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Third House for HHN Announced: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D

Another Halloween Horror Nights update for you: Alice Cooper Goes to Hell 3D is the newest house announcement for 2012. That brings us to three house announcements so far (The Walking Dead & Silent Hill being the others.) We don’t yet have a theme, so feel free to speculate. Once again this haunt will appear on both coasts. Check out all the details below:


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NBC TV Special on the Making of Transformers The Ride 3D

Transformers: The Ride

Do you love Transformers: The Ride as much as we do? Then check out this making of special about the technical & Hollywood magic that went into bringing this epic attraction to life! We also have been hearing rumours that this will be the next attraction to open at Universal Studios Florida. Awesome! Continue reading

Silent Hill & Walking Dead at Halloween Horror Nights!

Today we’ve got a double dose of awesome for you! Both Silent Hill and The Walking Dead will be featured in their own houses at Universal Studios Orlando & Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights. Great news for fans on both coasts. We love both of these franchises, and are excited to see how the houses turn out.

We’re wondering though, is Halloween Horror Nights going to become a cookie cutter event now? In the past, each park had its own theme and haunts, but it looks as though they are heading in the direction of sharing themes and ideas. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? We’re not sure. Check out the all the details of these two haunts below: Continue reading

Rise of the Hyper-Themed Land

Competition is fierce in the theme park industry, with the major parks spending hundreds of millions of dollars on new attractions in order to stay ahead. The hottest new trend we’re seeing in the themed attraction industry is the construction of hyper-themed lands at parks. Themed beyond imagination and costing more than ever. Let us explain…. Continue reading

Movies & TV Shows filmed at Theme Parks

Everyone has their favourite movies and television shows they like to watch, but one thing can make them even better. Film an episode at a theme park! Nothing makes us happier to see the plot of a show take the cast to a theme park. We don’t really care that it’s a product placement for the park, it’s just plain fun. Here is a list of movies & TV shows that have been filmed in theme parks over the years. We’re not including talk shows and Travel Channel specials, because that would take years! If we missed any, email us and let us know. Continue reading

It's Official: Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood


As we posted about yesterday, here is the official press release from Universal Studios Hollywood:
HOGWARTS IS COMING TO HOLLYWOOD!
Warner Bros. and Universal Parks and Resorts to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood
Significant Expansion Also Planned for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort
Hollywood, CA (Dec. 6, 2011) – Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts today announced a partnership to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – the enormously popular themed entertainment environment which debuted in Orlando in June 2010 – to Universal Studios Hollywood.
The two companies also announced their plans to significantly expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be as impressive as what has been created in Orlando – and is expected to transform tourism in Los Angeles for decades to come. It will be a fully immersive environment for the entire family that brings the stories of Harry Potter to life and is faithful to the visual landscape of the films, including a majestic Hogwarts castle to serve as the centerpiece of the themed environment. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be created with the same commitment to authenticity and the same level of talent and resources as its Orlando counterpart.
“I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting,” said J.K. Rowling.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort opened in June 2010 and immediately captured global attention. It is a spectacularly themed land that includes Hogwarts castle, Hogsmeade and multiple themed attractions. Specific details of its expansion will be announced over time.
“The announcement of our partnership with Universal to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood and expand what already exists in Orlando is probably the best holiday gift we could give to the legions of Harry Potter fans worldwide,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. “Everyone involved with these projects is committed to continuing the enchantment of J.K. Rowling’s masterful books as they were brought to life on screen in our eight films and dedicated to extending the magic of the experience for generations of fans to come.”
“This is an incredible moment for Universal Studios and the millions of guests who visit our theme parks,” said Ron Meyer, President & COO, Universal Studios. “The Harry Potter stories are some of the most powerful of our time and we are honored to expand our Orlando experience and bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood, forever changing family tourism in Los Angeles.”
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an entirely new level of themed entertainment that brings the stories of Harry Potter to life in incredible ways,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks and Resorts. “We are thrilled to be able to share this experience with our guests in Hollywood. And we are thrilled to take what has been created in Orlando to even greater levels.”