Universal Studios Hollywood has officially transformed with a mega budget attraction now packing in the guests on the lower lot. But that’s not all that’s transforming, we’ll also show you some new props on the upper lot and a set for a new TV show being built in the backlot.
We also have a brand new look for our weekly In The Parks column. Rather than bringing you one big long article every week, we are going to be delivering lots of smaller stories which are easier for you to read and share on mobile devices and to your favorite social networks. We’ll still bring you the same amount of content we always have, it will just be much easier to find and share than ever before. We hope you enjoy!
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On certain days, The Tonight Show films segments at CityWalk.
THE UPPER LOT:
The Universal Trading Company has closed and walled off. The location is now home to a giant park map.
The long closed former Chase Credit Center has reopened as a new retail spot called Feature Presentation. The location currently sells Transformers merch.
The unthemed wall separating the old Wild West Arena and Western Street has received a “Property Department” theme. The entire length of the wall is full of various props, set pieces and pieces of facades.
One of these things is not like the others. If you wait long enough, he’ll scare the heck out of you.
New photo op near the Shrek building
New props, facades and window displays on Baker Street.
Various props around the park now have plaques near them telling you where it came from.
The mural at the entrance to the Studio Tour has been replaced. It pays homage to 100 years of Universal Cinema!
One of the fire stations in the Metropolitan Sets is getting an interior
Some much needed TLC is being done in Old Mexico near the flash flood portion of the street
The back side of the iconic Chicken Ranch set is being transformed into the facade of the new NBC show, “Mockingbird Lane”. “Mockingbird Lane” is a drama based on the classic TV show, “The Munsters”. Sounds interesting doesn’t it?!
Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (full body stilt characters) are out daily for photos with guests.
They look fantastic and are VERY popular with the guests
The Recharging Station, the dedicated home of Energon, is now open. The orange cremesicle favored beverage is sold for $9.99 and includes a souvenir cup that lights up.
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We have lots more to share with you this week. A few important MiceChat notes for you below, plus articles on Disneyland, California Adventure, and even a new attraction at Legoland. Be sure to check the front page for all the stories or click the links below.
Meet Disney Imagineering Legend Bob Gurr – Luncheon and Book Signing Event – June 30th
One of our all time favorite Disney Imagineers is Bob Gurr, father of the Monorail, Autopia, Matterhorn, and just about every Disney attraction with wheels. He’s a true legend and an all around nice guy. And lucky for us, there is a limited opportunity for you to grab a copy of his new book and join him for lunch at the Anabella Hotel (just behind DCA and next to the Anaheim Convention Center) on June 30th.
Secure your spot and your book today (HERE)
This is your LAST CHANCE to obtain the limited collectors edition (the red edition) of Bob’s book, Design Just For Fun, as it has now sold out! HOWEVER, we’ve got 100 copies of the Collectors Edition waiting for those who attend this event!!! These are the last 100 red collectors edition copies available.Bob plans to share some wonderful tales, answer attendee questions, and meet with everyone to sign their book!
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We’d like to extend a huge thanks to today’s contributors: Joseph, Sir Clinksalot, Coheteboy, CaptPhoebus, Fishbulb and Dustysage. (If you’ve got breaking news or photos to share, we’d love to hear from you too! Contact Dusty today