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Universal Studios

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8 hours was not enough time spent at Universal Studios! This jam-packed theme park had us running from studio tour to amusement ride to Haunted House to special effects show. It was a beautiful warm day spent having loads of fun!

Universal was a bit like our trip to Seaworld in how we got picked up from our hotel, put on another bus at a depot and then got to the park around lunch but at least this time we knew it was going to happen and we got 8 hours at the park instead of 6.

There is just soooooo much to see and do at this park but Brian had been before and knew where to go and what to do first so upon entering the park (where we got our fingerprints recorded with our ticket details!!) we ran straight to the Studio Tour. This is where we got shown around the Hollywood backlot and saw the sets for War of the Worlds, Desperate Housewives, Fast and The Furious Tokyo, Skull Island from the new King Kong, Jurassic Park, Psycho, The Grinch and much more. We got to see flash flooding, be in the subway for an earthquake, see Jaws, King Kong and drive through the fake city which they transform into New York, London, Chicago, Paris etc, depending on what is needed for the movie. It was very cool!
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After that we decided to go on the Jurassic Park ride which they describe as "Now Wetter Than Ever!" The line for this was huge so we decided to buy hot dogs and eat our lunch while waiting in line to save us some time. You get put in a boat of about 25 people and cruise past the nice dinosaurs before heading into a dark tunnel with raptors, spitters and of course a massive T-Rex. Just when you think you're about to get eaten you get dropped down the slide (which is actually pretty steep) and absolutely soaked with water. This is Brian and I after getting off the ride!
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We then thought it would be a good idea to dry off while watching Backdraft. You walk through several rooms where they tell you what a backdraft is, how the shot the movie and of course show you a "blazing inferno of heart-pounding heat and fury in a 10,000 degree blast furnace of searing pyrotechnics and special effects excitement!"

Next up we headed to the Special Effects Stages which were pretty cool and we got to see alot about the new Evan Almighty movie and how they filmed alot of the scenes. Brian also took me to the House of Horrors which only was scary when they had people dressed up as Chucky and Frankenstein chasing you and trying to touch you. I screamed, it was horrible.

They have a Fear Factor Live Show where during the day you can audition to be on it and actually compete later that day which Brian wanted to do but unfortunately we didn't have the time for. We did get to watch a show which consisted of the usual strength and endurance rounds and of course making the contestants eat really gross things. I'm glad Brian didn't do it but he reckons he would have been ok about it. Eeeww!
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The Waterworld Show was really cool and also had a soak zone set up. The actual show doesn't leave the crowd that wet but they have actors walking around 15 minutes before the show and spray people walking to their seats. Very funny!
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With only about an hour left we managed to squeeze in the Universal Animals Actors Show which left Brian now wanting a monkey and of course the Back To The Future Ride which is a technology simulated ride, probably one of the best I've been on. This ride will be closed down soon to make way for the new Simpsons ride so it was pretty lucky we got to go on it. The only other ride we really wanted to go on was 'Revenge of The Mummy' but sadly we just couldn't fit it in :(

We had about 10 minutes at the end before our bus came so we did some shopping and took some pictures. It was a great day and we slept the whole bus ride home!
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Posted by Jess_F 02:34 Archived in USA

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