2006 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Additionally, Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Park re-opens after a lengthy refurbishment in which characters from the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” films were added into the attraction.
July 7, 2006  “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in theaters.
Also, “Pirates of the Caribbean” film characters added to the Magic Kingdom Park attraction.
May 19, 2007 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” the third film in the series.
May 25, 2007 “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” opens in theaters.
Additionally, Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer Island re-opened as Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island with the addition of themed elements related to the film franchise.
May 7, 2011 Disneyland hosts the premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth film in the series.
May 20, 2011 “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” opens in theaters.
June 16, 2016 Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure attraction and Treasure Cove themed land open at Shanghai Disney Resort.
May 26, 2017 “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth film in the series, opens in theaters.

ENDURING LEGACY

In addition to four Pirates of the Caribbean films, with the fifth – “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” releasing in May 2017 – the legacy of Pirates of the Caribbean continues to expand across the globe.

Characters from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise continue to be celebrated throughout Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – in Entertainment shows, interactive experiences, character greetings, themed hotel rooms, and activities and events aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

In 2016, Treasure Cove opened at Shanghai Disney Resort, marking the first land at any Disney theme park inspired by the adventure and swashbuckling fun of pirates. The anchor of that land is the latest iteration of the classic attraction, known there by the name Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure. It has won industry awards including Outstanding Achievement – Attraction from the Themed Entertainment Association and a Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project. Additionally, an original story about Captain Jack Sparrow opened as “Eye of the Storm – Captain Jack’s Stunt Spectacular,” also in Treasure Cove.

After a lengthy refurbishment, Pirates of the Caribbean attraction will re-open at Disneyland Paris in summer 2017 with the inclusion of Captain Jack Sparrow from the film franchise.

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About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

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THE CITY OF SANTA CLARITA NAMED AS LOS ANGELES COUNTY’S “MOST BUSINESS-FRIENDLY CITY”

Santa Clarita, Calif. – The City of Santa Clarita has been named The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) 2016 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County in the population of 68,000 and over category.

Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County’s third largest City, was recognized for the community minded and business driven approach to economic development, the priority of providing high quality jobs for local residents and the creation of an environment where businesses can focus on what they do best. In Santa Clarita, this is accomplished by a team of economic development professionals, business focused City departments, and strong partnerships with business associations and community organizations.

“To once again be named the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County by the LAEDC is a true testament of our dedication to the business community,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. “An array of small mom and pop restaurants to national corporate headquarters make up the business landscape in Santa Clarita and we continue to provide valuable resources that help our businesses of all sizes prosper.”

Santa Clarita was selected as a winner through independent review based on the demonstration of commitment to economic development; excellence in programs and services designed to facilitate business entry, expansion and retention; competitive business tax rates and fee structures; availability of economic incentives; and effective communication with and about business clients.

The City of Santa Clarita was a finalist for this award in 2015, 2014, 2007 and 2006. In 2008, the City was named the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County in the population of 50,000 and over category. For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Economic Development division, programs and incentives, visitThinkSantaClarita.com.

Aspiring Singers and Songwriters, take note! Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is seeking musical performers.

Santa Clarita, Calif. –   Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is calling all singers and songwriters.  On the second Thursday of each month, performers take the stage at the Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. with artists performing four songs of their own composition.

Aspiring Singers and Songwriters, take note! Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is seeking musical performers.
Aspiring Singers and Songwriters, take note! Thursdays@Newhall’s Note by Note is seeking musical performers.

The evening is a chance for professional and aspiring songwriters to showcase their songs in front of a live audience. All interested participants must submit an entry application and a musical sample(s) of their work. The process of selecting artists is juried by the City of Santa Clarita and only four artists will be selected for each night. Musicians are asked to limit the number of people on stage to no more than three performers.

The application deadline is one week prior to the date of intended participation. For more information or to apply, please visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NoteByNote or call the Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Villain Kylo Ren Arrives at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort

Starting in February 2016, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneyland Park in California or Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will transport guests to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer. (Disney)
Starting in February 2016, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneyland Park in California or Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will transport guests to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer. (Disney)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Star Wars: The Force Awakens has quickly become the highest grossing film in American history, and soon guests at Disney Parks will be able to interact with one of the film’s most intriguing and chilling new characters, Kylo Ren.

Every day at Disney Parks, guests step into Star Wars experiences such as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and Star Wars Launch Bay, where they come face to face with some of the greatest heroes and villains of the saga. Starting in February, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneyland Park in California or Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will transport guests to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

As seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is a dark warrior with a mysterious past. Kylo Ren is strong with the Force and serves as a leader of the First Order, seeking to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi.

Star Wars Launch Bay is designed to showcase a variety of Star Wars characters over time. In addition to Kylo Ren, guests may also come across a garrison of First Order Stormtroopers or the heroic Wookiee, Chewbacca, holed up in a secret Resistance base.

The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the addition of new and reimagined Star Wars experiences, just in time for fans of the blockbuster new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to step into the Star Wars saga every day.

The new experiences further expand the Star Wars presence ahead of the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD Now at the Reagan Library

Back by popular demand the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to announce that  Christmas Around the World is back after a six-year hiatus.  Itincludes 26 exquisitely decorated trees representing the 26 countries that President Reagan visited while in office, as well as a White House Tree. Decorations encompass the bright and festive colors of the Caribbean, the crystals of the Nordic countries and the traditional decorations of England and Europe. Of particular note is the Vatican tree decorated entirely with white ornaments featuring a life-size white peacock that adorns the tree’s branches. The featured tree is an elegant reproduction of President and Mrs. Reagan’s White House tree complete with “Reagan Red” decorations and dozens of hand-blown glass ornaments.

The Reagan Library has once again partnered with Toys for Tots! Please bring an unwrapped toy, valued at $10 or more, and receive $2 off general or senior admission that day.  Offer good only November 14, 2015 through December 15, 2015.

PURCHASING TICKETS

Your admission fee includes all exhibits and galleries at the Museum, including the main Reagan Museum, the Air Force One Pavilion. To purchase your tickets online, you must select the date and time you would like to visit.

While you are purchasing your tickets, you will also be given the opportunity to:

Pre-purchase a Reagan Museum Souvenir Book exhibit catalog, learn more.

Pre-purchase a Presidential Library Passport – the perfect keepsake of your visit to the Reagan Library.

To guarantee the day and time of your visit, we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance online. Because they are timed-tickets, gallery entry times will be subject to availability.

Tickets are valid for single entry. No early entry permitted and tickets are valid only for the date stated..

For More information, please visit: http://www.reaganfoundation.org/details_f.aspx?p=LM2024ETEX&h1=0&h2=0&lm=libraryandmuseum&args_a=cms&args_b=35&argsb=N&tx=3267&sw=3267