Universal Studios

Universal Studios


Universal Studios is one of the biggest entertainment attractions in the San Fernando Valley (www.universalstudioshollywood.com). It is the primary resident of the similarly named neighborhood, Universal City, and offers plenty of entertainment and thrills and is fun for all ages. The highlight of a trip to Universal Studios is the back lot tour. A tram will take you, along with a group of people and a live guide, on a trip through the working back lots of an actual movie studio. Drive down Wisteria Lane and see the sets of Desperate Housewives, take a trip back in movie making history and see the original set from Psycho, and watch out for a few thrills along the way, Jaws just might make a surprise appearance!

In addition to the back lot tour, this movie-business themed theme park offers up plenty of shows and rides to keep you busy all day. Don’t miss Waterworld, a high-energy, action-packed stunt show that will keep you on your toes with acrobatics, high falls, pyrotechnics and high-speed water chases. Terminator 2: 3D is another exciting live action show that combines special effects, stunt performers and the magic of the movies to bring your favorite flick to life right before your eyes. If rides are more your thing, head over The Simpsons Ride or Revenge of the Mummy for some motion-oriented fun. If you really want to feel like a part of the action, visit the Special Effects Stage, where you can learn how it’s all done behind the scenes.

Amidst the major rides and shows, you find all kinds of excitement popping up everywhere you go. You might see the Blues Brothers performing, or get your photo taken with Shrek and Fiona. And plenty of food choices abound from burgers to pizza to good old fashioned fried chicken. You can buy a variety of park passes online and there are options to skip lines, go all-you-can-eat or buy a season pass, a great deal if you’re a local resident. And if you’re around near Halloween, Halloween Horror Nights take place throughout October, with special shows and the scariest haunted mazes around. Keep in mind that this is an adult-oriented Halloween experience and might be too intense for young children.




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