World-Famous Jungle Cruise Reopened today at Disneyland Park with New Adventures and More Humor.

Anaheim, Calif. July 16, 2021 The world-famous Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park officially reopens on July 16, 2021, with new adventures, an expanded storyline and more humor as skippers take guests on a tongue-in-cheek journey along some of the most remote rivers around the world. The new creative concept is original to Walt Disney Imagineering, just like the classic attraction itself.

Changes to this attraction also are underway in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, with completion expected later this summer.

“We’re excited to be building on the story of the Jungle Cruise to include new adventures that stay true to the experience we know and love, while adding more humor, more wildlife, and an interconnected story,” said Chris Beatty, an Imagineer who led creative development of the enhancements. “As part of creative development, we’ve also introduced characters from around the world and took a thoughtful approach to ensure accurate representation of cultures in our story.”

The world-famous Jungle Cruise skippers return to share the unique adventure and interactions that guests expect on this expedition in Adventureland. New scenes have fun with the legendary comedic tone of the attraction, and some unexpected scenarios give the jungle and the animals the last laugh!

What’s new: Disney Imagineers have a longstanding history of updating attractions at the Disneyland Resort and Disney Parks. The expanded backstory centers around Alberta Falls, the granddaughter of the world-renowned Dr. Albert Falls, who is now proprietor of the Jungle Navigation Company Ltd. New scenes include:

  • A safari of explorers from around the world finds itself up a tree after the journey goes awry
  • Chimpanzees have taken over the expedition’s wrecked boat
  • A Lost & Found location has turned into a Gift Shop run by Alberta’s longtime friend, Trader Sam

Don’t miss: Jungle Cruise skippers incorporate plenty of gags as they narrate “wildlife” scenes for guests who have boarded a canopied tramp steamer, leaving civilization behind.  Those scenes include:

  • Ancient Cambodian Shrine with leaping tigers, lethal cobras and snapping crocodiles
  • Jungle Cruise Safari Camp is a former camp overrun by “explosively” curious gorillas
  • Indian Elephant Bathing Pool where bathing Indian elephants have their “trunks on”
  • The African Veldt where angry hippos and hungry lions are guarding a “sleeping” zebra
  • Schweitzer Falls, where skippers introduce guests to something they may have never seen before – the “back side of water”!

Changes through the years: The tone of the attraction was more serious when it opened, on the first day Disneyland Park welcomed guests in 1955. The river has changed course through the years and additions included the elephant bathing pool, gorillas in the safari camp and a new piranha scene.

Imaginative landscaping: The foliage is designed to look as if it had been created by nature. Since 1955, the Jungle Cruise vegetation has evolved into its own tropical jungle with three levels: the upper canopy, the understory and the forest floor. The “father” of the attraction’s jungle was horticulturist and Disney Legend Bill Evans, who directed the landscaping of much of Disneyland in the 1950s.

Did you know?

  • The skippers of the Jungle Cruise lead a humorously irreverent expedition, carrying passengers along four rivers: the Nile of Africa, the Amazon of South America, the Irrawaddy of Southeast Asia and the Ganges of India.
  • Guests will enjoy the return of the Jungle Cruise and also something new at The Tropical Hideaway – a Pineapple Split! Starting July 16 and while supplies last, it will be served in a souvenir container that looks like a Jungle Cruise boat with a red-and-white striped canopy. This “pineapple split” comes with DOLE Whip®, blueberries, strawberries and Mandarin oranges, topped with coconut-caramel sauce, crushed plantains, dried hibiscus and toasted coconut.

HORROR CLASSICS INVADE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ “HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS” THIS FALL IN MAZES BASED ON INFAMOUS SLASHER THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES’ BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and Beetlejuice.

Horror Legends Join Sinister Lineup of Iconic Names Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort as Both Parks Celebrate the Highly-Anticipated Return of Halloween Horror Nights.

Universal City, Calif. Orlando, Fla. (July 15, 2021) – This fall, Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” returns to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, unleashing some of the most nefarious names in horror to prey upon guests. Classic films that have influenced the horror genre will come to life in two of the event’s disturbingly-real haunted mazes – prepare for the return of the legendary Leatherface in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and the resurrection of one of Universal Pictures’ most iconic monsters – the Bride of Frankenstein – in “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives.”

Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives

At its core, Halloween Horror Nights is an extension of the horror film legacy originated by Universal Pictures, and the event continues to honor its blockbuster history with a haunted maze highlighting one of the studio’s most sinister creatures – The Bride of Frankenstein. “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” picks up where the 1935 classic film “The Bride of Frankenstein” left off, thrusting guests into chaos as the Bride becomes an unstoppable scientist and begins her mission to revive Frankenstein’s Monster. Her unwavering quest to find eternal life will come at a cost, and guests will soon find themselves entwined in a frenzied battle in their daring attempt to escape. Click here for an electrifying preview of “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives.”

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Inspired by the 1974 iconic slasher film “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” the “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes will depict a harrowing and intense experience as guests try to outrun the maniacal Leatherface and his unrelenting chainsaw. Guests will embark on a killer journey through a series of familiar scenes from the film and eventually fall victim to a family of cannibals. From a dilapidated gas station to an eerie, old farmhouse, they will witness unimaginable horrors around every corner, soon discovering that nowhere is safe from the demented Leatherface. Click here for a sneak peek at “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Plus, guests at Universal Orlando’s “Halloween Horror Nights” will face another pop culture and horror legend as they brave this year’s event. The destination previously revealed the first haunted house of the season featuring the ‘ghost with the most,’ “Beetlejuice,” based on Warner Bros. Pictures and Tim Burton’s Academy Award-winning horror-fantasy film.

Stay tuned as additional details about “Halloween Horror Nights” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will be revealed soon.

The “Halloween Horror Nights” events begin on Friday, September 3 in Orlando and Thursday, September 9 in Hollywood – and both events run select nights through Sunday, October 31. Select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort; tickets for the event at Universal Studios Hollywood will be available soon. Due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Let Yourself Woah at Universal Orlando Resort

When you’re ready to Let Yourself Woah, the place to go is Universal Orlando Resort.

For more than 30 years, Universal Orlando has immersed guests in amazing “woah” moments that free them from the stress of their worlds. Across the award-winning destination, they can let go and live in the moment with those they care about most as they embark on incredible theme park adventures, like causing mischief with the Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me,” coming face-to-face with ferocious dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, walking the corridors of Hogwarts castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and so much more.

Universal Orlando is home to three epic theme parks that feature some of the world’s most exciting and innovative experiences, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure – named the #1 Amusement Park in the World for five years in a row by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice; Universal Studios Florida – home to the most technologically-advanced stunt show yet, The Bourne Stuntacular; and Universal’s Volcano Bay – a tropical oasis like no other that features an actual beach right in the middle of Orlando.    

Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites. And Universal’s entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. Follow us on our blogFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood 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. Attractions 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™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly realistic Indominus rex dinosaur, and the all-new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” 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 DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  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 thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to the theme park, features such popular restaurants as the all-new NBC Sports Grill & Bar, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, along with dynamic shopping and entertainment options, including Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

City of Santa Clarita Partners with William S. Hart Union High School District to Offer Access to Additional Tennis Courts Facilities in July 2021.

In a partnership to expand access to recreational facilities for Santa Clarita residents, the City of Santa Clarita and the William S. Hart Union High School District are proud to announce tennis courts at four high schools are open to the public on weekdays through the end of July. Residents will be able to take the court at Canyon High School, Hart High School, Valencia High School and Saugus High School, in addition to the public amenities open at Bouquet Canyon Park, Valencia Glen Park, Valencia Heritage Park and Valencia Summit Park.

            The partnership between the District and City reaffirms each agency’s commitment to providing high-quality recreational opportunities for Santa Clarita residents – students and adults alike. The availability of the additional facilities will also lessen the impact on courts at City parks at a time when many residents are meeting up for matches or practice during the summer months.

            District courts will be available during select days and times during the week through July 31. The public can use courts on a first-come, first-served basis. The full schedule is as follows:

  • Canyon High School (19300 Nadal Street)
    • Monday – Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Hart High School (24825 Newhall Avenue)
    • Monday – Friday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Valencia High School (27801 Dickason Drive)
    • Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saugus High School (21900 Centurion Way)
    • Monday – Friday, 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Tennis courts at City parks remain open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis during normal park hours. For more information on recreational opportunities in the City of Santa Clarita, please explore Seasons Magazine by visiting santa-clarita.com/Seasons.

Celebrate National Waterpark Day at Hurricane Harbor on July​ 28!

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Laughter and fun are on the list for National Waterpark Day on July​ 28th! Whether you prefer to laze the day away at the wave pool, or you prefer the thrill of a fast plunge…our park has something for everyone! Cool off in the lazy river or take your little guppies over to Splash Island for some pint-sized fun.

