Universal Studios Hollywood was kind enough to invite us to the opening of their new tram tour featuring Jimmy Fallon.
Well, the tram isn't new but many of the videos on the tram are.
The entire press event took place at the Universal Globe in front of the park, then we were all invited to see the tour with the new video segments.
A Tram was out in front for part of the ceremony
There was a stage and podium set up for the ceremony
The new spiel for the tram "Have a TramTastic Day"
All of the "Extras" in the Tram, having a Tramtastic Day
The Studios Announcer is first up to speak
Jimmy shows up in a golf cart
Jimmy works the audience quite well
Jimmy and the Universal announcer have some friendly banter
"Surprise", Jimmy has a guitar and is going to sing the new song for the tram "TramTastic"
During the song, the extras come out and join Jimmy "FlashMob" style
After the song, Jimmy cuts the Blue Ribbon
After, Jimmy spends some time taking pictures for us
With one of the Tram Tour guides
Jimmy talking to some of the Television Media gathered, here with Access Hollywood
With the "TramTastic" group
Posing on the Tram
After the ceremony, the press got our own private Tram Tour. It was weird being driven through the Universal Parking Lot in a Tram
A rare Hollywood sight indeed, the 101 with no traffic!
Going back behind the top road, a site you don't get to see much. The back-side of the Mummy Tunnel
Once we got to the normal Tram Loading area, we got to see the tram tour as it is seen today, introduced by Jimmy Fallon.
Some of the videos featuring Jimmy are quite funny, especially this one highlighting Stage 20
Here is your weekly Transformers construction update (sorry, didn't get to go inside the park)
The Metropolitan Sets feature another video segment from Jimmy
The remainder of the tour is essentially the same as it has been for the past couple of years. The one part that didn't make much sense is that Whoopi is still featured in the Mummy Tunnel. Hopefully this means that part of the tour will be changed soon.
Overall, the Tram Tour is the same, but Jimmy Fallon brings a lighthearted comic angle that the tour has been missing for awhile. The introductory and ending segments are great, and I can guarantee you will have "TramTastic" stuck in your head for the rest of your day at the park.