Universal Studios Hollywood is a a well known movie studio and theme park in Los Angeles ,
California. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in use. Its official marketing slogan is “The Entertainment Capital of LA“, though during the summer it is often advertised as “The Coolest Place in LA.”
It was initially created to offer tours of the real Universal Studios soundstages and sets. It is the first of many Universal Studios Theme Parks located across the world. The mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood is Woody Woodpecker .
Outside the theme park, Universal City includes hotels Universal Hilton & Towers, the Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, a multi-screen theater and Universal CityWalk, which offers a collection of shops and restaurants, as well as the Gibson Amphitheatre, a concert venue.
From the beginning, Universal has offered tours of its studio. In the silent film days, Carl Laemmle’s tour included a chance to buy fresh produce, since Universal City was still part of a working farm. This original tour was discontinued in the early 1930s due to the advent of sound films coming to Universal.
Shortly after Music Corporation of America took over Universal Pictures in 1962, accountants suggested a
new kind of tour would increase profits. In 1964, the modern tour was established to include a series of dressing room walk-throughs, peeks at actual production, and later, staged events. This grew over the years into a full-blown theme park. The narrated tram tour (formerly “GlamorTrams” ) still runs through the studio’s active backlot, but the staged events, stunt demonstrations and high-tech rides overshadow the motion-picture production that once lured fans to Universal Studios Hollywood .
Universal Studios Hollywood has been damaged by fire 8 times throughout its history.
The most damage was done on June 1, 2008 when a three alarm fire broke out on the backlot of Universal Studios. The Los Angeles County Fire Department had reported that Brownstone Street, New York Street, New England Street, the King Kong attraction, some structures that make up Courthouse Square, and the Video Vault had burned down .
Best rides and attractions
Universal Studios Hollywood’s heart-pounding rides, shows and attractions puts visitors inside some of the world’s biggest movies .
- Hang on for the ride of your life as you race, fly and crash your way through the animated world of
The Simpsons on a revolutionary, virtual roller coaster!
- Brave the world’s scariest indoor roller coaster:Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride
- Survive an 84-foot vertical raft plunge inJurassic Park – The Ride
- Join Shrek and Donkey on an ogre-the-top adventure in Shrek 4
- Watch the world’s most cuddly celebrities put on a show at Universal’s Animals Actors stage.