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Sunday, 7 November, 2010 6:29 PM

'King Kong 360 3-D' to open as new attraction on Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour

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The King Kong attraction is currently under construction on the Universal Studio Tour in Hollywood, Calif.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- The world-famous studio tour is one of the best things to do at Universal Studios Hollywood. This summer, it is getting revamped with the addition of the new King King 360 3-D attraction. Guests will be given special 3-D glasses and will be transported into a tangled jungle.

They will survive a close encounter with a swarm of hungry raptors, 35' tall dinosaur behemoths and much more. Then, a new 25' tall King Kong appears to scare visitors on the studio tour. This will be the first theme park attraction that is directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson.

The studio tour is a tram ride with a live tour guide and Whoopi Goldberg narrating certain parts of the it. During our tour, crews were filming Desperate Housewives (ABC), Parenthood (NBC) and Ghost Whisperer (CBS). There were quiet zones during our tour to preserve the silence while shooting of those shows.

We passed by production bungalows that houses writer, directors and producers. They used to be dressing rooms for such stars like Lucille Ball and Doris Day.

A fire devastated part of the Universal Studios back lot on June 1, 2008 and crews are just about done re-building it. King Kong was burnt down, but it will be returning on July 1, 1010 in 3-D.

We saw some picture cars, which are cars that just sit there and do not run, but are used in movies.

There was a Mexican flood scene, which was used in Big Fat Liar in 2002. The Six Points Texas set can be used to shoot six Western films at a time. It is not used much now since not too many westerns are being made today.

We also passed the set of Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, there were police officers (dressed as extras) riding on bikes to the scene for the show. Action!!

The tram ride lasts about 45 minutes. As you exit, you will enter the theme park.

New items added to the NBC Universal Experience

Many new artifacts have been added to this museum on the lower lot of Universal Studios. Pieces from Jay Leno's Tonight Show set and one of Leno's suits that he actually wore on the late-night talk show are now on display. Johnny Carson's infamous rubber chicken and other artifacts from his 30-year career as host of the Tonight Show are also being shown.

In addition, visitors will notice stop-motion figures and set pieces from the film Coraline, make up appliances, creature effects and wardrobe from The Wolfman and much more. Visitors will also see Meryl Streep's wardrobe from the recent film It's Complicated. For classic movie lovers, there are many artifacts from the original Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho.

Don't forget about The Simpsons Ride, which opened at the theme park on May 19, 2008. It is a simulator ride based on the popular animated television series. The Simpsons Ride lasts six minutes long and is sure to put a smile on your face, young or old. It is not a roller coaster -- rather it is a ride that is a contained within a room. However, there is a roller coaster part in the simulation.

Look for a new Transformers ride to open on the lower lot of the Universal Studios Hollywood in 2011.

The cost of admission is $69 for general admission or $59 for children under 48 inches tall. A front of line pass is available for $104. A VIP experience pass is available for $239.

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Related Story: New Simpsons Ride offers fun for all at Universal Studios Hollywood

 

OTHER INFORMATION: "The Universal Studios tours as well as their movies are generally pretty popular helping to keep the countries credit cards and credit card machines warm."

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The tour has always been at the heart of Universal Studios Hollywood. From 1915 when visitors sat on bleachers for 25 cents, to the 1964 introduction of pink and white GlamorTrams, to the current technological sophistication, the behind-the-scenes view of a working movie studio has been a key attraction.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The world-famous Studio Tour, which lasts about 45 minutes, is led by a tour guide (seen throughout the tram on a video screen) and travels through the Front Lot, Backlot and various attractions. Along the way are sets and props from many famous movies.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The Simpsons Ride opened at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 19, 2008.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Jay Leno's Tonight Show desk was recently added to the NBC Universal Experience on the lower lot of the theme park.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The entrance to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

 

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