The Return of Mandarin-Speaking MEGATRON Joins the Celebration for Real-Time Conversations Lunar New Year is Included in the Price of Park Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal City, Calif. — Universal Studios Hollywood welcomes DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda masters Po and Tigress to its all-new Lunar New Year event as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. ushers in the “Year of the Dog” from Saturday, February 10 to Sunday, February 25, 2018. Lunar New Year is included in the price of admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.
This spectacularly themed Lunar New Year event will take place within Universal Plaza, a polygon-shaped piazza that sits at the heart of the theme park. Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and stunning plum blossom Wishing Trees, the festivities will come to life as guests discover the 12 zodiac animal signs accompanied by their symbolic attributes.
New to this year’s celebratory event, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut the all-new DreamWorks’ Kung Fu Panda Jade Palace Performance Stage and the exciting Dragon Warrior Training Show based on the beloved Kung Fu Panda franchise. The all-new Kung Fu Panda experience will engage guests of all ages in an interactive martial art demonstration performed by Master Po and friends. The immersive event will also feature veteran DreamWorks animators who will demonstrate practical techniques of drawing their favorite Kung Fu Panda characters as keepsake mementos.
The completely reimagined event will also serve up a replica of DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda’s famous Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop, including Mr. Ping himself who will invite guests to enjoy his authentic Asian fare and a selection of hot and cold Asian beverages.
A returning favorite among Universal Studios Hollywood’s Lunar New Year traditions, Mandarin-speaking Transformer’s MEGATRON marks a highlight of the annual event, as the imposing leader of the DECEPTICONS returns to greet guests at the entry to the festivities. The ominous 12-foot-tall sentient robot will once again interact with guests, engaging them both in Mandarin and in real-time conversation characteristic of his persona. A resident of Universal Studios Hollywood, MEGATRON is one of the stars of Universal Studios Hollywood’s thrill ride, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D.”
Illumination’s Minions from Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride will join the festivities this year, stepping out in style dressed in brightly colored traditional Lunar New Year attire.
As a complement to this year’s Lunar New Year celebration, Universal Studios Hollywood will welcome Hello Kitty, the beloved global pop icon created by the renowned Japanese company Sanrio to the entertainment destination. Hello Kitty and her signature red bow will make special appearances to meet guests at the Hello Kitty Shop located within the new Animation Studio Store opening Spring 2018.
Year-round, Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature Studio Tour offers guests a revealing look at an authentic movie and television studio in select languages, including Mandarin. Expertly-trained Mandarin-speaking tour guides provide insight into the world of movie-making magic as guests enjoy a front row seat and behind-the-scenes access to one of the largest production studios in the world. In-language park maps are also available for guests.
Guests can also celebrate the spirit of Lunar New Year at Universal CityWalk’s Dongpo Kitchen restaurant featuring upscale and modern Sichuan cuisine. Inspired by China’s premier restaurant Meizhou Dongpo, Dongpo Kitchen offers the comforts of a casual dining environment with both indoor and al fresco seating and caters to an eclectic palate with a variety of signature dishes.
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, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
Incredicoaster Anchors Pixar Pier, Opening with Four Themed Neighborhoods During Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort
Anaheim, Ca. Nov. 2, 2017 –The wonderful worlds of Pixar will get a new home at Disney California Adventure Park when Pixar Pier opens in summer 2018, transforming the area that is now Paradise Pier with the thrilling, new Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and merchandise. Guests will experience Pixar stories and characters in incredible new ways on this seaside waterfront at the Disneyland Resort.
Pixar Pier, a permanent land along the southern shore of Paradise Bay, will debut during Pixar Fest, a limited-time event that begins April 13, 2018. As a new land, Pixar Pier will introduce the exciting new Incredicoaster plus four whimsical neighborhoods where guests step into beloved Pixar stories.
The first neighborhood is inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles” and it will open in summer 2018 with the Incredicoaster. Permanently transformed from the attraction that is now California Screamin’, Incredicoaster will invite guests into a mid-century-modern-style loading area where they board vehicles with a distinctive, new look. New character moments, new scenes and special effects, and an exciting musical score will connect the attraction’s story to Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2,” which opens in theaters June 14, 2018.
The neighborhood inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story” will be developed around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction. Another new neighborhood, inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out,” will debut a new family-friendly attraction that’s scheduled to open at a later date.
A fourth new neighborhood will celebrate a collection of guest-favorite Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will be themed with a new look and each of the 24 gondolas will showcase a different Pixar character. The iconic face of Mickey Mouse will continue to beam happiness across the Paradise Bay side of the wheel. At the Games of the Boardwalk, which currently includes a game called Bullseye Stallion Stampede, guests will find that all the midway games will be inspired by Pixar characters. New games are expected to include characters from “A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” and “WALL-E.”
