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A bad day for Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood: A trip reveals many problems at attractions. Take care of yourselves....

From Ryan Milanio
Posted September 1, 2005 at 5:17 PM
Hey You Guys, This is Ryan. I am reporting my post trip to Universal Studios on September 1st, 2005. The crowd was pretty light today no alot of people since it was a work week for most people and students are almost going back to school.

I got to USH at 9:10 am with a blockade of USH personnel harassing you to sign up with credit cards. Here is advice for you, don't sign up for one, but if you do, give them false info, and you'll get a free bag.

My favorite ride was a major disappointment. It was the "Studio Tour" I love this ride, but it was not working well. Not to give it away, but the both bridges from King Kong and Descent Bridge didn't work. Our Tour Guide talked really fast, so he was nervous. The Earthquake had some good shakes, but apparently it didn't shake the truck to come down. The truck never came down. They closed down a lot of areas, but didn't closed the War of the World's area. All in all I give it a 2 of 10 for today, so sad.

I headed down to the lower lot like always to get the two rides done. I took Mummy's Revenge and stored my camera in the locker. They have new lockers by the way. They scan your fingerprints, so I guess Universal is working with the CIA or something. Mummy was pretty good since I rode it twice. Then I went to Jurassic Park. Everything was pretty good, but they changed the pump station. When you enter the building all the lights are on. This time you can see everything inside the building. I guess people were wondering what else was inside.

After the ride, I went straight up to Shrek. I felt pretty weird the pre show because there were a lot of infants and kids in there. During the show, the seats were not properly fixed. The seats didn't move unless you moved it. After that I headed straight to Fear Factor.

Fear Factor Live started at 12:00pm, the very first show of the day. It was a good thing they turned on the sprinklers, because it was getting very hot. Not to ruin the stunts, I'll go straight to the second stunt. The contestants are strapped to shackles and must spin several times to get themselves free. Then they must go to the other side to get a flag in a tank filled with eels, and they must place it on a corresponding pole in the center of the stage. By the way, there is one more thing. The center is spinning. There is a lady contestant from Anchorage, Alaska, who got hurt in this stunt. It was during the part where you have to retrieve the flag. Since the flags are wet, when you take them out of the tank the floor does get very slipper, especially on the spinning center. The lady slipped as many as 6 times, remember she is wearing a helmet, and the last time was her last time. The 2 hosts try to attract our attention, but we were all concerned for the lady. She didn't get up and Fear Factor Live was cancelled. There is a possibility that she may have suffered a neck injury. I wish her the best in her recovery. That's why Universal ask people sign release forms before the stunts. I left USH at 12:40, since I have a USH Premium Pass Holder, I can come back anytime.

It was a sad day for me. When I got home, one of the major intersections there was an accident. Three cars collided near my home. So, one major advice for all of you, "Take Care of yourselves".


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 1, 2005 at 6:07 PM
Wow that sounds like a really horrible day. My god what didn't go wrong?
Anyway I was there on the 29th and that was the first time I saw Fear Factor live and it was very stupid. I thought the pre-show was pathetic and the hosts were as with most shows way too enthusiastic. Also it seems Decsent Bridge has been out for awhile because we didn't get to go over it when I was there too. But hey I'm a season pass holder too so I'll go back.
Hey how busy do you think it would be Monday? Labor Day. :)

From Josh Rezvani
Posted September 1, 2005 at 6:12 PM
Okay, Ryan as I said, that Jason, Danny, and I made a disussion and it would make Universal Studios Hollywood Better.

Fear Factor, I want to make something. I made these stunts so I want to say if you guys like this idea.

1 stunt- Choclate Covered bugs- for kids
2 stunts- pole hangout (where you hang on a pole and grab all 5 flags)
3 stunt- Weather Breakout! for audience- where they grab flags to escape and ignore the warsh weather of rain, wind, and fire. Their will be some fire effects in their.
4th stunt- Sick n Wierd- The contestants will sleep in bugs, eels, and cow bugs.
5th stunt- Toyata Car Wreck- for audience 2 of the audience members go on the car and grab as much as flags as they could (rain effects)
6th stunt- Army Fear Factor (for audience), they cross poles that will eletricute you, go on wires above you and climb up a moutain full of beatles and spiders.
7th stunt- Desert Fight where they fight each others with foam swords and if they fall, they fall into scorpins, snakes, and trantulas.

And we made some huge changes into universal... Halo the Experience, Suess's Studios, Marvel Super Hero LIVE, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, King Kong The Adventure, and the Fast and the Furious the ride.

