On Monday, Andrew braved the 101 and drove us to Universal Studios without fault. Needless to say I was pretty excited to see where movies are made.
Surprisingly the lines weren’t bad at all and soon we were sitting on the Jurassic Park ride. Andrew was sitting on the edge and got kind of drenched. The first ride got us really pumped for the rest of the day. After that we jumped on The Mummy Ride, which scared Andrew stupid as a child. He was stressing out pretty bad by the time the roller coaster took off, kind of adorable! He was fine though. Things always seem bigger/scarier as a kid.
After that we went on the Transformers ride, which is a simulator style ride for which you wear 3D glasses. Then we went on the Studio Tour, which I had been really looking forward to:
Does this look familiar?
It’s the set from Psycho! Doesn’t look quite as terrifying in the sunny California daylight. We watched Norman dump a shower curtain clad body in the boot of the car before he came over to say hello. With a huge knife in hand.
This is the set from part of the War of the Worlds movie:
There was a full size, deconstructed Boeing 747 on set:
Does this street look familiar?
It’s Wisteria Lane! Having been thoroughly obsessed with Desperate Housewives as a teenager I started to fangirl pretty hard…
The sets looked really simple in real life, I guess that shows what lighting and camera angles do.
Universal has an area dedicated to The Simpsons, which I loved. I can pretty much quote every episode from the early seasons and since I was a kid have wanted to visit a Simpsons theme park.
There was the Kwik-E-Mart.
All the characters were there.
Every kid at Universal seemed to be obsessed with the Minions from Despicable Me. So we went to check them out.
The Despicable Me ride was also a simulator, and was pretty great.
When Universal closed at 6pm we went to the neighbouring City Walk area for dinner. We went to Karl Strauss Brew House for beer and burgers.
It was amazing.
On the way home we only got beeped/flipped off once for being in the wrong lane, which I think is pretty good! An excellent day.