Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Honors ‘Pinktober’ Campaign with the Bangles, Pink Sheets and More

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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando rocks out for a cure this fall, when the worldwide ‘PINKTOBER’ campaign is celebrated at Velvet Sessions, the hotel’s monthly rock ‘n’ roll cocktail party and lobby concert.  The Bangles, one of the most popular all-female bands in American history, will perform in the lobby on Thursday, September 24 to kick off the month-long initiative that raises awareness and money for breast cancer research.

“This event brings together great music for a great cause and now more than ever, people are looking for ways they can help make a difference,” says Hard Rock Hotel General Manager Carlton Hudson.  “We will even light the hotel’s guitar fountain and the front drive in pink on the night of the Bangles event, as a visual reminder of Hard Rock’s commitment to love all and serve all in the fight against breast cancer.”

The Bangles will perform top hits “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Manic Monday,” “Hazy Shade of Winter,” “Eternal Flame” and more.  The Velvet Sessions event is only the beginning.  From late September through October, select rooms at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando will be outfitted with pink sheets, pink pillow cases and pink duvet covers.  Each night the room is rented during the campaign, the hotel will donate 25% of room revenues to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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Universal Orlando’s ‘Green’ Portofino Bay Hotel Offers New Reasons for Event Planners to Book

ORLANDO, FL – (July 16, 2009) –  Planners looking for ways to meet responsibly, reduce costs and still enjoy exceptional service at an award-winning hotel have three new reasons to book Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando.  The new Loews ‘Flexible Meetings’ program combines great rates and added value.  In addition, the hotel has just put the finishing touches on the renovation of all 42,000 square feet of its indoor meeting and function space, featuring new carpeting, window treatments and wall coverings.  As part of the renovation, the hotel has installed new energy-efficient LED lighting in all pre-function areas, which expands its ‘green’ program.

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Universal Orlando Resort Kicks off Brand-New ‘Sizzling’ Summer Concert Series

New Series Features Live Performances by Chart-Toppers Including Jordin Sparks and Natasha Bedingfield at Universal’s New Concert Venue, The Music Plaza

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando is kicking off its first-ever Summer Concert Series with performances by some of music’s biggest talent – live at its new outdoor Music Plaza.  Beginning Saturday, June 13 and running Saturday nights through July 4, the new concert series will give guests the chance to top off their day in the park with a nighttime mega-concert.

The concert line-up features four of the biggest names in pop, hip-hop and R&B – all of whom are chart-topping, multi-platinum, Grammy Award nominees and winners.

First up is “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, whose self-titled album has sold more than a million copies.  Sparks will be followed by hip-hop icon LL Cool J, with more than 15 million records sold and 20 singles on the Billboard charts.  Then comes British songstress Natasha Bedingfield, with album sales of more than 10 million – and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers, The O’Jays. (more…)

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New Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Will Rock Universal Orlando Resort (Details, Logo and Photos) (Updated 4/30)

Rip Ride Rockit LogoHigh-Tech Ride Features Personalized Music, Take-Home Video, First-Ever Maneuvers

Orlando, Fla. (April 2009) – Universal Orlando Resort is getting ready to unveil one of the most radically innovative roller coasters ever created – Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – set to open for summer. The coaster combines hit music, breathtaking first-ever maneuvers and highly sophisticated audio and video for a one-of-a-kind ride experience.

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Universal’s Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Debut Delayed Until Summer

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the opening of Universal Studios Orlando’s newest thrill attraction, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit has been postponed until summer. Reasons for the delay as well as an expected date have not been offered by the theme park at this time. Article here.

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Loews USO Resorts Offer ‘Grrreen Dog’ Hotel Package For Visiting Dogs (and Their Owners)

NEW YORK — (Press Release) — As part of its commitment to the environment, Loews Hotels encourages even its furriest guests to do their part in promoting responsible, sustainable consumption (literally). The new Loews “Grrreen Dog” package features a specially created “Dog Gone Green” room service meal, a veterinarian approved healthy feast which mixes locally grown ingredients from neighborhood farms with a lot of love. The “Grrreen Dog” package will launch on Earth Day (April 22, 2009) and features several additional earth-friendly components.

Available April 22 – September 5, 2009, “Grrreen Dog” package rates vary by hotel, starting at $119 per night. Package includes:

— A one-night stay at one of Loews Hotels 17 properties for guests and their pet
— “Dog Gone Green” room service meal with local ingredients (see recipe below)
— A Loews Hotels 100 % organic cotton bandana made by Go Doggie Go Green™
— A Zogoflex™ Huck, an environmentally-friendly toy by West Paw Design ®

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Harbor Nights Primavera at Universal Orlando’s Portofino Bay Hotel Set for May 8

On Friday, May 8, a wine tasting, gourmet food and jazz event at Harbor Piazza in the Italian-themed Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando will be taking place from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Featuring select wines and sparkling wines, gourmet food samples, live music performance by Michael Andrew & Swingerhead and a balcony music show paying tribute to Mama (Mia).

Tickets are $35 for general admission or $60 for reserved seating (includes private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres). To purchase online, visit LoewsHotels.Tix.com. For more information, call 407-503-1200. Parking is free with $5 valet parking available.

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Themed Entertainment Association and Economics Research Associates Post International Theme Park Numbers for 2008

The TEA/ERA Attraction Attendance Report identifies the top commercial theme parks and waterparks around the world and reflects their performance in 2008. Global attendance data is broken down by geographic region, by chain and by type of venue. This vital report is issued annually and jointly produced by the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) – the leading international trade alliance for the creators of compelling experiences and places – and ERA (Economics Research Associates) – a top international consulting firm providing economic analysis for the entertainment and leisure industry worldwide.

Burbank, Calif. USA — April 16, 2009 — The TEA/ERA Attraction Attendance Report for 2008 is now posted on the TEA and ERA websites. It reveals 2008 visitation totals for top theme parks and waterparks worldwide.

The report summary is included here (see below). To access the full report including attendance charts, visit:
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Universal Studios plans Beijing theme park

SHANGHAI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. film giant Universal Studios is awaiting regulatory approval to build a theme park costing more than 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in Beijing, a Chinese government official said on Thursday. (more…)

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Universal Studios Gives Away Free 7 Day Tickets – Video Posted

Universal Studios Orlando is giving away a free 7 day, 2 park ticket to the first 100,000 entrants at its Universal Heroes website after the airing of each of its ads during the Super Bowl.

In addition, USO is running a sweepstakes which gives away 1 free trip per day in February, 28 in all. See the website for full details.

The ad:

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