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Universal Studios began as Universal City Ranch in 1915 situated on 230 acres north of Los Angeles. For the grand sum of 25¢, Universal City Ranch offered movie-buffs an opportunity to walk around and explore a real working outdoor movie studio during filming. Movie theatres were still rare back then only opening in the big cities. The extra revenue helped founder Carl Laemmle pay the bills while the movie industry was growing.


Movies were, of course, silent in those days so talking guests were not much of a distraction. The release of Warner Bros. "The Jazz Singer" in 1927 introducing synchronized sound forced Laemmle to close Universal City Ranch to the public to keep the movie sets quieter during filming.


As movie studios built indoor sound stages 40's and 50's, the outdoor noise was no longer an issue for filmmakers and in 1961 Universal City Ranch reopened to visitors. With the success of Disneyland, Universal City Ranch changed its name and on July 15, 1964, Universal Studios Hollywood was born.


But That's Not All


Universal Studios Hollywood is Southern Califonia's premier destination offering guests many amazing attractions, shows, themed restaurants and shops.



For a Quidditch Match of fun while visiting Universal Studios Hollywood be sure to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter .



"The Walking Dead"


Universal Studios Hollywood unlocked the iconic “Don’t’ Start, Dead Inside” doors to usher in its all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction. The Walking Dead is based on AMC’s top-rated television series and the most-watched show in the history of cable television. This new venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to a thrilling 365-day opportunity thus raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions. To guarantee the authenticity of the appeal, Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team to create the prosthetics, utilize original molds from the tv series and apply detailed paint to the attraction's dead- walkers cast members.  The close engagement of the creative team not only enhances the fan experience, it is one of the attraction’s key distinguishing features that define The Walking Dead as real life attraction of the undead.


“The Walking Dead” attraction is located within an entirely new, custom-built studio, situated just inside Universal's main entrance. The Walking Dead is as real as any undead walker can be, therefore it is not recommended for children under 13.


Springfield / The Simpsons Ride


“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” 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.


Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson – stars of TV’s longest-running series – ride along with guests in the mega-attraction “The Simpsons Ride.” Guests are rocketed along with the Simpson family on a hysterical, almost unimaginable adventure.  Visitors experience a side of Springfield previously unexplored as they enjoy the ride’s interpretation of “Krustyland,” a new fantasy amusement park dreamed up by the show’s cantankerous Krusty the Clown. Universal’s award-winning creative team collaborated with “The Simpsons” Creator and Executive Producer Matt Groening and Executive Producer James L. Brooks to create and open the first-ever mega-attraction based on the blockbuster TV series. It features the show’s classic humor and many of its instantly recognizable characters - all voiced by the original actors.


Despicable Me Minion Mayhem / Super Silly Fun Land


“Despicable Me Minion Mayhem,” an original 3D Ultra-HD adventure and “Super Silly Fun Land,” an imaginative and interactive play zone are based on Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s international blockbuster “Despicable Me.”


The “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” attraction transports guests into Minion mayhem via an elaborately themed neighborhood then into Gru’s iconic house and laboratory for their adventure. Whimsically themed queues, clever pre-show videos, and comedic dialogue sets up the fundamental plot: Gru’s secret mission to create as many mischievous Minions as possible from human recruits.  Guests wear advanced 3D “Minion Goggles” for an exciting journey that further immerses them in the world of Minions through a series of visceral and physical special effects that elevate the intensity of the ride. Water, wind, vibrations and simulated laser beams affect guests as they soar, twist, pivot, and roll aboard a state-of-the-art hydraulics ride base.


“Super Silly Fun Land,” an all-new elaborate play zone unique to Universal Studios Hollywood, is adjacent to “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.”  The colorfully themed, interactive Minion-inspired outdoor venue, a literal interpretation of the seaside carnival from the film, entertains guests of all ages with more than 80 different water play features. A nearby dry zone invites guests to climb, jump and slide – while a Minion themed ride, “Silly Swirly Fun Ride,” soars and spins guests around for a 360-degree view of “Super Silly Fun Land” aboard a fleet of uniquely-styled ride vehicles.


Jurassic Park—The Ride


Universal Studios Hollywood brings famed director Steven Spielberg’s epic movie roaring to life with “Jurassic Park—The Ride®.”  The phenomenal interactive ride thrusts guests into the living, breathing, prehistoric world of Jurassic Park, a land 23where stormy skies are pierced by colossal, three-dimensional, five-story dinosaurs and a world where visitors discover that they have become prey for a terrifying T-Rex.  “Jurassic Park—The Ride” combines the most sophisticated state-of-the-art computer and robotic technology to create animatronic figures that are more advanced than any other ever designed. 


Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride

The theme park’s first-ever roller coaster, “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” is based on the phenomenally popular “Mummy” films.  A state-of-the-art roller coaster, the attraction taps into rider’s primal fears through immersion in a total multi-sensory environment.  Utilizing animatronics, sophisticated motion picture technology, state-of-the-art ride, audio, and robotics engineering, the ride preys upon common human phobias:  fear of the dark, fear of insects, fear of speed, fear of heights and fear of death to deliver the world’s first psychological thrill ride.


Studio Tour – Behind-the-Scenes Tram Ride


The Studio Tour at Universal Studios HollywoodSM, which has taken more than 150 million visitors behind the scenes of the movie and television industry’s biggest hits, features comedian Jimmy Fallon, star of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” who is the ride’s “video Studio Tour Guide.”  Jimmy introduces a series of videos that are seen on the High-Definition monitors located in each Tram car to augment the “live” narration provided by Universal Studios Hollywood’s tour guides.


