Universal Studios Hollywood Launches “Running Universal,” a Series of Fun Runs, Kicking Off with the Inaugural 5K Featuring Illumination’s Minion on Saturday, May 11, 2019

Get Ready, Get Set…Minion Run!

 Universal City, Calif. – Universal Studios Hollywood is off to the races with its all-new “Running Universal.”

Running Universal’s Innaugural 5K Run at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 11, 2019

The series of fun runs that kicks off with an energetic Minion–themed 5K, will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The inaugural Minion Run, featuring Illumination’s mischievous Minions from the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, invites participants ages five and older (of all experience levels) to wind their way around Universal Studios Hollywood and through parts of Universal Studios’ historic backlot, made famous in more than 8,000 movies and television shows.  The run will give participants an unprecedented insider’s view of the Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Starting at Universal Studios Hollywood’s iconic front gates, participants will pass through some of the theme park’s immersive areas and attractions before winding their way along the historic backlot and into the magical world of movie-making as they head toward  the finish line at CityWalk’s 5 Towers outdoor concert stage.

Along the 3.1 mile course, participants will be entertained by some of their favorite Universal Studios Hollywood characters including the Minions.

The program will begin at 6 a.m. and culminate at 7:30 a.m. with a memorable awards and closing ceremony.  Registration is now openand space is limited. For more information about the standard, VIP and Fan packages, visit https://www.runninguniversal.com.

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™”.  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 and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  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 production studio where they can also experience such authentic 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.

 

Los Angeles Zoo Holiday Lineup: Reindeer Romp, L.A. Zoo Lights, Family New Year’s Eve Celebration, and Holiday Happy Hours Await Holiday Revelers of All Ages

From Friday, November 16, 2018, through Sunday, January 6, 2019, the Los Angeles Zoo will become a holiday wonderland, set aglow with LED lights by the thousands, creating a festive atmosphere replete with Santa and a herd of real reindeer. Photo/Jamie Pham

Los Angeles, Calif. – From Friday, November 16, 2018, through Sunday, January 6, 2019, the Los Angeles Zoo will become a holiday wonderland, set aglow with LED lights by the thousands, creating a festive atmosphere replete with Santa and a herd of real reindeer.  The Zoo ushers in the holiday spirit with REINDEER ROMP daily (except December 25) and its awe-inspiring nighttime holiday event L.A. ZOO LIGHTS (every evening except November 22 and December 24 and 25)awarded USA Today’s “10 Best Zoo Lights” honors, returning for its fifth spectacular year and promising to be bigger, brighter, and merrier than ever.  The merriment continues with two exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS for the 21-and-over crowd in December, as well as a FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE for all ages.

One of the few places that Angelenos will be able to see real reindeer this season is at the Zoo’s “Reindeer Village” habitat. In addition to up-close views, guests will get to learn more about the herd from expert reindeer keepers. Visits with Santa Claus in a charming, rustic North Pole outpost (for an additional fee) take place on weekend days at REINDEER ROMPfrom November 17 through December 23 plus Friday, November 23, 11 am to 3 pm, with a variety of photo packages available. All Reindeer Romp activities except Santa photos are free with paid Zoo admission. Also included with paid Zoo admission are daily close-up animal encounters, intriguing shows, holiday crafts, talks and guided experiences, training demonstrations, and more. For details and to purchase tickets, visit LAZoo.org/ReindeerRomp.

Los Angeles’ preeminent holiday event, L.A. ZOO LIGHTS, an award-winning, brilliant display of lights and animation, will shine bright nightly for seven dazzling weeks. Guests can stroll the expansive grounds and delight in a disco ball forest, whimsical 3-D animations, a glowing “Northern Lights” featuring animal constellations that come to life, and so much more. For the first time ever, the L.A. Zoo Lights experience will include picturesque Elephant Circle, which will be transformed into a kaleidoscopic savanna where glowing, large-scale animals roam. Its popular Twinkle Tunnel will double in size and feature cascading swirls of light and a spectacular finale. Other favorites like the dynamic holiday tree at the entrance, the animated elephant herd, and the dramatic water show are all reimagined, with stunning new visuals and music. This light spectacular is on display from 6 to 10 pm nightly, with Santa visits available November 16 to 18, November 23 to 25, and November 30 through December 23 (for an additional fee). L.A. Zoo Lights 2018 features a “Preview Week” with $12 discount admission for adults (13+) and children (2-12) from November 16 to 21, with online purchase. (A convenience fee applies for all online purchases.)

