Universal Studios Hollywood turns 50
Written by Robert Niles
On July 15, 1964, Universal Studios Hollywood debuted its pink and white "Glamor Trams," and welcomed visitors back on to its production lot for the first time since the silent movie era.Tweet
Some souvenirs from those early Universal tram tours
In true Hollywood fashion, Universal Studios is celebrating turning 50 by ignoring its birthday and getting a facelift instead. Construction continues on the $1 billion-plus "Evolution" plan that already has brought Transformers and Despicable Me into the park, and soon will deliver a new Fast and Furious encounter to the park's famous tram tour, a Springfield dining area next to The Simpsons Ride, and, biggest of all, the Hogsmeade village of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which will open in 2016. These days, Universal's focus appears to be on its future rather than its past.
Not that Universal isn't looking back at all. Wander down to the park's lower lot and you'll find a nice display commemorating the park's history in the Universal Experience exhibit, next to Transformers.
50 years of props and costumes, as well as the park's animatronic ET (evicted by Revenge of the Mummy)
Other than that, though, there are no announced celebrations or events planned to commemorate the anniversary today. So let's wish Universal Studios Hollywood a happy birthday anyway, even if the park seems reticent to honor itself. Oh, and always, if you're in the park today, be sure to ask for Babs.
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