After a performance of “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 by the same high school dancers who performed the song at the Academy Awards (minus Pharrell Williams), host Mario Lopez introduced several speakers before the big grand opening. NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer trolled rival Disney by declaring “the Minions are Universal’s 21st-century Mickey Mouse.” And Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti thanked Universal for helping drive Los Angeles to a record number of visitors last year: 42.2 million. Garcetti said that the city aims for 50 million visitors a year by 2020, and that Universal Studios Hollywood would account for nearly half that increase. That’s a stunning number. According to the TEA/AECOM attendance report, Universal Studios Hollywood drew 5.9 million visitors in 2012 (the latest year reported).
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From grant crawford on April 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM Two words, Third Gate. Open a Heroes and Villains park on that area of land they own southeast of the others with some infrastructure joining the two plots (not buses). Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, Tron. So much great IP to chose from. Have a hero side of the park mirrored by the villains on the other side.
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From Daniel Etcheberry on April 12, 2014 at 12:46 PM The face projection is a nice idea; the AA’s will have more expressive faces. From 220.127.116.11 on April 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM The lawsuit against Disney should be interesting. I am sure WDC company had an army of lawyers on this, ensuring compliance with the ADA. And from what I have heard, this version is more in line with the policies of other amusement parks.
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