Worked up an appetite from your fun in the sun? Our delicious street tacos and mouthwatering Big Kahuna burgers will instantly make you feel like you’re on island time. Reapply your sunscreen and pick up an ice cold Coca-Cola before heading to the next slide!

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Bamboo Racer

The competition is fierce when first prize is fun!Ride Type: Family RidesMinimum Height: 42″

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Black Snake Summit

Extreme bravery is encouraged when approaching these snakes.Ride Type: Thrill RidesMinimum Height: 48″

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Bonzai Pipelines

A 6-story adventure! Ride Type: Thrill RidesMinimum Height: 48″

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Castaway Cove

The little fish finally get their very own big pond.Ride Type: Kids RidesMinimum Height: None; 54″ Max

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Forgotten Sea Wave Pool

Splash around in our giant wave pool!Ride Type: Family RidesMinimum Height: None With Adult

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Lightning Falls

Zig down the mountain faster than the speed of lightning.Ride Type: Thrill RidesMinimum Height: 48″

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Lost Temple Rapids

Rivers this wild take teamwork to conquer!Ride Type: Family RidesMinimum Height: 42″

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Python Plunge

Splash down the Python Plunge slide complex!Ride Type: Thrill RidesMinimum Height: 48″

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River Cruise

Set adrift and let the river do all the work.Ride Type: Family RidesMinimum Height: None With Adult

The Santa Clarita Public Library to Host “Magical Summer” Celebration, July 17, 2021.

Take Part in an Event Filled with Music, Movement and More on July 17!

Santa Clarita, Calif. – Santa Clarita families are in for a “Magical Summer” morning! The Santa Clarita Public Library and the Include Everyone Project SCV (IEPSCV) invites families to come and enjoy fun art activities on Saturday, July 17, at 9:30 a.m. in Canyon Country Park (17615 Soledad Canyon Road). This is a free inclusive family event. Attendees may register in advance for the event and learn more at SantaClaritaLibrary.com/Events.
            All things arts and inclusivity are the focus of the upcoming “Magical Summer” event. The morning will include music, movement, acting, crafts, storytelling and much more. Families will have the opportunity to participate in improv games, an obstacle course and a magical musical journey. Artistic expression will also be a focus via designated craft stations for creating magic potion slime and ribbon wands.
            The Santa Clarita Public Library has partnered with IEPSCV on various outdoor events this year, such as “Thursdays in the Park” as a part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. IEPSCV is committed to providing creative arts programming for children with disabilities. The collaborative free events offered by the Library and IEPSCV have grown in popularity throughout the summer, bringing together families and children of different ability levels from all over the Santa Clarita community.
            To learn more about the upcoming “Magical Summer” celebration on July 17, please contact Senior Librarian Liza Purdy at lpurdy@santa-clarita.com or Include Everyone Project Founder Kristen De Benedetto at kristen.iepscv@gmail.com. Discover more fun upcoming library events by visiting SantaClaritaLibrary.com/Events.

NBC Sports Grill & Brew Opens at Universal CityWalk next to Universal Studios Hollywood just in time for Summer fun!

Taste the Victory!

NBC Sports Grill & Brew Opens at Universal CityWalk Offering Guests a Front Row Seat to All-Star Food, 40-plus Beers on Tap and an Array of HDTV Screens to Watch Popular Live Sporting Events.

Click Here for a Sneak Peek at the Home Run Menu

Universal City, CA, July 13, 2021 – Universal CityWalk Hollywood, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, scores with today’s opening of its newest dining establishment, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, leveling up the concept of sports-themed dining with state-of-the-art HDTV screens at the iconic destination. 

A sleekly designed addition to Universal CityWalk, NBC Sports Grill & Brew is reflective of NBC Sports’ award-winning coverage and unparalleled collection of media partnerships that include the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, the NFL, NASCAR, INDYCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, Roland Garros, and many more.

With an array of HDTV screens broadcasting continuous, in-depth sports coverage, NBC Sports Grill & Brew is prepared to offer guests the MVP treatment. Visitors can enjoy dining upon converted shuffleboard and foosball tables amid sports-inspired décor, including specially commissioned art pieces and a custom neon NBC peacock logo.

Universal CityWalk spectators and al fresco diners alike will also be awed by the giant media wall located at the restaurant’s front exterior. Measuring a whopping 23 feet by 13 feet, the HDTV monitor will put guests at the front row of the latest sports action.

