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    Fast and Furious

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 1, 2012
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    the flying cars of the Fast and Furious backlot in Universal Studios Glam Tram Studio tour. These assorted cars were some of the stage props of all the 5 movies of the Fast and the Furious Movie Franchise (take a bow vin diesel and paul walker). These cars will then shake and dance and will go up in the air for a few seconds and you must be ready to take pictures and videos while the glam tram is on a stop here. The set is patterned more after the third movie, the tokyo drift, with japanese signs and a japanese style racing garage be3fore the car show.

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    Desperate Housewives Set

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 1, 2012
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    the Wisteria Lane Backlot of the world famous Desperate Housewives (take a bow to the original desperate housewife, former first lady laura bush). This famous soap opera took a bow last may 2012 and had an eight season run from 2004 to 2012 and is the sucessor to the famous sex in the city. This backlot set for Wisteria Lane is actually named "Colonial Street". Colonial Street has been used for many motion pictures and television shows, starting with the 1946 movie So Goes My Love at what is now the Solis home (at 4349 Wisteria Lane). You will have a quick 30 second stop here via the glam tour for pictures or videos.

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    Chuck's Fun House (House of Horrors)

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 1, 2012
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    Chuckie has replaced Van Helsing in the attraction here in Universal Studios, in 2005, the last time I was here, it was a Van Helsing attraction but now, it is more spectacular than ever. It is now the Universal's House of Horror and the first attraction you will see after entering the upper lot area. It is the fifth variation of a walk-through maze housed in the "Stage 13" building. (Previous themes featured include Chicken Run, GrinchMas, The Mummy and Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula). The "Stage 13" building was previously home to different restaurants before being transformed into an attraction. This current fifth variation of the attraction opened in March 2007 and this attraction features real-live performers dressed up as characters from Universal's horror films including The Mummy, The Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Mother Bates from Psycho, Frankenstein, Nosferatu, and other characters. The performers inside the maze jump out and scare guests as they walk through the various "sets" from the films. It is about a 10 minute walk through the various sets inside this huge horror house.

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    Walking Around Universal Studios

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 1, 2012
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    lots of stuff and things to do while walking inside the Universal Studios and the Different areas have different attractions. You can hang around the Universal Citywalk and eat or shop or do the attractions there then proceed to the Upper lot area of Universal Studios, where most of the attractions are located then to the lower lot area which is smaller and only has 4 attractions and finally to the famous Universal Studios Glam Tour of the Backlots then having a night cap at one of the bars at the Cityloft Area of Universal Studios Citywalk. There are tons and tons of activities and things to do at the Universal Studios Hollywood.

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    Assorted other Backlot Views 2

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 1, 2012
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    more pictures of the backlot area of Universal studios Hollywood, along the 50 minute backlot tour aboard the glam trams. the terrace Near the Defunct Back to the Future Ride is a nice area to view the Backlots below and also see the Mountains beyond. You will be able to see some of the scenes at the Backlots below like War of the Worlds, Jurassic Park III sets and Psycho House. See it for yourself once youre in this part of Universal Studios and you would see these assorted views once you know their directions below.

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    Zombies at the Universal Studios

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 1, 2012
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    a nice photo opportunity here at the Universal Studios is the Zombie Maze, which was remade by the famed musician Rob Zombie. This zombie extravaganza is usually held during the fall season as a precursor to Haloween, where assorted zombie motifs are on display on the upper lot area of the Universal Studios Hollywood and there are the zombie maze and the zombie house, which is a 6,000 square feet area and competes for defibrillator time with haunted houses celebrating scenes from Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Saw and the Dracula tales.

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    The Simpsons Ride

    by machomikemd Written Jul 30, 2012

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    this ride replaced the back to the future ride in 2008 due to the worldwide popularity of the simpson family and the cartoon series is now on it's 23rd season. The ride itself is four and a half minutes long but original footage for the ride can be seen in the queue, and there is also a pre-show video. In the ride, patrons are introduced to a cartoon theme park called Krustyland built by Krusty the Clown. Sideshow Bob, however, is loose from prison to get revenge on Krusty and the Simpson family. The simulator ride is via an IMAX Screens.

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    King Kong 360 3D

    by machomikemd Written Jul 30, 2012
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    this is the replacement for the Kongfrontation Attraction at the Universal Studio backlot tour since the Kongfrontation Set was burned down in 2008.

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    The attraction takes guests to a recreated version of Skull Island from Peter Jackson's 2005 award-winning blockbuster remake King Kong. It employs audio animatronics as well as 3-D HD imagery on two 200-foot (61 m) wide screens resulting in an immersive two and a half minute film.[2] The attraction replaced King Kong Encounter which burned down in 2008.[3] King Kong: 360 3-D made its debut on the Studio Tour on July 1, 2010.[2][4].