Returning this year are “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS VIP EXPERIENCES,” including two exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS for the 21-and-over crowd, as well as a FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE for all ages. Exclusive HOLIDAY HAPPY HOURS include a German-themed “Bavaria Haus Holiday” happy hour on Thursday, December 6 and tropical-themed “Tiki Tidings” happy hour on Thursday, December 13.  Both evenings feature express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights at 6 pm and access to a private lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and a themed signature cocktail, after which guests are welcome to experience L.A. Zoo Lights until closing at 10 pm.  On December 31, guests of the FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE can enjoy dinner, dessert, drinks, games, a DJ dance party, carousel ride, and live broadcast of New York’s Times Square ball drop.

Admission to L.A. Zoo Lights is $12 with online purchase for all ages (2 and older) during “Preview Week” from November 16 to 21. Thereafter, admission prices vary and range from $14.95 to $21.95 for adults (13+) and $11.95 to $16.95 for children (2-12). Children under age 2 are free. Tickets for members of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association are $11 during the entire run, which is up to 50 percent off. Tickets for HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR are $75 per person (ages 21 and up), or $70 for GLAZA members. FAMILY NEW YEAR’S EVE tickets are $69 for adults (13+) and $45 for children (2-12), or $64 and $40 for GLAZA members. All L.A. Zoo Lights events and evenings take place on a “rain-or-shine” basis, with no rain checks issued. Visit www.LAZooLights.org for details and to purchase tickets. To become a GLAZA member and receive discounted ticket pricing, go to www.lazoo.org/membership or call 323-644-4747.

Disney Festival of Holidays Dazzles with culture and good eats at Disney California Adventure Park

ANAHEIM, Calif.— At Disney California Adventure Park, the popular Disney Festival of Holidays is back to entertain guests with the sights, sounds and tastes of diverse cultural festivities along with  plenty of magic!

Disney Festival of Holidays is a heartwarming celebration of the holiday season that is inspired by diverse cultural festivities and meaningful traditions associated with Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. This contemporary seasonal celebration brings guests together for a uniquely Disney festival, running from Nov. 9, 2018-Jan. 8, 2019.

Disney Festival of Holidays is a heartwarming celebration of the holiday season that is inspired by diverse cultural festivities and meaningful traditions associated with Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. This contemporary seasonal celebration brings guests together for a uniquely Disney festival, running from Nov. 9, 2018-Jan. 8, 2019. Photo/ courtesy Disney California Adventure

Guests will discover something around every corner, from festive food and beverage in 12 marketplace locations to fun craft-making and the universal languages of music and dance. Younger guests will enjoy fun games, cookie decorating, face painting and kid crafts that will introduce children to the significance of these holiday traditions.

The daily lineup of entertainment includes special performing ensembles that range from an a cappella group with a soulful sound to a dance company that brings a fun dance party for all.

Disney Festival of Holidays is a heartwarming celebration of the holiday season that is inspired by diverse cultural festivities and meaningful traditions associated with Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day. This contemporary seasonal celebration brings guests together for a uniquely Disney festival, running from Nov. 9, 2018-Jan. 8, 2019.

Festive Foods Marketplace: The Festive Foods Marketplace features a wide variety of season’s eating’s, holiday comfort dishes that span cultures and family traditions. From brand new items like the lox & everything bagel nachos to returning favorites like the roasted turkey slider with cranberry sauce, the food and beverage at 12 marketplace locations will tempt guests as they stroll through Disney California Adventure, from Carthay Circle to Paradise Gardens.

Holiday Duets— Holiday Mickey and Minnie cookies, curry cauliflower soup with braised lamb and mintchurri, warm peppermint chocolate float

For added fun, guests may pick up a Disney Festival of Holidays Tasting Passport at any of the Festive Foods Marketplace kiosks and receive stamps as they taste their way through the unique cuisines. Guests who collect all the marketplace stamps will receive a special completion stamp. Additionally, guests may choose to purchase a Sip and Savor Pass to get the best value as they taste their way through eight food or non-alcoholic beverages from the participating Festive Food Marketplaces.

