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Universal Studios Hollywood

With Susan Carlisle

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It has been a number of years, over twenty, since my husband and I have sent a day at an amusement park without a child along. While in LA we decide to go to Universal Studios – Hollywood. We had a blast.

The area is set up with a City Walk area where you can shop and eat before entering the park. There are things from Subway sandwiches to Bubba Gump’s to white table cloth dinning. There are numerous shops that carry University Studio goodies but there are also specialty stores like the one dedicated to nothing but socks. I bought two pair with books on them.

Inside Universal there are many rides and shows. My husband and I were kids again as we laughed during the Shrek 4-D, screamed in the House of Horrors, helped the

Recongize this hotel? Maybe want to stay an meet the mother and son Bates?

Recongize this hotel? Maybe you’d like to stay and meet the Bates family.

Transformers save the world, watched animals preform, almost got wet at the Waterworld show and rode the roller coaster in The Simpson Ride.

The highlight was the Studio Tour of the back lot where movies and TV shows are being filmed.  Universal is the only theme park that also includes a working studio. We road through the cul-de-sac  of Wisteria Lane where the Housewives lived, watched as Jaws attacked, rode down Jimmy Stewart Drive, and saw where Alfred Hitchcock’s office was located when he was directing at the studio.

The biggest surprise for me was that Universal Studios is located on a mountain. Every bit has been carved out of the side on the mount. Pretty amazing all things considered. The view is amazing. In the valley you can see

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Sony Studio and Warner Brothers Studio.

My husband and I decided the day was a success and well worth the money.

Come back next week and I’ll tell you about the movie star sightings I had. Yes, there were more than one.

Pam Asberry - May 23, 2014 - 7:53 am

I’m generally not a fan of amusement parks but this one sounds like fun. I just might have to plan a trip to LA!!

sandra Elzie - May 23, 2014 - 8:44 am

LOVE, love, love Universal Studios. Great photos, BTW. Also love that you found socks with books on them….LOL.

Thanks so much for sharing your fun trip with us.

Connie Gillam - May 23, 2014 - 9:09 am

I haven’t been to Universal Studios since “Who shot JR?”. My kids were six and three and 3rd child wasn’t on the horizon.

Maxine Davis - May 23, 2014 - 11:13 am

Susan, Loved the blog. Your trip sounds fabulous. I’d love to go and see the Bates Motel that scared the bejeebies out of me and the Jaws. I’ve been trying to get hubby and I to go to Disney World in Florida. Next best thing to your trip. Thanks for the info.

Walt Mussell - May 23, 2014 - 2:34 pm

I remember our trip to Universal Studios. My younger son, in particular, loved it and got soaked.

Marilyn Baron - May 23, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Susan,
I’ve never been to Universal Studios in California but we’ve taken our kids to Disney World in Orlando many times since we’re from Florida. But to tell you the truth I am glad not to go back there because it’s hot and overcrowded and I’m not big on rides. I guess we won’t go back till we have grandchildren. I enjoyed your post.

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