Ride With The Simpsons

The Simpsons Ride opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

By: By Deanna Ting


051208_HRCome summer, “The Simpsons” fans have a whole new reason to get in line. This time, it’s for the new Simpsons-themed ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, which opens this month. The motion simulator ride guides guests on a trip through Krustyland’s carnival midway, where they’ll encounter beloved characters such as Apu, Patty, Selma and Groundskeeper Willie.

To commemorate the occasion, nearby Sheraton Universal is offering a Springfield Goes Hollywood package for travel throughout the year. Included in the package is just the kind of VIP treatment Homer would dream of: donut turndown service, a one-night’s stay in a newly renovated room, two front-of-the-line passes at Universal Studios Hollywood — a $200 value — a take-along Homer Simpson doll, complimentary shuttle service to the park and a complimentary upgrade to a Lanai poolside suite, based on availability.

Early birds reap rewards too. Those who book and visit by July 7 are automatically entered into the Bounce Back Blockbuster sweepstakes for a chance to win a return visit. Of those entries, one lucky guest will receive a one-night’s stay in a Lanai room and four front-of-the-line Universal Studios tickets for use by May 31, 2009. Room rates start at $419 per night, based on double occupancy.

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts


Get Out of the Office and Onto the Set

Like something out of an episode of “The Office,” your clients can experience a one-of-a-kind, Hollywood-themed teambuilding seminar, Lights, Camera, InterAction, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City.

There, with teams of 15 or more, facilitators cast individuals into the roles of actors, directors, cinematographers, script writers and more, all in order to create a 60-second commercial. Anything goes. Teams are given studio equipment, wardrobe choices, makeup, props, cameras, sound equipment and an editing station to put their imaginations to the test. The most innovative — and often funniest — team wins at the end of the day.

“We wanted to offer our meeting guests something unique to Los Angeles as well as an experience above and beyond what they would find anywhere else,” said director of sales and marketing Jay Smith.

While the seminar is ideal for groups of six to 46, it can be tailored to fit the needs of groups of any size. The half-day program, which has already gotten rave reviews from companies like Pepsi Bottling Group and General Mills, is available as an option in the hotel’s Executive Meeting Package.

InterContinental Hotels Group