Universal's Studio Tor lost electricty, the owener is talking to the Hollywood country electricty depratment and want their electricty back.

From Josh Rezvani
Posted September 1, 2005 at 6:27 PM
My cousin and I went to Universal, and it was fun, actually we went to Mick Blast Zone (fun) Shrek (okay, the 3D effects were great) WAterWorld(the best of the best) Jurassic Park(DAMN IT WAS FUN) Revenge of the Mummy(great, went on it 9 times)

From Michelle Seago
Posted September 2, 2005 at 4:18 AM
Gee, sorry you had such a bad time. But just a bit of advice, signing up for a credit card and putting down false information is a crime. I wouldn't advise doing it for the free goodie bag or telling others to do it either. This is fraud - and a felony.

From Robert Niles
Posted September 2, 2005 at 11:06 AM
I also wish it were a crime for a credit card company to send out a pre-approved, unapplied-for card... to my five-year-old.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 2, 2005 at 5:47 PM
Heh yah I'm 14 and I get 5 or 6 "pre-approved" credit cards every few months. It's crazy.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 2, 2005 at 6:05 PM
Fear Factor seems to have safety problems. When I went to USH a few weeks ago, someone had a heart attack. The whole show seems a bit on the dangerous side to me, as much as I love Fear Factor, there's something going on that should be looked into.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 2, 2005 at 6:58 PM
When I was at the show most of the people in the audience ducked out after the second stunt leaving one side of the theatre all but empty. But do you guys think it will be busy Labor "Day"? I mean the day of not the weekend. I know it will be busy this weekend but I don't normally go to there during labor day and I was just wondering. Sorry :)

From Ryan Milanio
Posted September 2, 2005 at 8:36 PM
Labor Day will be hard one to tell. Labor Day will be the last day of the 3 day vacation, most people will be heading back home, if they live far. For locals, schools may start on Tuesday. I might go on Labor Day too, but for sure I am going tomorrow, Saturday. Don't forget Labor Day weekend has blackout days for regular annual passholders, but if you signed up for the USH info, you probably got the e-mail with a coupon for admission on a black out date. I am going to see if USH did anything since I last been there yesterday. I'll write another report once I am done.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 2, 2005 at 9:11 PM
Yeah. Labor Day is wierd. It could or could not be packed. Granted, it will be crowded, but packed? Ehhh...

Children are back in school which means people won't be traveling from afar, but people also see this as the last chance for a quick summer vacation.

From Josh Rezvani
Posted September 2, 2005 at 9:18 PM
I think Universal created Fear Factor LIVE to give the contestants heart attacks, and stuff. I think its better to skip Fear Factor LIVE because they will always close the show.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 2, 2005 at 11:37 PM
So Labor Day is hit or miss, and Fear Factor is the evil spawn of someone who wants to see people fall flat on their face... So I guess with all the injures they might close it. I'm not sure how the Florida one is but this one seems to be going under fast.

From Josh Rezvani
Posted September 3, 2005 at 1:16 AM
You know what, Universal Studios Hollywood dosen't know how to run their franchise.

1) A poor ride of the Mummy
2) a poor show of Fear Factor LIVE
3) a poor studio tour (as ryan said)

I don't know how Universal is gonna be running it.

The last time I went is last saturday where we had a blast and we didnt have any problems (my friends hates coasters) and they loved it, but as a coaster freak i might say that Universal is a low down. THEY SUCK. I was talking to my dad the other day, the so-called "Universal Imaginaeers" thought of spending their money from selling themselves to NBC and selling the Gibson ampitheather. So now they have billions of dollars to replace something to a ride/show which I bet will be stupid.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 3, 2005 at 2:08 AM
Were all saying Universal can't run a theme park, but what about IOA and USF. Both good parks.

Maybe it isn't all Universal's fault. It is their fault, but what about space, time, and money, all issues factoring into the running of USH.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 3, 2005 at 1:57 PM
Maybey they just arn't devoting enough money to their Hollywood park. Although, IoA hasn't gotten a ride in awhile and they are just now getting around to it.

