Universal Studios Hollywood
Location: Hollywood, CA
Are you looking for a great place to vacation this year? We all know how difficult it can be to find a place that pleases everyone in the family. That won’t be a problem anymore! Whether you like shopping, movie studios, fine dining, or thrilling rides, people of all ages can enjoy themselves at Universal Studios in Hollywood! It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in use. A unit of Universal Parks and Resorts (a division of NBCUniversal), this unique park has over 14 different types of attractions including a studio tour, "Shrek 4D," Water World, "Jurassic Park-The Ride," House of Horrors, characters roaming the park, and many more!
As mentioned before, it is a unit of a division of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Carl Laemmle opened Universal City on March 14, 1915, offering studio tours to the general public a short time later. Customers could also purchase fresh produce, since then-rural Universal City was still in part a working farm. This original tour was discontinued around 1930, due to the advent of sound films coming to Universal.
Shortly after Music Corporation of America took over Universal Pictures in 1962, accountants suggested a new tour in the studio would increase profits. On July 15, 1964, the modern tour was created to include dressing room walkthroughs, looks at actual production, and later, staged events. This grew over the years into a fully fledged theme park. The narrated tram tour (formerly known as "GlamorTrams") still runs through the studio's backlot, but the staged events, stunts, and high-tech rides overshadow the motion-picture production that once lured fans to Universal Studios Hollywood.
One of the first attractions to open in Universal Studios Hollywood, “The War Lord Tower,” opened in 1965. The opening of the “Animal Actors School Stage” in 1970 followed it. In 1974, the “Rockslide” staged event was added to the Studio Tour, and the following year, “The Land of a Thousand Faces” opened on the Upper Lot. In 1979, “The Battle of Galactica” replaced “Rockslide” as a staged event on the Studio Tour.
Several events and stunts were added and replaced over the course of the next 20 years, but in 2000, many Nickelodeon themed attractions began taking over the park. Some of these were the “Rugrats Magic Adventure,” the “Nickelodeon Blast Show,” and “Shrek 4D” which replaced “Rugrats Magic Adventure” when it opened in 2003. Universal Studios Hollywood plans to open “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” which will feature the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride sometime in the next two years.
One of the most popular rides at Universal Studios Hollywood is “Jurassic Park-The Ride.” In this water ride (which uses 1.5 million gallons of water!) you will come face to face with “living” dinosaurs, a 50 foot T-Rex, and a treacherous drop straight down an 84-foot death-defying raft plunge. When built, the ride’s drop was the largest theme park water descent ever constructed.
Another popular attraction is “King Kong 360 3D.” This award winning ride was created by Peter Jackson, and it is the world’s largest 3D experience. The digital 3-D King Kong is massive: 30 feet tall, 20 feet wide, 15 feet deep and 6,000 pounds. The Studio Tour tram that the ride is centered around is surrounded by two curved screens, each measuring 187 feet wide by 40 feet high, the equivalent of 16 movie screens.
There are so many reasons to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. This theme park offers fine dining, shopping, award winning rides, studio tours, stunt demonstrations, and great attractions! Take your family to Universal Studios Hollywood, and you won’t be disappointed.
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