What's Universal Hollywood this past Saturday and a spicy sausage have in common? They're both Packed, Hot and leave you stinky. Which is NOT to say either aren't enjoyable, but just not for everyone.
Crazylegs invited Dusty, MonorailMan, Capt.Phoebus, Al Lutz, Dan, CoasterMatt, and myself to go spend the day out at Universal Studious Hollywood. We had all planned on taking it easy as we knew the heat would be oppressive. The only Must do's on this trip, for the group were T2:3D (MonorailMan and I had not been on it), and Back to the Future(Since it is closing on Sept 3rd.) Personally I was just dying to go through the new House of Horrors walk through attraction, but I was pretty much alone on this one.
We got to Universal at about 11:00am and easily found great parking. Al and Dan had not shown up yet so we POPPED into Popcornopolis.
Soon enough Al showed up and we headed to the Main gates.
The crowds were HUGE!
Looking from the ticket booths out to the crowds
The line leading towards the ticket booths.
The main gate set up was a HUGE mess. Several lines had three or four different off shoots merging into one entry gate. There were screaming children, a random person cutting in front of us saying "'scuse me." every couple of seconds and the heat was unbearable. I spotted some entry lines further off to the side where people seemed to be understanding the concept of a line.
Getting to the gate it became evident that the problem with slow entry was on account of the tickets some visitors had. Visitors had to actually sign their tickets, then get their finger print scanned, then they were allowed in to the park. This was a logistical nightmare as many were unprepared. I mean really who would be?
Presented by Skynet
Anyway, we got into the park and I realized the Carnival barkers that once lined the entry corridor were ALL GONE!!!!!! AWESOME!
The main entry way was still uber crowded
Our group passed the House of Horrors and turned left to head straight for Terminator 2 :3-D.
We entered the queue and were herded into a partially shaded and misty waiting area. Shortly after that we were led into the preshow.
T2's waiting area
This show was actually pretty impressive but WAY over the top on the cheese factor.
Exiting T2 we called Dan and he said he would meet us at the exit. After a bit of waiting he showed up.
T2:The Gift Shop!
Children played in the adjacent Coke water playground.
The chlorine smell was too much
Hey Dan! Happy Birthday!
For lunch we looked around and realized the park was way too expensive and crowded to eat in so we decided to eat at Tony Roma's in City Walk. While the group went ahead to the restaurant, Capt. Phoebus and I took a quick tour of the House of Horrors.
THIS WAS SO FREAKING FUN.
I loved this part in particular. We had to navigate around body bags that were hung up. Some of them had LIVE contents!
CP and I loved the Maze. We made our way out of the park and to Tony Roma's. However, due to "Kitchen Problems" the majority of the menu was not available. The group had opted for Karl Strauss Brewery.
Apparently not the place for ribs
The food was wonderful, inexpensive and was quick.
We quickly headed back to the park after lunch.
The Nickelodeon Splash zone. (CHOLRINE FUMES!)
The next MUST DO was Back to the Future. This once wonderful ride is closing on Sept 3rd and we wanted a last ride through time. I taped it for Crazylegs, since she didn't ride, and she should have it up soon.
Closing September 3rd
A display to the left of the attraction counts the time down to it's closing.
We then met back up with the non time travelers and decided on our final destination. The Tram tour.
Dusty asked, "What will they call Doc Browns Chicken once Back to the future is closed?" Al answered, "Doc Browns leftovers."
Care for a cold one while in line?
Come down here so I can EATCHA!
The queue was PACKED. Al said he had never seen it so full down there. After a brief wait in the disabled queue, we were asked to board.
MonorailMan says, "Is there a part of this park that is not SCORCHING?!?!"
The tram tour was fun, but again, very very hot. Although many of the set pieces were staged during our tour, it got one very authentic Hollywoodism right; Hurry up and wait.
Into the King Kong scene
Remember when a collapsing bridge was a HUGE THRILL?
The Tram tour was running at FULL capacity and it's seams were showing. During most of the "unexpected" stops on the tour there was a two tram back up. We waited a good 15 minutes just to see the Fast and the Furious demo.
Despite that all, the Tour guide was SPECTACULAR having to come up with material on the spot to entertain a mass of hot sweaty tour goers who were on the verge of death or revolt.
Pray for us all
During the tour a lady lost her shoe. Nobody knew a thing until we were about to enter the Earthquake exhibit. A security truck pulled up beside the tram and it's driver waved a shoe at the tour guide. The Tour guide asked the crowd, "Did Anybody lose a shoe?" A very happy lady in the back of our tram yelled, "ME! ME! " The smiling Security guard returned her shoe to her.
Funny he wasn't driving a Toe Truck. Get it?
You can even see the body in the trunk!
Into the Mummy tomb.
Spinny tunnel curse!
We finished up the tour and had to wait even to get off!
Well it was now time to go.
We quickly made it to the top of the Tram tour entrance and made out way out of the park.
In the elevator up Crazylegs and I spotted some water on the floor. She denied any responsibility for it.
On our way out Coaster Matt joined us and we walked around City Walk with him for a bit.
The crowds going out.
Some Bats day shopping
Well, it was great fun, but all good time come to