Pictures of Universal Studios Hollywood

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    Universal Studios Entrance

    Universal Studious Hollywood Entrance
    ••• Universal Studious Hollywood Entrance. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    These pictures will give you an idea of what to expect when you visit Universal Studios in Hollywood California

    My gal pal was standing just below the big globe, smiling because she read the Universal Studios guide and knew how to make the most of her day.

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    Beetlejuice Character Greeting

    Meeting Beetlejuice at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• Meeting Beetlejuice at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    The obnoxious, devious freelance "bio-exorcist" ghost from the 1988 film Beetlejuice is still popular with Universal Studios guests and is often found in the plaza near Universal House of Horrors.

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    Inside Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

    A Peek Inside Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• A Peek Inside Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This photo was taken in the last stage of the entry queue into the Despicable Me ride. Gru is telling the minion recruits (aka everyone in line) about what's going to happen.

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    Meeting Gru from Despicable Me

    Meeting Gru from Despicable Me at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• Meeting Gru from Despicable Me at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    You can probably guess where to find Gru - just outside the Despicable Me ride.

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    Super Silly Funland

    Super Silly Funland at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• Super Silly Funland at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This fun little recreation of a seaside amusement park is next to the Despicable Me ride, just outside the gift shop. This water play area has its own changing room and you'll also find the Silly Swirly Fun Ride right next to it. Both are perfect for younger guests, who are often too small to enjoy the bigger rides.

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    Upper Lot Attractions

    Part of the Upper Lot at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• Part of the Upper Lot at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    The Simpsons Ride, which takes place in the fictional Krustyland, is one of the attractions on Universal's Upper Lot. Here's a full list:

    • Studio Tour
    • Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem
    • Super Silly Funland
    • The Simpsons RideTM
    • Universal's Animal Actors
    • Special Effects Stage
    • Shrek 4-DTM
    • The Blues Brothers®
    • Universal House of Horrors
    • Water World®

    You can find out about all of them in the Universal Studios Hollywood Ride Guide.

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    StarWay Escalator

    A Guide to the Upper and Lower Lots at Universal Studios Hollywood StarWay Escalator at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• A Guide to the Upper and Lower Lots at Universal Studios Hollywood StarWay Escalator at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This is just one of the series of escalators that carry visitors between Universal's upper and lower lots, a trip that takes 6.5 minutes each way. Universal calls it the "StarWay Escalator." You can also take the steps, but you might need the endurance of an Olympic marathon runner to do that going up.

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    Lower Lot: Transformers and More

    What You Need to Know for Maximum Fun on the Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood Transformers Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• What You Need to Know for Maximum Fun on the Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood Transformers Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Transformers is one of the most fun rides at any California theme park, but it's not the only thing to see and do on Universal's Lower Lot. Here's a full list:

    • TransformersTM: The Ride-3D
    • Revenge of the MummySM- The Ride
    • Jurassic Park® - The Ride
    • NBCUniversal Experience

    You can find out about all of them in the Universal Studios Hollywood Ride Guide.

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    Meeting a Transformers Character

    Meeting Optimus Prime at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• Meeting Optimus Prime at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Besides getting up close to the Transformers on the ride, you can meet them and have your photo taken right next door. Optimus Prime was greeting guests when I took this photo, but other Transformers also put in an appearance.

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    Back Lot View

    View of the Universal Studios Hollywood Back Lot from Above
    ••• View of the Universal Studios Hollywood Back Lot from Above. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    The Universal Studios back lot is in the foreground, but they're not the only studio in town. Just beyond the trees is Warner Bros. Studios. This photo is taken from the vista point on the way down to the studio tour.

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    Studio Tour Entrance

    Studio Tour Entrance at Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• Studio Tour Entrance at Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    The entrance to the Studio Tour is on the upper lot, but you'll go down an escalator to get to this entrance area.

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    Sets on the Back Lot

    Sets on the Back Lot at Universal
    ••• Sets on the Back Lot at Universal. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This view shows some of the new exterior sets built after the fire. On the left, you can see that they're just a facade, all front with nothing behind it.

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    Flood

    On Tour at Universal Studios
    ••• On Tour at Universal Studios. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Just one of several effects trumped up especially for the tour, this one features a torrent of water that appears from nowhere.

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    Six Points Old West Set

    Six Points Set at Universal Studios
    ••• Six Points Set at Universal Studios. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    It's called Six Points because six streets meet in the middle and it was the scene of many gunfights, stampedes and other Wild West goings-on. According to our guide, some of the buildings have shorter-than-normal doors to make height-challenged actors placed in front of them look taller.

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    Earthquake Scene

    Earthquake Scene on the Universal Studios Hollywood tour
    ••• Earthquake Scene on the Universal Studios Hollywood tour. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    It starts out innocently - you're going inside one of the big stage buildings to see the set of a film that's being made. Next thing you know, there's an earthquake and the building is rocking, sparks flying and then - there's the flood. The photographer didn't even get wet taking a picture of this one.

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    Jaws Shark

    Bruce, the Jaws Shark at Universal Studios
    ••• Bruce, the Jaws Shark at Universal Studios. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    By now, almost everyone must know that the shark is going to pop out of the water at some time during the tour, but many people still seem surprised.

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    Wisteria Lane

    Wisteria Lane (Leave it to Beaver House)
    ••• Wisteria Lane (Leave it to Beaver House). ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Its most recent use was as the Young/Shepherd/Bolen house on television show Desperate Housewives, but they weren't the first housewives to occupy it. June Cleaver also presided over this abode in Leave it to Beaver.

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    Whoville

    Whoville at Universal Studios
    ••• Whoville at Universal Studios. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This set from the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the most colorful on the whole back lot.

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    Bates Motel

    Norman Bates at the Bates Motel from Psycho, Universal Studios Hollywood
    ••• Norman Bates at the Bates Motel from Psycho, Universal Studios Hollywood. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    This set from the film Psycho is a Universal Studios tour classic. In its 2010 version, Normal Bates can be seen carrying a body out of the motel to put it in his car. Autograph-seeking is NOT recommended.

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    War of the Worlds Set

    Wrecked Boeing 747 on the War of the Worlds Set at Universal Studios
    ••• Wrecked Boeing 747 on the War of the Worlds Set at Universal Studios. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    The studio tour takes you this scene from the popular Steven Spielberg film. It cost $2 million just to get the full-sized airplane to the set.