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new york, New York
June 22, 2005
Jurassic Park was a blast. It is one of our favorite movies, so it was a real treat to be travelling through what felt like the real set. The dinosaurs are so real, and the drop is frightening (and wet!). Waterworld is another good way to cool off if you're too old for the Nickolodean Blast Zone. The show left us drenched, with our mouths open in disbelief that something that cool and movie-like could happen before our eyes. My fiancee and I enjoyed playing the games as well--he won some pretty neat stuffed animals for me, photos included. We had the best time and recommend this as a vacation spot for anyone looking for a good time.
From journal Adventures in La La Land
June 14, 2005
As I mentioned before, Jurassic Park was also a total thrill. The movie is one of my favorites, so it was great to be in what felt like the actual set. The dinosaurs are remarkably real. And it’s the perfect blend of relaxation and absolute terror—a surprise 84-foot drop. We bought a fantastic photo of us on the ride--the look on my husband's screaming face is priceless. The shows are also fantastic; our family favorite was "Water World," which was nonstop, action-packed fun. I took a lot of pictures of this attraction because the set was so well-done (included in my LA journal).
Real stars play the "Water World" characters—and they are clearly experienced, because they do stunts you only see in movies. And, as my sons will attest, it’s 100% better live. Just wait for the airplane… but I won’t spoil it.
I can’t really imagine a better day for the family. Everyone had the time of their lives.
From journal Lovely Los Angeles
April 6, 2005
From journal 4 days in Los Angeles
April 4, 2005
From journal City Of Angels
February 16, 2005
From journal Southern California on a whim!!
by wanderer 2005
December 29, 2004
Universal Studios is fun for all ages. There is something for everyone here. Make sure and get a park map when you get your tickets, as it will help you decide your route before you get too overwhelmed.
They have lots of activities: the Studiotour, Rugrats Magic Adventure, Blastzone, The Blues Brothers, Waterworld, Animal Planet, Terminator 2: 3D, Back to the Future The Ride, Spiderman Rocks, Mummy Returns, Backdraft, Jurassic Park, ET, Shrek 4-D, and Van Helsing The Ride. Blastzone and Rugrats Magic Adventure are Nickelodeon activities. Blues Brothers, Waterworld, Animal Planet, and Spiderman Rocks are shows, and Waterworld, Blastzone, and Jurassic Park are WET rides. Terminator 3D is my absolute favorite. Be sure to sit either right in the front or on the far side of either side of the auditorium - you won't regret it. ET is a great ride for kids and adults, as is Back to the Future. They're both virtual rides with motion and special effects. Backdraft can be scary for little ones, because it's hot and there's fire.
I recommend going in the off-season to avoid LONG lines for the attractions. Summer is always busy, as is Christmas. I found the best time is February, when it’s a little chilly in the morning, but the crowds are a lot sparser. I don't recommend bringing really small children (babies), because there's a lot of territory to cover and most of the rides are scary and have a height requirement. Food is a bit pricey, as can be expected. I bring my own water bottle and put a few granola bars and beef jerky in my purse so I don't snack too much. There are plenty of places to eat.
Try to get there when the gates open if you only have a 1-day pass, because there's a lot of ground cover and you can wait in line for half an hour or more for some rides.
Of course, wear comfy shoes and bring a sweater. Don't forget your wallet, as souvenirs are expensive. Don’t forget the camera and extra film and/or batteries. You can purchase those items there, but they’re expensive.
Parking is free at the park and is in a covered garage, which is nice.
City Walk, outside the park, is a stretch of land like you've never seen before. Restaurants of every kind and shops line the walkway into the park, tempting you to eat and spend your money. Be STRONG - save your money for the park.
As of 2005, they have a new rain-check guarantee. Go to their website to see the restrictions.
From journal Movie Stars and Rock Stars
New York, New York
November 15, 2004
From journal Rolling Around Los Angeles for 36 Hours
Round Rock, Texas
July 31, 2004
This park is more heavily geared towards younger guests. Plan on spending the day here as lines for each attraction can be long. Visit the City Walk when you're done. It has shops and restaurants.
From journal Los Angeles