    After a video introduction by Peter Jackson, Studio Tour guests don 3-D glasses as the tram enters a sound stage dressed as a re-creation of Skull Island. The sound stage is located in front of the Collapsing Bridge on the Studio Tour. A pack of Venetosaurus see the tram and start to give chase. They scatter when a group of Vastatosaurus rex turn up, some of the pack gets eaten. After the attack by three Vastatosaurus Rex begin to chase the tram, only to disturb Kong, who begins to fight them. The fight continues from one side of the tram to the other, as air and water effects are blown onto guests to further the illusion. Near the end of the experience, a V-Rex gets a hold of what is supposed to be the last tram car and pulls it from the train, throwing it down a pit. Kong defeats the V-Rex and roars in triumph.

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    Upper Lot (2)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 30, 2012
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    Universal Studios Hollywood is divided into three areas, the Universal City Walk, The Upper Lot and the Lower Lot. This will be the lower lot tips. The Upper lot is home to a variety of family based attractions and shows. It is also home to many dining and merchandise shops as well as the park's entrance. For children and families The Adventures of Curious George and The Simpsons Ride are offered. For older guests the park offers Universal's House of Horrors, a year-round haunted house. This Upper lot is also home to all of the park's shows including The Blues Brothers Revue, the Special Effects Stage, the Studio Tour, Universal's Animal Actors and Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular. The Upper lot is also home to two 3-D films: Shrek 4-D (which features additional immersive features) and T2 3-D: Battle Across Time.

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    Shrek 4d (part 2)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 30, 2012
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    Part two with more pictures around the area

    the famous Shrek 4d attraction in Universal Studios and they have the same type of shrek 4 d attraction in Universal Studios Theme park around the world. This attraction is set at between shrek 1 and shrek 2 movies. the line here is long and having a front of the line pass is a definite advantage.

    accroding to wikipedia:

    Pre-show

    Participants are given their "OgreVision" 3-D Goggles as they enter a dungeon-like room with two giant television screens on either side. While loading the pre-show room attraction presenters commonly make jokes to encourage people to move closer to each other in order to fit the capacity audience in the room. The pre-show begins with the Three Little Pigs, Gingy, and Pinocchio revealing that Lord Farquaad has kidnapped them and is holding them in Castle Duloc's dungeon. The Magic Mirror begins to summarise the story of what happened before (i.e. the first Shrek film) by stating "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." as a spoof on Star Wars. When he is chastised, he quickly responds, "Sorry...I've been feeling really spaced out lately...". After the Mirror finishes, Farquaad appears and states that he intends to torture the fairytale creatures as well as the audience in order to find Shrek and Fiona. The monitor screen later shows a spoof of Test Card F with Lord Farquaad replacing Carole Hersee`s image. The Mirror Then warns the audience about safety. The cinema doors are then opened and guests take their seats in the theatre.[26]

    Main Show

    Shrek film series chronology

    Shrek
    Shrek 4-D
    Shrek 2
    Shrek the Third
    Shrek the Halls
    Shrek Forever After
    Scared Shrekless
    Thriller Night

    The short film takes place right after the first Shrek film. In it, the spirit of Lord Farquaad returns from the dead to kidnap Princess Fiona. Therefore, it is up to Shrek and Donkey to rescue her. Upon Shrek and Donkey searching around the local graveyard, Farquaad sends a stone statue of Dragon from his tomb to go after them and kill them. Fortunately, the real Dragon arrives to the rescue, leading to a chase scene, ending with the stone dragon losing its wings against the walls of a hole and falling into the water below. Farquaad sends Fiona on a raft to fall over the waterfall (with Thelonious still on it, not realizing he was supposed to get off). Shrek and Donkey arrive to rescue her. In the end, all four of them fall over the waterfall, but are saved by Dragon, who then (under Donkey's orders) breathes fire at Farquaad, destroying him again.[27][28]

    Although the animation is 3-D, the ride is a 4-D film, which incorporates physical effects including movable seats, mist sprayers and lighting, in addition to the film.[29][30][30] Stationary seats, which do not move during the film, are marked and available for those who want to watch the film without the physical effects.

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    Shrek 4d (part 1)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 30, 2012
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    the famous Shrek 4d attraction in Universal Studios and they have the same type of shrek 4 d attraction in Universal Studios Theme park around the world. This attraction is set at between shrek 1 and shrek 2 movies. the line here is long and having a front of the line pass is a definite advantage.

    accroding to wikipedia:

    Pre-show

    Participants are given their "OgreVision" 3-D Goggles as they enter a dungeon-like room with two giant television screens on either side. While loading the pre-show room attraction presenters commonly make jokes to encourage people to move closer to each other in order to fit the capacity audience in the room. The pre-show begins with the Three Little Pigs, Gingy, and Pinocchio revealing that Lord Farquaad has kidnapped them and is holding them in Castle Duloc's dungeon. The Magic Mirror begins to summarise the story of what happened before (i.e. the first Shrek film) by stating "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." as a spoof on Star Wars. When he is chastised, he quickly responds, "Sorry...I've been feeling really spaced out lately...". After the Mirror finishes, Farquaad appears and states that he intends to torture the fairytale creatures as well as the audience in order to find Shrek and Fiona. The monitor screen later shows a spoof of Test Card F with Lord Farquaad replacing Carole Hersee`s image. The Mirror Then warns the audience about safety. The cinema doors are then opened and guests take their seats in the theatre.[26]

