This week, Photos in Wonderland is zipping down to Studio City, CA, for a look around Universal Studios Hollywood. I personally love this park (oddly laid out though it may be) and can find just as much enjoyment from seeking out the details and ambiance as at Disneyland. So let’s take a look around, shall we? There are many quirky details and historical tidbits to be found. Here are some of my favorite moments.
Oh, that might explain it. Lucky they caught that big shark before we head out on open water! For some reason, tourists were lining up to stick their heads inside this nasty creature. Can’t imagine why: the smell would be horrible.
One area Universal definitely had Disneyland beat at current time was attraction-specific merchandise items. Disney really does need to step up their game and offer more items designed for more than just children across all price ranges.
Lots of ‘delightful’ options over at this (thankfully fake) Shrek-themed food stand. Donkey holds meet-and-greets from the service window throughout the day, though I’m a little sad (only a little) that I can’t order an Au Grotten serving of bugs alongside a refreshing grog enhanced with swamp water.
Over at Krustyland/the new SImpsons ride experience, a lot of clever sideshow and amusement park posters line the waiting area. I do miss the Institute of Future Technology, but a rather brilliant animated pre-show featuring the one and only Doc. Brown aptly pays tribute to what was once on this location.
A re-creation of a scene from James Whale’s classic Bride of Frankenstein, found inside the Universal House of Horrors walk-through. Not quite Horror Nights level goodness, but whets the appetite for any HHN fan visiting at least a little.
And last but not least, something every visitor should watch before leaving the park: Waterworld. The movie on which it was based may still be resoundingly awful and dull, but the show is always a blast to watch and a massive crowd-favorite. Hope you like getting wet as much as the cast does!
Thanks for spending some time with us here at Photos in Wonderland, these were some of my favorite aspects of Universal Hollywood, what are yours?!