The Original Back Lot Tour – Universal Studios

September 1st, 2016 | by Annie
The Original Back Lot Tour – Universal Studios


I was planning a trip to the Hollywood Hills area to visit with friends and so instinctively while I was in tinseltown I thought it would be best to engage both of my obsessions: movie making and theme parks.

The story goes that the Universal Studios tour began in 1964 when they permitted standard local bus companies to detour through the back lot and movie sets pausing at the studio commissary for a rest stop and nourishment. The commissary food sales shot up immediately and soon Universal opened it’s own tram service to capitalize on the newly discovered revenue stream.

If you have chosen to ignore the tour up to now or believe you’re too cool for sophomoric jokes revealed by the witty, struggling actor/college student – you’re wrong and you don’t know what you’ve been missing. First of all there are literally hundreds who show up for the casting call to become one of 60 talented individuals who get the title “Tour Guide”.  And I can tell you that the studio tour today is way better than ever!  Well worth the $95.00 entrance fee, which allows you to return anytime, as many times as you like for free (mind the black out dates) in 2015.

The all-new rides like Transformers: The Ride 3D (formerly site of Back to the Future 3D), Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem are all in 3D and they are bone rattling spectacular.  And of course there are the more traditional rides and shows like Jurassic Park: The Ride (where you get really wet) and Water World Live Show (where you stay dry) which are well worth checking out.

And we could see that work was close to completion on the upcoming The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expected to open in Spring 2016. It’s looking stark raving mad amazeballs!

Food and drinks are available throughout the park – so you’re not near the studio commissary, there’s no need to tighten your belt.  Overall I’d say it’s still a unique and fun experience for couples or the entire family. If your relatives are from out of town and you’ve already taken them to the Happiest Place on Earth then Universal Studios is a very unique experience and one they will always be talking about when they return home.

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Universal Studios Hollywood tickets can be purchased online at or roll up directly at 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608.  You can always try the ol’ dial up as well (800)-UNIVERSAL.

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