USA 2013 – Sept 13th Day 13 – Universal, The Sign, A View and a Drive

Miles travelled today = 60 Miles so far this trip = 2,145

Today was a day of being like kids again. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS!!!! Woo hoo.

At Universal Studios

After getting a little lost but eventually finding the car park, we parked up and paid $20 for the privilege. This is after paying $170 for the tickets!! There were no queues on entry and we arrived 20 mins after it opened.




The first thing we did was to check out the wait times on the rides

  • Jurassic park = 10 mins
  • The Mummy = 10 mins
  • Transformers = 10 mins

We did all three in the first 45 minutes or so. Transformers was amazing. Combining roller coaster effects with 3d interaction, it really felt like you were part of a mini movie. We did this again quickly afterwards. If anyone is thinking of going, try to sit in the front row of the car. The 3d robots really get in your face, and you even feel the heat from explosions!!

The second time we sat in the 2nd row, and while still awesome, not quite as impressive, perhaps because we knew what to expect.

Jurassic Park and The Mummy were more typical roller coaster rides, one is virtually pitch black and meant to be scary (The Mummy), and one getting us soaked!!

A scene from the Waterworld Show

We also had a great time on The Simpsons ride, which was a simulator type ride, with lots to look at while being thrown around on a massive simulator with Springfield all around you. After a disappointing 20 minutes on the Shrek ride ( a massive theatre with vibrating seats) we headed of for the Waterworld show. A show based on the Kevin Costner film.

Actors playing out a mini scene culminating in a plane flying over the side and crash landing in the water, with explosions going off all around. Pretty impressive considering it was all live.

By this time, it was gone 5pm, and we wanted to see the Hollywood sign, the sunset over LA, and go for a drive on Mulholland Drive, so we left the park, which was shutting at 6pm anyway.

We headed up to 3000 Canyon Lake Drive, which is the best place to see the sign from, and took a few snaps, before heading to Mulholland for a drive amongst the stars homes, and to see the LA sunset. Standing out on the viewing point near the top of Mulholland, with the whole of LA below us was a fantastic sight.

There was only about 6 spaces to park, so when we pulled up just as someone was leaving was very handy indeed. Here is a panorama that Suzanne took on her phone of the view below us.

LA from Mulhulland Drive

It was then back to the hotel for the usual freshen up, before heading out to dinner. We decided to go to a place called Del Frisco's Grille. We had drinks there the night before and it seemed like a nice place. On arrival, we were told there was an hours wait (it was already 9pm) unless we wanted to eat at the bar. Which we did.

After dinner we ventured out onto the streets, popped into one more bar for a nightcap, then home to wake up for our last day.

Friday traffic in LA

Universal Studios


Simpsons ride


Rear of the actual Delorean used in BTTF


Plane coming in during the Waterworld show


....and landing


Stunt man on fire


The spectacular climax to the show


Suzanne's the one on the left....right, I mean right


Obligatory photo of Hollywood sign


Sunset with moon over LA



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