A look at the restaurant’s expansive menu, curated by Universal Studios Hollywood’s Executive Chef Marie Grimm, NBC Sports Grill & Brew covers all the bases by providing a fresh take on traditional pub fare, including tasty appetizers, flavorful sandwiches and burgers, fresh salads, hearty grain bowls and indulgent desserts. 

The inspired menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well as traditional fare with an array of cleverly themed courses. 

These include: The Starting Lineup features mouthwatering appetizers from Wings and Fish Tacos to Loaded Nachos and an Artisan Pretzel. Home Run Handheld takes burgers to new heights with such tempting fare as Roadside Chili Burger, Gruyere Burger, Beyond Burger, Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich and the Brat Pretzel Press. The Chili Bowl and The Grain Bowl add tasty twists to The Bowl Games menu section.

In the mood for a crunchy salad, On The Green pleases with Classic Chicken Caesar Salad, Grilled Steak Wedge and Nashville Hot Chopped Chicken Salad. Game Time is serious with Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs, Farmhouse Fried Chicken, Broccoli & Cheddar Mac ‘n’ Cheese, NY Strip Steak and Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon.

Final Play rounds out the meal for the home stretch, including Warm Apple Strudel, Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie with Stout Ice Cream and a variety of Floats. A la carte Side Lines add even more options to the extensive menu with extras including Tater Tots, Crinkle Cut Fries, Grilled Vegetables, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Cornbread.

A refreshing complement to the menu, the restaurant also features a full bar and an extensive selection of over 40 beers, including the 862 as an IPA or seasonal draft custom-made to the Universal CityWalk Hollywood location.

Looking to customize their beverages, diners can create their own beer flight, build their own mule cocktail or select from a list of craft cocktails and wines.

            Guests can also enjoy the NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal Orlando Resort’s CityWalk destination.

For more information including restaurant hours and reservations, guests can visit Universal CityWalk Hollywood.  Additional information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.


About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood 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. Attractions 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™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly realistic Indominus rex dinosaur, and the all-new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” 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 DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  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 thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to the theme park, features such popular restaurants as VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, along with dynamic shopping and entertainment options, including Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

Entertainment Bites by Margie Anne Clark/Los Angeles Life and Style

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” to Debut All-New “The Haunting of Hill House” Mazes at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Select nights September – October 2021 .

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS’ “HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS” TO DEBUT ALL-NEW MAZES AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD INSPIRED BY NETFLIX’S CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED SERIES “THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE,” BEGINNING THIS SEPTEMBER.

Universal City, CA; Orlando, Fla.,(July 8, 2021) – For the first time ever, Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series “The Haunting of Hill House” will bring its ominous presence to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood in all-new mazes for “Halloween Horror Nights 2021,” which is officially back beginning in September.

Upon its release, Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” became a worldwide phenomenon of unsettling proportions that elevated the horror television genre. Created, directed and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Gerald’s Game) and executive produced by Trevor Macy via their Intrepid Pictures, the chilling horror story follows members of the Crain family who are haunted by long-dormant fears stemming from their time living in the menacing Hill House as children and then forced to face the ghosts of its grisly past.

Reincarnated as “Halloween Horror Nights” mazes, the imposing and mysterious Hill House eerily comes to life beckoning guests to embark on the dark journey experienced by the Crain family.

Iconic scenes from the Netflix series will be featured throughout the maze, including the omni-powerful Red Room – the heart of Hill House – and the infamous Hall of Statues, where deceptive powers overtake everyone who enters. Apparitions will appear around every corner, from William Hill – The Tall Man, whose towering stature overwhelms everyone he encounters; to The Ghost in the Basement, who feverishly crawls throughout the bowels of the House in search of his next victim; to The Bent-Neck Lady, whose disturbing scream and ghastly appearance invoke a constant state of unnerving dread. 

“The Haunting of Hill House” mazes will test even the bravest guests as they attempt to escape the entanglement of the estate’s eternal stranglehold or succumb to the powerful forces of Hill House – leaving them to wander the endless halls forever…alone.

“I have loved Halloween Horror Nights for so long,” said Mike Flanagan, Creator, Director and Executive Producer of “The Haunting of Hill House.” “Some of my favorite memories of Halloween were made at Universal Studios, screaming and laughing with my friends. It is such an honor to be included among such fantastic Haunts, and I’m so glad that fans will be able to walk the halls of Hill House this Halloween. This is – without a doubt – one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us at Intrepid. We are so excited to visit the Red Room again – we hope to see you all there!”

