This week we start a new season of the Universal NOW! Podcast. We start off with some (old) news, then Jaalin, Ryan, and Aengus rate each HHN 24 house and scare zone by how much they think they will enjoy each one. Going into the event, we'll see how these ratings hold up after we each visit!
Universal and Loews have announced their latest project, the 1,000-room Sapphire Falls resort. To open in summer 2016, the next resort addition will have 131,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and increase the total room size at Universal Orlando to 5,200 rooms.
More concept art was released with a different colorway for the resort...
by Ryan Kennedy
If you're like me, you love watching your favorite movies that are showcased in attractions throughout the theme parks you go to on vacation before your trip. For me, this is much more important for Universal than Disney. Universal does such a great job at taking many elements from the movies and creating their own story for the attraction. Instead of watching some events happen in front of screens from the seat of your ride vehicle, they make you the center of attention. For this reason, I would like to share with you all the movies I must watch before my Universal vacation.
I personally like to start out with the classics. These are the movies I've probably watched the most, and are the ones I certainly enjoy the most. Some are movies that no longer have an attraction in the parks, but I still watch for nostalgia. This includes Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, and JAWS. Then there are the classics that are still showing signs of life at Universal Studios, these would be E.T., Blues Brothers, Beetlejuice, and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Finally we have Jurassic Park, which is a big part of Islands of Adventure of course. I still want a jeep ride with a tour of dinosaur animatronics.
Sometimes you just need to watch a movie that doesn't make you think. I don't always watch Transformers and Twister before my trip, but when I do I'm pretty brain dead by the end of it.
Now I always watch the three movies above. In most cases I also watch all of The Simpsons episodes that I can (thanks, FXX). Despicable Me is easily one of my favorite animated movies ever. The first time I watched it was actually in the lobby of the Hard Rock while there was a rain storm outside one night. I usually watch Despicable Me 2 before my trips now, too. Personally I like DM2 more than the first. Just because there's a lot more of the Minions in that one. And finally, Men In Black. Easily in my top 10 favorite movies ever. I also watch Shrek sometimes.
Last but not least, the latest addition to my pre-trip watch list is a Potter movie marathon. I watched every Potter movie for the first time this year. I had never seen one of the movies or read a book before. So now, especially since I will be experiencing Diagon Alley for the first time, I have to watch every Potter movie before my vacations.
What did I leave out that's on your watch list? Tweet me at @Imagineer6 or @Universal_NOW.
This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, we have another game show, this time featuring all Islands of Adventure questions! Will Aengus bounce back from a devastating loss? Can Jaalin retain his previous victory? Listen to find out!
This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, we discuss a topic chosen by the winners of the recent Game Show. Jaalin and Stephanie chose their topic to be all about the retired Nickelodeon Studios. We talk history, what was filmed their, and then we get into rants and discussions of our childhood watching Nickelodeon.
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This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, Brian hosts a game show as we test our hosts on their Universal Studios knowledge.
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This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, we are joined by Seth Kubersky of TouringPlans and Orlando Weekly and Matt Roseboom of Attractions Magazine. They give their review of Diagon Alley from the media event Universal held a couple weeks ago. We also have the latest news from CityWalk and Halloween Horror Nights 24.