This article was published on August 8th, 2011
Located in the hills of Hollywood is the unincorporated Universal City, the home of the oldest and most famous movie studio, Universal Studios. It is both a theme park and a real working movie studio set.
Universal Studios was originally created to host tours for the public of real movie sets. Throughout the years the park has evolved. There are two distinct areas; the upper lot and the lower lot, each featuring rides, shows, attractions, food, beverage outlets and merchandise shops.
Movie enthusiasts will enjoy the fully narrated tram tour through the back lot, featuring the many sound stages including New York Street and Courthouse Square. The tram tour also takes riders past famous movie sets including Jaws, War of the Worlds, the legendary Bates Motel from Psycho, and Wisteria Lane from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives. After the tour, check out the Sound Stage to learn how special effects are done.
The theme park is perfect for rollercoaster fans. The Mummy, Jurassic Park, and the Simpson’s are all action-packed, heart pounding adventures. The House of Horrors will have you screaming as your worst nightmares come true.
One day is not enough to see all the sites, go on all the rides, meet the characters, and learn about the rich movie history. Universal Studios Hollywood is a must-do on any vacation to southern California.