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I visited the park today - My first visit since 2003. So much has changed! Basically everything was new to me except the Studio Tour and Jurassic Park. It was a lot of fun and a good day to visit. Even with all the construction going on, the crowds were manageable.



Studio Tour: Still the best ride in the park. You really can't experience this anywhere else. Kong 360 was really cool!


Jurassic Park: A fun ride, although I remember it seeming like the greatest ride ever when it opened, based on the hype & advertising.


Transformers: I really liked this ride. I couldn't care less about the franchise, but the tech is so cool! While in line, it broke down and delayed us for maybe 5 minutes so we got a free front-of-the-line pass for another ride!


Revenge of the Mummy: Good not great. I understand the Florida version is better? The theming during the coaster portion looked like cheap carnival theming compared to the dark ride portion.


Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem: Very fun. I didn't realize this was so popular (I haven't seen the movies). I really liked the characters though and my fiance loved it.


Simpsons: I loved the queue and pre-show. This was by far the longest line of the day (30 minutes) but it flew by because of the episode clips. I loved the meta humor making fun of theme parks. They really went all out!


Animal Actors (show): Fun, cute little show. Made me realize how poorly trained my dogs are


Special Effects Stage (show): Awful awful awful! The benches are so small and cramped. The theater was over-packed, forcing everyone to scoot over until we were touching people on all sides. My legs were right up against the person in front of me. Plus, the show itself was lame and full of cringeworthy jokes (Charlie Sheen jokes? Really?) I was hoping to learn more about special effects, but what they showed wasn't even that interesting. This show should go.


Shrek 4D: Skipped it because we were ready to leave (and didn't really care anyway).


Waterworld: Closed for Refurb. I'm surprised this still exists. Most guests probably don't even remember this movie.



Also, have they said what's happening to the House of Horrors space? It's walled off but I have no clue what's replacing it.

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^I feel the same way about Transformers. I haven't seen the movies because they don't appeal to me, but the ride is a lot of fun. Hollywood's version of Jurassic Park is, in my opinion, the best one.

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Waterworld: Closed for Refurb. I'm surprised this still exists. Most guests probably don't even remember this movie..


You shut your dirty mouth! Waterworld is awesome! Seriously, the show is a lot of fun for being so cheesy. After the restructuring last year it flows much better and the explosions are awesome.

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Waterworld: Closed for Refurb. I'm surprised this still exists. Most guests probably don't even remember this movie..


You shut your dirty mouth! Waterworld is awesome! Seriously, the show is a lot of fun for being so cheesy. After the restructuring last year it flows much better and the explosions are awesome.


Haha! I remember the show being a lot of fun and I was disappointed to see it was closed.

Still, it's an odd movie for a modern theme park attraction, especially since Universal updates their rides with new movies so frequently.

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I doubt the majority of the guests seeing the show now even realize it was based on a terrible movie. They just care about the fire and explosions!


My wife had never seen the movie when we saw the show in Singapore and Japan, and she just enjoyed watching the stunts and effects and the men splashing the audience at the start, she liked the look of the arena too. She had no idea it was based on a film when we were in Japan, after Space Fantasy and Hollywood Dream, she assumed Waterworld was just the name of that area of the park.

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Yeah. That movie. I think a lot of the Rube Goldbergian stuff that is done is pretty interesting to watch, and that is always neat to me.


I remember taking my dad to see that show back in March 2013. It was nice, and even though the plot & humor of the show may get kinda goofy, it's fine. Plus, it keeps the GP entertained(and wet). But the plane is a pretty cool feature, as it always manages to surprise people who are seeing the show for the first time.

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^Well, it is still a Michael Bay movie. So you can expect that to be the only good part!


Stanley Tucci screaming "HOW DO YOU SAY 'GET THE F*** OUT OF THE WAY' IN CHINESE?!" was pretty damned awesome in Trans4mers.

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Universal Studios Hollywood has sent us a press release regarding its 50th Anniversary Celebration including the newest additions to the park.



The spotlight shines brightly on Universal Studios Hollywood as the world-class destination celebrates a milestone 50th anniversary with the much-anticipated opening of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride, “Springfield,” an-all new immersive experience surrounding “The Simpsons Ride,” and a “Nighttime Studio Tour” as part of the theme park’s pioneering epic transformation.


This monumental undertaking—the most ambitious in the theme park’s storied 50-year history—will radically alter and reimagine its familiar footprint as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. sets its sights on the next 50 years.


