U.S.

August 3, 2012

Ultimate SO-CAL experience

Photos and story by Denise Willhite
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Transformers The Ride-3D: A thrill ride blurring the line between fiction and reality.

Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place: theme park rides, shows and a real working movie studio at Universal Studios Hollywood. It’s a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family.

Universal Studios is located at 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, Calif. Despite the rumors, Universal Studios was easy to find. There is general parking, but I recommend preferred parking, which is faster and more convenient.

As soon as you step through the gates, head to the House of Horrors to come face-to-face with several frightening characters from some of the scariest horror movies. After you have made your way through the dark and windy terror maze, watch the hit motion picture WaterWorld come to life in a spectacular tidal wave of death-defying stunts and explosions. Be careful where you sit … you might find yourself in the Splash Zone.

Revenge of the Mummy: Face heart-pounding special effects and unexpected twists as you escape the Mummy’s revenge in life-like horror.

If you are like me and don’t mind a little water on a hot day, then Jurassic Park is the ride for you. On this raft ride, you will see “living” dinosaurs, a 50-foot T-Rex and plunge down a 84-foot drop.

Other attractions you don’t want to miss are Transformers, The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride, The Blues Brothers, Terminator 2:3-D, Shrek 4-D and the special effects stage, where you’ll learn the secrets behind the making of your favorite movies.

Inside the park, there are plenty of dining options from burgers and sandwiches at Mel’s Diner to pizza and lasagna at Louie’s Pizza and Pasta and now available are Pink’s iconic Hollywood hot dogs.

You can also eat like a caveman at Flintstone’s Bar-B-Q (my husband’s favorite part of the day) by ordering a half chicken with baked potato and coleslaw. Visitors can also take a piece of movie magic back home by visiting one of the many shops located throughout the park.

WaterWorld: The motion picture comes surging to life in a tidal wave with stunts and explosions.

After spending the day at Universal Studios, head over to Universal CityWalk Hollywood for shopping, food and drinks. CityWalk offers more than 30 eateries, six nightclubs, a 19-screen theater and more than 30 unique shops.

Before you go, visit Luke’s Information, Tickets and Travel office, or go online to purchase special passes. When tickets are purchased at the ITT office, they offer a complimentary free upgrade to an annual pass. This is subject to change at any time.

Online you can purchase a Front of the Line pass (this is the option we chose) that gives you a one-day park admission, one-time priority access at each ride and attraction, and reserved seating at each show.

Or purchase the 12-month Premium Star Pass that gives you unlimited visits for 12 months with free parking and priority boarding at the Studio Tour.

Go behind-the-scenes on the Studio Tour to explore Hollywood’s famous backlot in the world’s largest working movie studio.

Universal Studios Hollywood is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day (summer hours).

For more information about the theme park, visit www.universalstudioshollywood.com.

For more information and the hours of Universal CityWalk, visit www.citywalkhollywood.com.




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