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?


  1. Minoo (Hannah's aunt)August 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Hannah Joon,

    I love your post about Universal Studios. I have not been there for many years and it sounds like a lot has changed.
    Back when I visited Universal there were very few rides and attractions.

    Your post does make me want to go visit Universal Studios again. I like how you wrote about the history of the park and described all the attractions, and then wrote about your own experience and your day at the park with your family.

    I look forward to your future posts.

    Khaleh Minoo

  2. Minoo (Hannah's aunt)August 26, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Hi Hannah Joon,

    It's me again! I forgot to tell you how excited I am that Leila is in Mrs. Yollis' class.

    I hope that she earns a blog also so I can read her posts and comment on them. The blogs are a wonderful way of keeping in touch, as I don't get to see or talk to you as often as I would like!


  3. Hannah,
    Wow! What an awesome post about Universal Studios you have written.
    I went to Universal Studios when I was a kid..a very long time ago! I remember a "Jaws" show and a "Towering Inferno" scene. These are old movies from before you were born!
    Your post, with all of its details and pictures, makes me want to go to Universal Studios again.
    I would love to show my 4th grade students your post because it has so many elements of a great blog entry.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs. Young ( 4th grade teacher in California)

  4. Dear Hannah,

    This is a terrific post about your trip to Universal Studios! Your use of definition sentences and transitions really make this a wonderful read. Well done!

    I have not been to Universal score. (A score is twenty years.) From reading your post, I can tell it has really changed a lot. For one thing, there weren't any rides when I was there! There was a tram that everyone got in, and the tram drove around through the studio. Occasionally, the tram would stop and the tourists would walk through a sound stage. I think one of the stops was Lucille Ball's dressing room? Not sure.

    I should definitely check it out now! What was the King Kong 3-D all about? Is it a ride or a show?

    Your pal,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  5. Aloha Hannah,
    I have never been to Universal Studios but I feel I have been after reading your post. You gave great information and I felt as if we were touring it together with you as my guide.
    Hannah, you have peaked my interest. I may just have to make the trip some day.
    A hui hou,
    Mrs. Jacobs

  6. Dear Hannah,

    After reading your blog post, the Universal Studios tours and rides are certainly something I would like to experience if I were in LA but it is very far from Australia.

    Here we have Movie World in the state of Queensland about 12 hours drive from where I live. It's very popular with families holidaying there.

    Thank you for posting interesting information about a fun place to be.

    Ross Mannell (teacher)

  7. Dear Hannah,

    That was a wonderful post about Universal Studios. I have never been there, and since it is about 3,000 miles away from me I'm not sure I'll be able to go anytime soon :(

    I love how you told the history of the studio and the theme park. I thought it was interesting that the studio sold produce when it was first starting out.

    I think my favorite ride would be the Simpson's simulator ride also. Although the 3-D King Kong ride sounds pretty amazing too. I like rides with special effects that make you feel like you are part of the action.

    Thanks for the great post!

    Mr. Salsich

  8. Dear Hannah,

    Wow what an awesome post I just love it.
    When I plan my trip to the USA this is the place I must visit.
    Your photos were awesome.

    It looks like there is so much to see and do there which I love.

    In Queensland we have a place called Movie world I went with my family when I was five and I loved it. I feel you would love to visit this place too.

    From your blogging friend,

  9. Dear Khaleh Minoo,

    I am glad you took the time to comment on my blog!

    My Mom and Dad told me that there weren't many rides when they went many years ago.

    I am happy to hear that after reading my post you would like to visit Universal Studios again. Maybe one day we can go together!

    I am also very excited that Leila is in Mrs. Yollis' class, so if on day she works hard enough she can earn a blog too!


  10. @ Mrs. Young,

    Thank you for commenting on my blog, and for your wonderful compliments.

    They still have the Jaws shows at Universal Studios, but they don't have the Towering Inferno scene anymore.