To prepare for these big changes, several attractions will close Jan. 8: California Screamin’, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk and Sideshow Shirts.
Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a Pixar-themed lounge offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier. Ariel’s Grotto and Cove Bar will close Jan. 8, with Cove Bar reopening briefly in April before its permanent transformation. Guests wishing to reserve “World of Color” dining packages after Jan. 7 may consider Carthay Circle Restaurant or Wine Country Trattoria.
The remaining areas of the original Paradise Pier – including Paradise Gardens, Silly Symphony Swings, Jumping Jellyfish, Goofy’s Sky School, Golden Zephyr and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – will become a new land called Paradise Park.
The opening of Pixar Pier will add to the fun of Pixar Fest, a celebration of friendship that begins April 13, 2018. Pixar Fest will include the new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular;” the return of “Pixar Play Parade,” appearing for the first time at Disneyland Park; the return of “Paint the Night,” performing this time at Disney California Adventure, and new elements added to each of those parades. In addition, guests will find friends from Disney•Pixar films, creatively themed food and beverage items and merchandise that’s exclusive to Pixar Fest.
The Young Dubliners have built a fervent fan base comparable to that of jam band rockers like Phish and Dave Matthews Band. From their humble beginnings at the Irish Rover, the band evolved through various personnel changes into a pugnacious, crazy but coolly irresistible force of nature. “Even with all the touring we do, the thing that keeps us going is the one thing that never gets old,” says guitarist/vocalist Keith Roberts. “And that’s playing those older songs people love and then mixing in a new song and hearing a positive, excited reaction from the crowd for the first time. We’ve had our share of tough gigs too, but all it takes is that one great show, those perfect moments of band and audience communication, to appreciate what we’re doing up there and why. It’s all about the joy of performing, watching the people dance and hearing them sing along.”
January 12, 2018
Doors 6pm. Music 7pm. Headliner 9:00pm.
Opening set by Craic in the Stone
$24 / $28 /$38 + applicable fees
If you purchase a ticket at a table, you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 7pm.
Hollywood, Calif. – The legendary Barbra Streisand will be honored during the Paley Center for Media’s 35th Anniversary lineup kicking off on March 16. Streisand will take part in a special conversation which will include clips highlighting her iconic work in television.
Barbra Streisand Opens PaleyFest 2018
The Paley Center for Media has announced its full lineup for the festival, which will run March 16-25 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Streisand will be honored with an Icon Tribute on opening night, taking part in a conversation illuminating her groundbreaking work in TV, including several Emmy-winning specials.
The rest of the lineup is packed with hit shows: The Orville (March 17), Will & Grace(March 17), The Handmaid’s Tale (March 18), Silicon Valley (March 18), Supernatural(March 20), The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon (March 21), The Good Doctor(March 22), Mom (March 24), Queen Sugar (March 24), Riverdale (March 25), and Stranger Things (March 25).
Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s president and CEO, said in a statement that the festival will feature “the very best that television has to offer including Emmy Award-winning comedies and dramas, intriguing sci-fi mysteries, and the acclaimed revival of one of television’s most beloved shows.”
The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by the late William Paley, who also founded CBS. The annual PaleyFest benefits the center’s efforts toward the preservation and archival digitization of the history of television and radio media across cultures and communities.
Tickets for the general public go on sale Jan. 12. More information can be found on the Paley Center website.
See below for the full PaleyFest LA 2018 schedule:
March 16: PaleyFest Icon Tribute to Barbra Streisand (7:30pm)
Special Offers Available at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort:Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Disneyland Resort is kicking off the new year with a special ticket offer for Southern California residents, just in time for guests to “get more happy” with enhanced Star Wars experiences at Disneyland Park.
More fun includes the guest-favorite Lunar New Year celebration and popular Food & Wine Festival returning at Disney California Adventure Park, plus the first-ever Pixar Fest, a resort-wide celebration of stories and characters from Pixar Animation Studios. Additionally, the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort are offering special rates on standard and premium rooms for a limited time.
The Southern California resident ticket offer* provides flexible options for two or three days of magic and adventure at special prices. For a limited time, guests may select from these purchase options, which can save Southern California residents up to 25 percent off select multi-day tickets:
2-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $159
2-day Park Hopper ticket for $204
3-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $199
3-day Park Hopper ticket for $244
These limited-time tickets are an ideal way for Southern California residents to make unforgettable memories and “get more happy” with family and friends. Guests using these special tickets will enjoy a variety of classic attractions and entertaining shows throughout the resort, as well as exciting new experiences.
