Looking for fun places to take the family this summer? Universal Studios Hollywood is near the top of our list this year, with their new Transformers attraction and reasonable prices. Let’s take a look at what’s going on at Universal this summer.


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Universal mascot Woody Woodpecker looks great after a much needed paint job.

Bag check Security employees have a new casual look. In-park security still wears the old uniform.

School might be out for Summer but production is still rolling.

Summer crowds means the return of many streetmosphere entertainment shows and the creation of some new ones. Marilyn Monroe and her Diamond Dolls are back on the Blue Brothers stage which includes a new effect that blows up her dress recreating the iconic Marilyn Monroe pose.

Some new entertainment include the Busker Band who play Beatles cover songs on top of the double decker bus.

 Also new to Baker Street are various props and signage that weren’t there on our last visit.

 Baker Street facades are still getting touch ups. They may not look very show ready now, but the finished product looks great.

Australian TV show “The Morning Show Australia” was doing a live shot outside of the Globe Theater between the Terminator complex and Baker Street. A lot goes into a filming.

Just one of those little details…the visible portion of flat back wall of the Wild West arena has been painted to blend in with the surrounding trees.

 The old queue area for the Wild West Arena has been reopened for much needed seating.

The facade for the new NBC show “Mockingbird Lane,” which is based upon the Munsters is filming next to the Chicken Ranch set. The show is also filming on Colonial Street (aka Wisteria Lane) and in the sound stages.

Wonder where these are going?

 Old Mexico has gotten some much needed TLC. This wall had exposed chicken wire and the corrugated metal was falling off. Looks much better now.

 Filming in the Metro Sets (which appears to involve a strip club)

To accommodate the crowds created by Transformers, an Information Booth manned by a Guest Relations employee with a microphone has been added in the Studio Center.  They have also begun opening Transformers 30 minutes prior to the posted opening time to accommodate guest demand.

There is also a handy measuring guide next to the digital tip board so guests with children know if they are tall enough to ride. (Mummy 48″, Jurassic Park 42″, Transformers 40″)

There are “Cool Zones” scattered around the park to help guest beat the often brutal Summer heat.

Due to overwhelming guest demand, the Transformers Meet & Greet has been split into two areas. Bumblebee is still in the old spot while Optimus Prime has moved near the extended queue.

During the visit, the NBCUniversal Experience was closed for one day for a quick exhibit change.

Halloween Horror Nights 2012
A tent has gone up in the Wild West Arena for a Halloween maze. Yep, they start early.

 The T2:3D extended queue has been cleared and carpet laid down for a maze here as well.

For all things regarding Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, please visit our USH HHN 2012 Official Line Up Discussion. We will keep this link up to date with the latest information on HHN at USH including the maze code name game as well as concept art, press releases and ticket info.

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  • I love seeing the new sets on the studio lot. That 1313 Mockingbird Lane set looks awesome. I want a house just like that . . . But with 4 walls and a roof!

  • Algernon

    A new Munsters show–that sounds great. I hope they do a good job on it and don’t blow it like the producers did with Pan Am, which could have been a really great show. Universal looks like a lot of fun this summer. I guess it might be better to go in September, though, after school starts and the crowds are down–and the weather is still nice.

  • jcruise86

    Universal’s information booths are excellent (we used one twice) and their Cold Zones seem considerate. There are obviously some excellent & thoughtful employees working at that park. On cold rainy days, they distribute hot chocolate, and when a Transformers queue was briefly stopped, a Universal employees went down the line giving us all free small begs of pretzels.

    Disney’s American parks would be improved if they replaced their quiet yet still obnoxious time share booths with information booths.


    Little FYI: promo for 15 dollars off GA is going until July 1st and its ONLINE only. Coke promo i believe is going all summer. and it can be any coke product as long as its a can 😀

  • BogLurch

    There are a few Disney info booths, but it’s not the same priority that USH seems to put on them.

    I was at USH for the first time in far too long over the weekend, and was extremely pleased – there’s a very marked difference between “Disney” cast and “Universal” crew – both are normally EXTREMELY helpful, but there’s something in me that loves dearly the ability of the USH crew to be a bit more… direct… in their requests (ex. to a clueless tourist trying to get run down by a moving train, “Sir… you… the one not paying attention to me standing on the far side of the red line THAT WE KEEP TELLING YOU NOT TO CROSS…”).

    Looking forward to my new AP. Have been at Disney for the last… oh, too many decades. But it’s kinda clear that Disney’s trying to trim the ranks, and I’m glad to have an awesome park to move my spending to.