Robyn's Travelling Adventures travel blog






Awesome ride, screamed a lot!

From Backdraft

With Betelgeuse!

View from Universal Studios

Part of the backlot, where they do filming

Used in Back to the Future, although the part where the clock...

The theatre Kirsten Dunst stars in a play in Spiderman 3

2 Fast 2 Furious

From Serenity!!


How they make it rain; the water actually gets repumped back into...

Ancient Rome

Interior Exterior - wrecked by an earthquake

Entering Wisteria Lane






Whoville (from The Grinch!)



War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds - they bought and destroyed a real aeroplane!

Been used in several films I think...






My first full day in LA, unsurprisingly I got up later than planned. But I still decided to head to Universal Studios, after all, I'm in the film capital of the world really, so I should see where they make some of the best films and where some of the greatest TV shows are filmed as well! As well as get to check out the rides they'd have there. I met a couple from England on the metro who were also heading there so we all decided to go around together. Our first stop was the Back to the Future ride, which was pretty cool, we got to sit in a pretend Delorean and it was a virtual ride through time to try and catch Biff. It was all very exciting! Next we headed to Jurassic Park, which is one of those rides where you get soaked and have your photo taken whilst screaming and looking stupid. It was still good though, well, the photo wasn't but the ride was. Then we went to Revenge of the Mummy, which was completely new for me as last time I went to Universal Studios in Florida they had Back to the Future and Jurassic Park rides, but not a Mummy one. This was definately not for the faint hearted though, after starting fairly slowly, it turns into a crazy ride, going backwards and suddenly stopping and even having a part where it feels like scarab beetles are running up your legs! Quite freaky, definately the ride where I screamed most!

Next we went to some of the special effects shows, which were good. And then I headed to do the Studio Tour whilst the others went to Animal Actors. The studio tour was cool, you enter the backlot on a tram and go past the sound stages (Stage 25 is used for CSI the original and best!!) and then you get taken around the facades of streets that are used for houses and shops in many films, such as Bruce Almighty and some of the old westerns. The streets can be made to look like they're from nearly any city in the world. They even have the building where the clock was in Back to the Future, this was also used in a recent Desperate Housewives episode as well apparently. Talking of Desperate Housewives, another lot they have there is Wisteria Lane! And as they've finished filming for the season, we got to go around there and see the 'houses'. We also got to see the Bates motel from Psycho and the house on the hill where his mother was. There's also a giant lake that was used in Jaws as well as some parts of Pirates of the Caribbean. And I'm sure there's a lot more I've forgotten, there were a lot of films mentioned and lots of places pointed out that it's hard to remember them all!

After this I had lunch then went to Shrek 4-D, which was cool, even though probably aimed more at kids than a 22 year old! Then it was off to Waterworld, where I sat in a row which was not part of the 'Soak zone' yet still managed to get wet! It was incredible though, and the people acting in the show are real actors, from films or TV! They had someone from Heroes in it, someone who has been in TV shows like Charmed and Buffy etc (not a major person in Buffy obviously, seeing as I forget his name at the moment!), someone from Poseidon, and a guy from CSI New York, and another one from CSI Miami. After this it was nearly time to go, but I had one last place to go, which was the Universal House of Horrors, on my own as I hadn't managed to refind Sophie and Josh. I got chased by a werewolf in the dark, which was scary, there were fake cobwebs hanging down and things jumping out at you as you made your way through the dark corridors. I wouldn't want to go in there on my own again. Hehe, I'm such a wimp.

I then decided there was nothing else I wanted to see and it was about time to head back, so whilst waiting for the tram to take me to the metro station, I wandered around City Walk, which is pretty cool, lots of exciting shops and restaurants, a giant electric guitar outside the Hard Rock Cafe, and a walk through fountain, which parents couldn't drag their kids away from. A very cool day, although expensive, as obviously places like that are bound to be. Although I enjoyed it, to be honest, I think the Florida one was better, it was certainly bigger and had more attractions there.

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