Also during the first few months of the year, special hotel offers are available for guests who want to turn their visit into a getaway and stay in the middle of the magic at any of the three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. Guests may save on standard and premium rooms for select nights from January 7 through April 12, 2018, if booked by March 17, 2018.** This is an ideal time to stay at the newly renovated Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the modern classic Disneyland Hotel, or the seaside-themed Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Visit Disneyland.com for details.
‘Get More Adventure’ with Star Wars Experiences at Disneyland
At Disneyland, guests will enjoy new enhancements inspired by the recently released film “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Guests will travel to new worlds, encounter some of their favorite characters and step into thrilling moments from the latest chapter of the legendary Star Wars saga. Fans also will enjoy special Star Wars-themed treats and merchandise.
Guests visiting Star WarsLaunch Bay will enjoy new additions to the gallery, including video interviews with the creators of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and a sneak peek at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the all-new land coming to Disneyland in 2019.
At Star Tours—The Adventures Continue, a thrilling new adventure has landed. The new sequence takes passengers to two exciting new destinations: Crait, the site of an epic battle in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and Batuu, the remote outpost guests will discover when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019.
Also at Star WarsLaunch Bay, guests will come face-to-face with some of the greatest heroes and villains from Star Wars. They may share a furry embrace with the heroic Wookiee warrior, Chewbacca, or encounter the menacing Darth Vader.
At the Tomorrowland Theater, guests will sit back and watch iconic moments from past and present Star Wars films in Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. The spectacular cinematic experience has been updated with scenes from the latest film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Young Padawans have the chance to train in the ways of the Force, then test their skills to see if they have what it takes to be a true Jedi and defeat the dark side at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.
‘Get More Wishes’ at the Lunar New Year Celebration at Disney California Adventure
Disneyland Resort will bring its biggest Lunar New Year celebration yet to Disney California Adventure Park, Jan. 26 to Feb. 18. Commemorating the Year of the Dog, the celebration expands to 24 days full of multicultural performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful décor, delicious cuisine and themed merchandise.
Highlights from the celebration include “Hurry Home—Lunar New Year Celebration,” the heartwarming, nighttime water show at Paradise Bay prior to “World of Color”; “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” celebrating family and friendship; a Lucky Wishing Wall; opportunities to encounter God of Good Fortune Goofy, Pluto, Mickey, Minnie, Chip ‘n Dale, Mulan and Mushu all dressed in their Lunar New Year attire, and more.
Make way for a magical march honoring the Lunar New Year, family and friendship. Beloved Characters Mulan and Mushu welcome all to witness a spellbinding spectacle for the senses!
Clap along as triumphant music from Disney’s Mulan fills the air and a sea of performers flow gracefully through the streets, spreading smiles in their wake
‘Get More Flavor’ at The Popular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
The popular Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns March 2 to April 12, with flavors and fare inspired by the Golden State. The culinary festival brings delicious cuisine, specialty beverages and exciting entertainment for guests of all ages to enjoy. With experiences happening daily during the six-week event, guests will always find something tasty to try and fun to do as they explore the uniquely Disney festival.
The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival offers unique food and beverage offerings at more than a dozen Festival Marketplaces, along with live music, entertainment and special activities. Guests will experience presentations and demonstrations with celebrity chefs such as Robert Irvine, Alex Guarnaschelli and Shaun O’Neale, food and beverage tastings, winemaker dinners, beer, wine and spirit seminars, and more.***
‘Get More Magic’ at the First-Ever Pixar Fest Celebration
Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of beloved stories and characters from Pixar Animation Studios, begins April 13 throughout the Disneyland Resort.
A new nightly fireworks show debuts at Disneyland: “Together Forever—A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” celebrates Pixar stories through the decades as it lights up the sky, connecting guests with characters they’ve come to know and love. Along with dazzling pyrotechnics and memorable music, a heartwarming story celebrates the theme of friendship, an ever-present concept in Pixar animation. Guests are invited to embark on an emotional journey that begins with the meeting of unlikely Pixar pals and follows their adventures as they overcome obstacles and forge everlasting friendships. “Together Forever” comes to life through projections on iconic park locations: Sleeping Beauty Castle, the water screens of the Rivers of America, the façade of “it’s a small world” and the buildings of Main Street, U.S.A. The grand tradition of Tinker Bell flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle also gets a Pixar twist, with a special flyover by Buzz Lightyear.
The fan-favorite “Paint the Night” parade returns, this time to Disney California Adventure. “Paint the Night” features pals from Disney·Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.” Another Pixar story will join the nightly “Paint the Night” parade later in the year, adding to this popular nighttime experience.
