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    Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    Took this photo yesterday, 8/8/10....

    The line goes all the way UPSTAIRS! Yes, people are lined up against the mural and then it becomes this huge cluster! The sign says its a 70 minute wait. I say NO WAY! Anyone wait in this line yet?

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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    that looks like a nightmare

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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    Are there no switchbacks at this point?

    Lame...

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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceMountain1974 View Post
    Took this photo yesterday, 8/8/10....


    The line goes all the way UPSTAIRS! Yes, people are lined up against the mural and then it becomes this huge cluster! The sign says its a 70 minute wait. I say NO WAY! Anyone wait in this line yet?
    This was the exact same scenario I faced a couple of weeks ago... it's summer. Most don't even make use of the 'Premium Star Pass,' which you just have to flash, and you can just bypass that whole cattle crowd! As much of us here go to theme parks year round, we know what to expect on any given time of year. At least with Universal Studios, they have misters along the wait areas during these warm months, and despite the 80+ posted wait time for the Trams. It's constantly moving, so the wait isn't all that bad. Can't beat the portable ice cream, and alcoholic beverage stands every 10ft either =)

    And you know something, it's thanks to these huge crowds, Universal has let the tram run night tours on the back-lot now! So, it's a give or take issue, and I'm sure they want to please the ever growing crowd. All thanks to King Kong, which is no doubt, a Kong of a blockbuster for Universal!

    I took this shot around 10pm when I rode the tram, at this point where there photo was taken was at the top of Falls Lake area, waiting in a line of trams to get in the Mummy tunnel attraction



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    Knowing it was summer, and little surprised that Kong has attracted millions this summer. I persoanlly could not wait for the crowds to die down by Fall time to experience King Kong. I braved the crowds too, and enjoyed every 2 minutes of that attraction but the tram is my all time fav at Uni. With every trip, my heart just goes 100 miles hour, a natural high of thrills. Its fun not only to experience it, but its a fun social occasion as well, and so happy its only at Universal Studios Hollywood.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJCHkEzBEi4&feature=related]YouTube - ‪King kong ride at Universal Studios California 2010‬‎[/ame]

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    Did you catch it? Those who actually experienced it. Like the creative team did with Jurassic Park (the first encounter with a Dilophosaurus), some industry humor with the big mouse. The Mickey Mouse ears hat is seen. On a head of pre-teenish head, which later flies off the head when the tram falls into the canyon. Have to seat in the very back of the 4th car to catch it.
    Last edited by JMora; 08-09-2010 at 06:42 PM.

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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    USH with USJ crowds?! WOW! Just wait till Transformers opens which is expected to be the biggest addition to USH EVER!


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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    A few weeks ago, the park had the 4th highest attendance day in it's history.
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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    Yeah, I think I'm going to stay away for another month or so. The last 2 times I went, I just walked around and left. it was still fun, but I get cranky if I dont get on the tram ride! Then there was the time I went and didnt even make it to the parking lot because it was so busy. Just turned around and left (that might have been the day you aare talking about above). Good thing my pass doesnt expire until August 2011 (what a deal that was... 18 months for like $120 with parking and front of the line on tram!)

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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    Quote Originally Posted by CoasterMatt View Post
    A few weeks ago, the park had the 4th highest attendance day in it's history.
    And don't forget attendance for the month of July was the highest since 1996

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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    I'm just curious.. where do you guys get attendance facts and figures? Is there a site that lists this stuff? Thanks!

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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    It's one of the perks of being USH cast members

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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    Quote Originally Posted by F!an View Post
    And don't forget attendance for the month of July was the highest since 1996
    That's great. Maybe management can see the potential they have for the park after those figures.
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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    holy cow!!!!
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    Wake up in the morning feeling like Dapperjosh, I got Mickey ears, Im out the door! Im gonna hit this park! Before i leave, brush my teeth, with a bottle of crest!
    Im talking, Get a fast pass for pooh, *Pooh*, Space Mnt. is a long wait too, *too*, Gonna take an hour just to get through, *through*
    Yeah.. Thunder Mnt. aint that long, *long*, dapper dan's still singing that song, *song*, Hope the wait time isn't loooooooong!
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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RtR_36c_YI]YouTube - A Tribute To Universal Pictures[/ame]
    Always believed Universal Studios Hollywood had potential, and the upper hand against Disney theme parks, even Hollywood itself! They have enough hard back bone & knowledge of making magic then the Disney company has a whole. Honestly, what is the difference? You figure Disneyland is just a "facade," attractions based on animated/motion pictures, right? It's a story, with a beginning, middle, and a end. Walt Disney himself stated that. With Universal Studios Hollywood, which is officially 92 years old, I think Carl Laemmle knew a thing or 2 about making magic come to life, and knew how to make people scream with excitement. But...

