on October 25, 2012
Like New York, this area is as much about the theme as anything else and it is pretty good. I have been to San Francisco and all the local things are there – Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli’s Chocolate shop, a street car track. There are none of the big sites like Alcatraz and The Golden Gate Bridge, but the things that are there make it seem more genuine in an odd way. There is a ‘harbour’ which sits on the Universal lakeside and is a great place from which to watch the nightly firework show. There is also a giant shark hanging overhead which you obviously have to stick your head in the mouth of and have a picture taken!There is only one ride here and it is Disaster, which is billed as ‘A Major Motion Picture Ride . . . Starring YOU!’. It is quite good, although there is a lot of preamble. This is made bearable by the amusing man who presents it. It is suitable for everybody and you may be chosen to take a starring roll or (if you do what I did and hide behind a really tall man) you can just be one of the extras. The end product is quite amusing and the whole thing probably lasts about 25 minutes. The other thing to do here is watch Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue, which is a rock and roll monster show. Cue lots of cheesy jokes, popular songs and even a few fireworks. It is actually pretty good, and a perfect way to have a nice sit down without missing out on anything. Shows are at regular intervals throughout the day and last about 30 minutes each.This area is also sort of half way around the park so it is a great place to stop for lunch. The designers have obviously also considered this as there are plenty of places to get something to eat. There is a huge pizza restaurant that does pizza by the (rather large) slice for a few dollars and there are various sweet shops and food stands selling everything from sodas to giant turkey legs (which seemed to be very popular).
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