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Universal Studios Hollywood (California)
Member Name: velo
Universal Studios Hollywood (California)
Date: 02/10/01, updated on 02/10/01 (315 review reads)
Advantages: great day for all the family, lots to see, great atmosphere
Disadvantages: can queue for ages
My wife and I have visited Universal Studios about four times now, we have been to the one in Florida and the one in California.
California is a little bit smaller than the Florida one but it's still a brilliant day out.
On the 14th of October, we will be flying out there again, that's if it's safe, and we probably will visit Universal Studios again.
The park is quite big, it has some brilliant rides, like Back to the future. You firstly go in a lift, there are screens in the lift showing a quick movie clip. You then get into the car from the movie, about six people can fit into the car. You get strapped in, then all of a sudden it seems to set off into the sky. A massive screen appears in front of you and you look as though you are flying into the movie.
At one point a dragon opens it's mouth and you get swallowed. Everybody screams it's that real.The first few times I enjoyed it, it's a lot better to sit in the front of the car, you have to be quick to get a seat.
I sat in the back and you seem to get jerked about , at one point I hurt my hand.
You can go on the backlot tour and see Jaws, the shark appears at the side of your tram and trys to get you.
The first time is OK but after that...
There is the chance to experience an earthquake,you go under ground and everything around you falls down, I actually experienced a real-life earthquake in 1999 in Las Vegas, believe me that was a REAL One.
A tanker falls on it's side and sets on fire, you can feel the flames against your face, it's red hot.
Once everything has caved in, don't worry nobody get's hurt, it all goes back together again ready for the next visitors.
I think the best thing I see is Terminator 3D, you are handed 3D glasses on the way in.
Then you have to watch a presentation , there is a stupid girl stood on a stage, all she can say is "Super" in the most stupid voice.
ying that we couldn't stop saying it afterwards.
She does a little act, then lets us into the studio.
You sit down in what looks a cinema, then all of a sudden, there are massive robots which appear at the sides of the studio, they lift their guns up and shoot at the ceiling.
Pieces of paper land on your hand as they hit the targets.
Then the actors come down the ropes dangling from the ceiling and go onto the stage.
Linda Hamilton is played by an actress , she looks quite like her, Arnie comes on the stage on a motorbike, then he disappears into the screen. These effects are excellent. When you have your 3D glasses on , things jump out from the screen, there is a skull which looks as though it's on the persons shoulders in front of you. Then there are monsters which look like silver octopuses , they nearly poke their tentacles/legs in your eye.
You are not allowed to film any of this or camcorder it.
We did but sneakily, don't tell anyone.
Twister was a bit disappointing, you go in and walk down a dark corridor expecting something to jump out on you, then you watch the pretend huricane in action.
A cow flies up in the air, a car turns over, theres a fire, there are sprinkles of water.
The best bit is the end, if you are stood on the bridge, it drops making you jump.
My wife liked the Animal Actors best, there was Benji the dog, Babe ,Beethoven dog and a cute Orangatang.
They got someone out of the audience, a little boy to go along with the show. At the end we realised it was a set up.
The animals were excellent, they did tricks and obeyed their master.
My wife didn't like the birds flying out of the holes in the wall though, she's scared stiff of them.
There are plenty of eating places, they were relatively cheap compared with Disney for instance.
There was the Classic monsters cafe where you can get Monster salads,Pizza,Pasta and great dess
We went in Finnegans bar and Grill, we had a great meal for about $6.00. The service is always excellent in the US, they show you to your table , then send someone else to serve you, they introduce themselves and say Iam your server let me know if you need anything. They always make sure that you are enjoying your meal. It seems like nothing is too much trouble for them.
There is a seafood place called Lombard's Landing, here you can get Fresh Lobster,Seafood, Steak,Pasta and sandwiches, their sandwiches are always on the large side.
There is the hard Rock cafe just situated at the side of the park you have to get your hand stamped to gain entrance back into universal. You can visit this cafe without paying to get into Universal.
here you get great service, you can eat all different types of burgers, sample different types of frys for example curly fries.
We always get a souvenir from these places, we buy a tshirt everytime, I know we are sad, but we can't stop now.
There are loads more eateries, you always get served fairly quickly.
There are also several souvenir shops where there is quite a good choice of things to buy at reasonable prices.
We bought t-shirts in the sale for under £7.00, with the Universal logo on.
What I like about this park is that you can visit in the morning, then go back at night for the entertainment, you just get your hand stamped.
I can't remember the entrance fee, I think it was in the region of £25 per person, it really is a guess. You can buy passes and return the next day free of charge if you like.
The opening times are 9am until 12pm some days.
They might have changed now, we went in 1998 so things are changing all the time.
Don't be worried about getting lost in the park, there are maps to put in your pocket or bag. These have all the sections clearly marked out.
I could go on and on about Universal, there's so m
uch to say, why not try it for yourself.
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