The kiosk names and menu items include:

  • Brews & Bites— Chorizo queso fundido with house-made tortilla chips, beer flights and beer by the glass
  • Favorite Things—Holiday ham shanks with brown sugar-pineapple glaze, Reuben potato tots with Russian dressing and rye toast, cranberry sangria with lime garnish, egg nog cocktail with whipped cream and nutmeg dusting
  • Holiday Duets—Shrimp and grits with Andouille sausage, holiday Mickey and Minnie cookies, curry cauliflower soup with braised lamb and mintchurri, warm peppermint chocolate float
  • Making Spirits Bright— Mimosa flight, white and red wine flights, sparkling wine
  • Vision of Sugarplums— White chocolate cranberry blondie, eggnog wreath éclair with white chocolate icing, warm sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce, horchata fudge, warm Bourbon cider with house-made Bourbon-infused whipped cream, s’mores frozen chocolate milk
  • Merry Mashups— Turkey and stuffing tamale with cranberry relish, lox & everything bagel nachos, holiday punch with lime sherbet and sprite, “hot cocoa” marshmallow macaroon, sparkling wine punch
  • Winter Wonders— Pumpkin soup with maple cashew cream, chana masala with grilled garlic naan, vanilla & cranberry trifle, pomegranate lemonade (non-alcoholic)
  • Blissfully Braised— Braised pork belly adobo with garlic fried rice, cornbread cakes with braised collard greens and smoked bacon gravy, blood orange ginger mule
  • Grandma’s Recipes— Candied yams with marshmallow cream and toasted pecans, beef pot roast on a potato roll with horseradish cream, gingerbread Mickey
  • Winter Sliderland— Roasted turkey slider with cranberry sauce, milk chocolate candy cane pot de crème, holiday stuffing mac & cheese, frosty frosé
  • Spicy Celebrations— Nashville hot fried turkey with dill pickles, jalapeño latkes with chipotle crema featuring Horizon organic sour cream, pomegranate margarita with chipotle-smoked sea salt half-rim
  • A Twist on Tradition— Black Forest yule log, “chicken-less” mole with Spanish rice, pozole rojo beef with hominy polenta, winter michelada with Modelo Negra and brown sugar rim

In addition, Paradise Garden Grill offers seasonal specials for Disney ¡Viva Navidad! including the vegan chile relleno, street-style tacos, chicken mole and red sangria.

Paradise Garden Grill offers seasonal specials for Disney ¡Viva Navidad! including the vegan chile relleno, street-style tacos, chicken mole and red sangria.

Festival of Holidays Entertainment

  • Guests will sing along with the GRAMMY® Award-winning Mariachi Divas and their repertoire of catchy, bilingual holiday tunes as they perform at the Pacific Wharf.
  • Mostly Kosher celebrates Hanukkah and showcases an entertaining and eclectic musical tapestry that weaves together klezmer, Latin, jazz and rock at Sonoma Terrace.
  • The spirited performers of Blue13 Dance Company turn up the fun with traditional Indian dances at Paradise Gardens Park that celebrate Diwali and build to a Bollywood-inspired party for all!
  • The Sound delivers an a capella performance celebrating Kwanzaa and Christmas with soulful and heartwarming vocal performances of classic holiday songs at Pacific Wharf and Paradise Gardens Park.
  • At the Obelisk, the mischievous Holiday Toy Drummers march to their own merry beat as they perform precision drills with holiday cheer.
  • Phat Cat Swinger presents brassy, classic, swinging holiday music selections with a fresh new twist each evening at Paradise Garden Park.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s 14th Annual “Day of Giving” Brightens the day for Children in need of School supplies and cheer.

By Margie Anne Clark

Universal City, Calif. –  Smiling school children beaming with  begoggled yellow minions in hand, participated in Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Day of Giving.” This year’s 14th annual event connected more than 250 USH employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation. 

Karen Irwin, Universal Studios Hollywood’s President & COO greeted and thanked the employees and participants. “This is a day of giving and for me, a day of restoration. What we put out in the world will come back . . .  and today you will change people’s lives.”

Children were treated to a variety of back to school needs, including new clothing, sneakers and school supplies, followed by an afternoon of fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos courtesy Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood served as the home base for one of the six volunteer locations, hosting Operation School Bell and nearly 300 homeless children from over 50 LAUSD elementary schools.

 

 

Hundreds of USH employees volunteered their time for this noteworthy cause. The children were treated to a variety of back to school needs, including new clothing, sneakers and school supplies, followed by an afternoon of fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

 

 

 

Volunteer location included: Shane’s Inspiration, where employees took part in a “play date” with special needs children at a nearby Shane’s Inspiration playground. Project Angel Food, where employee volunteers prepared and packaged meals for terminally ill clients. Tree People, where employee volunteers assisted with tree care, maintaining trails, and removing invasive plants. Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens, where volunteers transformed indoor and outdoor living spaces that will serve as educational, recreational and enrichment areas for children. MEND, where volunteers assisted with the sorting and management of donations in MEND’s Emergency Foodbank and Clothing Center. It was a day to remember and a fun time was had by all.

