USH is really my home park, being only about 2 minutes away. I've taken the Studio Tour about 4-5 times in the last few months. In the past, I remember a time when many the tour guides would sometimes have a "Jungle Cruise"-type mentality/sense of humor during the tour. Granted, not all, but many--and it made the tours a lot of fun for us repeat visitors, and yet continued to be very factual and informative.
Currently, they are seem to be like automatons... very factual, with an occasional canned joke that they skim over as if they are embarassed to even read it. All the tours I've taken recently seemed identical to each other, regardless of who gave it. Their voices hardly even seem to have any inflections! Now, I understand they have a lot of facts to give out... Universal Studios is rich in movie history, and there is a lot of information to give. And I know they are observed at random times by supervisors, so that they keep their tours in line. But what's happened to the occasional humor & personality? Are supervisors nixing it, or what? Or is it just me?
I'll admit that I tend to be riding later in the day, when the guides may be tired, but I would still get some good humor even then in the past. And the Jungle Cruise skippers keep humor up all day somehow. So I don't think it's just that.
If there are any USH tour guides out there that can shed some light on this, I'd be very grateful. Other people's opinions are welcome, too.