The “Glamour Trams” of yesteryear that gave way to today’s world-famous Studio Tour rolled out a fleet of new, contemporary trams, including the installation of ultra-comfy cushioned seats.  A modern exterior and sleek logo design contribute to the updated aesthetics of these iconic trams, while a new Art Deco-themed Studio Tour entry portal, located within the theme park, greets guests.


Amid working sound stages and sets, movie facades and recreated streets of the world, the “Studio Tour” takes guests through a variety of special effects attractions designed to showcasing based special effects and is offered in multiple languages, including Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish and English


Studio Tour Highlights include


Backlot Sets


After being damaged or destroyed in a fire in June 2008, the iconic sets on Universal Studios’ famed backlot are back in operation. Production resumed on the world-famous Courthouse Square, Brownstone Street and an enhanced New York Street in 2010. The new sets, including a contemporary cityscape that is the largest modern urban backlot shooting location in Los Angeles, are featured on the Studio Tour – featuring Hi-Def digital servers and flat screen monitors.


Earthquake—The Big One


Housed within a two-story soundstage containing a recreation of a modern subway station, “Earthquake—The Big One” puts guests in the midst of a fully-dressed movie set, ready for filming.  In slightly more than two minutes, the earth literally collapses, simulating the devastation of an 8.3 magnitude earthquake. As the pavement collapses above them, guests face sparking power cables, felled telephone poles, noxious gases, a crashed 18-wheeler containing highly flammable contents and a massive 60,000-gallon flood.


    ▪    Famous Fast Cars

Famous fast cars will find a permanent parking spot along the Studio Tour route in an engaging display of recognizable prop vehicles that have appeared in cult-film favorites.


Flash Flood


The “Flash Flood” attraction is designed to simulate the wrath of Mother Nature during a torrential downpour and on cue, pelts the cannons heighten the drama.tram with “movie rain.”  Culminating in a devastating flash flood visual effect, the attraction will become an even wetter experience as 40,000-thousand of gallons of water are dispensed and strategically placed new water


 Jaws Lake


Situated in the quiet New England town of Amity, “Jaws Lake” features an animatronic great-white shark similar to the one used in Steven Spielberg’s classic “Jaws.”   Guests explore the town, which also doubled for Cabot Cove in the TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” and find themselves at the mercy of the same man-eating, great-white that terrorized the citizens of Amity.  After collapsing the dock and causing it to erupt in flames, the shark lunges out of the water for the ultimate movie making special effect.


War of the Worlds & Other Famous Movie Sets


Passing through one of the film’s most highly recognizable scene from a set left completely intact from Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster, “War of the Worlds,” guests aboard the Studio Tour observe a small town devastated by an elaborately choreographed 747 jetliner crash.  Maintaining scenic authenticity, a series of special effects dramatically enhance the surrounding ruins with still-smoking wreckage and shattered debris. 


In true Hollywood fashion, the “War of the Worlds” set is sandwiched among other original sets, including those from “Jurassic Park: The Lost World,” the snow-covered town of Whoville from “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” and the Psycho House and Bates Motel from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Psycho.” Several decades of blockbuster movie history are crossed in just a few hundred yards.


King Kong 360 3-D

(Included on the Studio Tour)


King Kong, among the screen’s most powerful and enduring icons, reemerged in summer 2010, as a new signature attraction created under the direction of Peter Jackson on the famed Studio Tour.  “King Kong 360 3-D” created by Peter Jackson is the largest, most intense 3D experience on the planet, combining thrilling visceral effects with the world’s largest Surround Digital projection system to create a next-generation theme park experience. In the attraction, guests wear special 3D glasses as they enter a darkened soundstage aboard the Studio Tour trams and are transported – via the magic of Surround Digital 3D projection -- deep into a tangled jungle location.  They find themselves caught in the middle of a titanic struggle between a 25’ Kong and a 35’ tall voracious dinosaur -- action which sends the packed trams sliding ever closer to the edge of a bottomless chasm.


Fast & Furious—Supercharged

(Included on the Studio Tour)


High-octane excitement raced onto the scene when Universal Studios Hollywood introduced “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, propels 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 reunites 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.


Transformers: TheRide-3D


“TransformersTM:  The Ride–3D,” based on the iconic brand from Hasbro and electrifying film franchise, directed by Michael Bay, and celebrated for its multi-generational appeal, inventive storyline, spectacular action sequences and amazing special effects, revolutionizes theme park ride perceptions as a cutting-edge mega-attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.


The dynamic, motion-based thrill ride tells an original “TRANSFORMERS” story using original, photo-realistic 3D-HD media, sophisticated special effects masterminded by Industrial Light & Magic, and one of the most elaborate roaming flight simulator ride systems ever created.  Fusing high-tech elements with an epic new “TRANSFORMERS” tale, “Transformers: The Ride–3D” sets a new standard in the world of theme park attractions, stretching the medium’s potential as an immersive and powerful storytelling vehicle.


WaterWorld—A Live Sea War Spectacular


Transformed into the eerie-futuristic, mist-shrouded netherworld, “WaterWorld®—A Live Sea War Spectacular” represents the most complex combination of high-tech special effects, pyrotechnics, flame and human stunt work ever attempted anywhere in the world.  The attraction puts studio guests in the middle of the exciting action that involves hundreds of stunts and fiery special effects. Highlights include giant fireballs rising 50 feet in the air and cascading to earth in a spectacular wall of fire and a seaplane that swoops in directly above the audience, skidding across the water and coming to an explosive crash landing just inches away from startled spectators.


See working Movie Studio
Quidditch Match
The Walking Dead
Hall of Portraits
Despicable Me
King Kong
Hogwarts Castle
Walking Dead
Fast and Furious
Harry Potter new 4K HD
Walking Dead entrance
Walking Dead undead
Hogsmeade Village
Jurassic Park
Flight of the Hippogriff
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