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Universal Studios Hollywood’s Meetings & Special Events Division Rolls Out the Red Carpet for VIP Events
Universal Studios Hollywood sets the stage as the premier destination for uniquely themed corporate, industry and private special events with its array of one-of-a-kind venues and the addition of Sound Stage 29, available for red carpet treatment.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s backdrop provides event planners with customizable event spaces designed to meet an array of specifications, budgets and needs. From conferences to company retreats, and industry and charitable events to weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and anniversary celebrations, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Meetings & Special Events division can execute a variety of unique programs accompanied by personalized menus prepared by Universal Studios Hollywood’s on-site Executive Chef and fine dining culinary team.
Filled with the rich history of Hollywood glamour, the iconic theme park entertainment destination provides an awe-inspiring movie and television backdrop capable of supporting most any event, from large scale corporate and industry functions to intimate gatherings. The addition of Sound Stage 29, situated on the lower deck of the theme park and adjacent to the movie and television production lot, offers clients over 14,000 square feet of incomparable event space.
In particular, Sound Stage 29 captures the allure of movie-making magic within a tangible environment that is now accessible to special event guests. The venue has served as the filming location for many films, including Fast Five from the Fast & Furious franchise, Jurassic Park III, The Nutty Professor II, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bruce Almighty and Pirates of the Caribbean as well as such classic television shows as “Murder She Wrote” and “Knight Rider.”
With its grand, versatile space, towering 27 foot tall ceilings, iconic catwalks and theatrical lighting, Sound Stage 29 can be transformed to accommodate virtually any themed event.
For large scale events, Universal Studios Hollywood offers clients the choice of full or partial theme park buyouts, including exclusive after-hours access to its award-winning thrill rides and attractions. Working closely with the park’s dedicated Special Events team, groups can customize their buyout to include red carpet arrivals along the park’s grand entrance, themed in-park dining experiences, extensive branding throughout the event space, and personalized keepsake lanyards.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” creates the ultimate landscape for immersive events that transport guests into a world of magical thrills and excitement. The sprawling cobblestone lined streets of Hogsmeade™ village provide an inviting and authentic space to sample Butterbeer™, practice wand magic, explore Hogwarts™ castle, home to the land’s signature ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™,” enjoy a British-inspired menu at Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head™ pub, and take a ride aboard the park’s outdoor coaster, “Flight of the Hippogriff™.”
The theme park’s Art Deco-inspired outdoor venue, referred to as Universal Plaza, is reminiscent of an elaborate grand courtyard and features an open air polygon-shaped piazza ideal for celebratory events from picnics and concerts to weddings, large scale family gatherings and exhibits.
Adjacent to Universal Plaza, the themed Streets of the World bring a bit of European sensibilities, lending international flair to special celebrations with décor and dining that’s quintessentially British along London’s Baker Street or ooh la la Français within Parisian Courtyard and French Street.
Annually, Universal Studios Hollywood brings to life a variety of seasonal celebrations that create ideal environments for turn-key, full décor special events. These include Lunar New Year, “Halloween Horror Nights” and the park’s holiday festivities.
Universal CityWalk, Los Angeles’ landmark outdoor entertainment complex located adjacent to the theme park, also offers numerous venues for unique events. The recent multi-million dollar renovation of the AMC Universal Cinema can play host to movie and television premieres and screenings. Featuring deluxe recliner seats in all 18 theatres—the equivalent of those found in Hollywood screening rooms—all new, technologically advanced screens and audio system, the complete remodel includes a dedicated second level Director’s Lounge cocktail bar. This new space blends high-tech elegance with chic sophistication for special events with the ability for customized catering.
For meeting and event planners seeking the ultimate laid-back themed location, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is more than a restaurant, it’s a state of mind bringing a seaside retreat to Universal CityWalk. The spacious first-ever Los Angeles-based location offers an escape from the everyday and a chance to dine in a casual environment amid palm trees, thatched enclaves, island music and surfboard tables. Hand-crafted cocktails and signature dishes are accompanied by live music and entertainment.
For more elegant and intimate affairs, Universal CityWalk serves up its newest restaurant, Vivo Italian Kitchen. Featuring both indoor and al fresco patio dining, this sleek and modern dining concept boasts an open expo kitchen and prides itself in serving heirloom family recipes as part of each carefully prepared meal. Particularly noteworthy are the pastas, pizza dough and homemade Italian loaf bread, all made fresh in-house daily.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s new infrastructure, catering to the millions of visiting guests each year, also creates a welcome addition for on-site special events. From two new and very large parking structures, to expansive and more accessible roadways and enhanced landscaping aesthetics, the park offers an ideal special event location from the moment guests arrive on property to the moment they depart.
The park is also located adjacent to two premier hotels, the Universal Hilton and Universal Sheraton, offering convenient accommodations, as well as access to the park’s aerial walk-way connecting guests to Los Angeles’ public transportation system. The hotels also offer a daily complimentary shuttle to the theme park.
To learn more or book a special event at Universal Studios Hollywood, visit www.UniversalHollywoodEvents.com or call 855-517-0525 to speak with a member of the Special Events team.
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the highly-anticipated Summer opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride.” Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
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