From Ryan Milanio
Posted September 3, 2005 at 6:07 PM
I went to USH,again, today, It was very crowded by 12pm. It was a good thing that I came in at 9am. It was crowded at the entrance. They gave away cd's with Fear Factor clips, and other USH commercials on it. King Kong didn't work, so we didn't go in. The Descent Bridge is still not in operation. They are preparing the Backlot sets for a movie after labor day weekend. This time Fear Factor went as scheduled without anyone injured. Park Management was all over the place anticipating the crowds. I finally got surveyed by one of the USH Employees after Fear Factor. So, to beat the crowds, come in early. I always do. Oh Yeah, USH goes back to their normal opening from 10am to 6pm, since summer vacation is over for most folks. Today I give it a 7 of 10 for today.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 3, 2005 at 6:43 PM
Oh I forgot about the normal operating schedlue. I was hoping to go in a bit later and leave later so I might just go to Knotts instead. Probably not though.

I really wish Universal would throw Hollywood a bone though and at least give us a Spidey clone. I mean even a clone of the top rated TPI ride would be at least great right?

From Jason Lester
Posted September 4, 2005 at 3:56 PM
I'd rather have a new ride then a Spiderman clone. There was a topic a while back with a lot of ideas. Doom was the one that came up the most.

From Josh Rezvani
Posted September 4, 2005 at 6:40 PM
Jason, Jason, Jason did I mention you this before. Halo is coming out in the theaters and its a Universal production (thats what danny told me) and I think its better to put Halo in except for Doom which I still like. However Danny, what kind of clones do you want to put?

From Ryan Milanio
Posted September 4, 2005 at 9:44 PM
Hey guys, I went to USH, again, So this is my 3rd time in 4 days. Ok, this time I went in at 4:30pm. This time I went when the crowds were already there. The only thing I did was the Studio Tour, my favorite, but I didn't take it till 6:15. Why?! Well, if you take the Studio Tour as close to the night, it seems like a ghost town, and hard to see where you're going. Descent Bridge...not working and also the bridge on King Kong. I know I wasted nearly an hour, but it was too crowded. The wait times were ranging from 35 minutes to 45. The only thing that was 15 minutes was Special Effects, but it is boring. Anyways, don't know if I am going on Labor Day......maybe, but 3 times in a week is enough. Well...I'll see.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 4, 2005 at 11:48 PM
Well since I got the pass I've gone at least once a week since July. So I'm a little burntout with USH so I might not go either.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 5, 2005 at 12:08 AM
Josh, Josh, Josh, Doom is also coming out as a film with The Rock. Since both are coming out I think both have a fair chance. It depends which one performs better at the box office.

I did the Studio Tour at night once. I stuck my head out to see in the JP area and got hit in the head with a tree branch. I ended up with a bruise and splitting headache. Not an experience I care to repeat.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 5, 2005 at 1:49 AM
Serves ya right hehe.
I think Halo currently has more drawing power, since Doom isn't nearly as popular as it was when politicians were attacking it.
But I digres Halo is "hip" with the kids right now so it will porbably do better. And therefore make a more popular attracion.

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 5, 2005 at 3:30 PM
i didnt know a halo movie is coming. until i saw what what one of u said. i do agree that they should make a halo ride but if they do they will just make it like men in black like in flordia. because its a video game and the ride would be like a video game so then lots of video game nerds would come and it would help the park. now thats a great idea.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 5, 2005 at 4:24 PM
Yeah, probably does serve me right. LOL.

Anyhow, Halo is popular and has a movie coming out, but so does Doom. When the movie comes out popularity should spike, more so if the movie's a success. Yes, I think the ride system should be a MIB type system, spinning and shooting ride.

From Ryan Milanio
Posted September 6, 2005 at 8:08 PM
OK, USH is back to their regular schedule. Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm and Sat & Sun from 9am to 6pm. I didn't go on Labor Day, but I bet it was packed. USH wrote back to me regarding the person who got hurt at Fear Factor Live and will send my recovery message to her. I will go to USH this Saturday.

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 7, 2005 at 5:25 PM
i went to universal on labor day and it wasnt that full. but i went there at about five thirty and it looked like a regular day. all i did was the studio tour and the rides and then went home. i didnt get to do much so i am going this saturday. the only bad thing is that they close at six

From Ryan Milanio
Posted September 8, 2005 at 10:17 AM
Hey, I am going this Saturday, too. Yeah, the sad thing is that they close at 6pm. They should change the hours on weekends. Maybe close at 8pm or 9pm. Opening one hour early is fine, but 9 hours open doesn't seem right. Seems like a work hour. I know that we can do everything in 3, 4, 5 hours, but I got to keep thinking about time.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 8, 2005 at 5:26 PM
The only reason they do that is because of their out-door shos like Water Word, Blues Brothers etc. Plus Water World is usually a day ender for most. But really I can't see why they couldn't keep the other rides open.

