I prefer USH over USF... but if you throw in Island of Adventure Florida rocks!
I do miss E. T., but the tram tour in Hollywood is superior to any studio tour in L.A.
The WB tour is the second best tour BTW.
Yeah, the Tram Tour is the biggest plus Hollywood has over Florida.
The Tram Tour at Universal is specially designed as an attraction
for the Theme Park, and Universal does have an extensive back lot
that you drive through, but that tour is really geared toward tourists
on a massive basis. Plus you get all the extras of Kong, Earquake,
Flash Flood, etc. But it's not likely your going to see any filming
going on, because the Trams avoid those areas.
BUT IF YOU WANT TO SEE A REAL STUDIO FIRST HAND (not just
a drive through a few outdoor sets) Warner Bros Studio is
definitely a more initimate look a large studio, where they do take
you by golf cart to various places on their lot, and even walk you
through some indoor and outdoor sets. You're MUCH more likely
to see some real filming going on at this studio.
Paramount Studio also has a nice short walking tour, but they do
not have nearly as extensive a "back lot". Most of the filming at
Paramount is done inside.
Sony Studios (formerly MGM) also has a tour - but I haven't experienced
NBC also has had a short walking tour of their building in Burbank
If your interested in seeing live shows and tapings, all these places
do have tickets available for studio audiences, In most cases you
would want to arrange for free tickets ahead of time, usually through
a certain company that distributes tickets. A couple of times, when
I took the Warner Studios, they just asked us if we wanted to see
a show that was taping that evening. The Tonight Show often is
looking for guests fill their audience. The site I went to previously
was audiencesunlimited.com, but I think they have changed their
name. I'll try to locate the site where you can find out what is
So, If you want to see a theme park, Universal Studio is the way
to go, BUT if you want closer look, and a good chance of some
real filming, you would want to check out one of the other Studios.
I guess I meant more for the theme park aspects than the tour a studio aspects--USH woulda had more points for me but I still can't believe they ditched ET (USFlorida sounds amazing but only really combined with IoA--)
HL just doesn't have the room does it? While I'm still shocked that ET is gone I'd also love to see the DUdley Do RIght ride, Men in Black and even Cat in the Hat somehow fitted into Hollywood (can you tell I'm a sucker for dark rides?)
Anybody else think WaterWorld at USH is dated? Time to bring back Miami Vice!
WaterWorld will remain open for more years to come, however, there is a major update that is supposed to begin this summer. They also just last year refurbished the whole thing and it is still the number one rated show, and my sig helps that out.... lol
I'm imagineering a new signature for your future enjoyment!
it's never gona happen but we need to get our own jaws ride like FL
Why does USH need jaws? It's right on the tram tour! A second ride for Jaws would be completely redundant. The only reason FL has one is because they don't have a tram tour--the same reason they have a separate Earthquake and (had) King Kong.
I don't miss ET at all, and believe me, I love me some dark rides. But that was the worst. I even knew an engineer who helped design scenes from it, and he secretly hated it.
While WaterWorld may have been a bummer movie, the show is surprisingly good. Hence why it's lasted so long. It translated well into a live action stunt show.
The biggest problem is that USH doesn't have the space. And their new Master Plan for the future doesn't give all that much more to the park, and takes away quite a bit from the tram tour! I've love to have Men In Black, Spider Man, and Cat in the Hat as well, but I don't know where they'd go!
Hey, I really do love dark rides! But ET is not a good one, for the following in-my-opinion reasons:
1. The ride seat/vehicles are uncomfortable and unwieldy.
2. The entire point of the ride is that your bike "flies" with ET's power. Yet the flying doesn't even happen until over half-way through the ride, and then it's even only one major scene (and not all that well done, to boot), and then it's back to being 6 inches off the ground for the rest of ET's home planet. (Not to mention that emergency evac platforms are not really disguised at all at any point during the ride.) What's the point of having it suspended in the first place, then?
3. Many of the ET planet effects were, I think, meant to be charming and cute. Really, I think they turned out to be pretty creepy, unsettling, and weird not-in-a-good way.
4. You can barely understand anyone's name being said, which was key selling point of the orignal ride.
5. The movement of the ride vehicles are jerky and not very smooth.
That's all I can think of for now, but I'm sure there's more. I will say I did like the queue for the ride... that part was pretty cool. That's about all I can say. I like dark rides, but they have to work.
As for dark rides I do like, well there's always all the Disney ones, of course, Spaceship Earth, any Sally Ghost Blaster, the old Knott's Berry Tales, Noah's Ark & Old Mill (in Kennywood), the now retired Phantom Manor ride at Paramount's, and the classic walk through at Indiana Beach--just to name a few standouts. I haven't been on the Haunted House at Knobels, Monster Plantation, nor a Haunted Pretzel, but it's been been a lifelong dream!
OK I have to give you cred for obviously being a real darkride fan I'm a bit nutty for them--even the really old falling apart ones with figures behind chicken wire that you find at some fairs....
About E.T--I went only once (well three times over that one trip) the Hollywood version in 92. About the seats--didn't Florida change the seating? As a 13 year old I foudn the seats cool--I was in the front with ET in front of me. I do remember them beign a bti jerky but felt that added to the sensation. I remember flyign for much of the ride--tho much isn't flying "too" high but more Peter Pan's flight style flyign but the illusionw orked for me.
i do agree that ET's planet is a bit... weird--I remember the highlight of rht eride being the first half--when cops track you in the woods and your bike swoops up, and when you first really take off. When I went that day the name thing only worked once--the other 2 times it was "thank you *awkward pause* friends"...
Still I stand by missing it and thinking it was too soon to remove it--I hope theo take it outa Florida soon--I'd miss the Back to the Future ride much less