Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Universal Studios


Yesterday, my sister, my mom, and I went to Universal Studios!

Universal Studios is a studio and theme park in Los Angeles, California. Movie production first took place in 1912, but 1915 was the official public opening of the studios. From the start, Universal Studios offered studio tours which included a chance to buy fresh produce since Universal City was part of a working farm! In the early 1930's, when sound films came to Universal the tours were discontinued. 
In 1962 accountants suggested a new tour would increase profits. As a result, in 1964, the modern tour was establised. Over the years, the tour grew into a theme park.

In the past year my family and I have gone to Universal Studios five times. Usually, we get there early to avoid long lines. We start by going on my favorite, The Simpson's simulator ride. Simulator rides are a type of amusement park rides where you are shown a movie while you seat moves to the action on the screen.
After the Simpson's Ride, before the lines get too long we rush over to the Studio Tour which is about 45 minutes long. The tour is led by a tour guide on a tram which goes through Universal's backlot, the world's largest working movie studio! During the tour you see sets and props from many famous movies and TV shows. There are also some special demonstrations such as an 8.3 earthquake, a flash flood, a look inside The Mummy's Tomb, an encounter with the shark from Jaws, and most famous of all the King Kong 3-D show.

Our next stop after the Studio Tour is The Jurassic Park Ride which uses 1.5 million gallons of water. A lot of people wear parkas on this ride, we didn't have any so at the end we were soaked! 

Next is The Revenge of the Mummy. It is a super fast ride in a very dark place, it has scary sound effects, and at one point it blasts you backwards!
Our last stop is usually the Waterworld show which I think is amazing. The stunts are truly unbelievable!

Here are some pictures from yesterday:

This is the beginning of the Flash Flood.

This is the scene of the plane crash from the Movie War of the Worlds.
They used a real Boeing 747 and then demolished it!
This is the famous Bates Motel from the movie Psycho.

Here is the set of the Water World show.

Have you ever been to any of the Universal Studios?

If you have what is your favorite attraction?

If you have never been to one, would you want to go after reading this post?