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A Guide to Universal Studios in Los Angeles
Universal Studios is one of Los Angeles' major theme park attractions. The theme park is separated into an upper and lower lot with many activities and things to see and experience on both levels.

Take a ride on a very long escalator to reach the studios or hop on the tram to see Jaws, avalanches, and earthquakes. You'll be able to view the original sets of movies like Psycho, Back to the Future and Jurassic Park and see shows like Waterworld or Terminator 3D. Despite the lacklustre box office performance of Waterworld, the Universal Studios show for the movie is highly praised. To get really up close and personal with the action, sit in the front seat (or wet zone).

The Simpsons is one of the latest and most popular features to be added to Universal Studios and future attractions planned will include the musical for Creature from the Black Lagoon, which is expected in Spring 2009 and will replace Fear Factor Live. Thrills and chills can be expected at Universal's House of Horrors, the third of its kind to be featured in Universal Studios. The walk-through features appearances from various horror flicks including The Mummy, The Wolfman, Child's Play, Psycho, Dawn of the Dead, Frankenstein, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Citywalk in Universal Studios hosts a range of entertainment including shops, restaurants and cinemas. Some of the most scary rides are the Revenge of the Mummy rollercoaster and the Jurassic Park 80 foot drop holding onto a raft. Several costumed characters roam through the park to interact with the crowds. You can get your picture taken with Marilyn Monroe or Lucille Ball or even a few cartoon characters from Beetlejuice, the Flintstones, Woody Woodpecker, the ever-popular Simpsons and so on.

Dining options are plentiful throughout the park with themed restaurants going all out to "set the mood." Check out the Flintstones Drive-In for a yabba-dabba-doo experience with the kids or treat yourself to the Hollywood Grill. Shopaholics will not be disappointed as a number of stores are available for souvenirs and gift items. Some interesting stores to look into are Cyber Image, Shrek Shack and Marvel Mania from the Upper Lot as well as Tomb Treasures and Jurassic Outfitters in the Lower Lot.

Marketed as the entertainment capital of L.A., Universal Studios offers numerous discounts through its website for the rides, tickets, and food. There's nothing like getting there early and beating the crowds to the most popular shows and rides and getting a discount to boot.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Los Angelas vacation accommodation and world vacation rentals.
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