    I am glad that my post makes you want to go back to Universal Studios again!

    I am also very happy that my post is good enough that you would consider showing it to your fourth grade class!


  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Thank you for your lovely compliments about my post and my writing! I had a wonderful teacher! ;)

    It is very interesting that when you went to Universal Studios, the tourists were able to walk through a sound stage. They don't do that anymore. :(

    The King Kong 3-D ride is part of the Universal Studios Tour. The tram enters a tunnel that is supposed to be Skull Island. Once you are in there you are surrounded by two massive screens, and are shown a two and a half minute 3-D film of King Kong fighting a T-rex.


  12. Aloha Mrs. Jacobs,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my post!

    If I lived in Hawaii, I probably wouldn't want to go to Universal Studios, since it is so beautiful there! ;) However, if you ever come out to Los Angeles, I would recommend paying a visit there.


  13. Dear Mr. Mannell,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

    If I ever go to Australia I will definitely visit Movie World!

    Do you know of any rides or attractions at Movie World?
    What are they?


  14. Dear Mr. Salsich,

    Thank you for writing a comment on my post!

    Since you live in Connecticut it might be easier for you to go to the Orlando Universal Studios.

    Just like you, I found it very interesting that a long time ago you could buy produce at the studio!

    I hope all is well in Connecticut, and that Hurricane Irene hasn't caused too much damage!


  15. Dear Bianca,

    So nice to hear from you! I have been on summer vacation and therefore have not spent too much time on the computer. I will be visiting your blog very soon.

    Thank you for your kind words. I hope that you do visit the United States one day and hopefully see Universal Studios also.

    I would love to visit Movie World if I ever come out to Australia.

    Your friend,

  16. Dear Hannah,

    I had so much fun at Universal Studios with you! My favorite ride is The Mummy. I love the speed and how it's dark so you can't see what's coming at you!

    My second favorite ride is Jurassic Park. I love all the water effects and the T-rex at the big drop.

    Of all the times we have been there, this was my favorite! I hope we get to go again soon!


  17. Dear Hannah,

    Thank you for replying to my comment.

    Movie World lies in an area know as the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland. The weather is normally warm and sunny, although like anywhere in the world, weather can vary.

    There are a number of theme parks in the general area catering for tourists. Here are some names and websites you can check...




    Whitewater World

    A little further up the coast in Queensland from the Gold Coast you have the famous Australia Zoo where you find Bindi Irwin, daughter of Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin.

    That area of Australia is very popular with tourists and locals but is about twelve hours drive from where I live. In my area there is a small fun park named Magic Mountain.

    If you were to one day visit Australia, you would have a great deal of fun in south-eastern Queensland.

    Keep blogging,
    Ross Mannell :)

  18. Aloha Hannah,
    I've visited Universal on numerous occasions over the years. I still enjoy walking around and riding the Backlot Tour attraction. The last time I visited was this past Christmas when there was 'snow'!!!! Maybe my husband and I should fly over again this Christmas and take my two nieces (who live in Cali) who thoroughly enjoyed the day there last year with us.
    Aloha kakou,
    Mrs. Lee

  19. @ Mr. Mannell,

    Thank you for all the wonderful information!

    In the United States we have several Sea World parks, the closest to me is in San Diego. I have been there many times and I love going there!

    Another amusement park you mentioned, Magic Mountain is fairly close to my house. I have never been to Magic Mountain, but I have been to the water park right next to it.

    I hope one day I will get a chance to visit Australia, and all the parks that you mentioned!


  20. Aloha Mrs. Lee,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog!

    I have never gone to Universal Studios at Christmas time. I would love to see the "snow" one day.

    I hope you get a chance to come to California and visit Universal Studios with your nieces.


  21. Hi Hannah. Your very lucky to go there five times. I'v never been but I would like to go. It sounds so cool. The rids sound very fun and scary at the same time.

    best wishes.


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