Now, onto DAY TWO!
We started the day off with brunch. Brunch is awesome, and yummy. Plus, my family found this place called Jinky’s back when I first moved here and they have amazing waffles (among lots of other things).
Then we headed off to Universal Studios Hollywood, for the backlot tour and some awesomely dated shows (I’m looking at you, T2: Terminator 3D).
There were NO waits, literally maybe (MAYBE) 5-10 minutes max all day. It was pretty fantastic.
First stop, the Backlot Tour! I cannot get enough of backlot tours — I’m not really sure why but I find them SO much fun. The one at Warner Brothers is actually my favorite — I feel like you learn the most from it, the guides tailor it to the party’s interest, and you get to walk around some too. The Universal one is part tour, part attraction (We’re going to go into this abandoned Mummy set even though it looks totally creepy! We have no idea what’s going to happen now!) but still pretty fun, and you do get a bit of backstory, which is nice.
Since they are still a working backlot, they have a lot of old sets hanging around — the Bates Motel and home, Whoville from the live action Grinch, all the old street-scenes (a big Western area, Little Europe etc) and Wisteria Lane from Desperate Houswives. They’re currently working on rebuilding parts of the lot that got burnt down in a big wildfire in 2008, including some of the old Back to the Future exteriors.
After surviving the floods, sharks and serial killers on the backlot tour, we walked around the lower lot, checking out Jurassic Park – The Ride, and this little museum down there called The Universal Experience, with more of NBC-Universal’s history — lots of photos and costumes etc.
There isn’t a TON down on the lower part of the park right now, they closed some of the older things to start building a Transformers roller coaster.
Back in the Upper Lot, we bypassed the “Horror Showcase” (which, unlike the map description, is an actual haunted house with people dressed up as classic horror villains chasing you — just about the opposite of fun in my eyes), The Simpsons Ride (RIP Back to the Future Ride) and the Waterworld water show (10 points to anyone who has proof that a child actually knows what this movie is) and settled with Shrek 4D and T2: The Terminator 3D. T2 3D is part 3D movie (with original movie cast!) and part live action stunt show, and is highly recommended by yours truly.
Seeing all we wanted to see at Universal Studios, we went to see Babies (it was Mother’s Day) in theaters, which is an adorable documentary. There was a trailer before hand for another documentary called Waiting for Superman, about our nation’s school systems, that pretty much made me want to cry.
That was our weekend! I was SO SO glad Arden came — it was great to have a familiar face and such a good friend in LA!