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All things Universal Studios Hollywood

DCBaker

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"Disneyland has begun to recall about 10,000 furloughed workers, and Universal Studios Hollywood is expected to rehire about 5,000 employees. Disney already recalled about 1,000 employees and Universal Studios Hollywood rehired several hundred workers to staff the food and shopping events they’re launching this month."

"To reduce the risk of virus spread, Universal Studios Hollywood is delaying the opening of Despicable Me: Minions Mayhem and the Simpsons Ride, motion-simulator rides that put parkgoers in side-by-side seats in a theater setting.

The queue for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal Studios Hollywood winds through the Hogwarts castle, where visitors can stop to look at moving images that tell part of the attraction’s story. To keep visitors from crowding together, Strobl said, the park will send small groups of people into the ride’s queue every few minutes.

The number of passengers per vehicle will be limited on some attractions, such as Jurassic World: The Ride, which was designed to fit rows of five riders shoulder to shoulder, Strobl said. Other attractions with only two or three adjoining seats can operate as normal if the seats are filled by people from the same household, he said.

In the Universal Studios backlot tour, plexiglass will be installed between the parkgoers and the drivers and ride narrators."

 

AL2000HS

Well-Known Member
The Simpsons ride should be closed regardless of Covid. Not sure why they can't operate it because of Covid since you can space individual parties out, but weird things like that don't bode well for Disney attraction operation. Star Tours, Target Run, Soarin' Over China etc. may not open?
Maybe it has to do with the multiple people in the preshow "food booth" area. The rest would be okay. Soarin might be in the same boat. Star tours has enough open space I guess. Smugglers run they walk through that room and do not stop. But who knows.
 

Giss Neric

Well-Known Member
If both Universal and Disney are opening with only 15% capacity, why would social distancing be an issue? Unless of course those E-Ticket rides that everyone wants to go but if you spread 15% to the whole park, it's not a problem.
 

AL2000HS

Well-Known Member
If both Universal and Disney are opening with only 15% capacity, why would social distancing be an issue? Unless of course those E-Ticket rides that everyone wants to go but if you spread 15% to the whole park, it's not a problem.
Universal doesn't have many attractions as is. So it could cram more to them. But I see what you're saying.
 

180º

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I’m not sure if it’s how the land is oriented in relation to the sun, the scenic painting, or the hill that the castle sits on, but Hollywood’s Hogwarts looks so much prettier than Florida’s. The paint’s got to be part of it— I think the Hollywood Hogsmeade looks nicer as well. Sight line issues notwithstanding, of course, since there are some major issues with those.
 

raven24

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I’m not sure if it’s how the land is oriented in relation to the sun, the scenic painting, or the hill that the castle sits on, but Hollywood’s Hogwarts looks so much prettier than Florida’s. The paint’s got to be part of it— I think the Hollywood Hogsmeade looks nicer as well. Sight line issues notwithstanding, of course, since there are some major issues with those.
The surroundings of the entire park are very pleasing to the eye, no matter which vantage point. USH is nicely situated in a beautiful setting. Catching the sunset from there is always a great experience.

BTW, Happy Belated 106th Birthday to the studio lot.
 

Darkbeer1

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Original Poster
Lisa and I had a great day at USH. Good Food, fun walking around the park, but Lisa bought a few things.

Walked around CityWalk, interesting to see Comcast/Universal/NBC replace locations that closed down with similar products (retail and dining). Why not a location where your goal is to at least break even and operating on a month to month lease (in theory. Beats a walled up spot, and when things pick up, a new business can quickly take over the space.

I would like to wish SeaWorld a happy 57th Anniversary today! (opened March 21st, 1964.)
 

BuzzedPotatoHead89

Well-Known Member
Aw man I want to go to all of these theme parks ASAP but don’t want to pay full price for a diminished experience while they work out the kinks. What to do. What to do
I’ve decided I think I’m going to give it a month or so from opening once I’m fully vaccinated and (some of) the kinks have worked out then just go for it.

Even if it’s subpar it’ll always be a unique snapshot/moment in time to hopefully look back on if/when this is all behind us (and between my other half and I, we plan to take lots of pics for posterity).
 

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