“It’s a nightmare come true to bring Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” to life for our guests this year at ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said Charles Gray, Senior Show Director for Entertainment Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort. “The show brought true horror to the masses, similar to what we’ve provided our guests at this event for nearly 30 years – Hill House is a perfect fit for “Halloween Horror Nights” as it enters a new decade of fear.”

“Mike Flanagan has elevated the horror genre with his supernatural thriller, ‘The Haunting of Hill House,’” said John Murdy, Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood. “We continuously challenge ourselves to raise the bar with each maze we create, and we look forward to creating a unique experience for our guests that combines both the psychological and visceral twists from the series. The goal is to make our guests feel as if they are walking in the footsteps of the Crain family, re-living all the horrors that they experienced.”

The “Halloween Horror Nights” events begin on Friday, September 3 in Orlando and Thursday, September 9 in Hollywood – and both events run select nights through Sunday, October 31. Select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort; tickets for the event at Universal Studios Hollywood will be available soon. Due to popular demand, event nights are expected to sell out. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Currently streaming globally on Netflix, “The Haunting of Hill House” is produced for Netflix by Amblin TV and Paramount Television.

Let Yourself Woah at Universal Orlando Resort
When you’re ready to Let Yourself Woah, the place to go is Universal Orlando Resort.

For more than 30 years, Universal Orlando has immersed guests in amazing “woah” moments that free them from the stress of their worlds. Across the award-winning destination, they can let go and live in the moment with those they care about most as they embark on incredible theme park adventures, like causing mischief with the Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me,” coming face-to-face with ferocious dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, walking the corridors of Hogwarts castle in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and so much more.

Universal Orlando is home to three epic theme parks that feature some of the world’s most exciting and innovative experiences, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure – named the #1 Amusement Park in the World for five years in a row by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice; Universal Studios Florida – home to the most technologically-advanced stunt show yet, The Bourne Stuntacular; and Universal’s Volcano Bay – a tropical oasis like no other that features an actual beach right in the middle of Orlando.    

Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites. And Universal’s entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.

Universal Orlando Resort is part of the NBCUniversal Comcast family. Follow us on our blogFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood 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. Attractions 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™”, the new mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly realistic Indominus rex dinosaur, and the all-new ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” 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 DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  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 thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” Universal CityWalk, located adjacent to the theme park, features such popular restaurants as VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut, along with dynamic shopping and entertainment options, including Universal Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Announces Ticketing, Hours, and Visitor Information.

ACADEMY MUSEUM OF MOTION PICTURES ANNOUNCES  TICKETING, HOURS, AND VISITOR INFORMATION ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND ON  THE MUSEUM’S NEW APP, BEGINNING AUGUST 5 AT 9AM PDT OPENING SEPTEMBER 30 TO THE PUBLIC, THE ACADEMY MUSEUM  WILL BE OPEN SEVEN DAYS EVERY WEEK.

LOS ANGELES, CA, July 7, 2021—The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced today that timed advance admission tickets will be available beginning August 5, 2021 at 9am PDT at academymuseum.org and on the museum’s new app for iOS and Android. Opening on September 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, the new museum will be the largest institution in the United States devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking.

“I know everyone involved in developing and opening the Academy Museum shares in my tremendous excitement at finally being able to invite the community in to explore our exhibitions and programs,” said Bill Kramer, Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters who helped to bring us to this milestone and to the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, whose support in honor of Academy Museum Honorary Trustee Sid Ganis has made it possible for us to offer free admission to visitors 17 and under.”

General admission tickets for the museum’s exhibitions—Stories of CinemaHayao MiyazakiThe Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection , and Backdrop: An Invisible Art—will be $25 for adults, $19 for seniors (age 62+), and $15 for students. Admission for visitors ages 17 and younger and California residents with an EBT card will be free.The Oscars® Experience—an immersive simulation that enables guests to feel as if they are walking onto the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and accepting an Oscar®—will be accessed via a separate $15 ticket. A general admission ticket is required to access The Oscars ® Experience.

Museum members will receive complimentary general admission for unlimited visits and priority admission. Visitors can learn more about membership benefits, which include a 10% discount in the Academy Museum Store, exclusive members-only advance film screenings, and access to a ticket presale, by visiting the museum’s website.

Tickets will only be available through advance online reservations via the Academy Museum’s website and the museum’s new app, which is launching August 3. The museum’s public spaces are all accessible to visitors without a general admission ticket. These include: the Walt Disney Piazza and the Academy Museum Grand Lobby, which houses the Spielberg Family Gallery, Academy Museum Store, and Fanny’s restaurant and café.

