Following the raging success of my German Cinema Museum post, I thought I’d share some further experiences of my forays into international travel (film-related, of course). Universal Studios in LA is a theme park of sorts actually at the studios where they film Universal movies. Before going, I was under the impression that it was just a theme park with rides based on Universal films- while there are such rides, there’s so much more to see and I learnt a lot more about how they make movies there than I thought I would.
The absolute highlight is the studio tour, which involves hopping on a small bus with open sides, with a guide who takes you around the studio lot. On the tour you can see loads of real sets used for famous movies, such as Jaws, Psycho and Jurassic World. The guide tells you anecdotes about how they filmed it, and it’s amazing to learn about how what’s in front of you is transferred to the big screen. Just keep your wits about you when you go through the Jaws set.
As I mentioned there are also quite a few rides also based on movies, such as Transformers and The Mummy, which are not white-knuckle kind of rides but for the most part are family friendly. There’s also a small museum which houses the original Delorean from Back to the Future, among other props and objects.
If you love movies this is definitely a must-see if you’re in the area. It’s not nearly as niche as the German Cinema Museum and I would be shocked if there wasn’t a film that you’ve seen represented in some way at the Studios. It’s a little pricey once you’re in there for food and things, but the ticket itself isn’t bad and is worth it for just the studio tour alone.
Photos my own.