“Hurray for Hollywood….” That famous song brings so many images of glamour and glitter and movies and famous stars! What would a trip to California be without a stop in Hollywood and Universal Studios where movie magic is made!
Universal Studios offers a unique look and experience to the world of movies with attractions, rides, shows and a tour of the Back Lot where TV shows and movies are filmed. We started with the Terminator 3D experience. Talk about a wake-up call at 10:30am! Loud explosions and gunfire, motorcycles in the theatre and a 3D interactive performance that makes you feel as if you are in the middle of the film! Lara was not a big fan, due to the noise but she definitely saw something new! We even got their pictures on the Terminator motorcycle outside the Theatre.
Next stop…the House of Horrors. I can’t tell you a lot about this because it might ruin your experience but I can say it scared me half to death! All four of us walked in but soon Brittany and I turned around and Terry and Lara were not there! Were they caught by monsters or did they turn around? Brittany and I waited by the lower level exit to see if they were just lagging behind…and we certainly talked about leaving and NOT going to the second level… but we decided to move forward. But now we were at the BACK of the line of people walking through. By the time we got out, I was sweating, my throat hurt from screaming and my heart was pounding for about 10 minutes afterwards! I’m such a chicken! And even after going through it and knowing what to expect, not sure I’d do it again! And the worst part was Chuckie…that short, little red-headed doll that comes to life! Scary, I tell you….scary!
The Back Lot tour was great! It’s a 45-minute trip on a Tram that weaves in and out of scenes from movies…and a couple attractions just for the Tram Tour. We went down Wisteria Lane, where “Desperate Housewives” is shot. But before “Desperate Housewives”, it was used for the famous TV show (1957-1963) “Leave it to Beaver” and many other scenes for movies and TV. We also traveled through the town scene in the movie “Back to the Future“. We learned that particular area of the Back Lot was used for so many other movies and TV shows as well. There was a 4D “King Kong” attraction that was awesome! We also drove through the set of “War of the Worlds” and “The Grinch“. Really an amazing attraction! There are many pictures below,
One of our favorite things to do was the “Simpson’s” ride! We went into a room and sat in a car that was like a roller coaster car. When the ride started, it was as if we were really on an animated roller coaster, flying through the air, and riding on other rides in an amusement park. There was a screen in front of us and around the sides so if you looked to the right or left, it’s as if you were really there and could see all the way around you! It was so much fun! And so scary! And on the way out…we caught Homer and Marge and got pictures with them!
On the lower level of the park were a couple of attractions…but getting there was half the fun! There are 3 or 4 escalators that are really steep! and once we got to the bottom, the girls wanted to go on the “Jurassic Park” ride… but they didn’t want to get wet. So Lara bought a rain poncho and the girls shared it. The ride takes you through a jungle, like the scenes in the movie “Jurassic Park”. But at the end, a Tyrannosaurus emerges in front of the raft, and lunges down to grab the raft, and the raft escapes by plunging down an 85 feet (26 m) high near-vertical drop and into a lagoon. The girls rode the ride twice because there was almost no line. Their faces afterwards were priceless!!!!!!
We finished out the park at the Waterworld show, a Stunt show surrounding water with boats and jet skis and explosions! A great way to end the day of movie magic!
Next stop…and next post… Newport Beach!
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