Universal Studios Hollywood Attendance Rose 12% to 9 Million This Past Year; Other Universal Parks See Gains, Too

Los Angeles, CA, May 17, 2018—USHR//


The annual Theme Index, produced jointly by the Themed Entertainment Association and engineering/consulting firm AECOM, showed Universal Studios Hollywood’s attendance rise 12% to an attendance of 9,056,000 in 2017, compared with 8,086,000 in 2016. This placed it 15th in the world among all parks and 9th among North American parks, the same ranking as last year.

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Universal’s other American parks enjoyed attendance increases: Islands of Adventure rose 2% to 9,549,000 guests, just beating out Universal Studios Hollywood for 14th place, and Universal Studios Florida also rose 2%, with attendance totalling 10,198,000 at the park for a ranking of 10 worldwide. One can most certainly not ignore the Resort’s new water park, though. Volcano Bay drew 1,500,000 visitors in its first year of operation (note that it opened on May 25 of 2017).  Universal Orlando’s total attendance across its three parks for 2017 was 21,247,000.

It is important to note, however, that Universal Studios Florida was in fact not the most popular Universal Parks & Resorts property. That honor went to Universal Studios Japan, the fourth most visited park in the world. With 14,935,000 visitors,  USJ had a 3% increase from 2016. Universal Studios Singapore rounded out the top 25 with 4,220,000 visitors, a 2.9% increase.

In total, Universal saw a 4.4% attendance growth across all of its properties with  49,458,000 visitors, ranking it third among all operators. Universal’s main rival, Walt Disney Attractions, still took first place with a massive 150,014,000 visitors. While Universal and Disney do not officially provide attendance figures, TEA & AECOM use a “variety of sources, including statistics furnished directly by the operators, historical numbers, financial reports, the investment banking community, local tourism organizations, and professional estimates where necessary” to determine attendance figures. You can read the report for yourself at TEA’s website.

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“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood introduces new Wand Magic Experiences, Wizarding Apparel and Menu Options; “Nighttime Lights” returns

Universal City, CA, May 17, 2018 — From the moment guests enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood, they are transported to Hogsmeade village, which this summer will introduce new wand magic experiences, authentic costume replicas, lunchtime menu items and the popular return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.”

  • With a gentle flick of the wrist and just the right touch, guests can cast spells throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at dazzling wand magic locations. This summer’s installation of two additional spells ups the tally to 15 thrilling wand magic experiences to practice. The Incendio fire-making spell will conjure flames of varying size based on skill level, and the Alohomora spell will unlock a series of intricate locks that may reveal the fiery breath of a creature hidden behind a secret door.

  • Three Broomsticks expands its lunchtime menu with a selection of traditional British fare, including:

    • Ploughman’s Lunch, featuring an imported selection of ham, salami, country paté, English cheese, homemade pickles and a warm scotch egg served with bread, cranberry chutney and grain mustard

    • Cheese Toastie with Chicken, featuring grilled English Cheddar cheese with chicken, crispy bacon, mustard and sliced tomato topped with a sunny side egg served with a fresh salad or potato wedges

    • Sunday Roast Sandwich served on a freshly baked baguette filled with warm prime rib, caramelized onions, English Cheddar, horseradish sauce and homemade garlic pickles served with fresh salad or potato wedges

    • Guests can channel their inner wizards at Gladrags Wizardwear with a wide array of apparel inspired by the films. The billowing house robes worn by the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and accompanying house uniforms, including hand-loomed cardigans from Scotland, scarves and ties are available for purchase. New to Gladrags Wizardwear this season is a high-end replica of Professor Severus Snape’s robe, as well as a replica of Hermonione’s dress worn at the Yule Ball as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which is now available in adult and children’s sizes.

    Other wizard attire includes a replica of the cardigan worn by Neville Longbottom in the Battle of Hogwarts scene in the film series finale. Select attire is available in a variety of sizes from toddler to adult.

    • Just like the talking mirror in the Harry Potter films, Madam Malkin’s Talking Mirror makes quite a reflective entrance this summer, located in the corridor between Dervish and Banges™ and Gladrags Wizardwear. Speaking with an English accent, the Talking Mirror will entertain guests with a variety of complimentary remarks.

    • “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” returns for a limited time only, beginning Saturday, June 23.

    @UniStudios Announces the Highly Anticipated “Jurassic World Ride,” the New Epic-Adventure, Will Open in 2019

    Inspired by Universal Pictures’ Global Blockbuster Franchise,

    the Completely Reimagined Ride Will Fuse 21st Century Technology

    with Astounding Special Effects and Never-Before-Seen Dinosaurs

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Arrives in Theatres on June 22, 2018

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    USHR//Universal City, CA, May 10, 2018 – In 2019, colossal, dimensional dinosaurs will once again roam the Earth and astound guests when Universal Studios Hollywood debuts an all-new technologically-advanced epic adventure inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film franchise: Welcome to the “Jurassic World Ride.”

    Drawing from the favorite elements of the original “Jurassic Park—The Ride,” this next-generation thrill ride will be a fully reimagined iteration of the ground-breaking adventure, elevating every facet of the experience. With the introduction of never-before-seen dinosaurs, enhanced storytelling, lush scenic design, an entirely new color scheme and uncompromised state-of the art technology, the ride will capture elements never experienced within a theme park.

    To rally fans for the finale of “Jurassic Park—The Ride” on September 3, 2018, Universal Studios Hollywood has launched a “Countdown to the Extinction” campaign—inviting guests from around the world to experience the ride before its transformation into the all-new “Jurassic World Ride” in 2019.

    The countdown to the extinction of “Jurassic Park—The Ride” begins as Universal Studios Hollywood excavates the site in preparation for the 2019 arrival of “Jurassic World Ride,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film franchise.

    “Jurassic Park—The Ride” will officially become extinct on September 3, 2018.

    In 1996, Universal Studios Hollywood redefined theme park thrill rides with the unprecedented introduction of “Jurassic Park—The Ride,” based on three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg’s epic film. Hailed as a technological achievement of triumph and wizardry, the ride featured newly debuted principles of hydraulic physics, mechanics and space-age robotics. Working in partnership with scientists, palaeontologists and aerospace engineers, Universal Creative—the team that develops Universal theme park rides—brought to life one of the most compelling rides ever created. Life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, some towering over five-stories high, freely roamed the earth at Universal Studios Hollywood.

    Twenty-two years later—and after sending millions of guests back to the Jurassic era for menacing face-to-face encounters with such predators as Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptors and the Tyrannosaurus rex—“Jurassic Park—The Ride” will become extinct in preparation for a new, next-generation experience that’s even more immersive and technologically advanced. The new ride will pay homage to Jurassic Park and will reimagine this landmark film franchise for theme park guests. The Jurassic Cove restaurant and Jurassic Outfitters retail store also will close with the attraction and reopen with the new experience in 2019.