On one of the recent sunny warm LA spring days, I decided to head over to Universal Studios to take their studio tour — I’d heard that they had recently completed all the construction on their backlot (they were still rebuilding from the 2008 fire when I went with Arden) and I hadn’t been on it since they added the King Kong 3D experience.
Here are some highlights of the tour — just think of me as your own personal tour guide!
The view on the way to the studio tour — backlot sets below, with Warner Brothers Studios in the distance.
Part of the newest areas on the backlot — the rebuilt city streets. We were told that the new Spiderman movie would be using some of this area for filming!
The new courthouse, where the courthouse from Back to the Future once stood:
I was surprised they didn’t rebuild the courthouse in the same look as before, since they continue to make such a big deal out of the fact that Back to the Future shot there, but it doesn’t look like itself anymore. I feel like the original courthouse (below) was just as multipurpose as the new one!
I have never heard Peter Jackson name dropped more than I did on this tour. He probably tied with Spielberg (which is slightly more expected, but still). Way to not be subtle, Universal!
Just another pleasant day in Amityville:
I’m incredibly proud of this next shot, because I just about jumped out of my skin in the middle of pushing the button.
Meanwhile, it’s been snowing on the northern parts of the lot in Whoville:
Some of these tour stops really prove that Universal used to be the King of Horror. Case in point:
And just because I like that they added it to their Universal Experience display (not on the tour, but in the Lower Lot area of the theme park):