    First off, Universal has "defined" horror films since 1923's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, followed by The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Werewolf of London, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Universal also gave birth to 'natural disaster' films with Airport, and Earthquake...
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b9WnqE2D1Y]YouTube - earthquake 1974[/ame]
    Earthquake was the very first film in history to create "surround sound," called "Sensurround." Large speakers that produced over 1,500 watts thanks to powerful Pioneer amplifiers that were installed in movie houses, that would pump in sub-audible "infra bass" sound waves at high as 120 decibels (equivalent to a jet airplane), giving the viewer the sensation of vibration of an earthquake feeling.

    Fast forward to present popular culture time, thanks to, Steven Spielberg calling Universal his "home," gave us with Jaws, E.T, and Jurassic Park which not only made over $700 million in its first year back in 1993 but introduced...
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7I4cTAt7Sa0]YouTube - DTS "The digital experience"[/ame]
    Universal & Spielberg debuted the DTS digital sound format with Jurassic Park, far superior then Dolby Digital, SDDS (Sony Dynamic Digital Sound), and THX! DTS set the highest digital sound standard for films today! I saw Jurassic Park 10 times in the summer of 1993, and every time, the whole house was seating at the edge of the seats screaming when miss Tyrannosaurs Rex gave her debut on the silver screen...
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn7hQ2BgXSg&feature=related]YouTube - jurassic park t-rex car scene[/ame]
    Concerning the theme parks, yes, Walt Disney truly moved the level of standard with theming of the concept of an amusement park that have been around since the 1700s, and making the unbelievable believable with the creation of Disneyland in 1955. It thanks to his knowledge of the arts, and making movies that has helped Disneyland become what it is today. With Universal, they stopped the public from coming in with the invention of sound, and was never intended to become a theme park anyway back in the 1900s. Push forward to 1964, Universal got into the theme park biz but just as a 'behind the scene' experience.

    Of course, since then, Universal has evolved, and has a reputation for being "take no prisoners" attitude. Get physical with the guests, get them at the edge of their seats, get them soaked, get them terrified, etc, etc. With every old attraction that doesn't satisfy, replace it! When Back to the Future ride debuted at Universal Studios Hollywood in 1993, it blew Star Tours out of the water! The screens are bigger then IMAX even today! You think Star Tours 2 will top that size?
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QVlJ7X0IXU]YouTube - Back To The Future: The Ride[/ame]
    When the first ever CityWalk debuted at Universal Studios Hollywood in summer of 1993, it was far more successful then Walt Disney World's Pleasure Island! It still remains the best destination for nightlife & entertainment in Los Angeles, outdoing Disneyland's Downtown Disney! With Universal Studios Hollywood's CityWalk, never know what's going to happen...(I love MJ, and a big dance tribute is seen at the 3:40 mark of the vid at CityWalk)
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl1YDNwPvPY]YouTube - [OFFICIAL] Michael Jackson Birthday Dance Tribute - Hollywood w/ New Ending[/ame] Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk is just too cool for words!

    The Mummy ride (Orlando version at least) is 2 levels better then Space Moutain, though the Paris Space MT version still remains the best in-dark ride coaster on Earth, but it's so fun going backwards at 45mph with the Mummy version ride at the Universal Studios Hollywood!

    Come next summer, hands down, Transformers: the Ride will beat Disney's Radiator Springs Racers, because Disney wouldn't go the extra inch to almost blowing up their guests =) Universal is going to use the technology that will top such Universal's attractions from Island's of Adventures of 'The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man,' and 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden!' Journey.' A 5 hour wait in line is to be expected for summer 2011!
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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    Quote Originally Posted by JMora View Post
    When the first ever CityWalk debuted at Universal Studios Hollywood in summer of 1993, it was far more successful then Walt Disney World's Pleasure Island! It still remains the best destination for nightlife & entertainment in Los Angeles, outdoing Disneyland's Downtown Disney! With Universal Studios Hollywood's CityWalk, never know what's going to happen...
    I have to agree with you there. After going to the CityWalk in Florida and Japan, Hollywood still has the best vibe despite being the oldest. Surprising really. I guess it's just something you can't replicate in other places.

    Though I have to admit, Downtown Disney sure is interesting.
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    Re: Attack of the Killer Tram LINE!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    I have to agree with you there. After going to the CityWalk in Florida and Japan, Hollywood still has the best vibe despite being the oldest. Surprising really. I guess it's just something you can't replicate in other places.

    Though I have to admit, Downtown Disney sure is interesting.
    I have the same point of view, and my best educational guess that Hollywood's version of CityWalk (the original) is better is that it really captures that one huge detail, a fun social gathering atmosphere intended for more then just the out of towners.

    In addition, it really offers great restaurants, one of a kind shops, and night clubs that exist beyond the factor to being made just for tourists sake. It's a huge local destination that makes Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk a unique place. Plus, the architecture was very visual, and stood out then anything seen before when it was first constructed 17 years ago.

    It's 3rd phase of expansion is in the planning stages.

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