Here's the current park map.
It was a very gray and dreary day here is Southern California....but no rain!
For now, we'll just take a look at the Lower Studio Lot. After traveling down four very long, glass-covered escalators or "Starways" as Universal calls them, we've arrived at the Lower Lot. I remember when the Glamour Trams used to drop guests off in this area for a tour of the stars dressing rooms (hello Lucy!) and a visit to the special effects stages (The Bionic Testing Center!), but that's the subject of another post!
The new "Transformers The Ride" actually sits in the spot where the former Backdraft attraction and the old special effects stages were located.
The wait-time was posted as 10 minutes, but it was really just a "walk-on" that day. It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but the cast members working the attraction are all wearing military fatigues.
The queue winds around through a NEST (Networked Elements: Supporters and Transformers) base. There are large monitors along the way with video describing what your "mission" is going to be as a "new recruit" and introduces you to the different Autobots that you will be encountering along the way.
The AllSpark is on display in the queue (inside the glass tube below).
The ride vehicles are supposed to be an Autobot named EVAC.
They are pretty much identical to the ride vehicles used for The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman attraction at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. That attraction's ride vehicle can be seen below for comparison.
If you don't care about "spoilers," you can click here for a detailed description on Wikipedia about the actual ride and each scene that it goes through. Personally, I loved the new attraction. The ride itself is also similar to the Spiderman attraction in Florida. Riders wear 3-D glasses and travel through scenes/rooms that usually have one of the walls replaced with a projection. The mixing of real physical props in the room with the projected images works very well.....in fact, it works so well that I would love it if Disney gutted the Indiana Jones attraction at Disneyland and did something similar to this including an upgrade of the ride vehicles with Universal's newer technology. Oh well, I know THAT will never happen. All I have to say is that when the Radiator Springs Racers attraction opens in Anaheim this summer, it better be pretty incredible because it's going to have some pretty stiff competition from Universal.
We will now move onward to view more of the Lower Lot. Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Daphne can be found driving around in The Mystery Machine and posing for photos.
Nearby is the "Revenge of the Mummy THE RIDE." Note the Pharaoh on stilts underneath the archway.
Here is his female counterpart.
The last time I was at Universal Studios Hollywood, the E.T. Adventure attraction was closed and being gutted to make way for this indoor Mummy-themed roller coaster, so I had not been on this attraction until now. In the meantime however, I had been to Universal Studios in Orlando a couple times and rode on their version of the attraction. What a huge disappointment the Hollywood version was! This one was missing most of the animatronic figures including the fake "ride operator." In fact it's missing the whole scene where the vehicles pull into a fake unloading station and the animatronic ride operator in the booth is turned into a skeleton while the entire ceiling ignites in flames above you.
Not only was this ride missing so many elements of it's Florida counterpart, but it was too short! I came home and looked up the ride times for both attractions. Orlando's version is 3 minutes long and Hollywood's version is only 2 minutes! Can you imagine riding Space Mountain and having it be a whole minute shorter in length? Both Mummy coasters opened within a month of each other, so obviously they were in development at the same time. Too bad one park had to get the short end of the stick.....and at the expense of the E.T. Adventure which I thought was a pretty cool attraction. It was definitely on the same level as anything Disney does, if not better. At least Orlando still has their E.T. attraction. I hope there aren't any plans for replacing it!
This guy was located across from the Mummy attraction. He's kind of hidden in a corner near a smoking area. Nobody even seemed to be noticing him.
The last time I was at the park (with my nephew, below), this large figure was located near the entrance to "Jurassic Park THE RIDE." Not only did they move him, but they got rid of the car and the bent street light.
Here's a view of the same area today.
This signed piece of cement is located near the attraction entrance.
Here's a Parasaurolophus which causes the boat to go off course.
A crashed ride vehicle!
That car looks like it's about to fall.
I remember when this attraction was new, when the car fell into the water below, it caused a large splash of water that soaked everyone on that side of the boat. That didn't happen this time.
Next door is the Jurassic Cafe.
This guy was dragging his leg around the patio of the Jurassic Cafe. "IT'S THE MUMMY!!!"
I hope everyone enjoyed this tour of Universal's Lower Lot. I will eventually do a post on the Upper Lot. I just have to say that the new Blogger format is NOT very user friendly....not for me anyway. I had a lot of trouble with this post when it came to the alignment of the text and pictures as well as the uploading of the photos. Hopefully, it will get easier!
***Post Update*** I have completed my post on Universal's "Upper Lot." It can be read by clicking here.