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  • Universal Studios to open April 16th.

    Per the website.

    Universal Studios Hollywood reopens on April 16 following the Taste of Universal, a separately ticketed, limited-time event. Tickets will be on sale to CA residents beginning on April 8 and attendance will be limited in accordance with government guidelines. Universal CityWalk and the Universal Cinema are open. Check Reopening DetailsExposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee exposure during your visit. Review Important Safety Guidelines

    I will be attending the last day of A Taste Of Universal on April 8th.

    https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us


  • New food festival event for Universal Studios Hollywood.

    Taste of Universal

    The park is open, but not as you think.

    source www.insideuniversal.net

    Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a new “Taste of Universal” food festival that will be held inside the park on weekends beginning March 12.

    Tickets for Friday start at $44+tax. Tickets for Saturdays and Sundays start at $49+tax. Children 3-9 are $25+tax. Discounted admission tickets will be available for Universal Annual and Season Pass members. Adult tickets include 5 menu selections, while the child’s ticket includes 3 selections. Items must be redeemed on the day of your visit.

    Guests will be able to take in the incredible environments that surround them as they enjoy the scrumptious food, including vegan and vegetarian options, served within these areas. This includes:

    • “Springfield, U.S.A.” — Home of The Simpsons featuring Krusty Burger, Suds McDuff’s Hot Dog House, the Lard Lad Donut Cart and Kwik-E-Mart.
    • “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” — Stroll through Hogsmeade village and enjoy shops such as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods, and feast on food favorites, including Three Broomsticks™ Fish & Chips, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Butterbeer.
    • The debut of Minion Cafe, a delicious new dining experience, located adjacent to the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, offering such tasty fare as Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Meatballs, Chicken & Bacon Mac and Cheese, and Nutella Banana pudding.
    • The Hollywood & Dine section will feature:
      • Authentic Mexican fare at Cocina Mexicana with such favorites as Queso Street Tacos, Loaded Nachos all topped with choice of Tinga or Carnita & Birria, Tortilla Cut Chips with Guacamole, Chili Relleno and Elote Corn on the cobb with Lime Crema.
      • Hollywood & Dine, the establishment located just inside the theme park’s main entry, serving a selection of comfort foods including, Hot Chicken Sandwich, Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bowl, Personal Pizza with choice of pepperoni or cheese, Brisket Sliders with Caramelized Onions, Korean Hot Dog, and mini funnel cake.

    City Snack Shop offering grab-and-go treats such as the quintessential NYC Giant Pretzel, Spicy Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Leg, and the debut of the Crepewich, which features sweet (Banana and Nutella, or Strawberry Chocolate) and savory (club or Spinach and Berry vegetarian) temptations.

    This marks the first time guests will step foot inside the park since it closed on March 14th last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Due to current restrictions in the state of California, rides and shows will not be in operation. Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are doing similar events while waiting for the clear to return to normal opening operations. Universal Studios Hollywood is working closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing and required face coverings.

    To purchase tickets go to

    https://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/events-and-seasonal-activities/taste-of-universal-food-event?channel=email&source=et&campaign=ush&media=202134&category=Focus:Module1:TasteOfUniversal:segment:SoCal


  • Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde Announces Retirement

    source wdwinfo.com

    The legendary Disney Imagineer, Joe Rohde, has announced his plans to retire on January 4, 2021.

    Below is the official message that was shared via the Walt Disney Imagineering Instagram account.

    After an illustrious 40-year Imagineering career, Joe Rohde just shared his plan to retire on Jan. 4, 2021. We can’t thank Joe enough for his infectious passion, being an incredible teacher and mentor, and for inspiring generations of Disney Imagineers and guests from around the world. Wishing @JoeRohde all the best in his next journey and on the many, many more adventures yet to come.


  • This year is almost over. 2020 next and time flies fast when you get older.

    I look back to when I moved to North Hollywood back in June of 1999 and becoming an annual pass holder to Disneyland for 10 years.  I do miss going there but for my income, the annual pass is hard to get.  Yes, I have been a premium pass holder and I could get a lesser pass but for frequency when I would go and doing a podcast it would not work. I am trying to bring the podcast back but my mixer board has a hum in it and I take care of my equipment. I don’t make as much as I used to but I do miss going to DL and seeing my friends there and missing FOTM Friends Of The Magic events that Paul Barrie and I created. I would love to upgrade to a 4k camera to bring better-looking content to the site.   I have set up a Patreon page to help with the plans I want to do with the podcast etc. I do plan on going to other parks to bring you the content you expect.  I also have here a supporter section that has the content you can’t get on the normal feed.  it is exclusive to our site and you once you become a supporter.

    Join is with our patreon here:

    https://www.patreon.com/abovethefirehouse