Universal Studios- Touring the busiest studio backlot in LA

Since Universal Studios is literally a two minute drive away from our apartments, it would be weird not to go for a daytrip. So recently, my friend and I went on a nice sunny Saturday and enjoyed being a tourist for once in this program.

Throughout the day, my friend Sammy and I went on multiple rides such as “Terminator 3D”, “The Simpsons Ride”, and the newly opened  “Transfomers: The Ride 3D”. After we had lunch, we decided to go to the most popular attraction, “The World Famous Studio Backlot Tour”.

After waiting in line for almost two hours, we finally boarded the tram and off we went. Our first stop was the actual backlot itself with all the warehouses. What was interesting about the tour was that there would be facts displayed on a screen in the tram that was relevant to what part of the backlot we were touring at that time. So when we were touring the warehouses, there would be clips of movies that were filmed inside the warehouses.

Our next stop was the town area that was originally built for the movie called “Back to the Future”. Since that movie, many other movies have used that same location to film outside scenes.

Throughout the rest of the tour, we visited old sets from “Jaws”, “Psycho”, “Shooter”, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. The coolest set we visited was the wreckage of an airplane that they used for “War of the Worlds”. They literally took a real airplane and ripped it apart. That alone was very impressive. Watch the video below to get an idea of I’m talking about.

The most amusing thing we visited was the set of an episode of “Bones”. Watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

After “Bones” finished using that scene for filming, they kept it running and to this day is used specifically for a tourist attraction for the tour.

It was a very cool experience to see  all of these sets because most of them have been recognized as some of the most impressive sets ever built in Hollywood history. Would I go back and do it again? Probably not anytime soon, but like I said above, it was nice being a tourist for a change.

 

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