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.

That wraps up the Studios for this week. We’ll be back with more Universal coverage soon.

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