Trip Report – Universal Studios Hollywood

We left around 10:00AM. Universal Studios is 50 miles away, so in LA weekday traffic, that’s about an hour-and-a-half if we’re lucky.

We were, with some assistance from technology.

The ‘live traffic’ feature in Google Maps is brilliant. We zigged when the GPS told us to zag, allowing us to skate past the parking lot that was the 101 freeway. That little maneuver saved us at least thirty minutes. If it were only ten years ago, taking an alternate route would have been a risky gamble.

Parking and gate entry was quick, so we wolfed down some pastries and proceeded to our first destination.

My wife is a huge Simpsons fan and this close to having ‘atic‘ tacked on to the end. She’s not quite there, but it’s like a house built of twigs, gum, and wishes. At any moment, some mosquito is going to land on it and bring the whole thing crashing down. That’s not to say I don’t like the show, because I love it. But she’s definitely the head cheerleader.

Of course it made sense this would be our first destination, but there was one little hitch:

My wife doesn’t do well with jerky, shaky, motion-y things.

The Simpsons ride is all of that and more. The creators did a brilliant job, but we took some post-ride recuperation time so her stomach could resettle. I’m just glad we stayed away from the farmer-sized breakfast or else things could have gotten ugly.

Due to the Simpsons aftermath, we decided to skip any of the other jerky, shaky, motion-y rides and enjoy all of the other things Universal Studios has to offer, like photo ops:

He’s still there and I found him! Or he found me…

Whoa, George! Don’t get so Curious with those hands.

and the backlot studio tour:

Backlot from above.

In the backlot.

Just your friendly Jurassic fauna.

Plane wreckage from War of the Worlds.

The Dilophosaurus spit at us. Since I’m not blind, I’m happy to report it was just water. And that plane? It was a real 747, torn to shreds. Amazing.

After the tour, we were hungry once again and devoured some hot dogs.

What next, pray tell? Ooh look, a museum, but fun!

That’s right, the one and only… Oh, and behind me is some car from some movie.

Actual Paranorman puppetry pieces to change his facial expressions.

Then it was on to Waterworld. Believe it or not, I’ve never seen the movie. Talk about slacking, it’s only been around for 18 years…but the show was impressive. We got to chat with the actors afterward and get an understanding of all the timing and effects involved:

Look out Miss! A giant hand!!

We attended one last show on special effects and it started off great, but it was cut short due to a medical emergency. I hope the audience member is okay. I’m thinking it was simply heat stroke as the day got pretty warm.

We finished the night off with some arcade games, Tony Roma’s, and a bucket of tiny donuts. I can’t think of a better ending to an amazing day.

Well, I probably could, but we were too stuffed to even go there. If you catch my drift… *nudge* *wink*

That’s right. Absolutely no room for Baskin-Robbins.

-Phillip

0 thoughts on “Trip Report – Universal Studios Hollywood

  1. Cool. Sounds like a fun trip. Bonus: I now know what you look like in case we ever cross paths…

    1. It was a blast, thanks Stan. Definite bonus. Didn’t realize it was the first time I’d posted photos of myself here. Haha.

      1. Maybe you have at some point, but since I’ve been following you, I’m pretty sure you haven’t, and that’s been for about a year.

        I remember this because at first you wanted to stay anonymous and I was always afraid I’d say your name by accident after learning it through email.

  2. Probably a great time to go before the schools are released for the summer break. Love the photos!

    1. Good point, Gwen. It did start to get crowded around noon, but I can only imagine how much worse it would have been during summer break. Glad you enjoyed the pics!

  3. Looks like a fun day and great weather!

    1. It was great and even though it got a little warm, the weather was fantastic. At least it didn’t rain!

  4. […] Hours lost at the day job were minimal. I spent some much needed “we time” with my wife. […]

  5. I love visiting theme parks. Jealous!

    1. It was so much fun. We’re thinking of going back in October when they put up the Halloween mazes.

      1. Ooh! I do love it when they Halloween the places up. For Disney, I think I prefer Halloween to Christmas—just barely.

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