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    May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    I hadn't been to this park in a good 4-5 years, if not more, so was good to visit again and spend the day exploring. General observations from my viewpoint:


    • El Pollo Loco wins over the food at Rancho Zocalo, and it's a chain restaurant...go figure.
    • Constant up-selling attempts all over the place are a little crass, but not a deal-killer.
    • The Simpsons Ride is awesome, and love the Krustyland park map and little details, attraction posters, and especially the Back to The Future/Future Institute pre-show cartoon segment. Hilariously well written.
    • Rode the backlot tour twice and miss the original Kong..new one is fancy and has it's moments, of course, but the original robotic giant ape is missed.
    • Good amount of classic Universal horror stuff scattered about, so that was nice to see...I enjoyed the House of Horrors walkthrough, some very good sets, but doubtless not on the level of the HHN offerings or Knott's Haunt by any means.
    • The Mummy version compared to Florida's is just...weak. Oh well.
    • The intro narration by live presenter for Shrek 4D was alternately weak (bad torture puns) and hilarious (extolling visitors to go see Great Moments With Spiro Agnew next).
    • On the whole, it was interesting that the attractions are a lot more lengthy than Disneyland, be they movies or rides...15 minutes seemed about normal given preshow and attraction/film. Of course, less overall attractions than DL, so length is doubtless to make sure guests are entertained longer as there are less attractions as a whole.

    That is about it, overall, had a very good time and glad I visited. Onwards to random photos, and part 2 of such will come soon as have time to prepare them. Enjoy!
























    Lagoon used for scenes in my favorite Universal classic horror film, Creature From The Black Lagoon


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    Turkey legs






    Anyone actually purchased/tried the Duff? I didn't quite feel up to buying a beer analogue based on a cartoon at a theme park...











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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    Nice observations and the one point I have to agree with U the most is Mummy and I haven't even been to Florida. I have just seen youtube videos of it and by just watching it I know that ours here is not even close to what it is in FL. I am though still thankful we have something even though its not 100% great!

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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    I actually miss the Back To The Future attraction. I have got to get back to USH sometime.


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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    Nice post. I guess you weren't ready to get Duffed. Never tried Duff beer, so not sure how it tastes.

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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    I miss ET and Back to the Future....

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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by bruin007 View Post
    Nice post. I guess you weren't ready to get Duffed. Never tried Duff beer, so not sure how it tastes.
    The "Duff" for sale isn't beer. It's an energy drink. I've never tried it, but I hear it's really sugary.

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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    Oh, just an energy drink. They should make a real Duff beer. Also a Krusty Burger.

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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    Cool pics!


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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by bruin007 View Post
    Oh, just an energy drink. They should make a real Duff beer. Also a Krusty Burger.
    If I had my way, Doc Brown's Chicken would have been rethemed to a Krusty Burger when BTTF closed. The fried chicken menu featured at Doc Browns would be integrated into the Krusty Burger menu and Hollywood Grill would receive a new menu.

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    Re: May 2011 Photos and Observations - Universal Hollywood

    Quote Originally Posted by F!an View Post
    If I had my way, Doc Brown's Chicken would have been rethemed to a Krusty Burger when BTTF closed. The fried chicken menu featured at Doc Browns would be integrated into the Krusty Burger menu and Hollywood Grill would receive a new menu.

    Not a bad idea though I'd really hate for the park to lose all of their Back to the Future references (I guess I'd find a new venue for them). And why is Doc Brown making chicken anyway?


    Come to think of it... I would LOVE if they recreated the 2015 land... complete with Cafe 80s and stores that sold stuff from ... today. Then they could do a fun generic hover-car ride in Hill Valley.


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