Mike Gallagher

Published: July 16, 2013 at 3:31 AM

That was great!! I've never been to USH, the result of one of the worst decisions of my life. In 1979, when I was 14, my mom and I took an 18-day, cross-country bus trip. I don't know if I'd do it again, but I'm glad to have done it once. As a 14 y.o., I got to see the Grand Canyon, Vegas, Reno, Chicago, and other points of interest.

When we were in L.A., all participants on the tour were given the choice of a day at Disneyland or a day at Universal Studios. We made the mistake of opting for Disneyland. I don't know why..it's certainly not what I would do in hindsight. I was disappointed with DL, having already been to DW twice and loved it. So USH is kinda the "fish that got away" for me. I did meet a cool girl at Disney that I communicated with for several years, so I guess it wasn't a TOTAL loss.

Nick McKaig

Published: July 16, 2013 at 5:10 AM

How interesting! I was able to visit the park in 2010 and remembered thinking that the park could use an overhaul to really attract guests to the park. At the time I visited, the tram tour and Mummy were the most engaging experiences, and compared to the Mummy ride in Orlando that contains real fire effects this seemed quite tame. Harry Potter and a range of other new experiences would make me actually consider taking the trip back out to California for once!
David Ackerman

Published: July 16, 2013 at 6:07 AM

> Universal began adding fixed attractions during the tour, > starting with the flash food scene in 1968

Did this scene feature ham sandwiches?

Hey, you made my morning...

Tracy Bates

Published: July 16, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Universal orlando is so much better than hollywood other than the backlot tour. For the things that are in both places, the orlando version is better. the mummy doesn't have the fire effects or the middle of the ride fakeout with the fake unloading station or anything.

Also, the food was particularly bad at the two restaurants at USH. One of them couldn't even tell us what the desert was. It was new so it wasn't on the menu and none of the people working even knew what was in it.

Mike Gallagher

Published: July 16, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Tracy said: "One of them couldn't even tell us what the desert was."

It's a big area with sand. But that's not important right now. :)

Anon Mouse

Published: July 16, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Your review brought a lot of old memories back. I remembered when it started out with the Tram tour. It was the first thing you lined up for. It took you to the lower levels where you visited the offices and makeup rooms of the stars. I visited Lucille Ball's old offices. Then there was the break area. After your break where you can tour around at your own pace and get a snack. You can resume your tour for the second half. On the conclusion of the tour, you can see the rest of the show attractions on the upper level.

The park to this day is a half day experience. My hope is the park becomes a full day experience after Harry Potter is added, but it is more likely, it will be a 3/4 day park.

I'm glad the Jaws attractions still remains here. Time for a revival of the old movie especially with the "Sharknado" buzz.

Mike Gallagher

Published: July 16, 2013 at 10:45 AM

@ Anon Mouse:

Revival? Fine by me.

Remake? Please, dear God, no.

Anon Mouse

Published: July 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I hope they improve the tram tour to where it is NOT 1+ hour long. Instead, it will be broken into 2 tours. The first is a short disaster tour that features the flood, King Kong, Jaws, the Mummy tunnel. The second is a scenic tour that features the famous backdrops with opportunity to exit your tram to physically walk around the sets (this depends on weather, but they can enclose some sets). Each tour should be 30 minutes or less. The 1 hour tour is much too long to endure sometimes, and the lines are ridiculously crowded during busy periods.
Manny Barron

Published: July 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I have so many great memories of this park, as it has been one I have visited many, many times and its the first park I remember visiting as a really young child.

The thrill of riding Back to the Future for the first time as a 5 year old, realizing King Kong's breath actually smells like bananas, and hearing E.T. say my name are all good memories. Newer memories include experiencing the supreme awesomness of their newest attractions King Kong 360 and Transformers, both of which had me getting back in line again and again.

The parks history is unique and so is its geography. This is one of my favorite places in the world for so many reasons and the future certainly looks bright!

Joseph Catlett

Published: July 17, 2013 at 5:40 AM

My coolest memory of Universal Studios has to be back when I was three years old. It was in the mid 70s and our tram tour had stopped for the walk through portion of the Edith Head displays and as we were out there a group of us ran into actor Telly Savalas, who was on the lot filming KOJAK. It turns out that he occasionally during breaks on filming would hang out near the tour groups and hand out lollipops to the kids. I was one of 10 kids on that tour, so I shook Mr Savalas' hand and thanked him and enjoyed my sucker that day. If you are too young to remember, Telly's character KOJAK's gimmick was that he always had a lollipop in his mouth. Obviously, stars don't do that type of stuff anymore but my parents were just blown away by it and when Mr Savalas passed on a few years ago I was sad to see him go....who loves ya baby?
Mark Kausch

Published: July 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM


Published: July 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Please do more stories on this park. This park has one of the most unique and interesting history's of any park around today.