However, I passed by agin at three only to find that the sign now said "Donkey will be back at 4:00". Passing by agin at four, the sign now read "Donkey will be back at 5:00". My goodness! I had been so impressed with the figure and now they were messing with me. Coming back a few hours later, the sign simply said "Donkey will be back tomorrow morning".
For my first attraction I swung by Back to the Future, the Ride,
which I had never been on, despite being a big fan of the movies. The ride was ok, but it was easy to see the edges of the projection screen, and the projection was rather faded, which hurt the effect. This really cant compare to Star Tours over at Disneyland.
Speaking of Back to the Future, the former "Time Traveler's Depot" was under construction, to become "Studio Styles".
I also got a good shot of the area.
So now of course, it was time for me to head over to the big ride of the park, the Studio Tour. Now I've been to Universal before of course, so I'm no stranger to the tour, although a few things cought my fancy.
Among the specials of course was the street where they shoot Desperate Housewives. http://www.carouselofmagic.com/universal/10.jpg
As I mentioned before, I'm a big BttF fan, so I couldn't miss a shot of the clock tower.
And then of course the styrafoam mountain that would be Whoovile.
And of course, featured was the wreakage from the upcoming War of the Worlds
that Al has showed us in numerous updates.
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I wouldn't want to have the job of cleaning up that mess. Of course, they'll probably keep that there for years to come. I also got a closing shot of the valley near the end.
These days Universal is just giving tickets away. "Buy a day get a year free". The tickets we had were comped simply beacuse it had been raining when a few friends of mine had gone. Can you imagine Disney giving away free tickets because of rain? I'm sure stranger things have happened. I wonder how they make their money...
Now one of the things I wanted to see at Universal was Water World
the most popular show in the park. I was just nearing the entrance for the 3:30 show however when fences blocked my path. The Wiggles, the highest paid Australian entertainers in the world (they made more money last year than Nicole Kidman) had just done a show at the Universal Ampitheater, and the audience was filing out.
Which left all of us waiting to try and enter the theater.
Finally the CMs (or whatever their called) had to let us pass, so they moved the gates in front of the Ampitheater guests and let us through.
They say its the most popular show in the park. I believe it, the place was packed.
Stopping by the candy shop the chefs were busy making fresh treats.
A few interesting attractions also, including the bookstore from Notting Hill
and the car from The Bourne Identity
One of the things I noticed was that on the lower lot they had been setting up for a private party. I forgot about this until later when I was walking back to the parking lot.
What is that? Well, read the sign.
I snapped a few more pics before heading back to the car.