    Main Show

    Shrek film series chronology

    Shrek
    Shrek 4-D
    Shrek 2
    Shrek the Third
    Shrek the Halls
    Shrek Forever After
    Scared Shrekless
    Thriller Night

    The short film takes place right after the first Shrek film. In it, the spirit of Lord Farquaad returns from the dead to kidnap Princess Fiona. Therefore, it is up to Shrek and Donkey to rescue her. Upon Shrek and Donkey searching around the local graveyard, Farquaad sends a stone statue of Dragon from his tomb to go after them and kill them. Fortunately, the real Dragon arrives to the rescue, leading to a chase scene, ending with the stone dragon losing its wings against the walls of a hole and falling into the water below. Farquaad sends Fiona on a raft to fall over the waterfall (with Thelonious still on it, not realizing he was supposed to get off). Shrek and Donkey arrive to rescue her. In the end, all four of them fall over the waterfall, but are saved by Dragon, who then (under Donkey's orders) breathes fire at Farquaad, destroying him again.[27][28]

    Although the animation is 3-D, the ride is a 4-D film, which incorporates physical effects including movable seats, mist sprayers and lighting, in addition to the film.[29][30][30] Stationary seats, which do not move during the film, are marked and available for those who want to watch the film without the physical effects.

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    Terminator 2, 3D: Battle Across Time

    by machomikemd Written Jul 30, 2012
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    this is one of the more famous attractions of the Universal Studios Theme park and the show starts every hour from 10:00 am and it lasts for 20 minutes, including the orientation. It is a mini-sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and reunites director James Cameron and the main cast from the movie, including Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, Edward Furlong as John Connor, and Robert Patrick as the T-1000.The show is presented in two parts; a pre-show where a Cyberdyne Systems company hostess shows guests a brief video presentation about the company's innovations, and the main show, where live performers interact with a 3-D film.

    hasta la vista arnie!

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    Jurassic Park: The Ride (2)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 30, 2012

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    this ride is more spectacular than the disney Splash mountain since this wild river ride has an 85 foot drop (the Splash Mountain has only a 60 foor drop). the river adventure is an actual attraction in the park itself. It begins as a jungle river cruise past huge dinosaurs. After encountering an Ultrasaurus (a dinosaur since discovered to be a chimera), a pair of Stegosaurus, and Psittacosaurus, the raft begins heading toward a part of the park known as Hadrosaur Cove. A duck-billed Parasaurolophus accidently bumps the raft, causing it to begin drifting into the Raptor Containment Area, a section of the adventure that, according to voiceovers on the ride, had never successfully been integrated into the rest of the park. "Unauthorized Entry," says a female voice over the intercom. The raft passes by a replica of the Raptor Pen from the film, and riders hear snarling Velociraptors in the dense foliage while branches move to simulate the creatures attempting to escape from their confines. Turning a corner, riders see a boat that appears to be in a state of disrepair: two Compsognathus are seen playing with a bloody shirt (The CP25 which has been sent by Jurassic Park Animal Control to guide the boat towards a safe area but the compsognathuses came and killed the crew). The boat heads towards the pump station where riders see a Velociraptor run into a dark corner. On a wall next to the boat, a Jurassic Park Vehicle falls over the top and nearly crushes the riders (similar to the scene in the movie).Velociraptors jump out at the guests. A large crate with something snarling inside also nearly falls on the riders. The riders begin to slowly head up a hill into a large building in silence. The riders enter a dark tunnel with several mock red lights on the ceiling. Several Dilophosaurus spit their poisonous venom (actually, water) at the guests. As the raft follows a 180 degree turn, the snout of a T-rex lumbers ahead. A raptor is seen tearing up a control panel. "Attention, this is an emergency. toxic gases are present in this area. Life support is imminent...Life support systems will terminate in 15 seconds...10, 9, 8, 7, 6," says a female voice over the intercom. The Tyrannosaurus's head reappears once more in front of the riders to distract them from the 85 ft plunge below. "5, 4, 3, 2, 1," and the raft plunges down an 85 f00t near-vertical drop.

    they have a different kind of jurassic park rides at the other universal studios in other areas.

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    Universal Studio Famous Picture Areas

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 30, 2012

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    this Universal Studios Sign is another famous Photo Perfect area of universal studios beside the Globe. It is the top drawer of pictures and the globe is the second top drawer and the cast iron director in a fountain is the third most popular picture perfect area. I have to have a repeat picture taken here during my 2009 and 2011 revisit here in Universal Studios. Have pictures in these areas for momentoes! hehehe.

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    Lower Lot

    by machomikemd Written Jul 30, 2012
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    Universal Studios Hollywood is the smallest Universal Studios Theme Park in the world if you exclude the backlots where the movies and tv shows are made. The Lower Lot is small and only has a few attractions like Jurassic Park: The Ride (see my separate tips and videos of it, The NBC Universal Experience, Revenge of the Mummy Ride (where E.T. Adventure once stood) and most recently the home to Transformers: The Ride (unfortunately, I haven't tried this attraction yet. There are also some dining and shopping for merchandise options in the lower lot area.

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