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Celebrate Grinchmas at Universal Studios!

If you are staying in hotels near Universal CityWalk for the holidays, come celebrate Grinchmas at Grinchmas Universal Studios! You can celebrate the holiday season with real snow in a winter playground with famous celebrities right here in Hollywood. Universal CityWalk will also host daily concerts of live holiday music along with other festivities all month.

At Universal Studios, you can play in real snow with the whole family and sing along with the Whos as Whoville comes alive on the Backlot. On select days, celebrities will read Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas before the lighting of the Grinchmas tree. Celebrities reading this year include Nia Vardalos from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Yvette Nicole Brown and Danny Pudi from NBC’s “Community,” and Dot Marie Jones from Fox’s “Glee”. For a full schedule of celebrity readings, click here.  You can also take photos with the Grinch and Max. This year, Max to the Rescue: Have a Heart Adoption Fair will return to Universal Studios Hollywood in an effort to find homes for sheltered dogs on December 14-15.

Highlights of Universal Studios’ CityWalk include a large Christmas tree with millions of choreographed, pulsing LED lights to guide Santa. The tree‘s lights will rock to the music and lights of five towers. On select weekends until December 23, you can see the tree come to life during the Holiday Elf Show every hour after 5pm. Hollywood’s Rock n’Roll Santa will be visiting his new landing pad at Fountain Court daily until December 23 to pose for photos listen to kid’s wishes. With dozens of shops, you can also find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Universal CityWalk.

On select weeknights and Saturdays from 7pm to 10pm and on Sunday nights from 6pm to 9pm, there will be live holiday music playing in Universal CityWalk. For a full list of performers, click here. There is plenty to celebrate at Universal Studios during the holidays this year so buy your tickets to the park today!

Transformers: The Ride 3D is Now Open at Universal Studios Hollywood!

On May 25, 2012 at 7:30am, Universal Studio’s new 3D Transformers ride officially opened to the public. The new ride occupies the lower level space where “Backdraft” pyrotechnics and “Special Effects Stage” used to reside. Both critics and casual movie-goers agree:  the ride is a mind-blowing sensory experience beyond the movies.

Transformers: The Ride 3D is a thrill ride that will keep you guessing; blurring the lines between fiction and reality. HD 3D media and flight simulation technology come together to create an epic war zone experience. The ride lives up to its name in immersing guests into its world as participants rather than spectators. In the waiting hallways training videos address riders as recruits for an upcoming apocalyptic battle. During the ride, you can fight Decepticons and protect AllSpark along with Optimus.

The ride is a complete sensory immersion using the latest in entertainment technology. 12 people ride on an “EVAC” vehicle on 2000 feet of roller coast track, witnessing a 6-minute battle on 14 super-high-definition screens as large as 60 feet tall. All of these elements work with special water, wind and smoke effects to create a 4D experience of a lifetime.

Transformers: The Ride 3D

“When you go see a movie, even if you bring something forward in the screen, it’s always going to be cut off by the border of the screen,” explains Jeff White, a  visual effects supervisor at ILM who’s worked on all three Transformers films as well as the new ride. “The ride was entirely new for us. The audience can’t see the edges of the screen, so we can bring our characters as far forward in 3-D as we wanted to.”

Michael Bay, director of the Transformers film franchise, had a part in collaborating with Universal on the ride, although it has its own unique storyline. A similar attraction called Transformers: The Ride, opened last December in Universal Studios Singapore.

Guests must be 40” tall to ride. Children 40” to 48” must be accompanied by an adult 14 years or older. Those staying in hotels by Universal Studios may be able to buy discount tickets to the park, including the Buy a Day, Get 2012 deal. Buy your passes to experience Transformers: The Ride 3D today!

Ring in the New Year in Los Angeles!

Wondering where to spend New Year’s Eve? What better place than Los Angeles? There are two affordable events easily accessible by Metro for partying responsibly!  On Spring Street, the people that bring you Downtown LA Artwalk every month will be holding Downtown LA New Year’s Eve.
Downtown Los Angeles

The block party will start at 6pm on Saturday, December 31 and ring in the New Year.  Several thousand people are expected to walk through the event space this year. The event will feature a laser show, projections, live DJs and of course, a countdown to 2012. Best of all, entry to the event is completely FREE before 9pm. Late-comers will only have to pay a fee of $10.

VIP tickets are $25 with a small online fee. You can also purchase a VIP ticket in a Cabana with a complimentary Grey Goose Bottle to celebrate the New Year. If you split the bottle with 10 friends, its only $25 each!

The Metro Bus and Subway Rails will be running for free from 9pm to 2am on New Year’s Eve, so it is highly recommended that you take Metro to this event. Get off on the Pershing Square exit in downtown Los Angeles on the Red Line. After that, walk two blocks east to Spring Street and turn right onto Spring St. to find the event space. Parking lots in Downtown LA will be charging a lot this night, so take the bus if you can!

Universal CityWalk will be hosting Citywalk Rocks New Year’s Eve at Universal Studios. Admission Los Angeles Fireworksis $15 per person, but children less than 48” are admitted for free. Music will be playing on three stages starting at 9pm. Ankhesenamen will kick off on the Universal Globe Stage, with Fast Times and a J Host at 5 Towers Concert Venue and Waterworld Arena, playing at 9:30pm. There will be a fireworks show at 12am. Universal Citywalk is home to many clubs and restaurants to entertain the whole family during this event, including Howl at the Moon, Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, and Wolfgang Puck La Bistro with a $40 four course celebration menu including champagne. Self parking to this event is $45, so taking Metro or the Hollywood Hotel complimentary shuttle is recommended!

Hope you have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles and here’s to 2012!

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