I just came home from Universal Studios Hollywood.
I paid for general parking, i.e., $10, in Curious George.
Hours = 9:00 to 8:00; but they close the admission gates at 6:00 pm. They must be adding two hours per EASTER BREAK because they close at 6:00 normally.
I saw photo ops with MARILYN MONROE and DRACULA and SHREK.
I did see the HOUSE OF HORRORS. It is the same walk-thru as its VAN HELSING attraction. Fewer mummies, more modern monsters (Chuckie; Leatherface).
They closed the eatery FRANK 'N' STEIN and made that unit a photo pickup place.
DOC BROWN'S FRIED CHICKEN was finally open. I had never seen this eatery open in all the years I had visited. So, I had my dinner there. Real fried chicken, comes with mased potatoes and gravy, plus cole slaw. (Their combo #1.)
I finally saw the "new" Whoopie Goldberg version of the STUDIO TOUR. A modest change. The main feature is still the tour guide himself/herself.
I did see their FAST AND FURIOUS segment. Two cars which undergo bullets and fire. And then "dance" (via hydraulic arms underneath).
The tour still has:
EARTHQUAKE; KING KONG; MUMMY'S TOMB; PARTING OF THE RED SEA; JAWS; FLASH FLOOD.
They still show the scenes from GRINCH and from WAR OF THE WORLDS.
This time, some sets were occupied with crew. I had never seen that before. All other times I went, nobody was filming anything anywhere.
Lines were thin. The Studio Tour was like a 3 minute wait. Virtually no queue. I walked to the "star" in the immediate boarding area.
If you go on the Studio Tour, avoid the first compartment. The engine noise is pretty loud, and I suspect the last-most cars (of 4 cars) would probably be quieter per the ambient noise.
In CITYWALK, part of the theater area was partitioned off for a movie premier, per the signs. The title I did not recognize, and I don't remember. "Mother Ghost" or "Ghost Mother"?
That's all. I only went for a couple of hours, since I have an annual pass, and saw some stuff during their Halloween weekend.
I am toying with the idea of going on the WB (Warner Brothers) studio tour again, as I did 5 years ago.
I likewise am considering doing the SONY (old "MGM") studio tour in Culver City. I saw JEOPARDY there, but did not do the tour, five years ago.
I don't have the urge to do NBC (Burbank) again. The NBC tour is the lightest-weight tour, in my opinion. You'll see the "Tonight Show" set, which is good, but the rest is not as interesting as Universal or WB.