“Pixar Play Parade” also returns, making its way through Disneyland for the first time and bringing even more Pixar to guests with the addition of three new story elements. The daily parade will begin with an appearance by the iconic and adorable Pixar Lamp. Rolling ahead of the famous lamp will be the familiar yellow Pixar Ball. Also joining the parade are characters from the beloved films “Up” and “Inside Out.”
Southern California residents may experience all these attractions and entertainment, along with beloved experiences at Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure, with the 2-day and 3-day Southern California Resident tickets. These special offers are available only for a limited time. Southern California residents must purchase tickets from Jan. 8 through May 21, 2018. Tickets expire on May 24, 2018, and blockout dates apply.*
Southern California residents may purchase tickets at www.Disneyland.com/SoCal and at Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Guests who purchase tickets online may print their tickets at home. Proof of residency is required for purchase and theme park admission. With these tickets, guests may also purchase Disney MaxPass, a digital tool for guests to maximize their experience with unlimited Disney PhotoPass photo downloads and the convenience of mobile Disney FastPass while in the parks through the Disneyland App.****
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.
*SoCal Resident Ticket Offer: Valid on 2-Day and 3-Day Disneyland Resort Theme Park tickets, and savings based on non-discounted price for the same ticket at the Disneyland Resort Main Entrance ticket booths. Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of residency is required for purchase and admission. Tickets expire May 24, 2018 and are not valid before January 8, 2018. Blockout days of 3/23/18 – 4/8/18 apply. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.
**Resort Hotel Offer:
Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for Sunday through Thursday nights from January 7, 2018 through April 12, 2018. Book now through March 17, 2018; travel must be completed by April 13, 2018. Premium room types included in offer are Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and only Paradise, Artisan, Junior and Regal suites. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people maximum per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.
***Food and Wine Disclaimer:
Separate admission to Disney California Adventure Park is required and is not included with the cost of signature events or seminars. Space is limited for all ticketed events; advance reservations are recommended. Full payment may be due at time of booking, and cancellation fees may apply. No refunds, credit or date or time changes. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol and to participate in some events; valid photo ID required. Events and demonstrations are subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.
****Disney MaxPass Disclaimer:
Disney PhotoPass® Service is subject to the PhotoPass® terms and expiration policy found at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-terms-conditions/. Online registration required. Disney PhotoPass® photos captured during the day your Disney MaxPass is used must be linked to your Disney account. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
Guests are strongly advised to check the day’s FASTPASS® ticket availability and other Park details before purchasing Disney MaxPass as your preferred attractions may not be available at the time of purchase. FASTPASS® tickets are limited and availability is not guaranteed. FASTPASS® tickets for entertainment are not available through Disney MaxPass. Disney MaxPass is nonrefundable and is subject to restrictions and change without notice.
Message, data and roaming rates may apply. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.
Santa Clarita, Calif. –Stone Temple Pilots, the multi-platinum rockers who turned alternative rock into stadium rock, will be heading to The Canyon Santa Clarita on March 2, 2018 and at then at the Rose on March 8.
Their 1993’s “Plush” won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance, Billboard Music Award for #1 Rock Song Of The Year. Likewise, Stone Temple Pilots were awarded the BMA for Top Modern Rock Act Of The Year, the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist – and this was just the beginning. Six albums and 19 singles later Stone Temple have sold millions of records and rocked millions more with their stunning live performances.
March 2, 2018 Doors 6pm. Headliner 9:00pm. $38.50 + applicable fees Every ticket purchased for Stone Temple Pilots includes a digital copy of their new, soon-to-be-released album. You will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album once it is released (date yet to be confirmed). If you purchase a ticket at a table you are required to purchase dinner. Minimum spend is $25.00 per person. You must arrive by 7pm. Under 18 Must Be Accompanied by a Paying Adult.
Tickets Will Be Available Starting at 10amThrough Ticketmaster & The Box Office WhereMusicMeetsTheSoul.com 888-645-5006 The Canyon – Santa Clarita
Westfield Valencia Town Center
24201 Valencia Blvd, Suite 1351, Santa Clarita, CA. 91355
Los Angeles, Calif. – To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center is proud to present the world premiere of KING TUT: TREASURES OF THE GOLDEN PHARAOH–the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured! Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb, many of which the boy king himself used in life and in death, including gold jewelry, gilded wood furniture, and ornate ritual objects–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now. Come experience these priceless treasures before they return to Egypt forever.