From its humble beginnings five decades ago, Universal Studios Hollywood has emerged as one of the most progressive and exciting theme park experiences anywhere, while remaining true to its roots of immersing guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic.


Since its inception, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the forefront of innovation, imagination and inspiration, working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay and Chris Meledandri—to create intriguing rides and attractions.


“For 50 years, Universal Studios Hollywood has given guests unprecedented access to the world’s most alluring business by inviting them to peek behind the velvet curtain and become part of the exciting movie-making process,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We are reimagining over 75 percent of our destination as we build upon our incredible success and expand our vision for the future, and we look forward to entertaining and inspiring guests for generations to come with what will ultimately be an entirely new theme park experience.”


The “Glamour Trams” of yesteryear that gave way to today’s world-famous Studio Tour is undergoing a top to bottom makeover to coincide with the 50th anniversary, and by 2016, will roll out a fleet of new, contemporary trams, including the installation of ultra-comfy cushioned seats. A modern exterior and sleek logo design will contribute to the updated aesthetics of these iconic trams, while a new Art Deco-themed Studio Tour entry portal, located within the theme park, will greet guests.


Offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English and led by expert guides, the acclaimed Studio Tour remains a hallmark Universal Studios Hollywood attraction bringing millions of guests through an authentic movie and television studio and into its elusive world motivated by three compelling words: lights, camera, action.


The action, however, is only getting started.


This summer, high-octane excitement will race onto the scene when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” a pulse-pounding, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride as the new grand finale to the world-famous Studio Tour.


This gripping, technologically-advanced ride, inspired by Universal Pictures’ most successful film franchise of all time and featuring the film’s original cast members, will propel guests into the high-stakes underground world of fast cars and daring escapades traveling at accelerated speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. Situated within a newly constructed 65,000 square foot building on the legendary backlot, the high speed, 3D-HD ride will reunite stars from the Fast & Furious series—Vin Diesel (Dominic “Dom” Toretto), Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) and Luke Evans (Owen Shaw)—in a revolutionary mega-attraction, conceived as a new installment to the dynamic film series that can only be experienced at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.


The layout of the park will become unrecognizable when “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, breathes new life to the sprawling and vibrant space surrounding “The Simpsons Ride.” “Springfield” is designed to capture the spirit of the animated town and engage visitors and fans of the show in the intensely absorbing and colorful world made famous throughout the series’ record-setting 26 seasons.


Guests visiting “Springfield” will have the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets and into the accurately depicted town, complete with signature eateries such as Krusty Burger, Cletus’ Chicken Shack, Luigi’s Pizza and Phineas Q. Butterfat’s Ice Cream Parlor, along with Homer’s favorite hangouts, Lard Lad Donuts, Moe’s Tavern and Duff Brewery.


Universal’s slate of new 2015 attractions will entertain from sunup to sundown when the theme park broadens the scope of its popular Studio Tour with the introduction of a “Nighttime Studio Tour,” designed to enlighten guests on the art of moonlight movie-making.


Under a blanket of stars, over 20 locations along the famed Studio Tour route will showcase an array of luminous onset lighting and special effects used in nighttime production. Theatrical lighting will cast a glow on iconic backlot sets as Studio Tour guides shed light on Hollywood secrets and tricks of the world’s most glamorous trade, including how filmmakers create the effect of daylight amid the black of night. Celebrated stars who found fame on Universal’s backlot will also make cameo appearances on the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” including Marilyn Monroe, Norman Bates and Frankenstein. The “Nighttime Studio Tour” will run every weekend throughout the summer from July 4th through Labor Day.


The excitement that these new rides, attractions and themed immersive lands will bring to guests is only a prelude to the highly-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” in 2016.


In the spirit of the popular social media trend, Throwback Thursdays (#TBT), Universal Studios Hollywood’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will pay tribute to its legacy with a collection of nostalgic photos. Join the conversation and share Universal Studios Hollywood memories using #UniStudios50th and @UniStudios.


Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the incredibly popular 3D Ultra-HD adventure, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and immersive “Super Silly Fun Land,” the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.” As part of its milestone 50th anniversary celebration in 2015, Universal Studios Hollywood will debut a slate of dynamic new attractions, including the electrifying 3D-HD thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale to the famed Studio Tour, “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering evening tours of the iconic movie backlot.

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