Discussion in 'Universal Studios Hollywood Events' started by Brian G., Jun 5, 2017.
lmao, Universal can absolutely pay for performers for an extra weekend. See my above post.
It's not about *if* they can. It's about if they want to. Trust me, the plaza could've been ready if they wanted it to be.
Finally saw the new holiday castle show last night, after staying as spoiler-free as I could and not watching any of the vids already out there. Basically very impressed!
But more interesting was the surveys they were conducting after the show as we exited Hogsmeade. They asked very detailed questions, and were very genuinely interested in improving the show. They asked about the length of the show, sound and visual quality, viewing areas, and if there was anything else we'd want to see improved. (For the record, we said: louder sound, it was hard to see the high-beam lights behind the castle, and that they should utilize the Tri-Wizard stage as a premium viewing area--possible $5 upcharge for a single show, maybe $20-25 all night.)
They did say that the longer holiday show was a direct result of guests saying the summer show was too short. I do really like how they do try to listen to guest feedback whenever they can. I feel like Disney just says, "Here's our show/attraction. If you don't like it, it's your problem."
My only complaint with the show is that the opening audio could be a little bit louder, I could barely hear the singing from where I was standing! Other than that, this show gave me goosies.
Also, I don't know if this was intentional or not but the faces are really off. They almost looks like dolls.
For that part, I think the intention was to have the characters look like figures in a music box, hence the sort of robotic way in which they move. It is a little jarring, though, as none of the other faces have that style.
I haven't seem much mention of the fireworks. Is that something most people aren't that interested in?
I think people are interested. It got a reaction everytime they went off in my viewings. I do wish it could be more, but I totally understand why it probably can't be with the residential restrictions. So I'll take what I can get.
I suppose I do wish that if they were going to set off two sets of fireworks relatively close in timing, they would look a little more different from each other. They seem too similar to me, both in color and directions. But again... begger's can't be choosers.
That bothered me a bit as well, although what bothered me more is they appear to be giants. They're literally 20 feet tall, even within the context of the show--their bodies go from floor to ceiling. :D
the new projection mapping show is 10 times better then the summer show and the crowd control is way faster to leave the land now
I am dreading what the park is going to look like when Grinchmas starts. Maybe it'll motivate them to fast track an expansion of some sort lol
yea I was there on Saturday and most of the rides were up to an 1hr wait to 2 hrs for the exception of TWD which was around 25 minutes
Everyone thank @Jonathan
Thanks Jonathan. As always, an excellent, most professional, video.
Looking ahead to Grinchmas this weekend: the recent emails to passholders, as well as the USH website itself, does not mention the Whoville show on the Studio Tour. Has this mainstay of USH's Grinchmas celebration been quietly cut this year? Has anyone heard?
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I went back in this thread and saw that ItsATrap posted the following back in August (post #30):
"Auditions are Aug 22. No casting call for the Whoville show on the tram tour. I'm guessing they aren't doing that show this year."
I'm going to be very disappointed if they've cut the tram show. That has been a signature piece of Grinchmas for a long time. I hope they do something. Maybe it will just be the Grinch walking around the Whoville set with a scripted moment like Norman Bates? But the Whoville show has been one of my favorite things about Grinchmas.
I haven't heard anything specific, but I rode the studio tour maybe two weeks ago and the ground in and around the Whoville set looked like it had been freshly painted. Not indicative of performers, per se, but if they're touching up the paint, they'll likely be doing something in that area.
No Whoville show planned on the tour, unfortunately. No idea if they plan to have a Grinch out there.
My buddy has been in that show for the past few years as the Mayor and he said they aren't doing it this year due to budget cuts.
To add more fuel to the fire, I got wind of Grinchmas being decreased of offerings this year before the auditions occurred, but the reason I got isn't something that I'll be discussing yet.
And that is including the previously done tour stop.
There will be a special countdown celebration to midnight to ring in 2018 with three synchronized fireworks displays throughout the park.
New Year’s Eve celebration EVE coming to Universal Studios Hollywood | Inside Universal
I think the money went into the Wizarding World holidays, but to be honest, the entire park has been feeling a budget squeeze this year (see black walls of death at Horror Nights).
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