The Holidays Begin Here at the Disneyland Resort with Seasonal Favorites Including Disney Festival of Holidays, ‘Believe … in Holiday Magic’ Fireworks Spectacular and More, Nov. 9, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019

Limited-Time Holiday Magic Features Cherished Traditions – A Christmas Fantasy’ Parade, Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday

Disney Festival of Holidays, Inspired by Diverse Cultural Festivities, Extends through Jan. 8

ANAHEIM, Calif. – At the Disneyland Resort, the Holidays begin here,  bringing seasonal magic to the Happiest Place on Earth Nov. 9, 2018, through Jan. 6, 2019. Throughout the holiday season, traditions are shared, memories are made and the spirit of the season shines even brighter throughout the resort. The festivities include favorite holiday experiences and entertainment, including Disney Festival of Holidays and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. The heartwarming Festival of Holidays, which honors the sights, sounds and tastes of Christmas, Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali and Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day, is celebrated at Disney California Adventure Park for an additional two days, running through Jan. 8, 2019.

Guests plan their seasonal visits year after year to experience beloved holiday traditions and all the festive cheer at Disneyland Resort, from snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A., to glistening décor, Disney-themed treats, holiday entertainment and the one-of-a-kind transformations that create “it’s a small world” Holiday and Haunted Mansion Holiday.

At Disney California Adventure Park

  • Disney Festival of Holidays brings the spirit of the season to life through special entertainment, along with delicious food at the Festive Foods Marketplace, which features a mix of holiday dishes and beverages that bridge many diverse cultures and family traditions.
    • Festival of Holidays entertainment includes musical and dance performances by the mischievous Holiday Toy Drummers, Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company, The Sound, and the GRAMMY® Award-winning Mariachi Divas.
  • The Three Caballeros host the popular Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” street party celebration, featuring folklórico and samba dancers, live musicians, and Mickey and Minnie in their fiesta best.
  • Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival welcomes the adventurous and kindhearted Princess Elena of Avalor, her magical friend Skylar and royal dancers as they share the joy of the holidays in this charming musical celebration.
  • The residents of Cars Land decorate for the holidays, too. Each address along Route 66 – Flo’s V8 Café, Fillmore’s Taste-In, Cozy Cone Motel, Luigi’s Casa della Tires and more – gets a holiday makeover that reflects the personality of its “Cars” character resident. Plus, two attractions put the holiday cheer into overdrive, transforming into Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.
  • Guests can enjoy special holiday-themed activities with Santa Claus and his sleigh full of mischievous elves at Santa’s Holiday Visit at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail through Dec. 24. From Dec. 25 through Jan. 6, guests may encounter Santa Goofy in this festive location.
  • When night falls, guests may stroll through the Grizzly Peak area to experience a magical touch of winter, with an occasional snowfall!
  • A dazzling, 50-foot Christmas tree adorns Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street. The tree and surrounding buildings, inspired by Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney arrived in the 1920s, are decorated with vintage-style ornaments.

At Disneyland Park

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle enchants from day to night with its shimmering icicles and twinkling lights. After dark, “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular and its magical snowfall finale create lasting holiday memories.
  • Mickey, Minnie, Disney Princesses and Santa celebrate the season in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade, a daily procession with floats, music and marching “tin soldiers.”
  • Guests will be amazed by the 60-foot tall Christmas tree in Town Square, Main Street, U.S.A., a picturesque sight where friends and family gather to take holiday photos each year. This year, the tree includes new lighting and décor, with 3,500 multi-color lights, 1,500 Victorian-inspired ornaments and 100 faux candles that range from 12 to 22 inches tall.
  • Disneyland guests definitely will want to experience the popular seasonal transformations of these park attractions:
    • “it’s a small world” becomes “it’s a small world” Holiday with dolls and toys representing children around the world enjoying the distinctive holiday traditions of their countries.
    • Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday,* with Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” causing a collision between Christmas and Halloween.

The Downtown Disney District shopping, dining and entertainment district and the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort also join the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday-inspired eats and treats.

For special holiday offers and bookings, please visit www.disneyland.comand to give the gift of a Disneyland experience, visit www.disneyland.com/gifting.

*Haunted Mansion Holiday is inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

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.