Travel 3,300 years back in time to join King Tut as he navigates the perilous underworld. In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the pharaoh’s quest for immortality. Follow the boy king as he travels from the underworld through the twelve gates and to the afterlife. Along the way, interactive displays reveal how exquisitely engraved burial objects such as the bow and arrow and boomerang were meant to protect Tut in his life-after-death journey.
Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial. Marvel at the gilded coffinette and lid from one of the alabaster containers that held the pharaoh’s mummified organs. Learn about the pharaoh’s second death and find out how your presence in the exhibition ensures King Tut’s immortality by keeping his name alive. If it wasn’t for Howard Carter’s passion and determination, King Tut’s name–and treasure–might have been lost for all eternity.
Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tut’s 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.
Enhance your experience! Watch Mysteries of Egypt on the 7–story IMAX®screen!
Soar over the great pyramids of Giza, rush over the Nile, cross the deathly quiet Valley of the Kings, and descend into the shadowy chambers of the sacred tomb of King Tutankhamun. Watch as ancient Egypt comes to life on our 7-story IMAX screen! Mysteries of Egyptstars native Egyptian and legendary actor Omar Sharif.
Hollywood Brings Back Holiday Lights to Tinseltown!
Hollywood, Calif. – After an absence of four years, holiday lights return to Hollywood Boulevard for the 2017 holiday season. The famous Boulevard will shine brighter as a result of a joint effort between the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Entertainment District (HED). A lighting ceremony was held to show off the new decorations on Monday, November 20th at 6 p.m. at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Station.
The event was emceed by Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District participated in the event. “Some of Hollywood’s most iconic destinations will sparkle even brighter this holiday season thanks to the Bureau of Street Lighting, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and the Hollywood Entertainment District. These seasonal lights will be sure to spread some holiday cheer for residents and visitors alike,” stated Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District.
The Chamber and HED have been working together on the project since the beginning of July. A request for proposals was sent out to lighting décor firms, and three companies were interviewed by a joint panel and the firm of St. Nick’s Commercial Design & Décor, based in Long Beach, was selected.
Under the agreement between the Chamber and HED, the Chamber is making the initial investment in purchasing the decorations and the HED will handle the ongoing maintenance.
“We are pleased to bring even more glitter to Tinseltown this season with these spectacular new lights,” said Kerry Morrison, executive director of the Hollywood Entertainment District. “Plus, with the addition of new permanent lighting, residents and visitors to Hollywood Boulevard will get a dose of Hollywood magic all year long.”
The decorations were installed one block either side of the intersections of Hollywood Boulevard with Vine Street and Highland Avenue by Thanksgiving week.
As envisioned, the decorator wrapped 54 palm trees with permanent lighting. Each tree has two RGB lamps installed under the crown of the tree to light up the palm fronds. In addition, 27 city light poles have custom-made pole-mounted decorations with a star theme installed along with decorated commercial green garland with LED lights.
The tree lights will be kept up all year, while the decorations will be removed after the New Year. What is especially exciting is that the RGB lamps can be programmed with different colors, which will enable the HED to change the lighting to different colors depending on the holiday.
“We believe the decorations will make an enormous difference along the Boulevard and will help to bring back a festive spirit,” said Chamber President & CEO Leron Gubler. “We are pleased to have been able to work with the Hollywood Entertainment District to bring back the decorations.”
EVE is Universal Studios Hollywood’s First-Ever New Year’s Eve In-Park Celebration
Universal Studios Hollywood, Calif. –November 30, 2017 – Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2018 with Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, EVE, on Sunday, December 31, 2017, with extended theme park hours to 1:00 a.m.
The New Year’s Eve event, the first ever for Universal Studios Hollywood, is included in the price of theme park admission and invites guests to spend the day and night enjoying its many popular rides and attractions with a special park-wide countdown party featuring multiple entertainment hubs with DJs and live music, starting at 9:00 p.m.
Universal Plaza, Simpsons Plaza located adjacent to “The Simpsons Ride” and an area near “Jurassic Park—The Ride” will transform into three uniquely-themed electrifying party hubs that will culminate simultaneously at midnight with a traditional New Year countdown and a spectacular fireworks display.
Food and beverages, including specialty desserts, champagne, beer and wine, as well as 2018 memorabilia will be available for purchase.
With its festive environment, guests can toast the New Year with the spirit of the holidays already resonating throughout Universal Studios Hollywood. “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM” introduces “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM Castle.” Several times each night, guests can enjoy amazing images inspires by the Harry Potter films as they come to life in breathtaking digital light projection on the backdrop of Hogwarts castle. And with extended hours on December 31, guests can celebrate the final day of “Grinchmas™” with The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.
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, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
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