If it is your first time to ever visit UNIVERSAL STUDIOS then you definitely need to go on their main attraction THE STUDIO TOUR. The studio tour is a 45 minute tram ride through the famous Universal backlots where movies are made.
The place to catch the Studio Tour ride is on a lower level, easy to navigate to from the front gates via map or posted sign. The ride, as mentioned previously, is 45 minutes long, but they have several trams running and usually run them all day long; during park hours. So you shouldn’t feel too pressured that you might miss it.
After you wait in the main line for the tram you will then be moved curbside where you will form lines for boarding. There are stars on the sidewalk which designate a spot where someone is supposed to stand. The person at the front of the line will end up sitting all the way to the right on the tram and the person to the back of the line on the far left. Therefore the first person and the last person of each star line will be at the edge of the car. A quick tip of foreshadowing: being the very last person in line may prove to be more entertaining.
You will have one of several goofy hosts narrating your trip from the front car with fun facts. Corresponding with him/her and the sights is a video played on small televisions; currently starring Whoopie Goldberg. The video itself is rather dull and silly, however it is occasionally interesting to see a movie clip and then realize you are parked exactly where that was filmed. On a sunny day the television screens on the tram, depending on time, may be covered in too much glare for you to actually see anything via that electronic tool.
The hosts really want to stress that you are about to embark on a journey into a place where movies are being made and sometimes I find their speeches a bit unbelievable. For example: on one trip they advised us that we all had to be quiet because we would be passing a sound stage where they were currently filming an episode of CSI. When we reached the spot the television screen displayed a sign warning us not to talk. However, if our mere voices were able to affect the production how come we were driving through there at all? The tram’s engine sounds like a hyped up vacuum cleaner, buzzing and revving along. Wouldn’t that have been more of an interference?
I don’t want too ruin your possible experience by giving away all the sights, but I will give you a brief synopsis. You will travel through towns designed to look like the old west and Mexico and learn some of the tricks film makers use in certain locations. You should visit the infamous New York street, which is the most filmed street in history. King Kong and Jaws will make an appearance, and you may get caught up in an earthquake or trapped in the tomb of the mummy. At the time of this article the newest special feature of the tour is the crashed jumbo jet from the remake of WAR OF THE WORLDS.
To re-touch on the earlier foreshadowing and the just mentioned sights: stand on the back star and sit on the left. This advice I share with you because 90% of all of the attractions on the studio tour occur on that side of the tram. The best view of Jaws and King Kong are indeed on the right, however you will be stretching your neck and missing out on tons more stuff happening on the left the entire ride.
The Universal Studios: STUDIO TOUR is the main attraction for the theme park and should not be passed over. Every movie fan out there should take this trip at least once in life to be at the center of where loads of movie magic is created.