California Trip Part 1: Universal Studios Hollywood (7/6/13)
It's been a while, hasn't it? Never too late to post a trip report. So, in case you couldn't tell, this past summer I took a trip to South California. I went to Universal Studios, Knott's, Magic Mountain, and both Disney parks. It was my first time here, so I didn't have much to go off of for experience.
After an early morning flight from Washington, DC, I landed at LAX around 11:30 California time. This was on the same day the plane crashed in San Fransisco, so the airport was a little bit crazy. I got off of the plane around noon, grabbed the rental car with my dad, and went straight to the hotel at Universal.
First off, I'm going to say how impressive the park looked, looming over the side of the hill it's on. I wasn't expecting it, and it was spectacular. I was excited for the park before hand, but I instantly fell in love with the way it looked. When my dad and I got to the hotel, we checked in, and walked to the park. I liked the entrance of it, which I had seen basically no pictures of before hand. It was a lot crazier than the New York area in Orlando, but I didn't dislike it. Also, I think they were building Despicable Me while I was there, or at least I'm pretty sure it was. Dodging past the hordes of people, the first ride I rode that trip was Revenge Of The Mummy. I rode it seven times that day thanks to the Single Rider Line. I instantly rode Transformers, and it was a stunning attraction in my opinion. I prefer it to Spiderman. Jurassic Park was very photogenic, but it was the same as Orlando's version.
Back on the upper lot, I rode the Studio Tour. What looked like an hour wait was only about thirty minutes, so that was a pleasant surprise. The Fast and the Furious stunt was closed, but I don't think I missed that much. I liked Kong, but it wasn't nearly as good as House of Horrors. After returning to the lower lot for more rides on Mummy, the day ended with The Simpsons Ride. I still miss Back To The Future, and hope to visit Japan some day to ride it.
Revenge Of The Mummy: This was a pleasant surprise. I didn't prefer it to Florida's, but the backstory for this version was much better. I also noticed that it had a lot of good air spots, which would be a common theme for almost all of the launched rides I rode this trip. (x7)
Transformers 3D: Wow. One of my friends who had been on this really didn't like it, so I honestly wasn't expecting too much. I was blown away. The 3D was much cleaner than Spiderman's, along with it having a better plot and everything. Why couldn't the movies be like this? (x2)
Jurassic Park: A lot more effects were working here than in Florida, plus less stacking issues. Otherwise, it was enjoyable, but not good enough to warrant a re-ride. (x1)
King Kong 360: It was overrated, but a nice way to introduce younger people to King Kong.
Studio Tour: I really enjoyed it! The different parts of it pieced together really well, although the guy singing the tram song got annoying at the end. (x1)
House of Horrors: I got scared. Although, I hope it's a good preview for HHN, as I might go sometime.
Simpsons: Same as Orlando, it was entertaining, but I would really prefer Back To The Future.
Transformers peeking over Mummy.
Not the most subtle entrance you can have to a ride.
World's smallest Transformer.
If you didn't know better, you would think this is in Florida.
"There's nothing wrong with our dinosaurs."
"That's not a dinosaur."
You do have to admit, it looks menacing.
I didn't think they would have real fire, but it was a cool addition anyways.
This was my favorite picture of Jurassic Park.
Breaking News: Giant car terrorizes Hollywood.
I'm not sure how many people stopped in this museum.
Time And Relative Deloreans In Space. TARDIS, for short.
A parting shot of Jurassic Park.
It was crowded today.
I don't think enough people admired the view from this platform.
This little guy was waiting to greet us outside the hotel.
If this was how the world was suspended, SeaWorld wouldn't have needed Storm Coaster.
The red carpet was clearly not for me today.
This was a cute little statue, plus I liked the courtyard setting.
Was this Despicable Me?
House of Horrors. So scary, non-TPR POVs seem like heaven.
These people were yelling at us for no reason.
"Hey, kids! Don't forget to play in my mouth before you go!"
I'm happy this isn't a studio tour of FOX.
Which giant animal is going to eat me next?
Backside of the New York set.
A bigger, blacker car.
I still don't understand the point of this.
I'm not the reason it came here, I swear!
"Oh. So that's where they went."
The maintenance staff neglects this area of the park worse than the bathrooms at SFMM.
Whew, I though I would miss the bathroom there...
"Welcome to Amity Island, where there are absolutely no sharks. At all.
And this report ends with the world's only backstroke swimming shark.