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The Universal Studio Tour

If there’s one thing you must do when visiting Los Angeles, take the Universal Studio Tour. We all go to Hollywood land for the movies, right? Go straight to the Universal Studios and do the Studio Tour FIRST. Go early to avoid the crowd and get on the tram for their first Universal Studio Tour trip down lanes, streets, drives and alleys where movies were made.

The surroundings don’t have anything that screams glitzy Hollywood we all know. Honestly, when I got on the tram, I couldn’t believe that they really make movies there. The acres of land that serves as the studio are plain views you can see everywhere. But, as we started our tour along narrow streets, familiar places come one by one.

The first few minutes of the tour were concentrated on these studios that look like warehouses. We passed by the studios where America Got Talent, Parks & Recreation, Bates Motel, CSI and other TV shows are taped.

Let me be your guide to the Universal Studio Tour! 🙂

Universal Studio Tour CSI

A production staff cleans up a statue outside the studio where CSI was filmed.

Universal Studio Tour back to the Future City Hall

If you are a die hard fan of BACK TO THE FUTURE, this City Hall building is synonymous to Marty McFly.

Universal Studio Tour Little Europe

Here’s Little Europe.

Universal Studio Tour Little New York

And here’s Little New York.

Universal Studio Tour Cars

During our Universal Studio Tour, we passed by an outdoor museum of cars used in several films: Flinstones, Fast and Furious 2 and fast and Furious 6.

Studio Tour at Universal Studios

And of course, these cars used for the filming of Knight Rider and Magnum P.I.

Studio Tour at Universal Studios

The movie was long time ago and look at these back to the Future cars! They’re so real!!!

Studio Tour at Universal Studios Transformers car

I do remember this car from the Transformers movie.

Studio Tour at Universal Studios

As soon we were done with all the cars, this beaten truck came into full view. And guess what? Right next to it a baby dinosaur appeared that made us lift from our seats. This is the very first special effects on our tour.

Jurassic park Studio Tour at Universal Studios

Yes, we just entered the Jurassic Park! We saw and heard three more dinosaurs here. It was brilliant!

Tour at Universal Studios

This is the Latin America Village.The Motorcycle Diaries was filmed here with Gael Garcia Bernal running for his life.

Tour at Universal Studios

Our tram stopped here and we suddenly heard a gushing sound of flood like it was coming our way.

Tour at Universal Studios

We were so thrilled and the experience was surreal!

Tour at Universal Studios

The wild wild west.

Tour at Universal Studios

The Universal Studio Tour.

Tour at Universal Studios

This is just a very tiny river. The miniature ship on the right is so tiny but so big on screen for the film, PLANET OF THE APES.

Tour at Universal Studios

These props are waiting for their role on TV and silver screen.

Tour at Universal Studios

This is my favorite part of the Universal Studio Tour. Our tram went inside a dark studio where the subway platforms are located. Then, suddenly, earthquake shattered us and columns, walls came crashing everwhere. Gallons of water came out somewhere and we were all shouting like we were in a disaster movie itself. Awesome!

Amity Island Tour at Universal Studios

When we came out of the earthquake / subway studio, Amity island was next.

Jaws Amity Island Tour at Universal Studios

Amity Island is the fictitious island from the movie, JAWS, directed by Steven Spielberg. That man in scuba gear is fake, of course.

Jaws Tour at Universal Studios Amity Island

And then, he was gone. Can you see the pool of blood? Shark has eaten him! 😉

Tour at Universal Studios

And just when we thought we’re done with Jaws, an explosion came out as a surprise. We felt the heat from the fire.

Desperate Housewives Wisteria Lane Tour at Universal Studios

Wisteria Lane of Desperate Housewives. I was hoping the shirtless Jesse Metcalfe was hiding in the bushes.

Tour at Universal Studios

The Bates Motel.

Psycho House Tour at Universal Studios

This is the house from the horror film, PSYCHO.

War of the World Tour at Universal Studios

We saw a billowing smoke at a distance—until we found out its source.

Tour at Universal Studios War of the World

Can you guess from which movie this familiar view was seen?

Tour at Universal Studios War of the World

It’s from WAR OF THE WORLDS starring Tom Cruise.

Tour at Universal Studios

The devastation / crash site was so surreal.

Tour at Universal Studios

And this is how we ended our Universal Studio Tour!

The Universal Studio Tour is one thing you would never forget. The next time you’ll watch a Hollywood movie or a TV show, you’ll find familiar places you’ve seen in their real form. You’ll smile and tell your mates, “I’ve been there!”

 

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