If you're looking for "The Entertainment Capital of L.A.," look no further than Universal Studios Hollywood, a theme park, retail district, and working movie studio in Universal City. Universal has something for the entire family, whether it is rides, shows, or sites. "King Kong 360 3-D," created by director Peter Jackson, opened in summer 2010 and promises to be the largest and most intense 3-D experience on the planet, combining thrilling visceral effects to create a next-generation theme-park experience. And then there's The Simpsons Ride, based on the long-running television series and featuring the show's classic humor and characters. Thrill-seekers should check out the "Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride" roller coaster and the 80-foot raft plunge on "Jurassic Park: The Ride." Get a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite films and shows are produced on the Studio Tour, which includes glimpses of Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives and the sets of movies like War of the Worlds. "The Universal Experience: Behind the Scenes of Universal Pictures" celebrates the studios' heritage and has the first-ever public Oscar display. At the end of the day, check out Universal CityWalk for a bite to eat and a relaxing stroll in one of Hollywood's hippest districts.

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Away Travel Expert: Karen Kefauver
ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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  • Take the studio tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of Universal Studios. In the tour you'll pass by 35 sound stages and may even see some productions in action. You will also get a glimpse of movie sets and props from movies like Psycho (the Bates Motel), and King Kong.
  • If you plan on going to Universal Studios at least twice within the year check out the Annual Passes. Sometimes you can even get a pass for only a couple bucks more than a one-day ticket!
  • If you like a good scare then you need to go to Halloween Horror Nights. Who better to scare the heck out of you than the professionals in Hollywood? This is an event for 13 days in October you won't want to miss, but is certainly for a mature audience only. Includes haunted attractions, show and rides, roaming scare-actors, and more. www.halloweenhorrornights.com

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608

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Telephone Number: 1-800-UNIVERSAL
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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