As far as which movie studio tour I think is well worth the money: Universal, Warner Brothers, and Paramount. Sony Pictures has basically nothing to show, so don't waste your time there. Sony and NBC are about the same level. But NBC is less expensive to go on.
*FAST & THE FURIOUS: EXTREME CLOSE-UP
I went to USH today, they were testing the Fast & the Furious robotic arm. It reminded me of the roboarm you ride in Legoland's Knight's Tournament. On the tip of the arm was a shell of what looked like a black SUV van. It was spinning and twirling, left, right, up, and down. I'm still not exactly sure how it will play out in the finished product.
They're still moving dirt around the area they're putting it in. From the looks of it, it seems like the tram will circle around the robocoaster while the car is spun around doing tricks. Tire smoke might cover up the robo arm. I'm not sure if that's what it's supposed to be like.
Honestly, this whole presentation set-up is a wild guess.
So to the left of when you go down the parting of the Red Sea, you'll get a sea-level eye view of a sky background, skull island wall and rock miniature sets, and the Venture ship bigature. When the tram comes by, a fog effect comes up to complete the illusion. It looks quite interesting. They completely tore up the bridge behind it and it's just a bare unused concrete bridge.
A random thought came up, what if instead of parting the red sea, the tour changed it to a Bruce Almighty or Evan Almighty reference...
The sea was already parted when we went through, not sure if the parting we resume, or they'll just leave it like that, or they're still working on it.
* SAM GOODY IN CITYWALK
There's a store closing sale in Sam Goody. Due partly because that company, Suncoast, and I think Mediaplay went bankrupt. Currently everything is around 70-90% off. Even the CD/DVD racks and shelfs are for sale. Including a ladder, fax machine, safe, and file cabinet. Most of the DVDs are B-movie horror flicks. They have other random movies no one really wants. I picked up a $40 "Dukes of Hazzard" 1st season on DVD for a friend for $13. They also have anime DVDs, anime soundtracks, and other various soundtracks and music.
They painted the pool a much darker blue. They replaced the bleacher tarps from greenish to brown. I didn't noticed plastic crabs and other sea creatures for decor. I also didn't notice the plants, similar to what it looked like in the film (you know how the pot floats in the water?).
Um, yeah, that's about it.