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Universal Studios Entrance
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.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Beetlejuice Character Greeting
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.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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Inside Despicable Me Minion Mayhem
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.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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Meeting Gru from Despicable Me
You can probably guess where to find Gru - just outside the Despicable Me ride.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Super Silly Funland
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.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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Upper Lot Attractions
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:
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- 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®
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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.Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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Lower Lot: Transformers and More
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:
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- TransformersTM: The Ride-3D
- Revenge of the MummySM- The Ride
- Jurassic Park® - The Ride
- NBCUniversal Experience
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Meeting a Transformers Character
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.Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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Back Lot View
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.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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Studio Tour Entrance
The entrance to the Studio Tour is on the upper lot, but you'll go down an escalator to get to this entrance area.Continue to 12 of 20 below.
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Sets on the Back Lot
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.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Just one of several effects trumped up especially for the tour, this one features a torrent of water that appears from nowhere.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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Six Points Old West Set
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.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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This set from the film How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the most colorful on the whole back lot.Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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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.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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War of the Worlds Set
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.