I was born in 1978, so figure I've been going to Universal Studios Hollywood as long as my memory serves me. My parents took me to places before I could even walk on my own, and so happy they did. Concerning Universal Studios Hollywood, I've been at that place when the A-Team stunt show was popular, and just for one summer only in 1984, a Transformers interactive area existed. The tram at one point was originally caught near the current entrance but moved to the Lower Lot, then moved back up again, then moved back down for the construction of CityWalk in 1992, then moved up again to its current place.
Thought it would be fun for those of us who like the place very much, have a visited history with the place, and like to share past attractions you remember? I personally wish I could upload all my thousand of vhs hours & 35mm film (by the time I was a teen, I had my own vhs-cam, and was the type who videotaped from the entrance to the end of the day) but there placed somewhere, and scattered =) But... With the grand access, and great thanks to the internet, some videos actually are available to recapture those moments in history of yesterday.
So, we go...
One that really stands out for me, besides my love for dinosaurs, and my favorite film of ALL TIME just happens to be under the Universal label, that is Jurassic Park. Spring 1994, Universal Studios Hollywood had a Jurassic Park exhibit, just a 3 month window to come face to face with the original props from the film. The original Jurassic Park dinosaur audio- animatronics from the film itself were also on display. Keep in mind, Jurassic Park by this time broke every box office record in the book, with over $700 million in world box office gross (and growing at that time), and was still in theaters after almost a year!
To my surprise, the official Universal Studios Tour history webpage doesn't even list it (Universal Studios Hollywood - TheStudioTour), nor wikipedia but the only proof that the exhibit actually happened is the flyer & news article I kept...
The Jurassic Park exhibit was located right behind the Backdraft attraction, Soundtage 31 (if my memory serves me right of the number). The wait was over 3 hours long, but OMG, it was an orgasm experience for any Jurassic Park fan.
Sadly, they didn't allow people to take photos or video (surprising to me because UNI is mostly laid back on stuff like that). Anyway, once you entered the soundtage, you walk through a jungle path, walking through the original JP gates as seen in the film. Curve along to the right, was the original electrified fenced, with real tropical trees beyond it. All the mean while, sounds of the jungle and roars of dinosaurs were heard. Here, they describe how they created the T-Rex attack, after 5-8 minuets of that, your moved along, your in the exact re-creation of the JP laboratory. Where cast members dressed as JP employees show you how they created the birth of a Velociraptor in the film. They actually had the lab tubes with the raptor hatchlings in it, where you can puppeteer them, and see how they look on the big screen.
Then guests can move along freely as we come close with the sick Triceratops as seen in the film. You also see the portion of the original Brachiosaurus (neck to head) that was used to act beside with the actors in the tree scene. Add costumes, scripts, props, sound effects, the process of digitally creating a breathing dinosaur. The Jurassic Park exhibit, in my opinion, was "the" BEST behind the scenes experience I ever experienced at Universal. It was noted that because it had been over two years since filming, the audio-animatronics (along with its skin) did in fact have a life span, and nearing death. The T-Rex, which I was hoping to see, but didn't because it was soon discarded after filming. Why? It went through so much in filming (it literally did everything a real animal could do), it was the water that sealed its death.
During summer 1994, Universal Studios Hollywood was celebrating it's theme park, its 30th Anniversay, and for some reason. Hasn't made a celebration since, LOL, anyway... They had a show called SpectraBlast that was located in the Miami Vice arena (now Waterworld). It only ran for the celebration (summer 1994), and the theme of the show was the history of Universal. From water effects to lasers to flying UFO's, the Back to the future delorean flying over the audience (worked at times), and so much other cool stuff. It was all ran by a DJ, and it was a entertaining show. I have the whole show on tape, but can't find it but I found this footage of the show...
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb23HcZBXTQ]YouTube - ‪SpectraBlast Finale Universal Studios Hollywood Nights 1994‬‎[/ame]
With that, here's a retro trip on the back-lot tram tour, who here remembers
'The Battle of Galactica' attraction? The last battle was in 1992 but check out this cool web site that gives even details you ever wanted to know about the attraction, even the layout of the ride.... Battlestar Galactica Memorabilia
Take a back seat, and enjoy the long forgotten attraction...
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1W5d4RXNu4]YouTube - ‪"Battle of Galactica" Tram Ride‬‎[/ame]