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 8, 2005 at 10:45 PM
i found out that the whole mounth of september universal will close at six pm. i dont know why they are doing that but i think it is because they want the people to go to city walk. then those people will by stuff there. i mean universal is closing so early people wont want to leave at six. they could go to city walk. thats what i do all the time. but i dont buy stuff there. i only bought starbucks and it tasted horrible.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 9, 2005 at 5:16 PM
lol they just opened up a Coffe Bean and Tea Leaf there and they chage tourist prices as ussual but it does taste ok.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 9, 2005 at 8:11 PM
Coffee Bean kicks Starbucks' a$$. Those Ice Blendeds...

Just thinking about them makes my mouth water.

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 11, 2005 at 5:01 PM
hey i went to universal on saturday. i only went on the studio tour. they finally let you go through the desberete house wifes sets. evrytime i went in the summer, they were always filming. now i saw it and they built 2 new houses there. thats all.

From Ryan Milanio
Posted September 11, 2005 at 5:08 PM
Ahhh, yeah, they did build houses at the end of Wisteria Lane. I am not sure or not if they cost $47 million dollars?lol. I didn't go on Saturday, it was a nice day to go.

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 13, 2005 at 2:19 PM
hey i have the greatest idea of what universal can do next.

From Danny Bernard
Posted September 13, 2005 at 4:22 PM
What would that be?

From parker reave
Posted September 13, 2005 at 5:31 PM
Looks like they're making it even tougher to have any fun there.

Fear Factor is closing and Blues Brothers and Backdraft are going to weekends only.

Are they on their way to closing the park during the week?

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 13, 2005 at 7:49 PM
are you serious. are they really going to close fear factor. and make blues brothers and backdraft on weekends. i dont care about backdraft. i hope that goes away forever. but blues brotheres i like.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 13, 2005 at 10:15 PM
Where did you hear that Fear Factor is closing? I don't think they'd close it so soon after opening.

From Ryan Milanio
Posted September 14, 2005 at 2:00 AM
What?! Fear Factor Closing?! I would understand if they are making new stunts, but they've been open for about 3 months. It would kinda be a waste of money if they opened it for 3 months, then closed it. I don't care about Backdraft either.

From Adriel Tjokrosaputro
Posted September 14, 2005 at 6:40 AM
Universal could make Backdraft into an advanced-technology rocket coaster.

From Josh Rezvani
Posted September 14, 2005 at 1:54 PM
Adriel...we already thought that its better to put a Fast and the Furious advance technology ride in backdraft and special effect stages area. And Fear Factor LIVE is better if you put the ideas I wrote on the top. We already thought of this and did so many discussions it's much better to like write a mail to Universal

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 14, 2005 at 6:16 PM
if someone did send a letter to universal about all the cool and possible ideas we have been talkin about, they wouldnt listin to us. they never listin to anybody. look what happens when they dont. they make stupid attractions like fear factor. they should use the idea i said. the greatest idea in the world.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 14, 2005 at 10:02 PM
Are you ever going to tell us your so brilliant idea?

From Josh Rezvani
Posted September 15, 2005 at 2:00 PM
Well, you see the prisedent likes my ideas. He told me that they can't "afford" it. Fast and the Furious will be about 65 million dollars, and they are gonna make some changes into Mummy ride.

From parker reave
Posted September 15, 2005 at 2:22 PM
Fear Factor's last day is Sept 25 - it's weekend only right now. They are saying in MIGHT be back Thanksgiving and Christmas and will be back in June.

Backdraft is going down for "extended refurbishment". Rumor is that means it's done - kinda like Wild West.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 15, 2005 at 5:28 PM
FInally Backdraft moves out. More room for a new ride now.

And that doesn't mean Fear Factor is closing for good. So it'll reopen in a few months. Their probably redoing the whole show.

Strangely enough though, I haven't hear anything about FF closing until next June. Who told you?

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 15, 2005 at 7:39 PM
maybe they are making new stunts for fear factor. because since almost everyone has an anual pass, everyone has seen it. new stunts would be good because the one right suck. and since backdraft is gone, they could make special effects stages bigger and better.

From Jason Lester
Posted September 15, 2005 at 10:14 PM
Larger SFX Stages? Please God no.

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted September 16, 2005 at 4:08 PM
whats wrong with a bigger special effects stages. i think it is a fair attraction. if they take it off they will praboly just put something worst. they cant even but a ride in it because it is way to small. i finally realized that.

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