The Academy Museum will be open seven days a week, with hours Sunday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm (The Oscars® Experience tickets will be available these days from 9am to 7pm) and Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 8pm (The Oscars® Experience tickets will be available these days from 9am to 9pm).  The museum will require visitors to follow all current COVID-19 public health guidelines by the state of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in place at the time of their visit.

This summer, the Academy Museum will announce its inaugural public programs, film screening series, and how to register for these events. Details about the museum’s app, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will be announced as well.

Directions and Parking
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is located at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard (at the corner of Fairfax) in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles. The museum’s Roddenberry Lane offers a convenient rideshare drop-off and taxi access point located at the museum’s Fairfax Avenue entrance. Bike racks are available on the museum’s campus. The Academy Museum is accessible by various bus routes (see metro.net ). The Purple Line Wilshire/Fairfax Metro station is scheduled to open by 2023. Public parking for the Academy Museum is available nearby at LACMA’s Pritzker Parking Garage (off 6th Street), at the Petersen Automotive Museum (just south of Wilshire Boulevard), and at other parking garages in the area.

About the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures 
The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The museum advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum’s campus contains the restored and revitalized historic Saban Building—formerly known as the May Company building (1939)—and a soaring spherical addition. Together, these buildings contain 50,000 square feet of exhibition spaces, two state-of-the-art theaters, an education studio, restaurant, retail store, and beautiful public spaces. The museum opens to the public on September 30, 2021

The Rose Bowl Stadium will host its 95th Annual AmericaFest Celebration in person on Sunday, July 4th, 2021.

2021 AmericaFest Celebration

Pasadena, Calif. – The Rose Bowl Stadium, recognized as home to one of the nation’s largest and longest running shows to celebrate America’s birthday, will host its 95th Annual AmericaFest Celebration in person this year on Sunday, July 4th, 2021.

The theme of this year’s annual celebration is “Celebrating America’s Perseverance” as we have recognized our ability to come together and stand stronger throughout this pandemic. This year’s event will welcome all of Pasadena and beyond, back to events at America’s Stadium.

Programming

  • TNT Freestyle Motocross
  • Tribute to the United States Military Veterans, Active Military Personnel, as well as our Fallen Heroes
  • 1 hour performance by Mendelyev
  • Fireworks display by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza

Schedule

  • 3:00PM – Parking Lots Open
  • 5:30PM – Gates Open
  • 6:30PM – TNT Motocross
  • 7:00PM – Opening ceremonies and National Anthem
  • 7:45PM – Musical performance by Haylee Joe
  • 8:00PM – TNT Motocross “All American Thrill Show”
  • 8:15PM – Musical performance by NBC’s The Voice contestant, Mendeleyev
  • 9:00PM – Biggest Fireworks Show in Southern California

Ticket Prices (Inside the bowl)

  • All children 5 and under: Free
  • GA: $20.00
  • Reserved: $40.00
  • VIP: $125.00 (limited availability)

Parking

  • GA – Presale: $45.00/ Day Of: $55.00
  • Preferred – Presale $60.00/ Day of: $70.00
  • Preferred RV, Bus or Limo – Presale $100.00/ Day of: $150.00

PURCHASE TICKETS

Contact

For more information on the 95th Virtual AmericaFest Celebration, please visit www.rosebowlstadium.com. For more information, please call 626-577-2540 or 626-229-4503 for availability.

Residents Invited to Provide Input on City of Santa Clarita Website Redesign.

Santa Clarita, Calif. – As the next stage of strategic planning begins, the City of Santa Clarita invites residents to provide input that will help shape a new, redesigned santa-clarita.com. The survey, which is available now by visiting surveymonkey.com/r/design-outreach, enables residents to have their voices heard and will inform City staff on the features and design elements the community finds most useful.

Originally launched in 1997, santa-clarita.com serves as the information hub for City news, programs, services, events and more. Residents can file applications for building permits, request graffiti removal, report fallen or overgrown trees for clean up and watch City Council meetings live.

With a website redesign, the City will develop a site that prioritizes the user experience and makes accessing City services online as simple as possible. The new site will take a mobile-first approach to make it as easy as possible to browse from a mobile device.

            The redesign of santa-clarita.com is a stated goal within the Santa Clarita 2025 strategic plan. To learn more about Santa Clarita 2025, please visit santa-clarita.com/SC2025.